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To celebrate annual Global Wellness Day on 11 June 2022, Chiva-Som in Thailand, together with its sister resort Zulal Wellness Resort by Chiva-Som, in Qatar, will be hosting a series of complimentary activities both virtually and on-resort for guests. The one-day event celebrates health and wellbeing and is designed to increase global consciousness around living a healthier life. In honour of this, expert advisors and practitioners from both Chiva-Som and Zulal Wellness Resort will lead a series of educational activities such as talks, training exercises and wellness workshops throughout the day.

Pictured (l-r): Vaipanya Kongkwanyuen, Belgin Aksoy, Founder of Global Wellness Day and Pilailuk Thongtan, Holistic Manager of Chiva-Som on a visit to the remote Karen Hilltribe Community Village in Prachuab Kirikhan, Thailand

First celebrated in 2012, Global Wellness Day (GWD) was established as the ‘first’ day dedicated to living well and has now been accepted worldwide. With the slogan ‘One day can change your whole life’, GWD is based on the simple premise of increasing global consciousness of living a better life, even if it is just for one day, drawing a focus on healthier lifestyle choices.

Centred around this year’s theme #ThinkMagenta - an idea that arose amidst the negativity in the world and acts as a reminder that living well begins in the mind - Chiva-Som has curated a programme of interactive classes and talks on inspiring positive change in body and mind. Classes will draw on Chiva-Som’s holistic approach to health and wellness, as well as Zulal Wellness Resort’s concepts and philosophies centred on Traditional Arabic and Islamic Medicine (TAIM).

Accessible from around the world, Chiva-Som will livestream a series of complimentary sessions on the Global Wellness Day Facebook channels, covering topics such as Nutraceutical for Stress Relief by Onteera Pengyang, Pharmacist and Pranayama Exercise with Preeda Ardmad, Senior Yoga Instructor; while Zulal’s Family and Child Specialist, Joelle El Khoury, will lead a discussion on ‘How Family Connection Affects Individual Wellness and Contributes to #ThinkMagenta.

Participants are also invited to tune in to the resorts’ social media channels as Chiva-Som’s Executive Chef Sinchai Srivipa and Sous Chef Touch Vongsathitsart share some of their revered plant-based recipes, with cooking demonstrations on how to make a spicy tropical fruit salad and Nam Prik Ong, a northern Thai style tomato chili dip. Recognising the benefits of following a plant-based diet, Zulal’s Executive Chef Indrajit Saha will also be sharing his thoughts on ‘The Myths of Protein Intake in Plant-Based Diets’ and advice on getting sufficient protein in the body.

Guests staying at Zulal Wellness Resort on GWD are invited to join sessions on Qi Gong and Singing Bowl Meditation to motivate and inspire positive and lasting changes.

Last week, Chiva-Som welcomed Founder of Global Wellness Day, Belgin Aksoy, to the ‘Haven of Life’ where she led discussions for resort guests on how ‘One day can change your whole life’ and ‘How can we live a healthier and better life’. Aligned with Chiva-Som’s commitment to enhance community wellness, Aksoy also joined staff to visit the remote Karen Hilltribe Community Village in Prachuab Kirikhan in Thailand, to provide complimentary health check-ups, along with medical and food supplies to support the community.

Pictured (l-r): Onteera Pengyang, Preeda Ardmad, Joelle Elkhoury, Chef Sinchai Srivipa and Chef Indrajit Saha

For further information, please visit or visit Facebook @globalwellnessdayTH / @globalwellnessday.


Notes to editor:


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

  • ‘Gold Award: Wellness Retreat’ – 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

  • ‘Best Coastal Operation’ – Travel Daily (Australia) Travel & Tourism Sustainability Awards 2019

  • ‘Best Spa’ – Traveller’s World (Germany) 2019

  • ‘Certificate of Merit’ – Sustainable Business Awards (Thailand) 2019

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Sarah Harvey (, Nat Frogley ( or Flora Gandolfo ( at Frog & Wolf PR.

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