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2011

Feel Life’s Potential Reward

September 1st - October 31st, 2011

Many of us know and admire someone who has dedicated their life to serving others. You may know them personally, you may have heard about them from someone else, or perhaps you were on the receiving end of their selfless service. If you know such a person or people, it’s likely that you have wished for them to be recognized or rewarded.
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Asarnha Bucha Day

July 15th
Here at Kamalaya we’ve just celebrated Asarnha Bucha day paying respects to the local monks. "Asarnha Bucha" means paying homage and worshiping on the day identified according to the lunar calendar during the eighth month. In the Pali language, ‘Asanha’ is the name of the eighth month. In Thailand, Asarnha Bucha Day (Asanha Puja Day) is one of the government holidays or the public holiday. This day is one of the most sacred in Buddhism. It is a Buddhist festival which typically takes place in July, on the fifteenth day of the waxing moon of the eighth lunar month. It commemorates the day on which Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon called “the Dhammachakapavattana Sutta” to his first five chief disciples at the Deer Park in Benares more than two thousand five hundred years ago. In this holy day, Buddhists all over the country observe the day by presenting offerings to the monks, listening to the sermons, and performing ritual prayers. Many guests came to take part in the ceremonies that took place in the Yantra Hall on this auspicious day.

Donation for the victims of tsunami in Japan

April 4th
Donation for the victims of tsunami in Japan
Kamalaya will donate 50% of your session fee (Shiatsu with Yutaka Homma) to be distributed directly among the affected population of the earthquake & tsunami via: Japanese Red Cross Society

About Namikoshi Shiatsu
Namikoshi Shiatsu, a manual therapy developed in Japan through a synthesis of Eastern and Western medical concepts, uses mankind’s most ancient medical tools – the human hand and human hearts – to treat the patient using a holistic approach that stimulates the body’s own natural self-healing power to correct imbalances and effect a cure from within.

Kamalaya Gallery presents Dialogues of Time and Nature By Robert Powell

The Exhibition runs through 30th June 2011
The Gallery will be open everyday from 10.00 – 19.00 hrs.
If you are interest in any art please contact the retail staff or Kamalaya Reception

Robert Powell was born in Sydney in 1948, and studied humanities and architecture in Australia. He came to Asia in 1974 and was in India when Ladakh was opened t foreigners for the first time.He spent 7 months there documenting its Tibetan Architecture. That experience was the beginning of a lifelong exploration of Asian cultures, inspired by their material manifestations and especially their traditional architectures.

Since then he has lived and worked in Asia, mostly in the Himalayas, in Nepal, India, Pakistan and also China and Japan. Since 2004 he has been based in Thailand and has begun a series of paintings from Angkor, and the south East Asian region. His sketchbooks, measured drawings, and photographs from more than three decades in Asia continue to inspire current works. His paintings and drawings have been exhibited and published widely and are the subject of two books.
         
Robert Powell is Kamalaya’s architect. As an architect and artist whose interest in vernacular building has kept him in Asia for 30 years, he nevertheless thought that the typical “Thai-style” villa would really be an anomaly on this site. This type of structure, traditionally rooted in the North amongst expanses of rice fields, seemed an inappropriate response to the hilly, rocky beachside of Koh Samui. Instead, the style of Kamalaya is “simple tropical modern.”

Robert will be offering a Kamalaya Site Tour & Gallery Visit every Thursday from 14.00 – 15.30 ( Meet at Alchemy lounge) as part of our holistic activity schedule.

Evening Concert with Gottfried Kling and Friends

Tuesday 15th March
Concert by hang musician Gottfried Kling, who lately has been serenading Kamalaya guests around the grounds. You may have heard him improvising in harmony with the birds, offering meditative melodies in the Monks’ Cave, or adding a reflective touch to your wheatgrass juice and muesli in the morning. Gottfried will be joined by Nai Noi on his lap tapping, finger picking acoustic guitar, Soon on percussion and Noi on violin.

