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Pioneering and transformative wellness destination Chiva-Som in Hua Hin, Thailand, is pleased to announce the appointment of Patience Sangwa as resident Naturopath, bringing a wealth of experience and industry knowledge to the resort’s team of health and wellness experts.

A board-certified naturopath with the Allied Health Professionals Council of South Africa, Patience completed dual bachelor’s degrees in Complementary Health Sciences and Naturopathy at the University of the Western Cape, before undergoing clinical training in Cape Town.

As the resident Naturopath at Chiva-Som, Patience will investigate guests’ hindrances to wellbeing and provide an individualised holistic approach to achieving optimal health. By addressing nutrition, mental health, sleep practices, physical activities and lifestyle habits, Patience aims to treat not only symptoms, but mind, body and spirit too. This holistic system of wellbeing engages the guest as a partner in their own journey, exploring the essential aspects that promote health and wellbeing, while removing the factors that detract from them.

“I am passionate about empowering our guests to move in the direction of health in every aspect of their lives, by educating them on the dynamic relationship between the mind, body and spirit”, says Patience. “Just as the health of each organ in the body is co-dependent on the health of other organs, similarly, the health of an individual is connected to multiple factors affecting them, and diseases typically occur when a variety of systems become imbalanced. What I want to provide is simple yet effective guidance for achieving one’s wellness goals, promoting a balance of physical, mental, emotional and even spiritual health”.

Patience will also introduce an online naturopathic and nutritional consultation programme specifically designed to empower parents to take charge of their families’ wellbeing. The new consultation programme will provide parents with much-needed information on concerns such as nutrition, sleep, and mental and physical development of their child. Until March 2023, Chiva-Som is pleased to offer an introductory launch rate of THB 2,700++ (approx. GBP 66) for a 50-minute online session. Existing consultations for adults are priced at THB 3,850++ (approx. GBP 95).

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For 27 years, the award-winning Chiva-Som has pioneered transformative wellness practices to global acclaim. Its commitment to an innovative, holistic approach which expertly balances mind, body and spirit continues to this day with its flagship resort in Hua Hin, Thailand, and the latest addition to the Chiva-Som family, Zulal Wellness Resort by Chiva-Som in Khasooma, Qatar.

Optimal, bespoke wellness lies at the heart of each Chiva-Som experience. With its unique synergy of indigenous traditions and evidence-based wellness, Chiva-Som partners with guests on highly personalised wellness journeys focused on complete lifestyle transformation. At the new Zulal Wellness Resort, these extend to the entire family. Guests are motivated throughout their journey by knowledgeable and caring staff, who address their goals with the unique heart of Chiva-Som hospitality.

Chiva-Som’s approach to wellness extends to the wider community, with educational opportunities and global sustainability initiatives at the core of everything we do.

A few of our recent awards:

  • Winner #1 – ‘Best Destination Spa in the World’ – Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards 2022

  • Winner ‘Fighting Fit’ – Tatler Spa Awards 2022

  • Winner #1 – ‘Thailand’s Best Wellness Retreat’ – World Spa Awards 2022

  • ‘Top Destination Spa Resort in the World’ – Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards 2021

  • ‘Gold Award’ – Thailand Tourism Awards 2021

  • ‘Asia's Best Wellness Retreat’ – World Spa Awards 2021

  • ‘Thailand's Best Wellness Retreat’ – World Spa Awards 2021

  • ‘Best Destination Spa’ – Condé Nast Traveller (UK) Spa Awards 2020

  • ‘Wellness Program of the Year’ – Destination Deluxe Awards 2020

  • ‘International Hotels: Best Wellness Retreat’ – Travel + Leisure India’s Best Awards 2020

  • One of the ‘50 Sustainability & Climate Leaders’ – Bloomberg 2020

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