Chiva-Som, Hua Hin, Thailand

If the object of your honeymoon is to recharge your batteries and begin married life in your physical prime, this legendary retreat is the place to go. (And when we say legendary, we mean it - Chiva-Som has appeared in the pages of Tatler more times than some members of the Royal Family.)

Yes, the public beach is a tad small and overcrowded, but the vast pool, mix of 150 treatments, and top-notch doctors, therapists, fitness instructors and nutritionists make this one teeny negative incredibly easy to forgive.


We promise both women and men will have a good time here, and programmes are as rigid or as flexible as you like. Each includes daily treatments, with the option to add a variety of classes including Tai chi at sunrise, Pilates, yoga and Pranayama breathing, depending on how energetic you feel.

Don't expect starvation - you'll eat incredibly well here, with dishes such as peppered tuna with Thai-herb mushroom salad, which is low in fat, salt and sugar, but stuffed with flavour and nutrients.

You can still enjoy a glass of bubbles at dinner, and if you look hard there are desserts available, too. Some rooms have just had a revamp, but the best are still the cheaper ocean-view rooms, which have a balcony and are in the centre of the resort. This is a grown-up destination that radiates stillness, with no children or mobile phones to interrupt the peace.

Give yourself over completely and depart feeling leaner, rested and content. A spa with serious soul.

WOW FACTOR: Don't miss the gentle Chi Nei Tsang stomach massage, which will eliminate stress and aid digestion.

GO: Elegant Resorts ( offers seven nights from £3,495 per person, full board. Includes flights and transfers