Nai Noi, has a virtuosic tapping and finger-picking guitar style that could fool listeners into believing they are hearing several different instruments being masterfully plucked, beaten, tapped and caressed, in unison. The eclectic fusion of sounds composed and played by the maestro has gained the forty-eight-year-old musician from Bangkok an enviable reputation amongst music fans and contemporaries throughout Thailand and beyond. Tapping is a playing technique that was originally linked to the electric guitar, although Noi uses an acoustic guitar he named, Nuen Anoung, which he says means ‘beautiful lady’.

Gottfried Kling left his home in Switzerland for New Zealand in the 1980s, living as a farmer by day and a drummer by night in the clubs. While he plays the flute and didgeridoo as well, he only fell in love with his instrument of choice, the hang, three years ago while visiting the town of Pai in northern Thailand. The hang is a UFO-shaped instrument about the size of a Jeep tire. It sounds a bit like a mix of steel drum and xylophone, with a mellow tone. Gottfried has been composing hang melodies ever since.

Piano Meditation Concert by Maneesh de Moor

23rd February 2011 (18:00 - 19:00 at Yantra Hall)

Like a quiet lake in the early morning hours, within us all there is a still point of inner peace and calm. In this solo piano meditation concert, acclaimed keyboardist and composer Maneesh de Moor creates a fluid soundscape to help guide us into our inner sanctuary. Blending soothing piano tones with intentional spaciousness and subtle layers of atmospheric keyboards, this meditative experience offers you an opportunity to let go of your worries of the day and open up to the tranquil beauty of the present moment.

Maneesh de Moor was born in the Netherlands and is based in Bangkok, Thailand. An accomplished pianist, composer, and producer, de Moor has collaborated with Deva Premal, Praful, Sudha, Prem Joshua and many others and specializes in the crossover between ethnic and popular music; between natural and electronic sounds. For more information about Maneesh de Moor, visit www.mdmsound.com

Mystic World Beat Concert

19th February 2011
Fantuzzi, Bobby Parrs, Danny Paradise and Friends

Fantuzzi - A Global Troubadour
Fantuzzi is a world-class musical star who is charismatic, funny, sensual, and highly-energized and will definitely get you moving. A continuous world traveler to over 50 countries throughout the past 35 years, Fantuzzi has performed on every continent at thousands of events including those at Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, Rio De Janeiro Earth Summit, Los Angeles and Oakland Coliseums as well as at all 3 Woodstocks, 3 Khumba Melas, 29 Rainbow Gatherings, multiple Cannabis Cups, European Festivals, Bali Festivals, Australian Festivals, Harmony Festivals, Bhakti Festivals, Mystic Garden Parties, and Raw Spirit Festivals.

Bobby Parrs - A brillant musician of many genres
Danny Paradise - Touring the world for 32 years as a musician, songwriter and Yoga Teacher

Chinese New Year Celebration

Thursday 3rd February, 2011

According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2011 is the Year of the Golden Rabbit, beginning on February 3rd, 2011 and ending on January 22nd, 2012. The Rabbit is the fourth sign of the Chinese Zodiac, which consists of 12 animals signs. The Rabbit is a lucky sign. Rabbits are private individuals and a bit introverted. People born in the Year of the Rabbit are reasonably friendly individuals who enjoy the company of a group of good friends. They are good teachers, counselors and communicators, but also need their own space.

Our Celebration Program
18:30 hrs - Cocktail reception at Yoga Pavilion
19:30 hrs - Chinese & Thai Buffet Dinner at Yantra Hall
20:15 hrs - Taekwondo show
20: 30 hrs - Thai Classic Dance shows
21:30 hrs - Beach activities: Floating Lanterns, Fire dance, Firecrackers and Fireworks at Kamalaya Beach

Fire Ceremony

Friday, 14th  January 2011 (11.30 hrs at Yantra Hall)

The Fire Ceremony - Sanskrit Havan or Homa - is an ancient sacred Indian ritual. It consists of offering foods and our prayers to the fire representing the Sun as the giver of life and light.  The sacred fire consumes our offerings and our prayers. The smoke which rises purifies the atmosphere and carries our prayers to the subtle dimensions of creation, whereas the ashes are traditionally used for medicinal purposes.

