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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