Throughout the region there are numerous health experts, spa gurus, well-being writers and personalities that stand out from the rest. Found in every single corner of Asia, they span the region’s countries and have a circle of expertise that spreads far and wide. Our judges come from more than ten countries, including Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, India, Australia and also include some Asia experts living in the UK and US.
We have absolute trust in the expertise of our judges, who are picked for their independent opinions and wide-ranging experience.
Confidentiality is the key in this process, as the awards are a benchmark for the region’s spa industry. From this elite group, in complete confidence, they firstly suggest their nominations for each category and then vote for their single choice.
The voting process is supervised by a law firm in Hong Kong to ensure the authenticity of the votes.
Stephanie Shiu, Editor-in-Chief, AsiaSpa
Stephanie Shiu is AsiaSpa’s Editor-in-Chief. With over 10 years of experience in the magazine publishing industry, her editorial experience covers genres including luxury lifestyle, wellness, high society, fashion and custom publishing, with a particular focus on travel and well-being. She travels the globe in search of the best resorts, dedicated retreats and spas to share with AsiaSpa readers, and is on the panel of the Wellness Travel Awards.
Foong Seong Khong
Foong Seong Khong, Managing Director, Blu Inc Media (Asia)
Foong Seong Khong is the Managing Director of Blu Inc Media (Asia), a subsidiary of publicly-listed media group Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), the publisher of leading luxury lifestyle magazines, including AsiaSpa, Asia-Pacific Boating, China Boating, LP- Luxury Properties, JET Asia-Pacific and Action Asia.
Samantha Foster, Director, DSM. President, IHWA.
Foster is on a mission to make the world happier and healthier, and as one of the Asia’s leading wellness consultants, she is excited by the Wellness industry’s fast-growing ability to change lives. She specialises in creating and managing bespoke health resort and wellness centres, drawing on the full spectrum of healing; from ancient systems of traditional medicine and biohacking. A passionate educator, writer and speaker, Foster is also the founding President of non-for-profit International Health & Wellness Alliance (IHWA).
Rachael Oakes-Ash, Journalist, Blogger, Producer
Rachael has always had a strong passion for health and wellness. As a published author, full time travel journalist, keynote speaker and documentary producer she has been a judge on the AsiaSpa Awards since 2006. As a spa, wellness and travel writer her byline has been published by Conde Nast Traveler, Wallpaper*, Luxe City Guides, South China Morning Post, DestinAsian, Emirates Open Skies, Australian Financial Review, Sydney Morning Herald and more.
Pete Wong, PR Consultant, Awarna Media
Founder of PR consulting firm, Awarna Media. Pete Wong counts travel, writing and photography as his life passions. When he has time off from the office, he travels to remote destinations in Asia, at times visiting resorts and spas. His work is regularly featured in publications around the region, including Shanghai Daily and ParGolf, among others. Wong is based in Kuala Lumpur and has been contributing to AsiaSpa since 2005.
Melinda Yon, Senior Academic Staff, Diploma in Wellness, Lifestyle & Spa Management, Republic Polytechnic
Having lived in Asia for 15 years, Yon has been a spa consultant, manager and business owner, and trainer and lecturer for spa management courses. She has also been a guest speaker at many of the region’s spa and wellness conferences. Yon edited the first three annual editions of Asia’s first spa publication dedicated to men, AsiaSpa Men. She was formally board member of the Asia Pacific Spa and Wellness Coalition (APSWC) for three years.
Lisa Starr, Spa, Wellness and Salon Consultant, Wynne Business
Spa, wellness and salon business consultant for Wynne Business, Starr has over 30 years of experience in the beauty industry, in all aspects from as a technician to regional manager. She has spent the last 17 years as a consultant and educator, helping companies maximise spa operations performance in both front and back of house. Starr is also the task force chair for the Global Wellness Institute Consulting Initiative, a contributing editor at Dayspa Magazine, a regular contributor to global trade publications, a highly-rated speaker at spa and beauty industry conferences, and offers spa management courses across the globe.
Jo Foley, Freelance Writer, Editor and Media Consultant
Jo Foley has been visiting, writing about and reviewing spas on four continents for almost 30 years for publication as diverse as the Financial Times, Vanity Fair, Departures and the Daily Telegraph. She has also consulted on spas for groups including One&Only, The Dorchester Collection as well as a number of stand-alones. She has enjoyed much pampering, endured many fastings and retreats and explained the need we all have for time, space and peace of mind which is offered in some of the best holistic healing centres across the world.