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Chiva-Som International Health Resorts, a global pioneer in wellness and transforming lifestyles, is delighted to welcome Heinrich Morio as general manager at its newest wellness destination, Zulal Wellness Resort by Chiva-Som, located in Qatar. In this role, Morio will be responsible for managing the resort’s day-to-day success, overseeing all operations, while maintaining focus on providing an environment that encourages healthy lifestyles and wellbeing.

A dual US and German National, Morio’s hospitality career spans more than 30 years, most of which have been spent in the management team of some of the world’s most renowned luxury hotels and resorts across Europe, the United States, the Indian Ocean, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. This extensive experience puts Morio in a strong position to deliver positive business results for Zulal Wellness Resort, ensuring guests have the same transformational experience they have come to expect from the Chiva-Som brand. Morio also brings with him a strong personal ethic when it comes to wellness – enjoying long distance running, the gym and swimming on a regular basis.

Krip Rojanastien, Chairman of Chiva-Som International Health Resorts said, “We are pleased to welcome Heinrich to the Chiva-Som family. His professional experience and his personal wellness journey will be a great asset to the team." He added further, “Heinrich’s ability to bring out the best in people and commitment to delivering the highest standards of service are just some of the reasons why we asked him to lead the team. Under his sharp leadership and with a keen eye for detail, we are confident that his expertise will prove invaluable in ensuring that Zulal Wellness Resort delivers an unparalleled wellness experience, along with the highest level of service and satisfaction to our guests.”

Heinrich says “As one ages one realises that fitness alone is not enough – you understand that diet and nutrition are the biggest contributors to wellness, and they are anti-aging in their own right. Following my own tests for food intolerance I can see clearly the impact of food on health. I am excited and honoured to be working with the wellness professionals and the kitchen team at Zulal Wellness Resort to lead the pursuit of wellness for guests from around the world.”

Zulal Wellness Resort is the Middle East’s largest and first full immersion wellness destination; the first to showcase Traditional Arabic & Islamic Medicine practices; and a pioneer of family-oriented wellness. Led by a team of consultants, nutritionists, spa and holistic therapists, physiotherapists and personal trainers, every retreat at Zulal begins with a personal health consultation to help guests set their goals. This is combined with complimentary daily activities; therapeutic treatments; full access to the resort’s wellness centre including hydrothermal area, Himalayan salt room and hammam; and personalised herbal supplements for guests to take home to support their continued wellness journey.

Zulal Wellness Resort is managed by Chiva-Som, globally acclaimed pioneer and transformational leader in health and wellness for over 27 years.

For further information about Zulal Wellness Resort, please visit or follow @zulalwellnessresort on Facebook or Instagram. For bookings, please contact the reservation team at



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


Zulal Wellness Resort by Chiva-Som is a unique wellbeing haven, brought to life by Qatar’s premier master developers, Msheireb Properties. Qatar’s largest wellness destination, and the Middle East’s first full immersion wellbeing resort, Zulal Wellness Resort is the world's first contemporary showcase of Traditional Arabic & Islamic Medicine (TAIM).

Located in Khasooma, a private coastal location to the north of Qatar, Zulal Wellness Resort brings visitors a distinctive wellness experience, offering the premium international standards that are inclusive of local family values. ‘Zulal’, which is an Arabic word meaning ‘pure natural water,’ offers two venues for health and wellbeing. Adults can access a wide range of therapeutic and lifestyle enhancement treatments based upon TAIM wellness principles in the Zulal Serenity, and Zulal Discovery enables families to enjoy positive wellness experiences together, inspiring young children and their parents with fun, interactive activities that encourage a healthy lifestyle for all family members.

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