Sri Babaji said, “Havan is that which brings rain, which brings grain”. Creation stems from Havan as the manifest form of Divine Beings. Whatever we offer goes directly to the Gods invoked. Doing Havan brings happiness and the joys of life, good thoughts and love for one another. The smoke removes what is harmful in the atmosphere and attracts what is good, thereby increasing abundance and prosperity in the world. The Object of this Havan is World Peace and Prosperity

Kitchari Bhandara
Sri Munirajj, a saint on visit from India and disciple of Maha Avatar Babaji, is today offering the sacred fire ceremony dedicated to World Peace as well as Kitchari Bhandara a light food offering, which has been blessed in the ceremony for all of us. Kitchari is a traditional Indian dish prepared with lentils, vegetables and rice, cooked with spices and olive oil. It is a light meal, symbolizing the change in season and a life dedicated to simplicity.


Inauguration of Babaji's Temple

January 13-14th, 2011

Inauguration of Babaji's Temple called "Sada Shiva maha Avatar Dham" at Kamalaya Koh Samui, Thailand

Watch our little video at youtube »

Kamalaya’s New Year Monk Ceremony

Saturday, 1 January 2011

Programme:
09:00 - Respect to Spirit House around Kamalaya
10.30 - Monk blessing at the Yantra Hall

Buddhist monks from Laem Sor Temple will hold a blessing ceremony.

2010

Destination Spa of the Year - AsiaSpa Awards 2010

11 November 2010

Thursday 11th November at the glamorously green Vibes, AsiaSpa honoured 28 of the spa industry’s top spas, personalities, destinations and products.

The coveted title of Destination Spa of the Year went to Koh Samui's Kamalaya while the MiraSpa took home top honours as the year's Best Urban Spa. Spa Product of the Year went to British skincare brand Aromatherapy Associates and Bali won Spa Capital of the Year. Other winners ranged from old favourites Chiva-Som in Thailand to the new Aman Spa at Amanfuyun in Hangzhou China.

Favourite Destination Spas-International - Spa Magazine Silver Sage Readers’ Choice Award 2010

22 October 2010

More than 100,000 votes were cast this year for Spa magazine’s third annual Silver Sage Readers’ Choice Awards. Kamalaya Koh Samui was chosen as a winner in Spa magazine’s 2010 Silver Sage Readers’ Choice Awards, which highlights their readers’ picks of top spas around the world. This year, they recognised the top favourites in 29 different categories that include Favourite Destination Spas, Favourite Affordable Spas, Favourite Spas by region, and many more!

Kamalaya Koh Samui was one of 5 winners in the category of Favourite Destination Spas-International.

The full list of winners in order of ranking will be announced in Spa’s Worldwide Guide 2011 issue (on the newsstands Nov 2). Kamalaya was named one of five winners in the “Favourite Destination Spa International” category of the Spa Magazine 2010 Silver Sage Readers’ Choice Awards. “We cannot begin to express our gratitude for the honours bestowed on Kamalaya,” said co-founder Karina Stewart. “These awards are 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.”

Favourite Spa in Thailand - SpaFinder Readers’ Choice Awards 2010

19 October 2010

Every year SpaFinder names the winners of its prestigious Readers' Choice Awards, revealing spa-goers' favourite spas across the globe in three areas: favourite spa by continent, favourite by region or country, and best in any of 27 categories. This year's awards saw approximately 300,000 votes cast for those deserving spas that offer truly exceptional experiences to their guests – the highest number of votes for the Readers' Choice Awards to date.

SpaFinder, the global spa resource, granted Kamalaya acclamation for 5 awards. SpaFinder also announced that not only had Kamalaya won the prestigious Readers’ Choice Award for “Favourite Spa in Thailand”, but also four other awards in the Top Ten Listing categories of “Best Cuisine”, “Best for Mind-Body-Spirit”, “Best Interior Design”, and “Best for Weight Loss”. 

