Award winning wellness retreat in Koh Samui
2020, 2018 & 2017
World Spa & Wellness Awards: “Worldwide Health & Wellness Destination of the Year”
At the 2020 World Spa & Wellness Awards – the first ever to be virtually – Kamalaya received for the third time the honor of being named ‘Worldwide Health & Wellness Destination of the Year’. Kamalaya was shortlisted alongside a prestigious line-up of five highly reputed wellness properties from around the world. This is the fifth time Kamalaya has been recognised in the awards, having won “Destination Spa of the Year – Asia & Australasia” in 2012 and 2014 and “Worldwide Health & Wellness Destination of the Year” in 2017 and 2018.
2020 & 2019
Destination Deluxe Awards - Wellness Retreat of the Year
We were delighted to win ‘Wellness Retreat of the Year’ for the second time in a row at the Destination Deluxe Awards announced in November 2020. An esteemed panel of industry experts judges these prestigious annual awards created by luxury wellness travel website Destination Deluxe. The accolades recognise leaders and pioneers in wellness and travel, and those who go beyond, set boundaries and innovate.
2019, 2015, 2013 & 2010
KINNARI GOLD AWARD at the 2019 TAT Awards - Tourism of Thailand (TAT)
We are very proud to receive the Kinnari Gold Award in the Wellness Retreat category at the 12th biannual Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Awards. The ceremony recognises the best in Thailand’s travel industry for their excellence in delivering remarkable service and experience to local and international tourists. Kamalaya won Gold in the Wellness Retreat segment which is part of the Health & Wellness category.
2019, 2017, 2016 & 2014
Kamalaya awarded "BEST OVERSEAS HEALTH & WELLNESS PROPERTY 2019' in Australian Luxury Travel Magazine's Gold List Awards
For the fourth time, Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa was awarded Best Overseas Health & Wellness Property by Luxury Travel Magazine’s Gold List Awards in May 2019. Australia’s premier travel and lifestyle magazine annually asks its readers to nominate outstanding luxury travel experiences in Australia and around the world and its Gold List is one of the most comprehensive luxury travel surveys undertaken in Australia and among the country’s leading travel awards.
2018, 2016 & 2011
Asia Spa Awards : Spa Cuisine of the Year
Kamalaya was awarded ‘Spa Cuisine of the Year’ at the 14th Annual AsiaSpa Awards, held in Hong Kong on 15th November 2018. Shortlisted alongside reputable properties from Asia and Australia, this is the third time Kamalaya has received this accolade for its Inspired Healthy Cuisine. “We passionately believe in the practice and application of ‘food for health, food as medicine’ and our cuisine is therefore a vital part of our holistic wellness concept”, says Kamalaya co-founder Karina Stewart who together with Kamalaya’s team of chefs has created a colourful menu that is both healing and delicious. Considered Asia’s premier spa and wellbeing magazine, AsiaSpa this year featured 26 Award categories, judged by a panel of 20 industry representatives.
Owner & Operator of the Year – American Spa
Leader in Furthering Mental Awareness – Debra Simon Award
Recent events have provided double cause for celebration at Kamalaya after both our founders were awarded for their individual contributions to the global wellness community. Firstly, ‘American Spa’ awarded Karina Stewart ‘Owner & Operator of the Year’ at the magazine’s Women in Wellness Awards 2018. We are also delighted to share that John Stewart received the Debra Simon Award for ‘Leader in Furthering Mental Awareness’ at the 2018 Global Wellness Summit in Cesena, Italy.
2017 & 2015
AsiaSpa Award: Spa of the year- Southeast Asia & Pacific
Kamalaya has been named ‘Spa of the Year - Southeast Asia & the Pacific’ at the 13th Annual AsiaSpa Awards held in Hong Kong on 17th November. Considered Asia’s premier spa and wellbeing magazine, AsiaSpa this year featured 26 Award categories, judged by a panel of 21 industry representatives.
US Condé Nast Traveler Magazine’s Gold List 2017
End of 2016, the editors and contributors of the US Condé Nast Traveler Magazine voted Kamalaya to be among their favourite destinations in the world and one of their preferred places to “get healthy”. It is the very first time Kamalaya has been included in the publication’s prestigious “Gold List” and we are truly grateful for such a fantastic recognition in the US.
Spafinder Wellness 365™ Travel Awards:
Crystal Award “Best in Asia” & Country Award “Best in Thailand”
Kamalaya was selected as a multiple winner at the 2016 Spafinder Wellness 365™ Travel Awards in London, including the Crystal Award “Best in Asia” as well as its fifth Country Award “Best in Thailand”. Each year, Spafinder also gives Category Awards to the worldwide top ten properties that offer exceptional wellness experiences in each of the 20 categories. With a total of nine Category Awards Kamalaya reached this year’s highest score within the group of category winners and was chosen as among the Best for Nutrition & Healthy Cuisine, Best Eco-friendly & Sustainable Property, Best for Going Solo, Best for Mind & Spirit, Best for the "Wow" Factor, Best for Yoga, Best Hidden Gem, Best Ahead-of-the-Curve Innovation and Best Weight Loss Program. From a shortlist selected by a panel of 39 wellness travel editors and industry experts, over 130,000 consumers and travel agents voted for their favourites.
