It just goes to show that good things come in small packages as the bijou CCSpa located within the prestigious Captains Club Hotel in Christchurch, Dorset has scooped a national beauty award at a prominent industry ceremony held in Barcelona.

The ‘Elite Spa of the Year’ award was presented to CCSpa manager Eleanor Monks, and three of the therapists who attend the celebrations in Spain.

Hosted by The Skincare Sanctuary, distributors of leading French skincare brands across the UK, the Captains Club Spa team impressed the judges with their professional skills, product knowledge and ultimate customer care.

Andrew Bagley, MD of The Skincare Sanctuary Ltd commented “The Captains Club spa team demonstrated outstanding dedication to the Phytomer brand showing the highest standard of work.  We are delighted to recognise their passion and professionalism by announcing them winners of our Elite Spa of the Year Awards 2011.”

The Captains Club Hotel and Spa opened its doors in November 2006 with three treatment rooms, and has recently opened a fourth.

Eleanor has been leading the spa team since its inception and helped select the premier Phytomer products, as they are based upon marine-inspired treatments, perfectly complementing the CCSpa location on the banks of the River Stour.

The Captains Club team were up against fierce competition as the Elite Accounts Awards from The Skincare Sanctuary aims to recognise and reward best practice and excellence from a range of luxury spas affiliated with their products. These include some of the finest spa hotels across the UK such as Stobo Castle in Scotland, Whites Hotel in Wexford, Ireland; the Royal Yacht Hotel in Jersey – and of course the Captains Club Hotel and Spa in Dorset.

CCSpa manager Eleanor is elated with the award saying, “The team works tirelessly to ensure that all clients enjoy their spa experience in a relaxed and calm atmosphere. In addition to our range of gorgeous treatments, guests can enjoy our excellent hydro-therapy pool and sauna.”

She added, “We were thrilled to win the ‘Elite Spa of the Year’ award as it is a true reflection of the dedication and team spirit that shines through on a daily basis at CCSpa. We called back to the hotel straight away to share the news, and everybody back at base was over the moon. We may be small, but we are beautiful and can hold our own against leading spas.”

The CCSpa team also contributed to the recent accolade won by the Captains Club Hotel of ‘Gold Award’ from the Green Tourism Business Scheme. Eleanor and her team have adopted a number of eco-friendly measures for the spa, which includes using the Phytomer products which are based in the marine environment of Brittany, and sources only natural products.