Best Complementary & Alternative Medicine Wellness Centre – Crystal Awards Asia Pacific 2010

14 October 2010

The Crystal Awards Asia Pacific is an annual event to recognise and honour the best of the spa and wellness industry in the Asia Pacific region. Awarding brands and properties in various categories, The Crystal Awards Asia Pacific 2010 set to endorse through a collective voice of leaders and experts of the industry, the contribution that these brands and properties make that enhance the industry, spearhead trends, change as well as exert an overall definition for the future direction of the sector.

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

“The awards stand apart from the rest for our impartiality in recognising and honouring those who set the standards across the industry,” said Crystal Awards Chairman Michael Loh. “Winners will be celebrated and relished as standard bearers for the industry as worthy models to follow.”

TATLER Spa Awards 2010, one of 5 awards worldwide for Enduring Excellence.

4 October 2010

At the fourth annual TATLER UK Spa Awards celebration on 4th October, attended by leading travel editors, writers and hospitality leaders and presented by Melinda Stevens, TATLER’s Travel Editor, Kamalaya was honoured as the recipient of the TATLER Enduring Excellence Award for 2010.

This award honours Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa for its outstanding consistency in maintaining the highest standards of excellence since its conception in 2005. It is with great pride that Kamalaya adds this accolade to the acknowledgements of our destination’s healing hands, and to the achievement of delivering our precious key message “feel life’s potential.”

Tourism of Thailand (TAT) Award for Outstanding Performance for Health Tourism Destination Spa

27 September 2010

Karina and John Stewart, accompanied by Dr.Pipadh Eksaengrsi, were amongst long-standing friends and supporters of the Thai tourism industry as they were conferred this well-deserved award organised by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) on 27th September, 2010, in Bangkok.

The 8th Thailand Tourism Awards, 7th Friends of Thailand Awards, and 6th Tourist Guide Awards were simultaneously arranged to commemorate World Tourism Day, as well as being held in the year marking the 50th Anniversary of the founding of TAT. 

KAMALAYA KOH SAMUI VOTED BEST COMPLEMENTARY & ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE WELLNESS CENTRE

11 December 2009

Koh Samui, Thailand… Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa was named Best Complementary & Alternative Medicine Wellness Centre last week in the sixth annual Crystal Awards Asia Pacific 2009.
The Crystal Awards, organised by Global Ratings & Awards Solutions, employ a collective voice of leaders in the spa and wellness industry to salute the best in the Asia Pacific region. Awarding brands and properties in various categories, they endorse the contributions each makes to enhance the industry while exerting an overall definition for the future direction of the sector.
“The awards stand apart from the rest for our impartiality in recognizing and honouring those who set the standards across the industry,” said Crystal Awards Chairman Michael Loh. “Winners will be celebrated and relished as standard bearers for the industry as worthy models to follow.”
This Crystal Award was Kamalaya’s third honour in three months. In October, Kamalaya took home six prizes in the SpaFinder Readers’ Choice Award competition, which named the resort Favorite Spa in Asia and Favorite Spa in Thailand, and a top 10 spa worldwide in each of the Best for Mind-Body-Spirit, Best Medical Program, Best for Weight Loss and Best for Yoga categories. In November, the Asia Spa Awards named Kamalaya co-founder Karina Stewart Spa Personality of the Year.
“All of us are so grateful for the support and recognition that Kamalaya has received this year,” Karina said. “The reality of Kamalaya as an atmosphere in which life transformation happens is already so far beyond what (her husband) John and I ever dreamed.”
Kamalaya Koh Samui is a Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa located amid a lush, tropical landscape on the southern coast of Koh Samui, Thailand. Kamalaya 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.


Karina Stewart named 'Spa Personality of the Year' at the AsiaSpa Awards 2009

13 November 2009

Koh Samui, Thailand…Karina Stewart, co-founder of Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa, was named ‘Spa Personality of the Year’ last night at the AsiaSpa Awards 2009. The awards were announced at AsiaSpa magazine’s awards ceremony, held in Hong Kong’s Armani Bar.    