Condé Nast Traveller Spa Awards 2016: Best Destination Spa.
At the prestigious Condé Nast Traveller Spa Awards 2016 held in London on Tuesday 2nd February, Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa was honoured to be named "Best Destination Spa".
Each year, the UK's leading luxury travel magazine selects the world's best spas in just nine categories setting an internationally recognised benchmark for the wellness industry. This year's winners are also announced in the magazine's annual Spa Guide, released this week. The guide spotlights the best places in the world to relax, recharge and be well; demanding consistently high standards, excellent service and palpable results.
Spafinder Wellness 365™ Travel Country Award 2015: Best in Thailand
For the fourth time since the awards were launched, Spafinder Wellness 365™ recognised Kamalaya with a Wellness Travel Country Award as “Best in Thailand”. SpaFinder also chose Kamalaya as among the ten Best for Fitness, Best for Nutrition, Best for Weight Loss, Best for Yoga and Best for Girlfriend Getaways. After a shortlist of properties was selected by this year’s panel of 33 wellness travel editors and industry experts, the final choice was made by the votes of over 10,000 consumers and travel agents.
Kamalaya Koh Samui awarded DESTINATION RETREAT OF THE YEAR at the 2014 AsiaSpa Awards
Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa was awarded "Destination Retreat of The Year" at the 10th edition of the AsiaSpa Awards in Hong Kong last Wednesday 12th November. Shortlisted alongside nine other reputable properties from Thailand, Indonesia, India, Philippines, New Zealand and Australia, Kamalaya is extremely honored to receive this accolade.
Since AsiaSpa, Asia's premier spa and well-being magazine, introduced the awards in 2005, they are setting a benchmark for spas in the region as well as around the world. This year, a panel of 22 independent judges from across Asia put the spotlight on Asia's best spas in 22 different categories.
Kamalaya Koh Samui awarded "SPASTAR AWARD 2014' and recognised as an inspiration to others
Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa was honoured to be awarded the "SpaStar Award 2014' at the TUR Travel Fair 2014 in Gothenberg, Sweden. One of three international properties to receive the top award of the day, Kamalaya was recognised as an inspiration to others. The judges said of Kamalaya, "Modern science meets ancient spiritual wisdom in this world-leading haven for a healthy mind, body and soul."
The SpaStar Awards are founded by SpaStar International, an independent spa directory and quality assurance firm. The SpaStar Awards spotlight innovation, inspirational examples and quality role models in the spa world. The nomination process is supported by a board of advisors and a consumer panel in addition to the expert jury, which has been presenting the awards since 2008.
2014 & 2012
Destination Spa of the Year Asia & Australasia - World Spa Awards
Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa was honoured for the second time since the awards began, with the award for Destination Spa of the Year: Asia & Australasia at the World Spa awards in London last night. The World Spa & Wellness Awards were hosted at the Guildhall, located in the heart of London and acknowledge the global excellence of care, service and standards within the industry. Launched in 2012, the awards recognize the work that spas do around the globe, honouring hotels and destination spas in Western Europe & Scandinavia, Middle East & North Africa, North & South America and Asia & Australasia.
This latest award follows on from Kamalaya's success in 2012 winning the award for the first time and going onto win further awards in 2013 such as the Spafinder Wellness 365tm Readers Choice Category Award for Best Eco Spa. Kamalaya has won more than 25 awards since its inception in 2005, and as part of The World Spa & Wellness Awards Kamalaya was assessed alongside all shortlisted spas by an independent judging process of experienced industry professionals.
Best Eco Spa - SpaFinder Readers' Choice Awards
For the fourth time since the awards were launched Kamalaya was awarded a Spa Finder Readers' Choice Award.This year Kamalaya received "Best Eco-Spa" which is a first in this special interest category. The award recognisesthe initiatives put in place to preserve and maintain the environment. Kamalaya has placed great emphasis on protecting the beauty and resources of Thailand, and is dedicated to improving and creating intiatives that are sustainable thereby reducing waste, increasing energy efficiency, preserving water and implementing extensive planting of organic fruits and vegetables for consumption.
2012 & 2011
Spa Retreat Of The Year - AsiaSpa Awards
For the second consecutive year Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa was awarded "Spa Retreat of The Year" at the eighth edition of the AsiaSpa Awards in Hong Kong last night. With a short-list of nominees including Bali's Como Shambhala, Thailand's Chiva-Som, and Australia's Gwinganna, Kamalaya is extremely honored to receive this accolade again.
