Chiva-Som International Health Resort has announced the launch next year of Zulal Wellness Resort, a new wellness destination in Qatar. It will be the largest wellness destination in the country, the Middle East’s first full-immersion wellness resort, and the world’s first centre for Traditional Arabic Integrative Medicine (TAIM), slated to open in the second quarter of 2020. Msheireb Properties, Qatar’s leading developer, has appointed Chiva-Som to operate and manage the resort in Khasooma, a private coastal location to the north of Qatar. This is the first management and operating contract undertaken by market-leading wellness resort brand Chiva-Som, whose flagship in Hua Hin, Thailand has won global acclaim. Representing a key departure for Chiva-Som, the resort will encompass a family wellness offering alongside its more familiar adults-only formula.
The name “Zulal”, which refers to “purified water”, is inspired by a people’s historic journey across land to the sea and the ever-present search for water, the seed of life – a concept that encapsulates the history, culture and heritage of Qatar. Drawing on Chiva-Som’s many years of expertise catering to an exacting global audience whilst retaining an inextricable connection with the local culture, Zulal Wellness Resort will offer the highest international service standards rooted in traditional Qatari hospitality. Spanning 280,000 square metres, the resort is around one hour’s drive from Qatar’s international hub of Doha, offering excellent accessibility from across the globe. A specially developed menu of Arabic and Mediterranean wellness cuisine, as well as cutting-edge architecture and services inspired by local heritage, will ensure the position of Zulal Wellness Resort as a true showcase of Qatari culture, both traditional and modern.
Reflecting Arabic values, Zulal Wellness Resort will actively cater for families alongside its adults-only offer. Underpinned by the belief that wellness is for everyone, the estate will feature a Family Wellness Resort with 120 guestrooms and suites which will welcome guests of all ages, promoting family bonding through shared experiences whilst also offering dedicated children’s activities. As part of Chiva-Som’s commitment to always respond to guests’ feedback and demands, the development of the family offer represents an opportunity for families to experience, learn and practice wellness together, introducing children to healthy living from an early age. The adjacent Wellness Resort with 60 suites and villas will cater for individuals, couples and groups of adult wellness travellers looking for total immersion and world-class programmes and facilities.
Msheireb Properties worked on the resort’s design, which reflects the inspiration for the name whilst echoing the principles of the Chiva-Som flagship in Thailand. Landscaping will feature ponds and water features arranged around a series of serene shaded walled gardens; a narrative inspired by memories of sea-bound travellers finding welcoming shelter in local villages.
Chairman and CEO of Chiva-Som International Health Resort, Mr. Krip Rojanastien, said of the launch: ‘We are delighted to announce the opening next year of this project, on which we’ve been collaborating with Msheireb Properties. This is the first time we have embarked on a management and operating contract since the opening of our resort in Hua Hin in 1995. We are excited and proud to have created something completely new with Zulal Wellness Resort, which is the first in the world to showcase Traditional Arabic Integrative Medicine (TAIM), whilst retaining the Chiva-Som DNA at every touchpoint. The ability to serve families in particular offers guests great flexibility, and we hope it will inspire wellness for a new generation.’
Ali Al Kuwari, Acting CEO of Msheireb Properties, said: “We are very excited to collaborate with Chiva-Som to operate Zulal Wellness Resort. Our mission as a national real estate developer is to build communities and developments that enrich and enhance the way people live, work and thrive, while remaining true to our Qatari and Arabic cultural heritage. This partnership with Chiva-Som enables us to provide the best in ancient Arabic medicine, not just in Qatar, but across the entire region. Zulal Wellness Resort will no doubt contribute to the growth of wellness tourism in the country.”
Staying true to Chiva-Som’s core principles, the resort will operate sustainably and adhere to environmentally friendly practices, as well as using some locally developed speciality products. Exceptional facilities will set a new standard for health resorts the world over, featuring fully integrated holistic programmes alongside state-of-the-art international treatments.