Kamalaya was one of eight nominees in the category, which included distinguished destinations from Asia and Australia. Kamalaya was also nominated in categories for Spa Retreat of the Year, Spa Therapist Team of the Year, and Spa Cuisine of the Year. A panel of 27 independent judges from across the Asia region were charged with short-listing nominations and selecting the ultimate winners across 27 categories, digging deep to find the most original places to relax, heal and grow.  

‘I feel deeply honoured, humble and grateful,’ said Karina, a doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine who is also Kamalaya’s Brand / Concept Director.  ‘The industry is in such a phase of growth and development, and there are so many people right now who are making huge contributions.’
 
‘It’s lovely to receive this award, and I do so knowing it’s very much due to the unfailing support of my communications team,’ she continued. “It’s also a testament to the strong commitment the entire Kamalaya family makes each day to helping our guests have the best and most beneficial experience possible, and to our holistic approach toward health and wellbeing.”  

The AsiaSpa Awards were created in 2005 to give recognition and reward to the region’s best in terms of innovation and quality. Setting a great benchmark for spas in the region as well as around the world, they put the spotlight on Asia's best spas.  
This year’s awards ceremony comes just a month after Kamalaya won the coveted Crystal Award for Favorite Spa in Asia in the SpaFinder Readers’ Choice Awards. These awards also named Kamalaya Favorite Spa in Thailand, as well as one of the top ten spas in the world in each of the Best for Mind-Body-Spirit, Best Medical Program, Best for Weight Loss and Best for Yoga categories.  

Kamalaya Koh Samui is a Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa located amid a lush, tropical landscape on the southern coastline of Koh Samui, Thailand. Kamalaya 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.


Bring home inspired Healthy Cuisine with Kamalaya's new Cookazine!

21 October 2009

Koh Samui, Thailand… At Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa the focus is on lasting results. Guests here establish new foundations for longer, healthier and more vital lives. And this November, as the resort celebrates its fourth anniversary, Kamalaya is offering another way for guests to maintain at home the changes they’ve made here. It’s in the form of the second edition of Reconnect, the Kamalaya journal, which this time is dedicated to Kamalaya guests and their favorite recipes, the principles behind Kamalaya’s inspired healthy cuisine, and nutritional and lifestyle advice.
“Kamalaya cuisine celebrates the joy and pleasure of healthy cooking,” says Kamalaya co-founder Karina Stewart, a nutritionist and doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine who worked closely with Chef Kai Mueller to develop the Kamalaya menus. “The aim behind our two restaurants, Soma and the Amrita Café, is to inspire our guests with food so delicious and healthful that they can experience the healing power of food and know that food as medicine is – and must continue to be – an integral part of the healing journey.”

To truly embrace food as medicine, it is essential to reduce the use of sugar and sugar-producing foods. Kamalaya favours fad-free over fat-free, and prefers a sensible approach to dining that aims to educate and inspire guests to develop a more thoughtful and enticing relationship with food. Creative and inspired recipes draw on diverse culinary traditions, emphasizing high quality, fresh ingredients and organic whenever possible. While low sugar, low sodium, low fat and low dairy are all part of the Kamalaya approach, you won’t find calorie information on the menus or recipes here. Instead, Kamalaya advocates a sensible approach to wellness with healthy cuisine principles.

Purists may be surprised to find a few richer dishes on the menu, but Kamalaya recognizes that human nature sometimes seeks indulgence. So a smattering of indulgent dishes has been included to  replicate the “real world” and illustrate the wisdom of balance and moderation.

“Our approach is to make so many other healthy and delicious options available that it’s effortless to make healthful choices,” Karina says.

When it comes to healthy eating, the quest for perfection can be one’s greatest downfall because it often leads to an all-or-nothing mentality, where a single chocolate seems little different from the entire box. Kamalaya’s philosophy is pragmatic and realistic and seeks to inspire rather than dictate, and Chef Kai Mueller’s masterful interpretation of food as medicine serves up health with a generous splash of culinary flair.

