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Resort Planning    Architecture    Interior Architecture

'Lek' Mathar Bunnag

Personal Awards and Accolades


2017     Juror for Singapore Institute of Architects 17th SIA Architectural Design Awards


2014     Commissioned to represent Thailand in the 14th International Architecture Exhibition at

             la Biennale di Venezia 2014 as Curator and Designer ofthe Thailand National Pavilion


2012     Designated a National Artist ofThailand in the field of Architecture


2012     Conferred an Honorary Doctorate Degree by Silpakom University, Thailand


2010     Received the Golden Award for Excellence in Architecture 2010'

             by the a+d & Spectrum Foundation of lndia


1996     Won Best Hotel Design Award by Indonesian Institute of Architects for the design of

              Novotel Bukittinggi, West Sumatra, Indonesia


1985     Won first prize for Urban Conservation for Singapore China Town Planning Competition


1984     Received a distinction for graduate thesis on Urban Conservation in Thailand

             under Professor Edward Sekler, Harvard University, USA


1973     Personally awarded by His Majesty King Phumiphond of Thailand

             as a commendation of excellence in  architecture.

  Selected Projects'

Awards and Accolades

Pangkor Laut Resort, Lumut, Malaysia

Asia's Leading Wedding Venue 2015 Malasia's Leading Resort 2005

World Travel Awards


Number One in the World in Top 100 List Best Overseas Destination Spa

Conde Nast  Traveller  UK, 2003


Best Romantic Stay

Expatriate Lifestyle Best of Malaysia Awards 2012


Top 25 Spa Hotels & Resorts Asia 2012 Best in Travel


Top 15 Resorts in Asia : Ranked Thirteen

Travel  + Leisure  World's Best Awards 2011


HAPA Signature Luxury Resort and Villa (Top 5)

Hospitality Asia Platinum Awards - Regional Series 2008

Top Ten Best Overseas Resorts :-The Gold List

Luxury Travel  &  Style Australia, 2005


Top Ten Most Stunning Bungalows 2014

Travelers' Choice Awards,  TripAdvisor


One of the World's Most Enticing Retreats on the Waterfront Harpers & Queen UK, 2000

Idyllic Honeymoon Retreat Escape Routes, 2000


Top Ten Romantic Destinations

One of the Most Romantic Bathrooms in the World

Honeymoon and Romantic Travel Magazine UK, 2001


One of the World's Top Five-Star Resorts

Business Traveller,  1997


Best Hotel of the Year Award

Pacific Asia Travel Association UK, 1997


Top 10 Best Hotels & Resorts In Malaysia

Destinasian Readers' Choice Awards 2017


Top Ten Spa Retreats

Readers' Travel Awards, 2010 by Conde Nast Traveller, UK


Prime Minister's Award- Quality and Prestige Category



Idyllic Honeymoon Retreat

Escape Routes, 2000

The Oberoi, Mauritius

Mauritius' Leading Hotel - 2006, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015

