Country Awards

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Hua Hin, Thailand

Palm trees and lush grounds surround the 57 private pavilions, suites, and rooms at this luxury resort, which occupies seven acres of sun-drenched beachfront property. The destination's attention to detail can be seen throughout: in the fresh, award-winning cuisine, the bustling state-of-the-art fitness center, its blend of Southeast Asian and Western design, and a six-to-one staff-to guest ratio. A health-and-wellness adviser is assigned to each guest to maximize his or her visit. These guides help design a relaxing, revitalizing routine to suit individual needs, from weight management to stress reduction. Educational lectures may figure into these customized programs, and spa treatments are also de rigueur. Of the more than 120 services available, the Chiva-Som signature treatments may be most popular-particularly the cocoons, which envelop the body in natural ingredients, herbs, and oils to revitalize or calm the skin.