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Mobil Travel Guide Unveils Third Annual List of America's Top Spas - Spa Montage and The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, New York Awarded Mobil Travel Guide Five-Star status; Eighty-Three Additional Spas Honored

April 28, 2006 - Mobil Travel Guide, originator of the prestigious Mobil Five-Star Award and provider of the most comprehensive ratings and reviews of hotels, restaurants and spas, today unveiled its annual ratings of America's top hotel and resort spas. This year the Spa at Mandarin Oriental, New York joins Spa Montage at Montage Resort, California as a Mobil Five-Star property and a "Best Spas in America" designee. Eighty-three additional properties were awarded Mobil Four-Star and Three-Star ratings.

"The Star-rated properties recognized today exemplify the finest in hotel and resort spa experiences in the United States," said Kenneth P. Cohen, Vice President, Public Affairs, Exxon Mobil Corporation. "We are pleased to welcome The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, New York as an elite Mobil Five-Star Award winner. The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, New York and Spa Montage embody the high standards travelers expect from the Mobil Travel Guide."

Similar to the process used to evaluate hotels and restaurants since 1958, Mobil Travel Guide's undercover inspectors rate spas using more than 450 criteria, which are updated annually. Evaluations consider every aspect of the spa, from the reservation process and check-in to the public areas and locker rooms. Inspectors complete two treatments at each spa to review how procedures are provided and to evaluate consistency. In assessing the "total spa experience," Mobil Travel Guide inspectors examine factors such as courtesy of staff, overall efficiency, guest comfort and convenience, luxury, therapists' technical execution/skill and knowledge, and facility cleanliness/condition. All inspections are conducted without the knowledge of spa management and staff.

"If you are considering a spa visit, either for yourself or as a gift, your research should not end after simply learning what treatments or amenities are available," said Shane O'Flaherty, Vice President of Quality Assurance for Mobil Travel Guide. "Our annual ratings and reviews evaluate the multiple details that combine to make your spa visit relaxing, luxurious, and memorable. Mobil Travel Guide gives you the insight you need to plan a truly extraordinary experience."

Fourteen spas were new additions to this year's list, and six spas improved their ratings. Designations were givien for the best spas in the following categories: Bachelorette Retreats, Family Vacations, Fitness Programs, Golfers Getaways, Mother-Daughter Getaways, Romantic Getaways, Skiing Vacations and Urban Renewal.

About Mobil Travel Guide: Mobil Travel Guide, originator of the prestigious Mobil Star ratings and certifications, has been providing the most comprehensive ratings and reviews of hotels, restaurants, and spas in the United States and Canada since 1958. Mobil Travel Guide's team of anonymous, expert inspectors evaluates properties against rigorous and objective proprietary standards, giving consumers the insight to make better-informed travel and leisure decisions. Mobil Travel Guide is published by Publications International, Ltd. under license from Exxon Mobil Corporation. Mobil Travel Guide is headquartered in Lincolnwood, IL. For more information, visit http://www.mobiltravelguide.com.

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Mobil Travel Guide's 'Best of the Best' Spas 2006

Name of Spa
2005 Spa Star Rating
2006 Spa Star Rating
Mandarin Oriental New York Spa, New York, NY
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)
(DiscoverSpas.com Review of this spa)

4
5
Spa Montage, Laguna Beach, CA
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)

5
5
Alvadora, Spa at Royal Palms, Phoenix, AZ
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)

4
4
Ancient Cedars Spa, Tofino, BC
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)

4
4
Auberge du Soleil, Rutherford, CA
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)

4
4
Bernardus Lodge Spa, Carmel Valley, CA
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)

4
4
Canyon Ranch SpaClub at Gaylord Palms, Kissimmee, FL
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)

4
4
Canyon Ranch SpaClub at The Venetian, Las Vegas, NV
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)
(DiscoverSpas.com Review of this spa)

4
4
Emerson Inn & Spa, Mount Tremper, NY
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)
(DiscoverSpas.com Review of this spa)

4
4
Four Seasons Hotel New York Spa, New York, NY
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)

4
4
Hualalai Sports Club and Spa, Ka’upulehu-Kona, HI
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)

4
4
La Maison de Beaute, South Beach, FL
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)

4
4
Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, CA
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)

4
4
Spa at Four Seasons Resort Aviara, North San Diego, Carlsbad, CA
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)

4
4
Spa at Four Seasons Resort Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)
4
4
Spa at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, Scottsdale, AZ
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)
4
4
Spa at the Sanctuary, Kiawah, SC
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)

4
4
Spa Bellagio, Las Vegas, NV
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)
(DiscoverSpas.com Review of this spa)

4
4
Spa Gaucin, Dana Point, CA
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)

3
4
Spa Grande at Grand Wailea Resort, Wailea, Maui, HI
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)

