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“Detox at your own pace” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Chiva-Som
Ranked #9 of 212 Specialty Lodging in Hua Hin
Certificate of Excellence
Newbury, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Detox at your own pace”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2013

An exceptional resort whose unique combination of healthy eating, balanced exercise and body pampering is guaranteed to make you feel mentally and physically loads lighter. Thais have a wonderful ability to make you feel that they really care. No wonder guests come here again and again for a regular session of body re-regulation.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Jaypearson
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2013

What a resort - You have to visit to believe. it is pure air as if full of oxygen and beauty > We fell in love with this place - The trees, the water fall, the Thai Style Villas and the way the whole resort has come up. As soon as we arrived, we were offered cool tender coconut water. We came by road and the roads are very good.

Chiva-Som is a luxury health retreat located in the beachfront city of Hua Hin. It is spread across 7 acres of beach front and is just 185 km south of Bangkok.

They have the best activities all through out the day till late hours and one can chooseout of these right from 7AM to 8PM.These include yoga to pilate to aqua aerobics --- You name it it is there !
All meals are included and they are made from vegetables grown with in the resort and all are organic stuff - B esides the food is very tasty and the sorbet (which we ate after every meal) from out of sweet dishes too good. Fruits are organic and very tasty.
Stsff is very courtious and helpful. Massages are included one per day for one hour and are very good.
Now a days, in a world of high pollution it is a tranquil heaven.

Room Tip: Thai Villas are lovely and spacious .
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jagdish747
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Melbourne, Australia
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84 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2013

Where do I start. WOW. Worth the trip from Bangkok. A 10 day break from the reality of a busy life, to be treated as royalty. So spoilt, upgraded to a suite, with private butler service. Very easy to get used to. Quality programs all about learning the art of true relaxation. Freshest of wholesome foods, great programs and the best example of hospitality service we have experienced in years. Congratulations to Chiva-Som.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank CountryCol
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Melbourne, Australia
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90 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2013

This is the perfect place to rejuvenate & re-set your personal directions. From the moment you arrive to be greeted with the warmth that only caring Thai hospitality can show, you feel able to take a deep breath & relax knowing you've left the rest of the world outside. Although only seconds from the main road, you enter the drive which is cleverly set back from the passing traffic & enter a world of calm & attention to every need that is your reason to be here in the first place. Accommodation ranges from relatively secluded garden villas to ocean view rooms for couples or suites for those needing larger areas. All the facilities are only a few steps away from the outdoor areas as well as indoor & outdoor dining, the health & wellness centre, gym, saunas or just a walk on the beach.
Whether you are looking for weight-loss, rest & relaxation or just an escape from your day-to-day existence this is the place.
An average day can be as active or relaxed as you want. Daily options include tai-chi or yoga classes, water aerobics or gym classes, visit with naturopaths, acupuncturists, or other health & well-being professionals, daily massage or beauty treatments and of course all meals prepared by top-class chefs whose sole aim is to provide the best for your healthy lifestyle. And most of this is included in the cost.
Golf courses are also very close & lessons available from the resident professional.
The majority of the guests are repeat guests who come back time & time again (as we do), which is why Chiva Som has won world's best spa on many occasions.

Room Tip: Ocean view rooms are best value.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank lokshen
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43 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2013 via mobile

We decided we wanted to get away for Christmas, relax and lose some weight: mission accomplished! I can't fault the resort: beautiful grounds, attentive staff and great food.
We stayed in one of the Villas for 10 days, which offered a comfortable air-conditioned double bedroom, with a separate bathroom/shower/toilet.
On day one there is a consultation to decide which activities are most appropriate, some inclusive and others extra/upgrades. Each day finishes with one of an assortment of massages.
The activities are coached by generally enthusiastic, friendly, young staff: don't be fooled, these people have received fantastic training!
There is a variety of inclusive meals available and we particularly enjoyed eating at the poolside restuarant overlooking the beach. We enjoyed the food enormously, and it is not just very tasty but fresh and healthy too. Christmas dinner was really special, turkey if you wanted it but we stuck with a Thai seafood BBQ.
I had my interim review 5 days in and found I'd lost all the weight I'd hoped for: considering it took me 2/3 days to get into the swing of things, this was an amazing result.
We enjoyed the resort so much that we only visited Hua Hin once, so my excursions were restricted to daily walks up the busy beach. All life is there with massage stalls, kite-surfing and sunbathers from all nations enjoying the sun and sea. On the negative side, the tides brought in a daily delivery of assorted rubbish together with some interesting species of fish but with the exception of the larger hotels, little effort is made to clear up the mess.
At the end of the holiday, we left Chiva Som with heavy hearts and lighter bodies, promising to come back again the next year!

Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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208 reviews
49 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2012

i went there to lose wieght and it did serve this purpose however its extremely boring
very small tv allocated. size of a mini safety box - pre dated

too much mosquito's everywhere
very old furniture

i was the youngest when i went there back at 2008 ( 24 years old ) and everyone else was almost 50 plus.

the trainers and staff were nice and so was the food healthy and tasty.

its ectremely expensive for the service and quality they provide. not worth the price

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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7 Thank xxbcxxy
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Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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270 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2012

The minute you arrive at Chiva Som by private car you feel that you have left the noisy and crowded life of BKK behind (admittedly it is a 2 1/2 hour drive) for good. The unassuming entrance looks more like a private estate / complex than a 5 star luxe spa hotel. The receptionist greets you with the typical Thai smile, then a cooling off (literally by cold fragrant towels) before a warm reception and a tour of the complex by a golf cart, which takes us to our hotel room. Most villas are dotted amongst lush gardens and small lakes, but the main hotel complex is a three storey building housing about 24 rooms. All comfortable with views of the main pool and the sea. The meals are carefully prepared to suit our dietary requirements, but it is not a starve-yourself diet. If I want a steak or a plate of sushi I can have it. But if I opt for a cleansing diet the dietician would devise a special menu for me, ranging from 3 to 7 days. One lady wanted to get rid of her alcoholic addiction so she had a 2-week cleansing diet comprised of soup and other vegetarian dishes. Not for me, but her complexion looked great after one week. My 10-night stay was more for relaxation than for a kind of 'purging' regime. Still, the basic diet of no salt, no sugar and no caffeine works very well. I break this boredom only in the morning when I do need a cup of coffee. Then, amazingly I don't crave it anymore. initially no salt was a problem, but then one gets used to it. There is plenty of taste in vegetables and fruits! There is a vegetarian restaurant near the main pool deck. It is for lunch and I love the simple taste and lightweight salads and fruits in the heat of the day. Occasionally I would walk up the stairs to the 'formal' restaurant, which serves 'proper' food - steamed chicken breast with ginger and lemon grass, grilled lamb chop, grilled local fish or a plate of prawns with mango and rice...the choice is endless, and ALL VERY HEALTHY. The daily massage is a treat. In addition, one can go to the gym, do yoga, aqua aerobics or simply sunbathe in the open near the pool, amongst lush trees and bushes. The staff near the pool are very attentive - always ready with a cold bottle of water and a cool towel. The loungers are soft and comfy, the air clean and full of the ripe frangipani. The hotel's policy of no camera, cell phone or computer in the public area is welcome because one does not want to be stressed by other hotel guests talking in public or checking emails when one should be relaxing. Our stay was so healthy we both lost 2 kgs. Our waistline also decreased by about 10%. Our departure was sad because we knew we had to deal with the hustle and bustle of city life again...but we will always return.

Room Tip: If you have the cash do book a villa. You are away from the main hotel complex and you have a privat...
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Sang F
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Property: Chiva-Som
Address: 73 / 4 Petchkasem Road, Hua Hin 77110, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Prachuap Khiri Khan Province > Hua Hin
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 212 Specialty Lodging in Hua Hin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Chiva-Som 4.5*
Number of rooms: 54
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Chiva-Som is a luxury health resort, combining international standards with Thai hospitality to deliver personal wellness programmes in a non regimented way. Everything we do focuses on a holistic approach to health that incorporates mind, body and spirit. ... more   less 
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Chiva-Som Hotel Hua Hin
Chiva Som Luxury Health Hotel
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