Chiva Som International Health Resort in Hua Hin, Thailand is scheduled to reopen its doors on October 2019 following major renovation.
Chiva-Som Hua Hin is Asia’s first comprehensive wellness resort, providing proven transformations towards optimal wellness. Nestled in seven acres of tranquil grounds, it’s a beachfront resort dedicated to revitalising the mind, body and spirit. Western practices and Eastern philosophies are brought together in the wellness resort which provides services for guests to develop healthy habits and lifestyle transformations; it has been recognised by readers and industry experts alike as one of the outstanding wellness resorts in the world for since its launch 24 years ago.
The Resort is committed to operating at the world’s highest environmental standards in all levels of operation. Since its launch, Chiva Som has been dedicated to operating as ethically and sustainably as possible. Their dedicated CSR team has implemented many initiatives, policies and practices for energy efficiency and conservation, waste water treatment and reuse, fresh water conservation, waste minimisation and recycling, air quality management and environmentally friendly product usage.
A few other recent awards include ‘Top ranked Asian Spa in Top 20 Destination Spas’ – Conde Nast Traveller The Readers’ Travel Awards 2018 (UK) and ‘Thailand’s Best Wellness Retreat 2018’- World Spa Awards (UK).
The beachfront resort is located in the town of Hua Hin, which lies 185 km south of the capital of Bangkok. It can be reached by car in under three hours, private plane in 25 minutes from Bangkok and chartered helicopter in 40 minutes from Bangkok
A restorative spiritual blessing awaits guests seeking wellness for the soul amidst their travels. Thailand’s 56-roomed boutique residence, The Sarojin, is offering a specially-designed Wellness for the Soul Package to help guests discover mindful and spiritual travel.
Wellness elements include a sunrise Alms giving and Spiritual Blessing of Love at a local temple, where guests will find themselves immersed in a contemplative, spiritual morning. Rising early, guests travel to the temple to offer the Buddhist monks a small basket of items as a sign of respect. In return they receive a blessing, which sees the monk gently pouring water over the recipient to cleanse the spirit, while chanting ancient Pali-Sanskrit, the perfect way to start the day feeling lighter and calm.
Another inspiring ‘Wellness for the Soul’ experience is a visit to three of the region’s most important temples to learn more about Buddhism and the local culture. Starting with a visit to the Dragon Cave Temple, visitors will find themselves in a serene cave that offers a very special atmosphere, ideal for meditation and reflection. Heading high up the mountain, travellers reach Bang Reang Temple, the largest temple pagoda in all of Phang Nga and home to a piece of Buddha’s bone. Offering breathtaking views across the stunning province, it is the perfect place to pause and absorb the serenity. These are followed by a trip to Wat Thamsuwankuha one of Phang Nga’s most historic temples and home to a 15-metre long reclining Buddha statue, the largest in southern Thailand.
Completing the contemplative package are three morning yoga classes, the perfect way to make the most of the hotel’s serene and tranquil setting. Led by Justine Capdevielle, The Sarojin’s yoga teacher, guests are guided through a 75-minute restorative session of Vinaysa Yoga.
Also offered is The Sarojin’s Street Food Cook for Kids initiative with The Camillian centre, a not-for-profit organisation that provides day care facilities and rehabilitation for children with special needs, is a truly heart-warming, soulful experience. Spending the afternoon with the children at the centre, guests get the chance to support some of the region’s most vulnerable children, preparing a nutritious meal alongside The Sarojin’s sous chef. During this truly memorable afternoon, guests can engage with the children and help breakdown the barriers between cultures and languages in a sensitive and respectful manner that truly supports the local community.
The Sarojin, please visit: www.sarojin.com and The Sarojin 360 Tour
Highlighting the importance of nurturing oneself, the Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui has launched a Reasons to Wellbeing programme.
Guests can experience different facets of wellbeing proposed by the resort which ranges from deep nourishment and restful sleep to luxurious pampering and active play, designed to suit individual wellness styles.
Reasons to nourish offers a sequence of replenishing spa experiences, including a rejuvenating body scrub, a healing wrap and a scalp massage with coconut oil extracted from freshly plucked Samui coconuts. A private session of yoga and the art of juicing using tropical ingredients is interspersed with six power-packed mini-meals through the day.
Reasons to sleep begins with a session of flow yoga, uniting breath and movement. A Lava Shell Massage ensues where warmed Pacific clam shells provide muscular relief, an hour of meditation, followed by a luxurious candlelit bath, massage and breakfast the next morning completes this experience of soul-deep relaxation in a private villa.
Reason to pamper involves a 3-hour-long Earth to Sky Ritual which takes the form of a fragrant and cocooning top-to-toe nourishing scrub, pressure point massage with gentle stretching techniques, and steam compress filled with local Thai medicinal herb.
Reasons to play features a range of activities that allows guests to rediscover their sense of possibility and adventure, from guided exercises at the gym or on the beach to learning Muay Thai, the ancient Thai art of kickboxing. This is followed by a Magnesium massage to release muscular tension and enhance sleep.