4
4
Spa Ojai, Ojai, CA
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)

4
Spa Palazzo at Boca Raton Resort & Club, Boca Raton, FL
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)

4
4
Spa Suites at Kahala Hotel & Resort, Honolulu, HI
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)

4
4
SpaHalekulani, Honolulu, HI
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)

4
4
SpaTerre at Little Palm Island, Little Torch Key, FL
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)

4
4
Stillwater Spa at Park Hyatt Toronto, Toronto, ON
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)

4
4
The Bachelor Gulch Spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Avon, CO
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)

4
4
The Beverly Hills Hotel Spa by La Prairie, Beverly Hills, CA
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)

4
4
The Carneros Inn Spa, Napa, CA
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)

4
4
The Centre for Well-Being at The Phoenician, Scottsdale, AZ
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)

3
4
The Four Seasons Spa, Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)

4
4
The Lodge at Corde Valle, San Martin, CA
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)

4
4
The Lodge at Pebble Beach, Pebble Beach, CA
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)

4
4
The Peninsula Spa, New York, NY
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)

4
4
The Peninsula Spa, Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills, CA
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)

4
4
The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Naples, Naples, FL
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)
(DiscoverSpas.com Review of this spa)

4
The Ritz-Carlton Members Club Spa, Sarasota, FL
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)

4
4
The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Half Moon Bay, Half Moon Bay, CA
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)

4
4
The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Key Biscayne, Key Biscayne, FL
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)
(DiscoverSpas.com Review of this spa)

4
The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, Chicago, IL
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)

4
4
The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV
4
4
The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole, Teton Village, WY
4
4
The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, Wailea, Maui, HI
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)

4
4
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Washington, DC
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)
(DiscoverSpas.com Review of this spa)

4
The Spa at Omni Tucson National, Tucson, AZ
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)

4
4
The Spa at Pinehurst, Pinehurst, NC
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)

4
4
The Spa at Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, Orlando, FL
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)

4
4
The Spa at Ritz-Carlton, Lake Las Vegas, Henderson, NV
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)

4
4
The Spa at Setai, Miami Beach, FL
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)

4
The Spa at Stein Eriksen Lodge, Park City, UT
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)

3
4
The Spa at The Breakers, Palm Beach, FL
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)

3
4
The Spa at the Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, CO
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)

4
The Spa at the Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, WV
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)

4
4
The Spa at The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation, Greensboro, GA
4
4
The Spa at Torrey Pines, La Jolla, CA
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)

3
4
The Spa at Wynn Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV

4
The Spa Mandarin Oriental Miami, Miami, FL
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)
(DiscoverSpas.com Review of this spa)

4
4
Trellis, The Spa at The Houstonian, Houston, TX
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)

4
4
Watermark Spa, San Antonio, TX
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)

4
4
Willow Stream Spa, Banff, AB
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)

4
4
Willow Stream Spa, Aventura, FL
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)
(DiscoverSpas.com Review of this spa)

4
4
Woodlands Spa at Nemacolin, Farmington, PA
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)
(DiscoverSpas.com Review of this spa)

4
4
Allegria Spa at Park Hyatt Beaver Creek, Avon, CO
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)

3
3
Aquanox Spa, Aventura, FL
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)

3
Avalon Spa, Portland, OR
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)

3
3
Avanyu Spa, Manchester Village, VT
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)

3
Elemis Spa at the Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)
(DiscoverSpas.com Review of this spa)

3
Golden Door® Spa at The Boulders, Carefree, AZ
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)

3
3
ISPA at the Willard, Washington, DC

3
Kohler Waters Spa, Kohler, WI
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)

3
Miramonte Resort & Spa, Indian Wells, CA
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)

3
3
Revive Spa at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort, Phoenix, AZ
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)

3
3
Spa Kea Lani at The Fairmont Kea Lani Maui, Wailea, Maui, HI
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)

3
3
Spa Mirbeau, Skaneateles, NY
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)

3
Spa Moana, Hyatt Regency Maui, Lahaina, HI
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)

3
3
Spa Mystique at The Century Plaza Hotel, Los Angeles, CA
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)

3
3
Spa Toccare, Atlantic City, NJ
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)
(DiscoverSpas.com Review of this spa)

3
3
The Sanctuary Spa at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain, Paradise Valley, AZ
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)

3
3
The Spa at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)

3
3
The Spa at The Carlton Club, The Ritz-Carlton Chicago, Chicago, IL
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)

3
3
The Spa at The Crescent, Dallas, TX
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)

3
3
The Spa at The Hotel Hershey, Hershey, PA
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)
(DiscoverSpas.com Review of this spa)


3
3
The Spa at The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)

3
3
The Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler, BC
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)

3
3
Willow Stream–The Spa at The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, Scottsdale, AZ
(DiscoverSpas.com Listing for this spa)
3
3

 

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