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Reviewed July 17, 2012

Chiva-Som is the Rolls Royce of health resorts, with a price to match. In order to get value for money versus the plethora of spa resorts, I suggest you need to take a disciplined approach to Chiva-Som beyond just relaxation and take advantage of their holistic approach to health (noting that it actually started life in the 90s as a medical clinic). In my case it was weight loss management, looking for advice on diet and exercise - and I found what I was looking for in the combined Chiva-Som expertise, as well as losing some kilos during the week through the exercise, the excellent low fat ChivaSom cuisine and forgoing booze.

The nutrionist (Jason) had some excellent suggestions on diet (eg why I sometimes gain weight on exercising), the gym staff imparted some useful tips for exercising when travelling, Terry taught some great functional stretches for golf, the aqua aerobics and tai chi are far superior to what you would get at Club Med type resorts. The massages in the standard packages were basic but spa facilities were good. Overall there is a great sense of calm, abetted by the easy going GM (Paul), with ever smiling staff and your choice of whether you wish to mix with other guests (quite an ecletic mix).

I recommend staying at least a week, preferably in the Lean Season (May to September) - price is lower, so is occupancy (so easier to get what class you want and when), Huan Hin is not too affected by the summer monsoon. For a single person the newly refurbished Ocean rooms are a good choice; the Thai Pavilions have more privacy and comfort but a 2 minute longer walk to the pool, beach and facilities and the price differential maybe not worth it. Chiva-Som cheekily does not include the 25% service charge and tax in its headline prices as resorts like Kamalaya do – why charge 10% service charge on accommodation ? – hence they get 4 not 5 stars – but overall ChivaSom is to be recommended as a great gift to yourself.

Date of stay: July 2012
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11  Thank John P
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Reviewed July 13, 2012

I stayed at Chiva Som for one month from the mid May till the mid Jun. For me it worked wonders. I had a spine surgery almost a year ago and still have big problems with my back. I originally booked to stay there for 3 weeks and after amazing results extended my stay to one more week.

If you go to Chiva Som for right reasons and have good motivation you can achieve amazing results. I was on a renewal program, which includes a lot of physio therapy. I also every day did my own exercises and joined as many classes as I could. When i went to Chiva some i could not bend forward much, was very over weight and constantly in pain. After one month there, 6 kg down, amazingly reduced amount of pain in the lower back and can even touch my toes! They do not just do exercised with you, they teach you about your body so that you can cope with your problems better when you return home. My physio was Puk, and she is truly the miracle worker!

I loved the food there too, every dish has calorie count and proteins and carbs and so on counted for you so you can decide yourself what you eat. I found it absolutely delicious and could it every day for the rest of my life. Every day there are classes from 7am till about 6pm, i really enjoyed joining in. It si also a great away to meet people. A few people are there by themselves.

The spa is lovely and you get one massage each day. All the staff is very friendly and the atmosphere at the report is really nice. I stayed at the Pavilion and felt right at home. It was clean and very comfortable. The bed was just right. YOu can choose the type of pillows you like and a type of mattress you want.

Overall for me it was an amazing experience because it took away my pain!

Date of stay: May 2012
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2  Thank Annushka79
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Reviewed April 20, 2012

Finally got to try the famous Chiva Som. Go for at least 5 days, the 3 day stay wouldn't be worth it, because it takes you a couple of days into the "groove" of the place.

Here's what I liked
- resort staff were very friendly, thoughtful, kind and quick to remember your name
- great for weight loss. All the food is painstakingly calorie counted and surprisingly tasty. When you order off the a la carte you'll be surprised how small the portions are, but its a good reminder that the portions we eat in our regular lives are way bigger than what they should be
- you'll feel great after a few days of eating organic food
- includes a daily massage
- good long stretch of beach to walk
- immaculate gardens all done by hand
- good naturopath and physio
- the biggest selection of treatments I've ever seen, and large range of fitness classes and activities
- great gym equipment and very helpful gym staff
- night time turn down service and another room spruce up - a lot of hotels don't do this any more

Here's what I didn't like
- the resort is very plain. I know you're going for health/weight loss/pampering etc, but we paid over $1,300 a night, and for that I expect the lap of luxury
- there was only one pilates class during my five days (yoga was every day though)
- a bit rushed when spa treatments/massages finished. Usually at a spa you're give a few minutes to relax after a massage, but here you were sort of hurried out, because the next person is waiting
- although after the first day, I asked every massage therapist to focus on my back, the routine was the same every day, about half the massage time spent on my legs
- initial health and wellness consultation (which was at the end of the first day, would have thought it would be the first thing you do) felt a bit perfunctory and she didnt' seem particularly knowledgable
- you had to pay extra for smoothies and certain fruit drinks, which I thought was a bit cheeky
- on their website it advertises various Retreats (detox, physical renewal, healing etc). Each retreat has a number of 'included' treatments. I expected I would be guided towards a retreat and would then proceed to book all the 'included' treatments. But instead I was told I had a spa credit voucher which I could use and anything above that I'd need to pay for (the voucher would not have covered the included treatments listed in each retreat). So I'm not sure if I misunderstood or my travel agent booked something different, but I felt a bit shortchanged

Room tip: We paid extra for a Thai Pavillion room but probably not worth it.
Date of stay: March 2012
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18  Thank BelleCose
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Reviewed February 20, 2012

I've been in many SPAs around the world and Chiva Som is my preferred choice.

Important: it is not luxury, the rooms are a bit aged, but overall experience unparalleled.

Everytime I go I lose 5+ kilos and more importantly feel like 7 years younger.

Strengths:
- Excellent health food
- Staff & service (very personalized)
- Excellent Yoga, stretching, Thai, classes
- Meditation
- Swimming pool
- Atmosphere

Room to improve:
- I don't quite like the beach, but it fits the purpose of walking on the beach in the morning
- Rooms are aged

Room tip: Since it is all about being out the rooms all the time, I would not mind to recommend the cheapest ones. Choose ground floor
Date of stay: November 2011
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5  Thank rogeriod842
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Reviewed February 3, 2012

To get fit, to loose weight, to have amazing spa experience choose this resort. Pavilion is best place to stay. Food is very delicious, healthy and light.

Room tip: Make sure not to take a room in a main building next to a restaurant.
Date of stay: November 2011
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4  Thank InnaO
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