The award was presented 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.
“Our beautiful hotel and our service standards draw upon the Lanna heritage of Chiang Mai, and we are very proud to have been recognised with this award,” says Asdang Sukwises, general manager of Centara Khum Phaya Resort & Spa.
“I and my team are ready to welcome all guests and to demonstrate the warmth and gracious hospitality that is the Lanna tradition.”
Centara Khum Phaya Resort & Spa, Centara Boutique Collection is 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 deploying the art of the wood-carver for decorative elements. The interiors use Thai fabrics and golden teak furnishings to further evoke the elegance and grace of the Lanna era, and the 85 rooms and villas all feature extra-large space with a furnished balcony or terrace.
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.
Amongst the high scoring Lanna attributes of the hotel were the restaurant outlets. 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 the 1,200-guest capacity Khum Kham convention centre due to open early in 2013, in time for the traditional high season travel months in Chiang Mai. The resort also has facilities for smaller meetings and events, and extensive outdoor areas for functions and receptions
Centara Hotels & Resorts is Thailand’s leading operator of hotels, with 37 deluxe and first-class properties covering all the major tourist destinations in the Kingdom. A further 17 resorts in the Maldives, Philippines, Vietnam, Bali Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Mauritius Indian Ocean, brings the present total to 54 properties. Brands and properties within Centara ensure that specific categories such as couples, families, individuals, and meetings and incentives groups will all find a hotel or resort that is appropriate to their needs. Centara operates 25 branches of Spa Cenvaree, one of Thailand’s most luxurious and innovative spa brands, together with its newly launched value brand Cense by Spa Cenvaree, which provides core spa services for busy travellers. The company’s Kids’ Club is available at all the family-friendly resorts to ensure that the youngsters and teens are taken care of. Centara Hotels & Resorts also operates two state-of-the-art convention centres in Bangkok, and two in northeastern Thailand, one being located in Udon Thani and the other in Khon Kaen