Beyond offering relaxation and wellness for couples seeking respite, Chiva-Som is a haven of calm where you’ll regain inner peace and strength
or 22 years, the name Chiva-Som has been een synonymous with wellness. When this luxurious property opened in the resort town of Hua Hin, Thailand in 1995, it quickly gained an international following that extended to the likes of celebrities such as Kate Moss, Elle Macpherson and Collette Dinnigan. Its very name means “haven of life”, and this is what the resort sets out to deliver to the guests who flock to it to rest, relax, detox, and regain emotional and physical well-being. For wedding couples especially, the more than 100 spa therapies, and fitness and grooming packages available at Chiva-Som promise to rejuvenate either pre- or post-wedding.
It is simply impossible not to switch off from the world when you arrive at the resort. Chiva-Som is very serious about its no-device rule in all public areas on the property, so if you are looking to Instagram every moment or get updates from your wedding planner, consider yourself informed. Wifi is available in all rooms, however, so you don’t feel entirely cut off from the world—but the idea is to go off-the-grid so that you can experience true relaxation and calm.
While at Chiva-Som, surrender yourself to the treatment schedule that has been tailored for you. You could be starting your day with a yoga stretch class after a light breakfast, then heading into a body massage before lunch. Most afternoons will see guests reading by the indoor or outdoor pools, or indulging in even more massages, treatments or training sessions before getting dressed for dinner.
Mealtimes are when guests socialise at either of the two restaurants, Taste of Siam or Emerald Room; guests who prefer privacy can opt for room service. All meals are designed by inhouse cuisine director, chef Paisarn, who also personally tends an organic garden from which his daily supply of fresh herbs and vegetables is harvested. Wines and champagne, although not encouraged, are available at dinner, too.
Weight management and sustainable slimming are two of the highest-rated treatments at Chiva-Som, with guests returning annually to tweak their diet and fitness schedules while getting some me-time. Meanwhile, retreats for detox and spa well-being are most popular among brides-to-be, who are also known to book staycations with their bridesmaids for beauty treatments such as the Chiva-Som Signature Haven Facial for optimum cleansing and hydration, or the Oxygenating Facial to achieve that pre-wedding glow.
For a getaway that puts you back on your feet and readies you to face the big day feeling calm and peaceful, there’s nothing like Chiva-Som.
SWEET SERENITY With its tranquil setting and extensive range of treatments that soothe and heal, Chiva-Som is the perfect treat for wedding couples before or after their big day