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This December, pioneering and transformative wellness destination Chiva-Som Hua Hin in Thailand, celebrates the festive period with an inspiring and uplifting range of holiday experiences, from fundraising dinners supporting the resort’s commitment to sustainability, to welcoming the arrival of 2023 with a rock n’ roll-themed New Year extravaganza.

Pictured (l-r): Chiva-Som's Taste of Siam restaurant; Cadence's Chef Dan Bark (left) with Chiva-Som's Executive Chef Sinchai Srivipa (right)

Kicking off celebrations on 12 December, the resort will welcome back acclaimed Michelin-starred Chef Dan Bark, of renowned Bangkok restaurant Cadence, for an exclusive collaboration with the resort’s Executive Chef Sinchai Srivipa. The eight-course dinner promises to be an unforgettable night of gastronomy, showcasing the two master chefs’ distinct cooking techniques. The menu is created using the resort's signature wellness cuisine and built around the best locally sourced ingredients to ensure dishes are healthy and nutritious yet suitably indulgent.

The proceeds from the evening will go towards Chiva-Som’s Krailart Niwate Mangrove Ecosystem Preservation Project. Spearheaded by Krip Rojanastien, CEO and Chairman of Chiva-Som and the Preserve Hua Hin Group, the project has seen over 11,000 mangrove trees planted since 2007, and has supported the construction of a 1,000-metre elevated boardwalk along which visitors can explore Hua Hin's only mangrove ecosystem while surrounding themselves with the healing qualities of nature.

Pictured (l-r): Krailart Niwate Mangrove Ecosystem Preservation Project; Chiva-Som's Sustainable Christmas Tree

On 24 December, guests are invited to join a barbecue dinner at the beachfront Taste of Siam, accompanied by carol singing by local children, before waking up on Christmas morning to a delectable festive brunch.

On 31 December, welcoming the arrival of the New Year, Chiva-Som guests will be treated to a ‘50s rock ‘n’ roll-themed New Year party. Celebrations begin with a cocktail reception at the Orchid Lounge courtyard, followed by an indulgent yet healthy poolside dinner with live music and fun activities. These include costume contests and portrait drawing as well as a glass-blowing workshop, where a beautiful glass rabbit is created for each guest to take home heralding the impending arrival of the Year of the Rabbit on 22 January. To mark the end of 2022 and bring blessings for the year ahead, guests are invited to join the resort in giving alms to local monks the next morning.

For those looking to give the gift of wellness this Christmas, the online Chiva-Som Boutique offers a selection of beautifully crafted lifestyle gifts and wellness sets, with delivery worldwide. A favourite is a set of 100 percent natural tai chi pyjamas and sleep spray.

Chiva-Som’s fundraising gala is priced at THB 10,000 (approx. GBP 238) net per person, the Christmas barbecue at THB 2,500++ (approx. GBP 60++) per person, and the New Year’s Eve gala at THB 15,000++ (approx. GBP 356 ++) per person.

For more information, reservations, or assistance with travel plans to Chiva-Som, please contact the reservations team at or +66 32 536 536, or visit



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:

  • ‘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

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