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.
Catharine Nicol, Lifestyle Journalist
Following four years as editor-in-chief and another four as editor-at-large of AsiaSpa, Catharine Nicol has returned to the freelancing life, travelling from her 20-year base of Hong Kong as much as possible. She works on her own personal wellness at the same time as reporting on new destinations, experiences and adventures, with a focus on fitness and yoga, nutrition and skincare, mind training and spiritual experiences, as well as everything spa. Her passion and respect for the talented people who drive the wellness industry, their innovations and the dynamic trends that follow, make hers the quintessential dream job.
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).
Barry White, Founder and Director of WHITE
Spanning the globe, Barry has over 25 years of experience developing, creating, operating spa, wellness, and fitness businesses. He provides a rare level of expertise, whether it be with new project development, executive management, product partnerships or marketing and events. Barry is passionate about developing authentic, unique and innovative experiences/ stories. Whilst ensuring sustainable commercial viability. Barry is continually striving to redefine operational and commercial boundaries with an entrepreneurial drive.
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.
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.