The hydrotherapy pool area at Zulal Wellness Resort in Qatar.
First slated to launch in the second quarter of 2020, Zulal Wellness Resort by Chiva-Som is now planned to open ‘within 2021’.
The Qatar-based property is unusual in that it offers an immersive, wellness-based break for both adults courtesy of the adults-only Zulal Serenity area, as well as the Zulal Discovery section of the resort that caters for family groups with younger guests under the age of 16 years.
It’s the first time the renowned Thai-based Chiva-Som spa brand has ventured outside of Southeast Asia. The new resort will be located in the coastal area of Khasooma in the north of Qatar. It will be the largest wellness destination in the state and the first to offer traditional Arabic and Islamic medicines.
Chiva-Som’s début wellness resort at Hua Hin, Thailand, is an award-winning retreat incorporating movement, relaxation and nutrition and drawing on local inspiration including Thai, Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine practices.
Traditional Arabic and Islamic Medicine, or TAIM, is derived from the Canon of Medicine by physician and philosopher, Ibn Sina, in the eleventh century. Treatments at Zulal Wellness Resort will include traditional Qatari hamiz, a relaxing massage using circular strokes, Zulal’s signature medicinal herb-infused tadleek oil and hot stones to stimulate circulation and energy flow. The resort also boasts a range of Arabic spa rituals for physical and spiritual wellbeing.
Emphasis is placed on locally sourced, healthy cuisine in the resort’s dining spaces, with a ‘food as medicine’ mantra. Figs, dates, olives, camel milk and indigenous herbs, spices, minerals and marine flora will be used across the resort’s four restaurants.
“Zulal Wellness Resort continues Chiva-Som’s journey of pioneering, bringing a contemporary take on ancient healing practices and incorporating them into the more than 400 wellness treatments we offer at the resort,” said Chiva-Som chairman Krip Rojanstein.
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