Chiva-Som to Expand Its Footprint to Qatar

Zulal Wellness Resort will offer hundreds of treatments based on the medicinal traditions of the Islamic world.

The hydrotherapy pool area at Zulal Wellness Resort. (All photos courtesy of Chiva-Som)

Wellness-minded travelers stopping over for a few days in the Gulf on a future trip will want to check out Qatar’s upcoming Zulal Wellness Resort by Chiva-Som — the first location outside Southeast Asia for the celebrated health resort in Hua Hin, Thailand. Set to open later this year, it’s being billed as the largest wellness destination in the Gulf state, as well as one of the first globally to introduce a contemporary Traditional Arabic and Islamic Medicine offering.

Traditional Arabic and Islamic Medicine, or TAIM, is derived from the Canon of Medicine written by Persian physician-philosopher Ibn Sina (who is known in the West as Avicenna) in 1025. Greatly influencing Western medicine, the Canon emphasizes restoration and life balance through fitness, diet, and mental and spiritual health. Herbs indigenous to the Arabian Peninsula were also noted by Ibn Sina for their healing properties.

Zulal Wellness Resort’s TAIM treatments will include traditional Qatari hamiz, a deeply relaxing massage using circular strokes, Zulal’s signature tadleek oil infused with medicinal herbs, and hot stones to reenergize the body and stimulate circulation and energy flow. The slimming body mask of camel milk, neem, and sidr leaves and essential oils delivers heat and enhances metabolism while detoxifying and hydrating the skin. A range of Arabic spa rituals will also be offered at the resort’s extensive hammam facilities.

Traditional hijama (cupping) therapy will be offered at the resort.

Chiva-Som’s strong emphasis on healthy, locally sourced cuisine will also be evident at the Qatari resort. Cleaving to a concept of “food as medicine,” Zulal’s menu will feature indigenous herbs, spices, minerals, and marine flora, alongside traditional superfoods such as figs, dates, olives, and camel milk across the resort’s four restaurants.

“At Chiva-Som, we believe in a holistic approach to wellness, drawing on the indigenous traditions of each destination,” said Chiva-Som Chairman and CEO, Krip Rojanastien, in a statement. “Zulal Wellness Resort brings a contemporary take on ancient healing practices and incorporates them into the over 400 wellness treatments we offer for complete healing and life transformation.”

Zulal Wellness Resort by Chiva-Som is expected to open by the end of 2021. The facility will be divided into two areas: Zulal Serenity will serve guests over 16 years of age seeking rebalance and quiet reflection, and Zulal Discovery, aimed at groups of multi-generational travelers. Zulal Discovery’s unique approach to wellness incorporates educational activities, sports, and creative arts, as well as wellness treatments and cuisine that will appeal to all ages while encouraging family bonding.

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