Translating to ‘Haven of Life’, Chiva Som is one of Asia’s most renowned destination spas and one of the world’s best health resorts. While they offer a range of programmes, detoxing is one of their best known and a focus throughout the other activities on offer.
Located in the Royal city of Hua Hin on the Gulf of Thailand (185 kilometres south of Bangkok), Chiva Som’s beachside location adds to its tropical appeal. Situated two and a half hours drive from Bangkok International Airport, the resort offers an exclusive car transfer service so guests are escorted from plane to resort.
Nestled within seven acres of lush tropical gardens, Chiva Som is home to 54 contemporary rooms including 11 Ocean Rooms, 13 Ocean Deluxe Rooms, 5 Ocean Premium Rooms, 17 Thai Pavilion Rooms, 1 Anchan Suite, 1 Juniper Suite, 1 Patchouli Suite, 1 Jasmine Suite, 2 Champaka Suites, 1 Golden Bo Suite, and 1 Leelawadee Suite.
All rooms have views of the Gulf of Thailand and range from 365 square feet to 505 square feet. Wooden floors, outdoor terraces and classic Thai décor–including Thai silk bed throws, embroidered pillowcases and oriental carpets–are distinguishing aesthetic features of each space.
Chiva Som’s healthy dining concept revolves around tasty, nutritious, gourmet cuisine that is low in salt, low in saturated fats, high in raw ingredients and high in complex carbohydrates. Based on the belief that moderation should be exercised in the ingredients, not the flavour, the resort’s kitchen serves up delicious low-calorie meals that satiate detoxing guests and food-lovers alike.
Harvested from Chiva Som’s own garden, organically-grown fruits and vegetables are incorporated into the menu, along with a wide range of meat, seafood and vegetable dishes to suit both vegetarians and meat-eaters. Garnished with local herbs and spices, all produce is freshly prepared with taste and health in mind. Chiva Som even has its own ‘Thai Spa Cuisine Cookbook’ which contains dozens of health-conscious recipes and preparation techniques that guests can easily adopt at home.
At Chiva Som retreats fall under 13 categories including ‘A Taste of Chiva Som’, ‘Art of Detox’, ‘Cell Vitality’, ‘Cranial Relief’, ‘Emotional Wellbeing’, ‘Fitness’, ‘Natural Renewal’, ‘Optimal Performance’, ‘Spa Wellbeing’, ‘Sustainable Slimming’, ‘Tension Release’, ‘Weight Management’ and ‘Yoga for Life’. From stress relief and weight management to detox and emotional vitality, the resort’s expert health and wellness advisers utilise the best in modern, specialist medicine to create a dedicated programme for each guest, based on individual goals.
Promoting a healthy balance of mind, body and spirit, spa treatments are complemented by a diverse programme of holistic fitness activities including ‘gyrokinesis’ (a combination of yoga, dance, tai chi and gymnastics), Tabata training (high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts), Tai Chi, Zumba dance classes, TRX circuit training, aqua aerobics, yoga classes, Pilates sessions and neurobic mental fitness classes (a boot camp for your brain).
Chiva Som also has its own Medi-Spa, which offers a wide range of clinical services including cutting-edge aesthetic treatments and micro-invasive cosmetic surgery. Executed by US–trained dermatologists and plastic surgeons, the doctors on the Chiva Som team specialise in aesthetic medicine, non-invasive laser treatments, and anti-aging medicine.
Expect to feel…rejuvenated and reinvigorated; replenished and ready to roll, with batteries fully recharged. You’ll be refreshed enough to get back into reality, full steam ahead.