The award for "Spa Retreat of The Year" rounds off a successful year for Kamalaya, winning Destination Spa of The Year Asia and Australasia at The World Spa Awards in London before receiving "Favourite Spa in Thailand" at the SpaFinder Readers Choice Awards this October in New York.
Favourite Spa in Thailand - SpaFinder Wellness Readers' Choice Award
For the third time since the awards were launched, Kamalaya received the 2012 SpaFinder Wellness Readers' Choice Country Award as "Favourite Spa in Thailand". Nominated by consumers and travel agents who vote annually in the Readers' Choice Poll, the SpaFinder Wellness Readers' Choice awards honor the best-of-class properties from around the globe. Kamalaya was also delighted to be recognized as among the Best Eco-Spa, Best for Accommodations, Best for Weight Loss, and Best for Yoga.
"The consistency of voting since 2009 reflects Kamalaya's commitment to maintaining and delivering exceptional standards, we would like to thank everyone who has helped us achieve this," said Marc Antoine Cornaz, Kamalaya Managing Director.
Gold Award for Thematic Idea & Culture and a Silver Award for Green, Nature & Environment - Thailand Boutique Awards
Kamalaya was given a Gold Award for Thematic Idea & Culture and a Silver Award for Green, Nature & Environment at the Thailand Boutique Awards 2011 in Bangkok. The Thailand Boutique Award recognises small hotel establishments in Thailand with individual and unique character and flair, whilst providing world-class services and facilities. As a result Kamalaya is listed in the Thailand Boutique Hotels 2011-12 guide.
Best Conscious Cuisine – Crystal Awards Asia Pacific
Kamalaya received the award for Best Conscious Cuisine at the 2011 Crystal Awards Asia Pacific in Singapore. The award was collected by Kamalaya General Manager, Clive McNish.
"We are honoured to receive this prestigious award', said Clive. "At Kamalaya, cuisine is an integral part of our holistic wellness concept. Our varied and extensive menus offer dishes that are both healing and delicious. We aim to show our guests that healthy food does not need to be boring and hope that our guests feel inspired to continue eating healthily when they return home.'
Kamalaya Koh Samui wins Prime Minister's Export Award 2011 "Best Service Provider: Spa'
We are delighted to share the news that Kamalaya has just been named "Best Service Provider – Spa' at the annual Prime Minister's Export Award 2011 ceremony in Bangkok, Thailand.
The annual Prime Minister's Export Award was initiated in 1992 and is the Thai government's highest official award. It is granted to outstanding Thai exporters of products and services, showcasing and acknowledging their top quality and high standards.
"We honour the very best that we have – our best exporters, manufacturers, producers and service providers – for their commitment to excellence and especially their exemplary achievements", said Her Excellency H.E. Ms. Yingluck Shinawatra, the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand.
2010 & 2008
Destination Spa of the Year - AsiaSpa Awards
Kamalaya was honoured the coveted Destination Spa of the Year award by AsiaSpa Magazine's during its annual awards ceremony in Hong Kong. This is the second time Kamalaya has won this prestigious title, and concludes a successful year for the resort.
Favourite Destination Spas-International - Spa Magazine Silver Sage Readers' Choice Award 2010
Kamalaya was named one of five winners in the "Favourite Destination Spas-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
SpaFinder, the global spa resource, granted Kamalaya acclamation for 5 awards. SpaFinder announced that not only had Kamalaya won the prestigious Readers' Choice Award for "Favourite Spa in Thailand", but also four other awards in the categories of "Best Cuisine", "Best for Mind-Body-Spirit", "Best Interior Design", "Best for Weight Loss".
2010 & 2009
Best Complementary & Alternative Medicine Wellness Centre – Crystal Awards Asia Pacific
Kamalaya was named Best Complementary & Alternative Medicine Wellness Centre in both the sixth and seventh annual Crystal Awards Asia Pacific for 2009 and 2010.
"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."
Award for Enduring Excellence - TATLER Spa Awards 2010
At the fourth annual TATLER UK Spa Awards celebration, Kamalaya was honoured as the recipient of one of five awards worldwide. 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, and is the first time that it has been recognised at this esteemed gathering.
Spa Personality of the Year Karina Stewart - AsiaSpa Awards 2009
Karina Stewart, co-founder of Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa, was named Spa Personality of the Year at the AsiaSpa Awards 2009.
"I feel deeply honoured, humble and grateful," stated Karina, "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."
Favourite Spa in Asia & Favourite Spa in Thailand - SpaFinder Readers' Choice Awards 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' Favourite Spa in Asia & Favourite Spa in Thailand. Kamalaya also won the award for Favourite Spa in Thailand and was named as one of the "Top Ten Worldwide Listings for Best Mind-Body-Spirit, Best Medical Program, Best for Weight Loss and Best for Yoga" categories.
Best Wellness Retreat – The Crystal Awards Asia Pacific
Koh Samui, Thailand... Kamalaya Koh Samui, the Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa, was the winner of the Best Wellness Retreat category in the 2008 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.