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  Kamalaya Koh Samui: Destination Spa of the year: AsiaSpa Award winner: winner of Crystal Awards Asia  


Koh Samui, Thailand… Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa was named “Destination Spa of the Year” and nominated in three further categories at the 2010 Asia Spa Awards, held on 11 November in Hong Kong. The awards were the sixth set of spa industry awards worldwide to honour Kamalaya in 2010, following the Spa Magazine 2010 Silver Sage Readers’ Choice Awards; SpaFinder Readers’ Choice Awards 2010; The 7th Annual Crystal Awards Asia Pacific 2010; The 4th Annual TATLER UK Spa Awards 2010; and the 8th Annual Thailand Tourism Awards 2010.

“From the time we first conceptualized Kamalaya, we have sought to offer a sanctuary in which our guests are able to reconnect to themselves and thereby access the innate healing power that is present within each of us, all while being supported in a process that harmoniously integrates heart, body, mind and spirit,” said co-founder Karina Stewart. “These awards are an honour and a confirmation that we’re moving in the right direction – that we’re striking a resonance with people around the world in terms of their personal life goals and their overall wellbeing.”

The season of accolades began on 27 Sept. at the 8th Thailand Tourism Awards 2010 in Bangkok. There, Karina and her husband, Kamalaya co-founder John Stewart, were delighted to accept the “Award of Outstanding Performance for Health Tourism Destination Spa – Nationwide”.

Kamalaya’s good fortune continued a week later at the 4th Annual TATLER UK Spa Awards 2010, held on 4 Oct. in London, where Karina accepted the TATLER 2010 award for “Enduring Excellence” on Kamalaya’s behalf. These prestigious awards gave top honours to only five spas worldwide, and praised Kamalaya for maintaining the highest standards of excellence since opening on 11 November 2005.

Next came the 7th Annual Crystal Awards Asia Pacific 2010. Held on 14 Oct. in conjunction with the Wellness Summit in Singapore, these awards named Kamalaya “Best Complementary & Alternative Medicine (CAM) Wellness Centre” for the second year in a row. They also chose Kamalaya as one of three finalists in the “Best Destination Spa” category, and a nominee in the “Best Wellness Retreat” category.

On 19 October, SpaFinder, Inc. awarded Kamalaya five separate prizes – also for the second year running - in the SpaFinder Readers’ Choice Awards 2010. SpaFinder announced that not only had Kamalaya won the prestigious Readers’ Choice Award for “Favorite Spa in Thailand/Asia”, but also four other awards in the categories naming the top 10 spas worldwide for “Best Cuisine”, “Best for Mind-Body-Spirit”, “Best Interior Design” and “Best for Weight Loss”.

On 22 October in the US, Kamalaya was chosen one of five top spas worldwide in the “Favorite Destination Spa International” category of the Spa Magazine 2010 Silver Sage Readers’ Choice Awards. At the most recent Asia Spa Awards, in addition to being named “Destination Spa of the Year”, Kamalaya was nominated in the categories for “Spa’s Therapist Team of the Year”, “Spa Cuisine of the Year” and “Spa Retreat of the Year”.

For John Stewart, the awards are a continuing part of what he calls the natural blessing that Kamalaya bestows on all who visit. Centred around a cave that for centuries served as a place of meditative retreat for Buddhist monks, Kamalaya inspires grace in every aspect of the human experience, he says: “This cave and this sacred spot have allowed us to live our dream of being part of the world’s movement from competition to cooperation,” he says. “It’s a really powerful and wonderful place, a place where people allow miracles to come into their lives.”

Kamalaya is located amid a lush, tropical landscape on the southern coast of Koh Samui, Thailand. The resort integrates healing practices and treatments from East and West, a beautiful natural environment, inspired healthy cuisine, customised programs and wellness retreats to offer a unique concept in personal wellbeing and holistic lifestyle possibilities. For bookings and enquiries please visit www.kamalaya.com.

Awards Summary
- Destination Spa of the Year: nominee in the Spa’s Therapist Team of the Year, Spa Cuisine of the    Year and Spa Retreat of the Year categories – Asia Spa Awards 2010
- Outstanding Performance for Health Tourism Destination Spa Nationwide – Thailand Tourism Awards 2010
- Award for “Enduring Excellence” – TATLER UK Spa Awards 2010
- Best Complementary & Alternative Medicine (CAM) Wellness Centre; Best Destination Spa Finalist; Best Wellness Retreat Nominee – Crystal Awards Asia Pacific 2010
- Favorite Spa in Thailand/Asia; Winner in each of the categories for Best Cuisine; Best for Mind-Body-Spirit; Best Interior Design; Best for Weight Loss – SpaFinder Readers’ Choice Awards 2010
- One of five winners in Favorite Destination Spas International – Spa Magazine 2010 Silver Sage Readers’ Choice Awards

- Best Complementary & Alternative Medicine Wellness Centre – Crystal Awards Asia Pacific 2009
- Spa Personality of the Year (Karina Stewart) – Asia Spa Awards 2009
- Favorite Spa in Thailand/Asia; Winner in each of the categories for Best Mind-Body-Spirit; Best for Weight Loss; Best for Yoga; and Best Medical Program – SpaFinder Readers’ Choice Awards 2009

- Best Wellness Retreat – Spa Asia Awards 2008
- Best Destination Spa – Asia Spa Awards 2008

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