Absolute Sanctuary in Koh Samui is Asia’s first Fitness Wellness resort.
This new Fitness Wellness concept combines physical and mental well-being to promote long lasting health. Through its affiliation with Absolute You, Absolute Sanctuary has integrated designed exercise programs including Yoga, Pilates Reformer, Core suspend, rhythm cycling and food programs with world- class Detox programs , emotional and healing spa therapies to offer cutting edge fitness wellness programs, the benefits of which will last a life-time.
Executive Director, Claire Bostock, explains that over the last decade there has been a growing market of niche travellers looking for a holiday experience where they can immerse themselves in their passion for fitness. Absolute Sanctuary sees itself as a perfect fit for these travellers seeking a holiday to unplug from the world and reboot themselves with a getaway that promotes good energy and well-being. With our new Fitness Wellness positioning, it is also timely to revamp our look and feel to exude what we stand for – a place for people to Reconnect with themselves, Recharge their mind, body and soul, Revitalize their inner being and Re-energize their life,”
The 38-room boutique resort has launched 2 new wellness programs: Lifestyle Change and Meaningful Holidays. The lifestyle change program is a structured 30 or 60-days program for people looking to completely transform themselves and committed to achieving the best that they can be with the support of our program. The meaningful holiday is a short 3-day getaway that moves away from packaged programs to a more relaxed getaway leaving guests free to design their own dedicated wellbeing experience.
Clay cottages, luxury tents, and treehouses give this spa facility its distinctive charm that complements its wide array of unique therapies. Services offered include rebalancing massages and hammer treatments for inducing health-giving vibrations. There are also workshops for creating traditional Thai herbal poultices.
This location is an intricate reconstruction of a Mandalay palace that took over three years to create. This facility is renowned for its practiced Ayurvedic doctors who are able to diagnose patients and customise massages and yoga to match their needs. Each morning wake up to the melodies of the resident pipe player and in the evening attend full-moon midnight mediations.
The all-suite luxury Aleenta Phuket Resort & Spa in Phang Nga is set on Natai Beach, a short distance away from Phang Nga Bay and just 20 minutes north of the Phuket International Airport.
The Ayurah Spa & Wellness Centre adopts a more medical and results-oriented approach to wellness, with rejuvenating spa treatment rooms, a post-treatment relaxation chamber, a chromo-therapy room and Vichy shower room which offers horizontal water massages.
The facility offers anti-aging spa therapies, age defying spa treatments, and advanced techniques including oxygen therapy and the latest light therapy technologies.
Kamalaya Koh Samui is hidden away on the far south west corner of this Thai island, a short walk from the coast, Wat Khunaram temple, and Na Muang Safari Park. The award winning, luxury retreat is surrounded by coral reefs, palm trees, and its own private beach. Recently remodelled, it provides the perfect tranquil environment for a wellness retreat.
Centred around a monk’s cave that once served Buddhist monks as a spiritual retreat, guests can rediscover themselves through meditation and therapies lead by monks. Here, the wide variety of treatments range from Moxabustion, Pranayama Shirodhara, Kati Vasti and Tui Na.
Kamalaya’s essence is expressed in its name, ‘Lotus (kamal) Realm (alaya)’, an ancient symbol for the growth and unfolding of the human spirit.
The Land of Smiles offers an idyllic location for wellness retreats.
This Southeast Asian country is known for its tropical beaches, ancient ruins, royal palaces, and ornate temples displaying figures of Buddha.
The bustling capital city of Bangkok is a mixture of old and new, shopping in designer malls next to street markets and food stalls while along the river there are dinner cruises aboard traditional dhows or day trips in longboats to see the quiet canalside communities and floating markets.
Ko Phi Phi is a small archipelago in the Krabi Province in Southern Thailand and known for the filming location of the “The Beach”. There are almost no motorized vehicles on the island as most places are within a ten-minute walk away. Long boats provide the transport between the islands.
Ko Samui is one of the most visited islands, dotted with small bungalows and exclusive villas. It offers lively festivals and hosts street fairs where vendors line the streets with local delicacies, clothing and souvenirs.
The larger island of Phuket is home to a wide variety of resorts line, sandy beaches, golf courses and of course shopping areas.
Established in 1980, the hospital provides for more than 1 million patients per year, including over 400,000 international patients from 190 countries. It was the first hospital in Asia to obtain a JCI accreditation (2002) and the first Asian hospital to receive JCI disease-specific accreditations for its stroke and heart programme. It has been accredited several times since then.
This 580-bed facility provides a wide range of tertiary healthcare services, including 19 operating rooms equipped for most general surgery and surgical specialties. Some are minimally invasive, including cardiothoracic, orthopedic, urological, ophthalmological, laser, transplant, and otolaryngological (ear, nose, and throat) surgeries.
Bumrungrad International is one of Thailand’s many JCI-accredited hospitals, Bumrungrad