Zulal Wellness Resort by Chiva-Som, the premier full immersion wellness resort in the Middle East, is ushering in a new era of personalised health with the introduction of genomic wellness. This groundbreaking service enhances the resort’s commitment to sustainable health, offering unparalleled personalisation in its wellness retreats and lifestyle programmes, addressing the unique challenges of contemporary living.
As the world’s first wellness resort merging the holistic principles of Traditional Arabic Islamic Medicine (TAIM) with the expertise of Thai wellness brand Chiva-Som International, the resort is dedicated to crafting tailored wellness programmes to meet individual health and wellness goals. The incorporation of genomic testing takes this commitment to the next level, providing guests with profound insights into their unique genetic code.
Genomic testing allows an in-depth understanding of how lifestyle, environment, and nutrition can impact both short and long-term health. This revolutionary approach represents the forefront of hyper-personalised health and wellness, promising to play an increasingly pivotal role in informed decision-making about well-being.
By revealing information about guests’ predisposition to certain diseases and health-related traits, along with recommendations on mitigating risks through healthier habits, this service empowers guests to make proactive health and lifestyle changes.
The resort offers two genomic tests: the Vital and the Longevity options. The Vital test explores the nutrigenetic profile, shedding light on how genes influence the effects of nutrients on the body and health. This information supports fitness objectives, athletic performance, and overall energy levels. The report provides risk assessments of specific diseases, aiding in the identification of leading factors for proactive health management.
Alternatively, the Longevity package, building upon the Vital, focuses on chronic disease risk assessment. By analysing DNA, genetic variants associated with an increased risk of common chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer are identified. In addition to chronic disease risk assessment, Longevity includes reports on susceptibility to specific conditions, drug metabolism for potential treatment choices, and sensitivities to allergens and pollutants for creating a healthier living environment.
Heinrich Morio, general manager of Zulal Wellness Resort by Chiva-Som, stated, “The introduction of genomic testing affirms our position as a pioneering destination in holistic health and wellness in the Middle East. We are committed to continuously enhancing our wellness offerings, providing the ultimate tailored experience for each guest’s needs.”
This non-invasive testing involves a saliva swab processed in a specialist laboratory, with results returned within six weeks. The resort’s health advisors then engage in comprehensive consultations with guests to create a personalised retreat tailored to their unique genomic findings, which includes result interpretation, personalised fitness regimen recommendations, and collaboration with in-house nutritionists to design an optimal diet based on individual nutrigenomic details.
This highly specialised offering is more than just a test; it’s a comprehensive approach to health and disease prevention, combining valuable genomic insights with expert-led lifestyle modifications.