Of all the places in the world I'd like to visit, Thailand definitely tops the list! And experiencing a relaxing, spa locale in-country? Well, even better! Chiva-Som, which translates to "Haven of Life," is nestled in 7 acres of lush gardens, while offering spectacular ocean views. The resort offers 70 treatment rooms with a kinesis studio, gym, watsu pool, flotation pool, large outdoor swimming pool, bathing pavilion with kneipp bath, sauna, steam, jacuzzi, and indoor swimming pool.
At Chiva-Som, the food is a mix of traditional Thai dishes and elegant Mediterranean cuisine, serving gourmet meals with organically grown fruits and vegetables from their own garden. They even offer cooking classes with visits to the local farmers market and of course, their own garden.
I was happy to discover that at this retreat, social sustainability is as important as its push toward carbon neutrality or its organic farm, scrupulous recycling, solar panels and water conservation. Staff members and their families receive health coverage and scholarships, and they, in turn, visit schools to educate kids on health and the need to protect the development-stressed local ecosystem.
Looking forward to the day when I can visit Chiva-Som for myself!