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Award-winning transformative wellness destination, Chiva-Som in Hua Hin, Thailand invites guests to experience the restorative and healing effects of the natural environment. Its Nature’s Embrace retreat features outdoor activities, herbal wellness treatments, and immersion into wellness cuisine, with three- or five-day offers.

The great outdoors is known to improve sleep and vision, increase mental energy and immune health, and enhance emotional wellness – there is no place better than Chiva-Som’s serene beachfront setting and the tropical landscapes of Hua Hin. Guests will become one with nature on a forest walk through Krailart Niwate, the last mangrove eco-system of Hua Hin and the marquee sustainability initiative of the resort. The walk culminates in a brisk walk up to the peak of the sacred hill to the temple of Wat Khao Krailart, finishing with a Hilltop Meditation session where participants can contemplate the spectacular view of Hua Hin and the shimmering Gulf of Thailand.

The programme is, of course, underpinned by Chiva-Som’s acclaimed wellness cuisine. A tour of IFOAM-certified Chiva-Som’s Organic Garden, where much of the kitchens’ produce is grown, provides a fascinating showcase of therapeutic herbs, vegetables, and mushrooms from Thailand and beyond, as well as insights into their medicinal and healing properties. The visit is followed by a Private Cooking Class where guests will learn some of the unique techniques used in Chiva-Som's reputed wellness cuisine – a curation of dishes low in fat, calories, sugar, and salt, yet packed with flavour and nutrition. The retreat also includes carefully selected treatments with natural elements like local herbs and plants to incorporate natural wellness into guests’ lifestyles. In the Traditional Thai Herbal Massage, heated herbal packs are used to detox and alleviate muscle pain. In the Bamboo Massage, inspired by the Swedish deep tissue massage, bamboo sticks and massage oil are used to knead muscles and release tension.

The retreat has been curated to include physical activity like aerobattle exercise and the Kneipp Therapy walk in the Bathing Pavilion, as well as cycling or kayaking in outdoor spaces. For every night of their stay, guests can choose a daily treatment from the following: Thai Massage, Chiva-Som Signature Massage, Invigorating Massage, Oriental Scalp Massage, and Chiva-Som Skin Haven Body Polish. The full board retreat includes access to a wide programme of fitness and leisure activities, such as HIIT, low-impact yoga, gyrokinesis, ballast ball, and more.

The green season offers are available until 30th September, guests on all-inclusive retreats will receive wellness credits of THB 1,000++ per person per night which can be used towards treatments of their choice. In addition, guests staying 10 nights or more will enjoy a complimentary Vital Genomic Test valued at THB 30,000++.


ABOUT CHIVA-SOM 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 the 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.

ABOUT PRESERVE HUA HIN The Preserve Hua Hin Group was formed as a community development organisation on 10th June 2004 by Mr. Boonchu Rojanastien, founder of Chiva-Som International Health Resort. Its aim is to enlist support from the private and public sectors to promote awareness and preservation of the environment, as well as to increase social interaction within the local community. HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn has graciously endorsed the Preserve Hua Hin Group since 13th October 2010. Mr. Krip Rojanastien is the current president of the group and chairman of Chiva-Som International Health Resort. ABOUT KRAILART NIWATE Krailart Niwate is the mangrove preservation project spearheaded by the Preserve Hua Hin Group and Chiva-Som. The reconstructed wetlands promote eco-spiritual tourism in the community while also providing a natural environment for the general public to walk, run and relax in. The project’s ultimate aim is to promote scientific understanding, knowledge and an appreciation for nature in the context of the mangrove ecosystem.

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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