THREE KEY PLAYERS in the Thai spa industry were named to the Thai Spa Association’s Hall of Fame for their “outstanding contribution to the growth and development of the Thai spa industry”.
They are: Andrew Jacka, president of the Thai Spa Association; Boonchu Rojanastien, founder, Chiva-Som International Health Resort; and Kamthorn Tungrongchits, founder, Watpro Thai Traditional Medical School.
The awards were presented at the Thai Spa and Well-Being Awards gala dinner in Bangkok by the Thai Spa Association in co-operation with the Thai Ministry of Tourism and Sports and Ministry of Commerce.
The awards seek to promote the continuous development of the industry into the world market. Industry Awards, chosen by spa operators, were awarded in the following categories:
Innovative spa treatment – So Spa at Sofitel So Bangkok; Creative spa design – So Spa at Sofitel So Bangkok; Natural product – I plus Q; Organic product – Panpuri Organic Spa; Spa product – Kerstin Florin, The Spa, The Spa: Le Meridien Chiang Mai; and Spa educator – Arom: D Academic Spa, Bangkok.
Peoples Choice Awards, chosen by consumers, were awarded in the following categories:
Traditional Thai experience – Spa Cenvaree, Centara Grand @ CentralWorld; Amazing day spa – Let’s Relax, Sukhumvit 39, Bangkok; Amazing hotel spa – Spa Cenvaree, Centara Grand Mirage Beach resort, Pattaya; Amazing resort spa – Le Spa, Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort, Phuket; Amazing medical or wellness spa – RarinJinda Wellness Spa, Chinag Mai; and Amazing value for money spa — Angsana Spa, Laguna Phuket.