Try your hand at home on Kamalaya menu mainstays such as Pumpkin Curry with Hot Basil & Mangosteen, Sweet Potato Roesti with Mushroom Ragout, and Warm Fennel Salad. Or curl up in your favorite spot to enjoy reading up on The GI lowdown, seasonal eating, adrenal burnout, nutrition for stress support and avoiding inflammation overload. There are also answers to nutritional FAQs, guidelines for healthy eating and an exploration of the principles behind Kamalaya’s inspired healthy cuisine. The Cookazine is on sale now at the resort gift shop for 435 baht. To request to order it online please contact Patsharin Jampakam at secretary(at)kamalaya.com,  Tel. +66 (0) 77 429 800.
Kamalaya, located on the lush southern coast of Koh Samui, integrates healing practices and treatments from East and West in customized programs and wellness retreats. Offered in a beautiful and natural environment, these represent a unique concept in personal wellbeing and holistic lifestyle possibilities.For more information or booking please visit www.kamalaya.com


Six SpaFinder Readers' Choice Awards for Kamalaya Koh Samui

7 October 2009

Kamalaya Koh Samui has been selected as a multiple winner in the 7th annual SpaFinder Readers’ Choice Awards, including the coveted “Crystal” Award for spa-goers’ favorite spa in Asia. Based on over 360,000 votes – a record for the awards program - submitted by readers of SpaFinder publications (including Spafinder.com), the awards represent the most complete consumer assessment of the global spa market.

The Crystal Award itself represents SpaFinder’s most prestigioius Readers’ Choice distinction, as it’s exclusively reserved for only one, top vote-getting spa in each of the six habitable continents around the globe.

Kamalaya also won the award for Favorite Spa in Thailand and was named as one of the top ten spas in the world in each of the Best for Mind-Body-Spirit, Best Medical Program, Best for Weight Loss and Best for Yoga categories.

We wish to thank all of our guests, our business partners and supporters, and our highly skilled team of Kamalaya hosts, whose care and attention are the heart of the Kamalaya experience. 
Thank you very much, and we hope to see you soon!


Samui Mala Festival

25 September 2009

It’s a day of complimentary activities that will give us all the chance to share ideas and philosophies as colleagues and a community while enjoying the atmosphere of this Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa on Samui’s stunning southern coast. Bring along your friends, your neighbors and your colleagues – it’s a line-up nobody will want to miss, and you’ll find all the details below.
Samui Mala Healing Forum

3.00pm - Power of Place
Kamalaya, A Case Study: Designing Samui wellness services and spas in harmony with nature. Talk and tour with architect Rob Powell on the challenges and opportunities of creating wellness environments that convey healing and are sensitive to the natural setting.
 
4.30pm - Healing Art
These artists, photographers and sculptors are based on Samui and throughout Thailand. Meet and talk with them at the opening of this Kamalaya Gallery show that runs until December.

5.15pm - Tibetan Singing Bowls Concert
led by Winnie Rode with guest artists.

5.45pm - Healing Ourselves - Healing Our World
Samui wellness pioneers offer brief talks on their varied approaches to healing on Samui and its implications for this island and the world around us. Is Samui a healing island or an island in need of healing? The discussion features an array of speakers including: Pra Ajarn Po, Abbot of Wat Suan Mokkh; Spa Samui owner Guy Hopkins; Kamalaya co-founder Karina Stewart; The Dharma Healing Centre’s Hillary Hitt; and Shelley Poplak, Tamarind Springs co-founder & Samui Mala Festival Coordinator. Neal Hoptman moderates.

7.00pm – Snacks & Refreshments
A Taste of Kamalaya’s Inspired Healthy Cuisine

7.30pm - A Conversation Among Friends
A panel leads this public forum in discussing challenges arising from the earlier debate and in considering foundations for evolution. All are welcome to stay after the forum for more music and conversation. Oh, and bring a book on healing to donate – you’ll be helping to build the new healing library at June’s Bophut Café!

We really hope you’ll be able to join us for the Kamalaya event. To do so, just send the names of people in your party to Gaby Gubler at marketing(at)kamalaya.com or call Margaret Rankin at 081 271 3465.