Indian Ocean's Leading Hotel - 2006, 2007

Mauritius' Leading Resort & Spa Resort - 2004

World Travel Awards


No. 1 in 2014, No. 3 in 2013,

Top 25 Hotels in Africa

No. 5, Top 25 Hotels for Romance in Africa - 2014

No. 1, Top 10 Hotels in Mauritius - 2014

No. 1, Top 25 Hotels for Romance in Mauritius - 2014

No. 2, Top 25 Luxury Hotels in Mauritius -2014

No. 20, Top 25 Hotels in the World - 2013

Trip Advisor, Travellers' Choice Awards


No.1, Best hotels in the Indian Ocean - 2010

Ultratravel, UK, Top 100 Awards, Readers'Poll 2010


Best Bathroom - 2004 100 Best Hotels in the World - 2001

Tat/er Travel Guide


No. 2, Best Hotels Africa and Middle East for Rooms 

the Gold List 2005 No. 13,

Best Hotels in Asia - 2004

Best New Hotels in the World - the Hot List 2001

Conde Nast Traveller,  UK


No. 17 in 2015, World's Top 100

No. 17 in 2014, No. 5 in 2015,

Best Overseas Holiday Hotels in the Middle East, Africa & The Indian Ocean

No. 6, Best Leisure Hotels in the Indian Ocean - 2012

No. 11, Best Leisure Hotels in the Indian Ocean - 2011

Best Hotel in Africa,  Middle East and Indian Ocean for Rooms  - 2003

Conde Nast Traveller, UK, Readers' Travel Awards


Best Hotels and Resorts in the World - 2007, 2008, 2009

Forbes Traveler 400, The World's Best Hotels and Resorts


50 Most Romantic Getaways in the World

Travel + Leisure 2002

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

ILuxury Villa Resort - 2016 Grand Excellence Award - 2016

Indian Ocean's Leading Hotel - 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015

World's Leading Water Villa Resort - 2012, 2013, 2014

Maldives'  Leading Spa Resort- 2010, 2011

World Travel Awards


Exclusive Resort of the Year - Maldives

International Hotel Network Global Awards, 2014


"Top 10 Maldives Dreamy Resorts in 2013"

Dreaming ofthe Maldives blog,  January 2014


Winner: "Best Luxury Resort in Maldives 2013"

Diners Club Luxury Travel Magazine, July 2013


1st place: " Most Innovative Spa" for the Over-Water Spa

AsiaSpa Baccarat Awards, November 2012


8th Place: "Hideaway of the Year"

Hideaways Magazine,  Germany.  April 2011


"2014 Gold List" with a score of 96.0

No. 52: "2013 Best 100 Hotels in the World

Conde Nast Traveler USA, December 2013

1st place: "Best Spa Hotel and Resort" 4th place:

"Best Leisure Hotel",  August  2012


1st place: "101 Best Suites in the World"

Elite Traveler Magazine, July 2012


1st Place "World's Most Romantic Rooms"

JetSetExtra, April 2012


Included in "10 Best Hotels in the World"

Welt Am Sonntag Newspaper,  Germany,  December 2011


1st place: "The Best Suites in the World"

