The award was presented to Asdang Sukwises, general manager of Centara Khum Phaya Resort & Spa, under the Northern Thailand Tourism Awards 2012 on May 26, held during the Miracle Tourism Forum in Chiang Mai.
The judges based their votes on Lanna identity as applied to architecture, interiors, service, and policies used to support the local community and the environment.
Centara Khum Phaya Resort & Spa is part of the Centara Boutique Collection and located in the centre of Chiang Mai. The architecture of the low-rise resort is based on classic Northern Thai traditions, using 80-year-old teak for the timber roofing and using wood carvings for decorative elements. The interiors use Thai fabrics and golden teak furnishings to evoke the elegance and grace of the Lanna era, and the resort’s 85 rooms and villas all feature extra-large space with furnished balconies or terraces.
The resort is set in manicured gardens with water features and century-old trees, and features an outdoor pavilion for spa and massage treatments. The lagoon style freeform swimming pool has a children’s area, and the fitness centre includes a steam room and sauna.
Khum Phaya’s restaurants also scored top marks for its Lanna attributes. Kham Sean is the all-day dining restaurant, serving traditional Northern Thai dishes along with international cuisine, while authentic khantoke cuisine is served at Khum Khantoke, a hall that can accommodate 800 guests indoors and 1,200 outdoors, and which features a cultural show with music, dancing and drama from around the country.
Centara Khum Phaya Resort & Spa Centara Boutique Collection is a fully equipped banquet and meetings venue, with its 1,200-guest capacity Khum Kham convention centre due to open early in 2013.