For those of you not yet familiar with the Samui Mala Festival, it began two years ago as a one-day event celebrating healthy living in a healthy environment. But Samui residents and visitors alike responded with overwhelming support, and this year’s Mala is a full-blown festival: It’s happening Sept. 19 to 27 at venues all over the island. It’ll be packed with exciting events & performances, but it won’t be the same without YOU! So bookmark www.samuimala.org, and we’ll tell you about all the attractions as they develop!

Looking forward!
The Samui Mala Festival Team


Kamalaya voted "Best Destination Spa"

19 November 2008

Kamalaya Koh Samui, the Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa, took home the AsiaSpa Award for Best Destination Spa of the Year from the November 2008 award ceremony in Hong Kong. The awards were announced at AsiaSpa magazine's 'Time to Shine' cocktail party, held at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong.

Kamalaya was one of 14 nominees in the category, which included distinguished destinations from Asia and Australia. Kamalaya was also nominated in Best Retreat, Best Spa Cuisine and Best Holistic Treatment categories. A panel of 29 independent judges from across the Asia region were charged with short listing nominations and selecting the ultimate winners across 26 categories, digging deep to find the most original places to relax, heal and grow.

The AsiaSpa Awards were created in 2005 in order to give recognition and reward to the region's best in terms of innovation and quality. Setting a great benchmark for spas in the region as well as around the world, the AsiaSpa Awards put the spotlight on Asia's best spas.

This is the second major award for Kamalaya in 2008. In October, Kamalaya won the Spa Asia Crystal Award for Best Wellness Retreat.

"Kamalaya is very much about the people - those that work here and those that visit here - and our success is a tribute to them. It is my belief that happiness comes from giving and is multiplied through sharing. Every day, I see this belief brought to life at Kamalaya. That this ideal could help us to win two prestigious awards is deeply gratifying." said John Stewart, Kamalaya Co-founder and Chairman.

Kamalaya Koh Samui is a Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa located amid a tropical landscape on the southern coastline of Koh Samui, Thailand. Kamalaya 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 you can visit www.kamalaya.com

Kamalaya voted "Best Wellness Retreat"

21 October 2008

Koh Samui, Thailand…Kamalaya Koh Samui, the Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa, was the winner of the Best Wellness Retreat category in last week’s Spa Asia Crystal Awards. The awards were announced at the Wellness Summit Gala Dinner in Kuala Lumpur on 16 October, which was attended by over 220 industry people and media.
Kamalaya was one of 8 finalists in the category, which included wellness destinations from Asia and one from Australia. This was the first year that Kamalaya, which opened in November 2005, had entered the awards.
The Spa Asia Crystal Awards is an annual event to honour and recognise the ‘best of the best’ in the spa and wellness industry. A rigorous judging process includes the evaluation and scoring of submissions by a panel of industry judges (30% of total score), a secret shopping audit conducted by SpaAudit.com (60% of total score) and votes from Spa Asia readers (10%).
The secret shopper visit, which accounts for 60% of the total score, looks at every aspect of the guest experience from pre-arrival to departure and includes assessment of accommodation, cuisine, private and group fitness classes, consultation, treatments and overall impressions and results.
The Best Wellness Retreat category is awarded to the destination that best embraces Spa Asia’s definition of ‘spa’ across the operation and offers guests a personalised experience of holistic treatments that deliver wellness of body, mind and spirit. To make the nominations list, businesses must give evidence of their forward thinking approach to wellness, structured training programs and how they embrace a broader wellness concept that considers the environment, the staff and the host country.
Kamalaya Cuisine was featured throughout the 3-day Wellness Summit. , Kamalaya’s Executive Chef Kai Mueller was invited to work with the food and beverage team at the conference venue, The Palace of the Golden Horses, so that attendees could experience Kamalaya’s inspired healthy cuisine.
Kamalaya Koh Samui is a Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa located amid a tropical landscape on the southern coastline of Koh Samui, Thailand. Kamalaya 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. www.kamalaya.com