Chiva-Som International Health Resort Hotel
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With a stay at Chiva-Som International Health Resort Hotel in Hua Hin (Khao Takiab), you’ll be close to Cicada Market and Wat Khao Takiab. This 4.5-star resort is within close proximity of True Arena and Vana Nava Hua Hin Water Park.
Make yourself at home in one of the 58 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and DVD players. Rooms have private balconies. Bathrooms have complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include safes and ceiling fans.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages, body treatments, and facials. You’re sure to appreciate the recreational amenities, including a health club, an outdoor pool, and an indoor pool. This resort also features complimentary wireless Internet access and gift shops/newsstands.
Food & Drink
Breakfast is available for a fee.
How to Get There
Been here for my 50th and for my 59th birthdays. Wish I could come every year. Everything is wonderful. The staff are incredible and so is the food. I came back with strategies to live a calmer less stressful life the first visit and still implement them in my daily life. The stretching class is a must.
I stayed a Chiva Som a few months ago now and thought I'd wait a bit to let my thoughts settle before writing a review as I don't like writing something negative.
Unfortunately I've decided this is how I left Chiva som feeling.
Firstly, it was disappointing to arrive and my room was not ready, despite arriving in the afternoon. I had been told lunch wasn't included in emails sent to me in the lead up to my stay, yet they asked me if I'd like to eat lunch while I was waiting. I wasn't all that hungry but thought I'd eat a salad and had to ask her if I had to pay (she said no). Not a great start.
When i got to my room i found it to be modern and fairly spacious. I was staying in an Ocean premium room. I was up the end of the building on the middle floor which was a good private position with lovely views of the beach and ocean. I was closer to the restaurant I'd be disappointed as there wouldn't be much privacy on your balcony. I had a quick walk around the grounds which were tired and old. They are renovating later this year but in its current state the hotel grounds and in particular pool area were more like a hotel costing $100 a night, not Chiva som prices, which I found very disappointing.
I next went to have my initial consultation to work out what program I would do and was told because I'd booked 6 night stay (not 5 or 7) I could only have a 5 night package of treatments or 2 x 3 nights packages. I had asked when booking if 6 nights was ok and I was told yes. I asked if I would get some kind of refund if I did the 5 night and was told no. There were very limited options (maybe only 2) for the 3 night packages which I found disappointing. After asking for another option then pushing to speak to a manager the issue was eventually solved the next day by offering me one extra treatment.
The food here is overrated, while healthy, it's a bit outdated in style and too low in salt, I had a terrible headache one day which I'm sure was from this.
The treatments were good and treatment area with steam room infrared sauna and cold plunge pool was very nice.
I did a variety of yoga, stretching, meditation and exercise classes which were all good and there were a great variety of activities scheduled all day.
Aside from this the range choices for exercise via personal training was extensive, a long list with excellent trainers even including altitude training.
The medi-spa area seemingly can do everything but surgery, with several well qualified doctors, there is the usual Botox etc along with more intensive treatments such as ultrasound which cost over $3000. I had a very basic laser treatment which was included in my package. I didn't see much in the way of results from it unfortunately.
All up I found the friendliness of many staff lovely but not from all, the resort tired and rundown and the guests fairly old and well off. I would say ~70% of guests were over 60 and many seemed regular visitors.
I have been to Kamalaya and Como Shambala Estate in Ubud and would definitely recommend either of those over Chiva Som and both are a fair bit cheaper.
Chiva som has by far and away the biggest range of activities, treatments, etc on offer but most importantly I didn't enjoy the vibe here at all, overall it didn't feel friendly, especially amongst the guests. Save yourself a huge amount of money and go elsewhere.
This wellness was recommended by good friends, we went for a facial cleaning and skin repair. It was very nice, very professional. The people are very friendly, speak very good English, so it was easy to understand the different treatments they have. It is a luxury Healt resort, so also is the price, but it is worth. We were very happy with the treatment, done with a lot of care.
I write this reluctantly because it is hard enough to get into Chiva Som already and we want to keep it for ourselves but i owe it to them to say how incredibly fabulous it still is. My wife and I are extremely well traveled and seek out health and wellness spas especially in Asia. We visited Chiva Som 10 years ago based on word of mouth and loved it. We were concerned that when calling other spas they had Chiva Som alumni so who is left? The reservations was helpful but hard to communicate with so we had no idea and just went back based on our gut feel and memories of the past. It's even better now than it was because of the renovations and other improvements.
As usual we were the only Americans there. It is still the ultimate in true health and wellness but with every sort of medical practitioner possible. Remember that for its 54 hard to get and extremely expensive rooms there are over 400 employees. They do everything perfectly and with the training plus the care that almost no place does. The food, rooms and most of all the program is stellar and unmatched anywhere on the planet. We saw 2 of the 4 Functional medical doctors, a cutting edge field, plus physical therapists, message therapists and spiritual healers. It was camp for health conscious adults. They have a new very hands on manager with an Aman Resorts and 4 Seasons background plus many of the same management and spa staff as they had for decades. We will be returning and hope to get a room if we are lucky.
I had a wonderful 8 days trip. All the staff are very friendly and very enthusiastic to serve. Food is very delicious and creatively cook. I was treated like a princess. After 8 days, I became fitter and more positive. It’s expensive but worth every penny.