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Global Wellness Day (GWD) 2023 will be celebrated through the medium of dance. Now in its 12th year, GWD encourages people to focus on their health, prioritising their wellbeing and self-care. On Saturday 10th June, Chiva-Som Hua Hin, Thailand and Zulal Wellness Resort by Chiva-Som, Qatar will share the joy of dance with guests, in celebration of the annual event. To demonstrate the positive effects of dancing, both wellness resorts have announced a dance programme to embrace the official #DanceMagenta theme.

The day’s activities will be centered around dance, which has an increasing value within the international wellness world. The #dancemagenta philosophy is not to resist, to trust the process, free one’s dreams and take control of the rhythm of one’s life.

New research* in the UK investigating the link between therapeutic dance practices and the brain revealed that dance can be good for a healthy mind. The GWD’s #DanceMagenta prophesises that dancing is not just a physical act but also the chance to live life ‘while dancing with your mind.’

Joined by the Founder of Global Wellness Day, Belgin Aksoy, Chiva-Som Hua Hin has kicked off the 2023 GWD celebration in May by visiting a remote Karen Hilltribe Community Village in Prachuab Kirikhan in Thailand, to provide complimentary health check-ups, medical and food supplies to support the community along with dance and recreation activities for children.

CSR medical mission at a remote Karen Hilltribe Community Village in Thailand

On the 10th June both Chiva-Som Hua Hin, Thailand and Zulal Wellness Resort by Chiva- Som, Qatar will host a day of celebratory activities.

Chiva-Som Hua Hin will present a Zumba dance class for the resort guests. This fun, full body boogie session promotes benefits such as weight loss, muscle toning and - just as importantly - the social aspect of group exercise.

Resort activities at Zulal Wellness Resort are open to the public as well as in-house guests and include a 30-minute Dancing Meditation in which participants are encouraged to ‘let go’ to release endorphins and euphoria hormones. The 45-minute get fit, stay fit Zumba session for adults is also planned to enable participants to move to the groove, free the mind and add some zest into the day.

There are multiple #Dancemagenta activities for kids aged 16 and below, including two Latin-inspired cardio workouts. The Cha Cha Slide for kids is planned to put the hop, clap, stomp power in to party dance. Disco Bingo for kids, in which song titles are marked off the card as they are played, is a groovy twist on the traditional number format and challenges the younger folk to move to the music, twist to the tunes and shake and shimmy away worries. For those who prefer a more relaxed session, a special Animal Yoga class for kids has been added to the schedule. A fun, yet calming activity for kids of all ages, that strengthens their mind-body connection while supporting the development of balance and coordination, focus and concentration.

For more information or reservations at Chiva-Som Hua Hin, guests can contact or visit For more information or reservations for activities at Zulal Wellness Resort, guests can contact or



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. 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 unique 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:

• ‘Fighting Fit’ – Tatler Spa Awards 2022

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

• ‘Qatar’s Best Wellness Retreat’ – Zulal Wellness Resort, World Spa Awards 2022

• ‘Middle East’s Leading Retreat’ – Zulal Wellness Resort, World Spa Awards 2022

• ‘New Hotel of the Year’ – Zulal Wellness Resort, Destination Deluxe 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

• ‘World’s Best New Wellness Retreat’ – Zulal Wellness Resort, World Spa 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 press information, please contact: Flora Gandolfo ( or Nat Frogley ( at Frog & Wolf PR.

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