VIP Traveller Magazine  Germany,  September 2011

Phulay Bay, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Krabi, Thailand

The 100 Resorts List 2014

Best New Hotel in the World- Best of the Best 2010

Robb Report


Spa of the Year from South East Asia and The Pacific

AsiaSpa  Awards 2013


Best Landscape Architectural Design

Thailand  Property Awards 2011


Top 10 Hotels for Romance in the World

Trip Advisor Travelers Choice Awards 2011


Winner of Top Hotels for Romance in Asia

Trip Advisor  Traveler's Choice Awards 2011


Top 10 Relaxation/Spa Hotels in the World

Trip Advisor Traveler's Choice Awards  2011


Best New Hotels in the World

Conde Nast Travellers Hot List 2010


Best New Hotels in the  World

Travel+Leisures It List 2010

The Barai, Hua Hin, Thailand

Award of Outstanding Performance for Resort Spa in Thailand, 2013, 2015

Award of Excellence for Resort Spa in Thailand 2010

Thailand Tourism Awards 2010, 2013


Top Ten Pool Villas in Thailand Wallpaper Magazine 2012


Best Resort Spa 2009

Asia Spa & Wellness Festival 2009


Best Spa Ambience

Asia Spa & Wellness Festival 2009


30 Most Fascinating Resorts & Hotels

GM Style Magazine 2008


50 of Asia's Best

Luxury Travel Magazine Australia


Best New Spa

TTG Travel Awards 2007


Spa Design of the Year 2008

Best Resort Spa Crystal Award 2007, 2009

SpaAsia Awards

Four Seasons Resort, Chiengmai, Thailand


Top Ten List Around the Globe

Ranked #4 for Top Resorts - World's Best Awards 2015

No. 2, Top 10 Hotel Spa in Asia - 2009

No. 3, Best Hotel in Thailand - 2009

No. 4, Top 15 Resorts in Asia - 2009

No. 19 of the World's 500 Best Hotels - 2009

No. 1, Top Hotel Spa in Asia - 2008

No. 7, Top Hotels in Asia- 2008

No. 14, Top 15 Small Hotels in the World - 2008

Travel + Leisure


Top 25 Resorts in Asia (No. 8)- Readers' Choice Awards 2015

Gold List - 2007-2014

No. 2, The Best Hotels in Asia - 2009

No. 11, Best Hotels in Asia and the Indian Subcontinent - 2009

No. 1, The World's Best Places to Stay in Thailand - 2008

No. 5, Top 26 World's Best Spas - 2008

No. 8, The World's Top 100 Best of the Best - 2007

Conde  Nast Traveler


Residences at Four Seasons Chiengmai - Winner

Thailand  Property Award 2012


World's Very Best  Hotels and Resorts

Forbes Traveler 400 - 2008

Four Seasons Resort, Langkawi, Malaysia

Best 5-Star Accommodation 2015

Langkawi  Innovation  Tourism Awards (LITA)


Top 22 Resorts in Asia (No. 8) - Readers' Choice Awards 2015

Gold List 2013

Top Spas List 2013

Conde  Nast Traveler


Malaysia's Leading Resort 2013

Malaysia's Leading Spa Resort 2007

World Travel Awards


Best of Malaysia Awards 2011 Best Romantic Stay: Winner

Best Beach Resort: Excellence Award

Expatriate Lifestyle Magazine


Five Diamond Awards

AAA 2013


Travel and Tourism (SMITTY) Awards World's  Best Award

Travel+ Leisure 2013


No. 16 in Top 100 Hotels List

Robb Reports

Maia Luxury Resort and Spa, Mahe, Seychelles

Best Luxury Resort Spa in Seychelles - 2013 and 2014

Best Luxury Destination Spa Worldwide - 2012

World  Luxury Spa Awards


4th in the Indian Ocean 16th in the World

Conde Nast Traveller (UK) Reader's Award, 2012


50 Best Hotels in the World

The Daily Telegraph 2011


Indian Ocean's Leading Luxury Resort

World Travel Awards, 20JO


'Best for Nurturing Body & Soul'

Harpers Bazaar Travel Guide 2010


Awarded "Commitment to Quality"

The Leading Hotels of the World 2009


The Indian Ocean's Leading Luxury Resort

The first top-notch resort on main island of Mahe

World  Travel Awards 2008


The Hot List 2007 Conde Nast Traveller, Italy Conde Nast Traveller,  UK


Trident  Gurgaon, India

India's Leading Business Hotel - 2005, 2006, 2015

Asia's Leading Hotel - 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

India's Leading Hotel - 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 Asia's Leading Meetings Hotel - 2007, 2008

Asia's Leading Luxury Hotel - 2010

World Travel Awards

Cape Weligama, Sri Lanka


Sri Lanka category for Top Hotels, Top Luxury Hotels & Top Hotels for Service

TripAdvisor,  Travellers' Choice Awards 2016


The Hot List 2015 - Most Exciting Hotel Openings

CondeNast Traveller


IT List 2015 - Best New Hotels On The Planet

Travel + Leisure


Best New Hotels

Tatler Travel Guide 2015


The Most Beautifully Designed Hotels In The World

House & Garden 2015

Dusit Devarana New Delhi, India

Best Luxury Boutique Hotel in India

World  Luxury Hotel Award  2014, 2015


Best New Hotel (India) 2014

Travel + Leisure India and South Asia magazine.


Favourite International Hotel or Resort

Conde  Nast  Traveller  Readers Choice Awards 2015


Best New Spa Resort 2014

GeoSpa  AsiaSpa Awards, Asia  Spa Magazine

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