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Updated: Aug 18, 2023

Pioneering and transformative wellness destination, Chiva-Som in Hua Hin, Thailand, has perfected the art of healthy long-term weight management. Its Sustainable Weight Management retreat can be enjoyed with special rates during the summer 'green season' until 30th September 2023.

Chiva-Som’s unique Sustainable Weight Management programme is designed for individuals who struggle with weight, particularly those who have 'yo-yo' dieted in the past. Yo-yo dieting is not only frustrating but also unhealthy: the repeated weight loss/gain cycle can lead to a greater risk of developing conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.

The Chiva-Som approach to weight loss involves long-term diet and lifestyle changes to ensure it is sustainable. It begins with a consultation and blood testing to identify any obstacles to weight loss such as insulin resistance. A team of health and wellness consultants, chefs, trainers, and therapists then works with each guest, both during their stay and beyond, to devise a highly personalised detox, diet, and exercise plan. Most importantly, the programme provides guests with the knowledge and understanding needed to continue living a healthy lifestyle back at home, including calorie control and healthier food choices, different types of exercise and their efficacy, and how to manage stress and therefore stress behaviours such as overeating.

Guests wishing to embark on the Sustainable Weight Management Retreat may benefit from current green season offers available until 30th September. These include a wellness credit of THB 1,000++ (approx. GBP25) per person per night which can be used towards treatments of their choice. In addition, guests staying 10 nights or more will enjoy a complimentary Vital Genomic Test valued at THB 30,000++ (approx. GBP675). This elevates each weight management programme to an even more individualised level, with the ideal diet and exercise regimen drawn up based on the guest’s unique genetic make-up.

To enhance the optimal personalised experience for guests, Chiva-Som recently appointed a new in-house physician, Dr. Thanikarn Supanich. Trained as an MD at one of Thailand’s most prestigious medical schools, Dr. Thanikarn’s personal interest in wellness led her to specialise in nutrition, detoxification, and anti-ageing and regenerative medicine. Until her appointment at Chiva-Som, she served at Thailand’s Preventive Medicine Institute for public health.

“Chiva-Som is known the world over for its unique approach to wellness that combines the healing traditions of the world with modern medicine. Its philosophy of balancing mind, body and spirit aligns perfectly with my ethos of prevention through healthy living, and I am honoured to join its team of experts from many disciplines”, says Dr. Thanikarn of her appointment.

Dr. Thanikarn will oversee the genomic testing programme, as well as working closely with Chiva-Som’s Director of Research & Development to constantly innovate the brand’s offering and maintain its position as the world’s leading pioneer of wellness.

For further information or to book, please visit or email the reservations team at



Since 1995, 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 Al Ruwais, Qatar.

Optimal, bespoke wellness lies at the heart of each Chiva-Som experience. Guests are motivated throughout their journey by knowledgeable and caring staff, who address their goals with unique Chiva-Som hospitality. 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.

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:

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

• ‘Fighting Fit’ – Tatler Spa Awards 2022

• ‘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

For further information, please contact:

Laura Goh (, Flora Gandolfo ( or Nat Frogley ( at Frog & Wolf PR.

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