Condé Nast Traveler Reader’s Poll Best Spa’s List, Willow Stream Spa at Fairmont Sonoma Mission Included on Prestigious Gold List

Publish Date: 24-May-2011

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

This year, the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Poll has included the Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and 12 sister Fairmont properties among the World’s Best Spas to experience by readers of Condé Nast Traveler, the luxury travel magazine catering to discerning globetrotters. This year, more than 25,000 readers voted for their favorite spas, awarding Willow Stream and Fairmont Spas high-ranking spots in a variety of regions.   Spas were rated on three criteria: Spa Facilities, Spa Staff, and Spa Treatments. 

The iconic Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn Willow Stream Spa boasts an enviable thermal spring, flowing from 1,100 feet below the earth.  Historically revered by Native Americans for its healing power the tranquility and beauty is echoed throughout the 40,000 square-foot facility, which offers endless opportunities to find one’s energy. “Our belief in the energizing powers of earth and water is reflected in the spa’s inspired treatments, from a luxurious fango mud bath to a pressure-point massage performed on a flotation table. We also cater to the active guest, offering a tension-relieving hot and cold therapeutic massage, a soothing salicylic mud footbath, and more. Our treatments incorporate local products and/or draw on local traditions, creating an experience that is uniquely Sonoma—and uniquely Willow Stream,” shares Spa Director, Donna Shaffer. Within the Top 10 Resort Spas in Canada, six Fairmont properties were included; the Willow Stream Spa at The Fairmont Banff Springs, Willow Stream Spa at The Fairmont Empress, and Fairmont Spas at The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, The Fairmont Chateau Whistler, The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, and The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

In Hawaii, The Fairmont Orchid and The Fairmont Kea Lani were recognized within the Top 20 Resort Spas; in Mexico and Central America, Fairmont Mayakoba was listed in the top five; and in the Atlantic and Caribbean The Fairmont Southampton was also recognized.

Renowned for natural mineral waters, unparalleled charm and gracious service, the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, is located 40 miles north of the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge at 100 Boyes Blvd. in Sonoma Valley, the heart of Northern California’s wine country.  A recipient of the AAA-Four Diamond, Mobil-Four Star Award, as well as a lauded Michelin-star, the resort consistently provides the country’s finest European spa experience.  For reservations please call 1-800- 441-1414 or (707) 938-9000, or visit the Inn’s website at
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Launched in 2001, Willow Stream is the award-winning signature spa brand of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts. Located in some of the most beautiful places in the world, each of the Willow Stream Spas draw on the nature, essence and energy of its surroundings – from the desert, the mountains, the sea or the pulse of a cityscape – and all offer Fairmont’s unique brand of luxury and outstanding service. Coupled with authentic spa experiences and a place to escape for both solitude and socializing, Willow Stream Spas simply make you feel fantastic. From the sun washed stone mountains in Scottsdale, Arizona to the vibrant city of Shanghai, Willow Stream Spas inspire living with abundant energy. For more information and all Willow Stream Spa locations, please call 1-800-441-1414 or visit

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