Chiva-Som (Hua Hin)
A mere three hours from downtown Bangkok, Chiva-Som, which means "Haven of Life," is a traditional Thai luxury hotel located where the rice paddy fields end and the beachfront of Hua Hin begins. Known for being the town where the royal family vacations (Thailand's royal family gets even more respect than the Queen of England!), Hua Hin's Chiva-Som opened in 1995 as one of Thailand's original health spas, and it is this medical aspect that sets it apart from other spas.
In addition to all the anticipated luxe offerings, Chiva-Som specializes in the prevention of illness and healing the sick, boasting cures for everything from skin problems to helping guests quit smoking. With phenomenal therapists and a focus on traditional Eastern healing methods, the combination of its beautiful setting and the proximity to Bangkok make it a popular retreat for Thai and farang (Western) tourists alike. Acupuncture, naturopathic doctors, special massages like Chi Nei Tsang—an internal-organ massage performed on the belly to help relieve negative emotions, tension, and align your internal organs—are all just some of the health-boosting remedies that make Chiva-Som more than just a place to chill poolside.
Look for special package deals on the Chiva-Som website that will combine spa treatments and lodging. Rates for three-night packages start from $1,020 depending on the season.
More Info: +66.32.536.536; www.chivasom.com
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