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As a prelude to the World Cup, pioneering wellness destination Zulal Wellness Resort by Chiva-Som in Qatar has launched its new Champion Fit Retreat, aimed at improving physical and mental performance. Available in three- to 14-night durations, this targeted new retreat ensures maximum physical performance by integrating training with treatments and nutrition to promote long-term, positive lifestyle change.

Drawing inspiration from the intense training programmes of elite level athletes and professional sportspeople, the new Champion Fit Retreat is designed for individuals looking to take their physical fitness to the next level. The retreat can be booked as a three, five, seven, 10 or 14-night package, and combines a wide range of cardiovascular and strength exercises to build fitness; physiotherapy sessions to improve functional movement and address recurring joint pain; and relaxing therapeutic massages and stretch classes to promote recovery.

Following an in-depth consultation and comprehensive physical assessment, guests will receive a personalised programme that best suits their needs. Designed by the resort’s expert fitness and physiotherapy practitioners, the programme will include treatments hand-picked from the 400-strong range offered at Zulal Wellness Resort. Training combines high and low intensity fitness and strength classes from circuits, TRX (Total Resistance Exercise) and Thai boxing, to aqua training, swimming and Pilates. Programmes also include selected physiotherapy classes such as Postural Corrective Therapy to realign the spine or Releasing Tension Therapy to assist the body in releasing deep muscular stress and tension.

Understanding that recovery plays an important, but often overlooked, part in a training regime, Zulal Wellness Resort invites guests to relax with a daily spa treatment. Options include the Invigorating Massage, fusing Asian techniques with the firm and continuous strokes of a Swedish massage to help revitalise the body and enliven the spirit; an Oriental Scalp Massage; Signature Full Body Tadleek (massage), using local herb-infused oil to enhance blood and lymphatic flow; or the Signature Relaxing Al-Qadam (foot massage), to soothe tired feet and enhance relaxation.

Commenting on the Champion Fit Retreat, Mr. Holger Glaser, Resort Manager at Zulal Wellness Resort, said: “Because our retreats are so tailored, the Champion Fit programme can be enjoyed by anyone, from professional sportspeople all the way through to those only just embarking on their fitness journey. The World Cup is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for contemporary Qatar to showcase all it has to offer the world, and Zulal is glad to be a part it all, offering world-class wellness experiences to fitness enthusiasts from near and far.”

Available at the adults-only resort, Zulal Serenity, the retreat programme is complimented by bespoke daily wellness cuisine and access to Zulal Wellness Resort’s comprehensive services and amenities, including scheduled fitness and leisure activities; use of wellness centre facilities such as the hydrothermal area, sauna, steam, arctic cave, Himalayan salt room and Hamman; and a choice of daily treatment.

Located in Khasooma, a private coastal location in the north of Qatar, Zulal Wellness Resort offers a peaceful haven to guide individuals and families on a personal path to wellness. Centred on Traditional Arabic and Islamic Medicine (TAIM), holistic wellbeing journeys embody traditional healing practices and herbal remedies with lifestyle guidance in nutrition, movement and rest.

The Healthy Holiday Company (020 8968 0501; arrange a three-night Champion Fit Retreat at Zulal Wellness Resort from £6,680 per person, based on two adults sharing a Serenity Grand Deluxe King. Price includes a wellness consultation, the Serenity Champion Fit Retreat programme, full board, return economy flights from London to Doha and private airport transfer in Doha.



Zulal Wellness Resort by Chiva-Som is a unique haven of wellbeing, brought to life by Qatar’s premier master developers, Msheireb Properties. It is Qatar’s largest wellness destination, the Middle East’s first wellness offering, and 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, which is an Arabic word meaning ‘pure natural water,’ presents guests with a luxurious experience, offering the highest international standards that are inclusive of local family values.

There are two exclusive areas for health and wellness. At Zulal Serenity, adults can access a wide range of therapeutic treatments and facilities in a tranquil setting. The separate Zulal Discovery enables families to enjoy positive wellness experiences together, inspiring young children and their parents with fun, interactive and educational activities that encourage a healthy lifestyle from young.


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.

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.

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