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Pioneering wellness destination remains at forefront of the global sustainability movement 

Globally acclaimed and award-winning wellness destination, Chiva-Som in Hua Hin, Thailand, has received a Gold Certification from Travelife for its exemplary commitment to sustainable practices and environmental conservation, community engagement, and responsible tourism.  


Further demonstrating its unwavering dedication to sustainability, Chiva-Som was also the winner of the “Sustainable & Operational Management” category at the recent 10th edition of the Global Sustainability Leadership Awards 2023, held in Mauritius and conducted by the World Sustainability Congress


Travelife is a globally recognised sustainability certification system which awards accommodation providers that demonstrate outstanding efforts in environmental and social responsibility, embracing sustainable practices that prioritise the environment. The World Sustainability Congress, based in Mumbai, India, is a not-for-profit organisation that advocates for sustainable leadership around the world.  


For Chiva-Som, sustainability is not merely a concept, but a guiding force deeply ingrained in its ethos. The resort embodies sustainability principles at every level of operation, having implemented numerous initiatives including water conservation, mangrove plantation, energy efficiency and much more. Guests enjoy a transformative wellness experience knowing that their stay aligns with the highest standards of environmental and social responsibility. 


In 2022, Chiva-Som Hua Hin achieved remarkable strides in sustainability, boasting a two percent reduction in electricity consumption and an impressive 38 percent decrease in water usage. These accomplishments were further complemented by significant waste management success, with 73 percent of generated waste diverted from landfills - made possible through staff training in waste separation; the introduction of a woodchipper to manage landscape waste; and food waste composting initiatives. 


Notably, these environmental advancements also yielded a dual benefit by providing financial savings to the resort. Despite a nearly 40 percent increase in electricity tariffs by the end of 2022, Chiva-Som managed to reduce its energy costs by USD 15,000.     


In addition, Chiva-Som proudly assumes the role of environmental stewardship over Krailart Niwate, the last mangrove ecosystem in Hua Hin, Thailand. This collaborative effort between Chiva-Som, the Hua Hin municipality, and Silpakorn University has raised tremendous awareness on the importance of the mangrove ecosystem within the local community and guests visiting the destination.


The wellness resort actively engages with local communities, fostering meaningful partnerships and supporting initiatives that contribute to socio-economic development and cultural preservation in the region. 


Chiva-Som believes in harmonising health and wellness practices with environmental stewardship and these certifications and awards reaffirm its dedication to these principles.  


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For 29 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 Chiva-Som Hua Hin’s recent awards:

  • 'Wellness & Spa Retreat' - Thailand Tourism Gold Awards 2023

  • 'Medical Wellness Retreat Global' - Readers' Choice, Global Spa Awards 2023

  • '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



Travelife is a globally recognised Sustainability Certification System that certifies accommodation facilities based on Travelife Certification Standards. Travelife requirements covers emissions, biodiversity, human rights, fair labour, child safeguarding and animal welfare. Travelife Gold Sustainability Certification standards are in line with the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC).  


The main focus of the Travelife certification process is to make our world a better place to live by improving the sustainability practices within the travel and tourism industry.  By obtaining and maintaining the Travelife Standard, we have joined the global community in ensuring sustainability best practices in our operations. It further enhances and verifies our own sustainability guidelines and standards leading the way to continual improvements in environmental, social and economic aspects. 


As a responsible business entity, we are committed to using natural resources in a meaningful way and reducing our impacts, respecting local culture and ethics, and providing awareness to our staff, guests, and local communities. 



Chiva-Som International Health Resort received an Award at the Global Sustainability Leadership Awards 2023 held at Mauritius, on 12th December 2023. We were selected as the winner under the category of Sustainable & Operational Management. The award was conducted by the World Sustainability Congress for the 10th time (10th Edition). 


Based in Mumbai, India World Sustainability Congress is a Not-For-Profit Organization advocating for Sustainable Leadership. World Sustainability attempts to bring Organizations, NGO's, Public Interests Groups & Governmental Bodies to accelerate & educate on sustainable business practices & solutions for a better tomorrow. 

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