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How holistic healing helped me at 137 Pillars Bangkok’s Season of Wellness

I was suffering from chronic shoulder and neck pain when I walked into 137 Pillars Bangkok’s Nitra Spa to see one of the visiting wellness practitioners at their Season of Wellness, a three-month wellness festival featuring visiting holistic healing gurus from around Asia. The Season of Wellness was initiated to support the lifestyle needs of…

Heritage Hip in China’s Panda City – Temple House Chengdu

It seems obvious to choose Shanghai or Beijing for a first visit to China. I would have done that too, but the minute I heard the words “panda city”, I was headed to Chengdu. I wasn’t even sure exactly where Chengdu was at first, but who cares, when the city is the official panda center…

10 Top Wellness, Detox, Yoga, Health & Fitness Destinations in Asia for 2018

Did your New Year’s resolutions include lose weight and get fit?  The easiest way to do this is to go on a health holiday where the whole stay is devoted to improving your health, nutrition, and wellness in a  relaxing, supportive environment. As a spa book author, wellness journalist and a judge for the regional AsiaSpa Awards, I’ve been…

Where to get the best sleep therapy – 137 Pillars Bangkok’s Nitra Spa

Forget Bangkok’s big, big night life scene for one night. This powerful new holistic spa treatment calms and rewires your whole body and brain for a refreshing, restorative, real night’s sleep. I’m the kind of person who can sleep anywhere – airplanes, desks, cars, restaurants. This is partly because I’m the size of a pocket monster and can easily curl into my own…

LUXURY VILLA FOR SALE ON PARADISE ISLAND – KOH SAMUI THAILAND

Imagine waking up and going to sleep to this view every day… Holiday home, retirement retreat, or rental property – Frederique’s villa is an outstanding investment. Frederique’s stunning villa is located on Koh Samui Island off the Southern Thailand coast in the Gulf of Thailand. Built in tropical style that merges indoor with outdoor living,…

4 Best Anti-Ageing Beauty Treatments in Bangkok

Thailand is called Asia’s spa capital for good reason, and Bangkok is a haven for medi-spas and aesthetic centers offering the latest and best beauty treatments. You don’t need to go as far as a face lift or even botox to refresh your look any more. There are so many other anti-ageing beauty treatments to reboot your…

The Coolest Pool Penthouse in Phuket – Aleenta Resort Phuket, Thailand

What insider insight can I tell you about Phuket, an island so famous, so popular and so commercial that for decades it’s been consistently voted on “World’s Best Islands” lists and whatever other superlatives you can imagine. Well here’s a useful bit of info that might astonish people about this famous island. What most Phuket…

How to Find Bliss in Bhutan – Aman Resorts’ Meditation & Wellness Retreats, September – November

This September – November, luxurious Amankora resorts in the unspoilt Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan offer exclusive wellness experiences to take you on your own inner journeys, while travelling through its elegant lodges around the Land of the Thunder Dragon. Amankora – Meaning of Life Retreat 10th – 18th September If you’ve ever dreamed of an experience that will literally…

6 Unforgettable, Instagrammable, Shareable Things to Do in Bali

I never get tired of visiting Bali, and I go there on a regular basis. Thank goodness for good friends who live there, as well as a growing circle of new friends the more I go there. I’m not exaggerating when I say it’s the most charming, inviting, relaxing, and photogenic of places to go…

The raw beauty of natural gems: Q&A with fine jewellery designer Yang Riches

From big bold statement pieces to dainty dangling droplets, the allure of raw, natural gemstones is eye-catching in every piece of Yang Jewellery.   Find out what inspires this amazing designer … To those who know her, my friend Yang Riches is admired in Bangkok social circles for her classic elegance and ageless style.  Tall and slim, she loves fashion and always…

5 Best Luxury Yoga Retreats & Resorts in Thailand

Yoga resorts, yoga retreats, yoga teacher training centers, yoga detox, spiritual escapes and personalized yoga programs – I’ve rounded up the best yoga holidays in Thailand for you. These are places where your daily yoga class comes with organic health cuisine or gourmet vegetarian food, along with spa facilities offering massages and detox. Wellness facilities are all there…

Home sweet home at the secret honey house – Villa Madu Ubud, Bali

I would never have known about Villa Madu in Bali if a friend in Ubud hadn’t suggested it to me (thank you  secret friend! You know who you are!).   It’s one of those under-the-radar places that I’ve never seen before in big magazines, but is known through word-of-mouth, or by people who know people. I…