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73/4 Petchkasem Road, Hua Hin, 57 77110 Thailand
The opulence of the spa menu is complemented by Chiva-Som's superb service, which reflects warm Thai hospitality, and its stunning locale. The spa is located on seven lush, tropical acres near the Gulf of Siam and is only two and a half hours south of Bangkok. With a staff-to-guest ratio of four to one, Chiva-Som attracts travelers from throughout the world who are seeking the ultimate in luxury, pampering, and healthy living.
SERVICES & CLASSES
Chiva-Som blends an Eastern sensitivity to balance and wellness with modern, Western treatments. Every visit begins with a consultation, during which guests are given a customized health plan and are encouraged to enjoy restorative rituals in the sauna or pools to remedy jet lag. Spa-goers can then choose services a la carte from the holistic, medical, or spa menus or take part in a treatment program designed by the spa's staff. Special retreat programs are available in areas such as fitness, weight management, stress management, detox, and holistic health.
Chiva-Som has stayed true to the original notion of 'spa,' healing through water, and it has an impressive array of wet treatment areas. These include a Watsu pool and bathing pavilion with an exercise pool, plunge pool, a large hydro-Jacuzzi, Kneipp therapy foot bath, and a multilevel steam room. The spa also has separate male and female wet areas with a sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi, and relaxation room. The fitness facilities include a gymnasium, a dance studio, and a Pilates studio. Chiva-Som has a very extensive yoga program; group classes, workshops, and consultations take place in the open-air yoga pavilion and private sessions are held in the yoga sala. The spa also offers a reflexology path and a tai chi pavilion.
FACILITIES & AMENITIES
DINING & FACILITIES
Facilities & AmenitiesA day at Chiva-Som may begin with an energizing stretch class or a tai chi session in the open pavilion overlooking the sea and end with a power walk on the beach. Throughout the day a variety of classes is offered in the air-conditioned fitness studio, and a popular aquarobics class is held in the bathing pavilion. The spa specializes in Functional Integrated Training (FIT), which is used to create a highly personalized exercise program that is meant to correct or enhance strength, flexibility, posture, and tone in accord with a participant's occupation, recreation, lifestyle, and level of fitness.
In addition to pursuing physical activities, guests can also expand their understanding of Thai culture through art, Thai cooking, floral arranging, and fruit-carving classes.
Cold Plunge Pool
Rooms & DiningWith only 57 guest accommodations, Chiva-Som maintains an intimate atmosphere. Guest pavilions, inspired by traditional Thai architecture, are located in the center of the Chiva-Som estate, where they are are surrounded by tropical gardens, lakes, and waterfalls. Additional Western-style rooms are located at the far end of the grounds and have terraces overlooking the Gulf of Siam. All rooms are furnished with wood and marble, Thai sculptures, and hand-glazed ceramics. Large windows throughout the guest rooms and common areas allow plenty of natural light. All suites at Chiva-Som are served by a private butler available 24 hours a day.
Two restaurants are on property. The Emerald Restaurant features an international menu, while the Taste of Siam Restaurant is near the beach and serves Thai spa cuisine. For their flavorful dishes, both restaurants have won numerous awards, and menus at both change daily. The selections include steaks, lamb, chicken, and fish, served with fresh vegetables and local herbs and spices. The menus list caloric and fat content, and vegetarian options are available. All dishes are simple enough to be prepared by guests when they return home, and the spa offers cooking classes and has its own cookbook, Chiva-Som Natural Way to Healthy Eating and Living.