AWARDS

Kamalaya is honoured to have been recognised over the years by some of the most reputable industry groups and respected publications in the world as a leader in the wellness industry.

  • 2021
  • 2020
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013

Destination Deluxe Awards - Wellness Retreat of the Year 2021
Destination Deluxe Awards 2021 honored the best in wellness and travel on 27 October 2021, recognizing the industry’s finest in 22 categories that have been voted on by a panel of 18 expert judges. Kamalaya is privileged to have won ‘Wellness Retreat of the Year’ for the third year in a row, as well as 3rd runner up in ‘Wellness Cuisine of the Year’ category. The accolades recognize top leaders in the industry, and those who go beyond and revolutionize wellness and travel. Of course, this success wouldn’t have been possible without our team of wellness experts and hosts that help us create memorable and transformative experiences for our guest. These awards are especially unique considering exceptionally challenging times that we have been facing in the last couple of years. The entire team of Kamalaya sends its heartfelt gratitude for being recognized once again.


KINNARI GOLD AWARD at the 2021 TAT Awards - Tourism of Thailand (TAT)
Kamalaya proudly celebrates the Kinnari Gold Award in the Wellness Retreat category at the 13th biannual Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Awards. Held every two years this award serves as Thailand’s ‘Hallmark of Excellence’ – a symbol of assurance in the finest achievements, outstanding quality and reliability of tourism products and services. Presented by Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Barnavadi, the award ceremony took place online, and it is with great honor and gratitude that we take yet another accolade ensuing confidence in our guests and patrons.


Travel Play Live Readers’ Choice Awards 2021
Travel Play Live’s readers voted for their favorite travel, lifestyle, wellness and adventure operators and destinations across Australia and around the globe. Votes have been tallied across a substantial female-centric audience in 27 travel, lifestyle, wellness, and adventure categories where Kamalaya has taken Readers’ Choice Awards 2021: The Best International Wellness Retreat. The award highlights and showcases the best destinations and tourism operators who excel in their respective fields. We, at Kamalaya, are ever so proud to have been recognized by one of our leading international markets. Thank you!


Condé Nast Traveler Reader's Choice Awards 2021
For the third year running Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa has been recognized by Condé Nast Traveler as one of the Top 40 Destination Spa Resorts in the World: Reader's Choice Awards 2021. This year's results are based on what people longed for most when they couldn't travel and decided to do first once they could. This is one of the most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry, and we are grateful to our guests for making this possible.


TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Award
We are so proud to receive the 2021 TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Award given to hotels that consistently earn great reviews from travelers and are ranked within the top 10% of properties on TripAdvisor. This wouldn’t have been possible without our dedicated team that provides unprecedented service and attention, as well as our patrons and guests who keep on coming back to enjoy all that Kamalaya Koh Samui has to offer. We feel blessed and grateful for another year of success.


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


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.

Destination Deluxe Awards - Wellness Retreat of the Year
We were delighted to win ‘Wellness Retreat of the Year’ at the inaugural Destination Deluxe Awards announced in December 2019. 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.


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.


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.

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.



World Spa & Wellness Awards: “Worldwide Health & Wellness Destination of the Year”
At the 2018 World Spas & Wellness Awards held in London on Sunday 25th February, Kamalaya was announced as the ‘Worldwide Health & Wellness Destination of the Year’. Kamalaya received the prestigious award for the second year running, after being voted the 2018 winner by an independent jury of industry professionals. Up against a prestigious line-up of dedicated wellness properties, Kamalaya was the only Asian based resort in the shortlist of five properties in Italy, Switzerland, Germany and Austria. This is the fourth 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.




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.

Kamalaya awarded "BEST OVERSEAS HEALTH & WELLNESS PROPERTY 2017' in Australian Luxury Travel Magazine's Gold List Awards
For the third 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.



World Spa & Wellness Awards: “Worldwide Health & Wellness Destination of the Year”
At the 2018 World Spas & Wellness Awards held in London on Sunday 25th February, Kamalaya was announced as the ‘Worldwide Health & Wellness Destination of the Year’. Kamalaya received the prestigious award for the second year running, after being voted the 2018 winner by an independent jury of industry professionals. Up against a prestigious line-up of dedicated wellness properties, Kamalaya was the only Asian based resort in the shortlist of five properties in Italy, Switzerland, Germany and Austria. This is the fourth 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.



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.

Kamalaya awarded "BEST OVERSEAS HEALTH & WELLNESS PROPERTY 2016' 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.



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.



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.

KINNARI GOLD AWARD at the 2015 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.



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.

 



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 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.



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.



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.



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.

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