The buzz: Stalwart spa favorite Iyara has opened a third location, this time bringing its pampering services to the lucky folks in the Mid-Levels. With a bakery, art gallery and now a spa, Prince’s Terrace is becoming quite the escalator hot spot.
Nestled within Ubud's tropical gardens, The Yoga Barn is the place to turn for an ultimate low-key yoga retreat. True to its environmental and social conscientious nature, the two-storey studio is made mainly out of recycled wood, and is a sanctuary for daily yoga practices, holistic and ayurvedic workshop and treatment. Since its establishment in 2007, it has also expanded to include a vegetarian restaurant as well as an ayurvedic rejuvenation centre. Workshops for Reiki and meditation are also offered at the studio to add to a thorough zen experience.
Just over an hour drive from the Manila airport, The Farm at San Benito is a healthy wellness retreat that is perfect for anyone who is looking an au naturale, low-key getaway. Nestle in lush green fields, daily yoga routines, and indulge in delicious vegan meals with its retreat; certified health professionals will be there to provide helpful detoxifying guidance and techniques for future use.
Whether you’re looking to take a break from the ravages of Christmas shopping (and garroting yourself with a bit of tinsel isn't an option), or are attending a party that you want to look your best for, the spas around town are offering a host of festive specials. Read on for a few of my favorites.
Located on the 20th floor of L Place, Ten Feet Tall is the brainchild of Dragon-i founder Gilbert Yeung. With a primary focus on quality foot massages in luxurious surroundings (think iPod docks, private rooms and flat-screen TVs), this 8,000-square-foot space gives off an airy holiday vibe with its white and bleached wood furnishings. The treatment menu is pretty straightforward, which in addition to foot massage ($268, with a current special offer of $198 for 50 minutes), features a range of body massages such as pressure point ($360), aromatic oil ($388) and lymphatic ($488).
Located on the 20th floor of L Place, Ten Feet Tall is the brainchild of Dragon-i founder Gilbert Yeung. With a primary focus on quality foot massages in luxurious surroundings (think iPod docks, private rooms and flat-screen TVs), this 8,000-square-foot space gives off an airy holiday vibe with its white and bleached wood furnishings.
If you’d prefer to unwind under sunny skies with the option to cool off at a moment’s notice, Langham Place’s 20-meter pool is outdoors and located on the roof, surrounded by a deck and cabanas to provide some shade. You’ll be (literally) floating 42 stories above ground level. Swim some laps to the rhythm of their underwater audio system, step into a Jacuzzi or sit pretty in a lounge chair while enjoying your favorite cocktail, along with the spectacular views you can only get from on high.
If you’d prefer to unwind under sunny skies with the option to cool off at a moment’s notice, Langham Place’s 20-meter pool is outdoors and located on the roof, surrounded by a deck and cabanas to provide some shade. You’ll be (literally) floating 42 stories above ground level.
With big international brands gobbling up our street-level storefronts, local shops and businesses have had to turn their gaze upwards to our skyscrapers—and down into their basements—in order to find decent, affordable retail space. We round up a few of the coolest places to shop, eat and play, just a mere elevator ride away.
With rising rents pushing businesses up into commercial buildings and down into basements, we take a look at the best venues above and below street level.
Head down to the basement of the Broadway in Wan Chai and pay a visit to Let’spa, an eight-room underground nook with two foot massage zones—one with private TVs and one hushed, dimmed space for serious relaxing. Let’spa has tons of deals that make spa sessions here relatively reasonable. For instance, it’s currently offering an Oxygen Botanicals facial at $640 (regular price $1,280), plus a complimentary 30-minute body massage (regular price $340).
So you’ve done all of Thailand, exhausted the rest of Southeast Asia and are tired of having to go through customs every time you want to make a quick escape. Here’s a thought: why not stay IN the city? From beach retreats to outdoor adventures to cultural journeys, Hong Kong’s got staycations of all stripes.
Stay right where you are—the perfect weekend getaway might be closer than you think.
Sure, every spa needs its gimmick, but this recent opening has to be one of the odder ones.
The walls, ceiling and floor at the K11 Salt Spa are covered in a thick layer of—you guessed it—salt. According to the sales kit, salt has antibacterial properties (fair enough) and can also help protect your body from pollution (hm...).
The purified air in the salt room is also said to cure respiratory complaints. The treatments themselves are based around the use of dead sea minerals.
212, K11 Art Mall, 18 Hanoi Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui