Well-Being

Yoga among the rocks of Al-‘Ula at Habitas’s Thuraya Wellness Spa. Photo: Handout

Is the Middle East the world’s next big wellness destination?

The region may be not commonly associated with luxury spa getaways, but several spectacular new resorts are channelling the healing powers of the desert

30 Jan 2023 - 11:00AM
Many entrepreneurs and food businesses are jumping on the opportunity to produce lab-grown meat. Photo: The Alpina Gstaad

Will premium lab-grown caviar and foie gras be biotech’s newest gold mine?

Lab-grown caviar and foie gras could be biotech’s newest gold mine, as industry experts say, ‘being ethical is the new luxury’ – here’s what you need to know

12 Jan 2023 - 4:35PM
Meghan Markle is said to have used a custom Floris London scent for her 2018 wedding. Photos: @florislondon, sussexroyal/Instagram

5 royal beauty and wellness secrets, revealed – from bee facials to sun creams

With access to some of the world’s best beauty and wellness services, it’s no wonder many royals are blessed with flawless complexions – here’s how they do it

10 Jan 2023 - 5:00AM
Socialising over Christmas might be fun, but it can also be stressful ... here’s how to manage the potential mental fall-out. Photos: Shutterstock

How to manage stress and your mental health at Christmas

Christmas is a time for making merry but for some, expectations and preparations can be overwhelming, and lead to distress … here’s how to ameliorate the anxiety

19 Dec 2022 - 2:21PM
Looking to give back this Christmas? Consider volunteering for Hong Kong Dog Rescue’s dog walking programme. Photo: Hong Kong Dog Rescue

5 Hong Kong charities that need your time this Christmas

Volunteers are needed for a number of Hong Kong charities this festive season – here are five worthy organisations to help get good Samaritans started

12 Dec 2022 - 9:00AM
Work began on Geoffrey Bawa’s final project, the Anantara Kalutara, in 1995 before the civil war, and was finished by his protégé Channa Daswatte. Photo: Anantara

How celebrity architect Geoffrey Bawa’s legacy lives on – in hotels

Sri Lanka’s most famous architect gifted his country with numerous beautiful buildings which defined a then-newly independent nation – now they’re being turned into hotels and resorts

10 Nov 2022 - 5:08PM
Steamed yeast custard and beef tendon with heirloom corn sourced directly from a farm in Taiwan. Photo: Roganic

Greener gastronomy: how Hong Kong fine dining finally embraced sustainability

For decades Hong Kong has fallen behind when it comes to the environment, but now many chefs are realising it’s time to make a difference – without compromising on taste

17 Oct 2022 - 4:10PM
Gwyneth Paltrow, Miranda Kerr, Jessica Alba, Maria Sharapova and Kate Hudson have all helmed successful wellness brands ... but whose business is healthiest? Photos: @gwynethpaltrow, @mirandakerr, @jessicaalba, @sugarpova/Instagram; AFP

5 of the most successful celebrity-backed wellness brands, ranked

These companies have all profited by being linked to A-list names, but how does Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop stack up against Jessica Alba’s The Honest Company or Kate Hudson’s Fabletics?

10 Oct 2022 - 6:00PM
This five-bedroom, five-bathroom villa at Avadina Hills by Anantara Phuket is characteristic of the tropical villa-style homes popular in global wellness hotspots like Phuket and Bali. Photo: Knight Frank

Why are homebuyers snapping up yoga properties – and just what are they?

Wherever you lay your mat … buy a home in Bali, Indonesia or Phuket in southern Thailand and you are guaranteed to be within minutes of a yoga class, not to mention the beaches, clean air and healthy living

5 Sep 2022 - 11:14AM
Dao by Dorsett in Singapore offers a customised experience to guests looking for rest and relaxation. Photo: Dao by Dorsett

5 new hotels in Asia to add to your wellness getaway wish list

Whether its Dao by Dorsett’s plant library to encourage guests to nurture greenery or Melia Chiang Mai’s underwater-themed spa, wellness hotels are definitely having a moment

1 Sep 2022 - 9:00AM
For a whole week, Fan Bingbing just drank jujube, lemon or passion fruit water. Photo: @bingbing_fan/Instagram

Fan Bingbing lost 6kg in 7 days from bigu fasting, but fans are upset

Despite telling netizens not to copy her extreme fast, Fan still posted her experience online to millions, courting controversy

19 Jul 2022 - 2:56PM
Luxury hotel groups are combining conventional wellness offerings with a focus on mental health. Photo: Getty Images

Why luxury hotels are all about mental health in 2022

Plump pillows, great views, Michelin-starred restaurants, a five-star spa and … on-site mental health clinic? Why travellers now expect more than singing bowls from a wellness getaway

15 Jun 2022 - 5:14PM
Seven-day hay aged local pigeon with chicory, beetroot and preserved blackcurrant at Roganic. Photo: Handout

How Roganic is leading a sustainable dining revolution in Hong Kong

The winner of 100 Top Tables’ inaugural Sustainability Hero award uses a farm-to-fork approach to reduce its carbon footprint – and even introduced a four-day week for staff

31 Mar 2022 - 11:06AM
Khloe Kardashian has gone through a drastic weight transformation over the years. Photos: @kennaymart/Twitter, @khloekardashian/Instagram

Inside Khloe Kardashian’s incredible body transformation

It didn’t come easy – just how did the Keeping Up with the Kardashians transform her lifestyle and what are the health and fitness rules she lives by?

30 Mar 2022 - 12:10AM
Multi-hyphenate entrepreneur, reiki healer and Instagram inspirer Belinda Koo, founder of The XYZ and Souljournal. Photo: SCMP

How Belinda Koo juggles her finance career, NGO, two brands … and motherhood

She’s an entrepreneur behind two wellness brands, an NGO founder and the MD of a wealth management company while being a mother of three – so how does Belinda Koo do it all?

3 Feb 2022 - 9:00AM
These athletes advocate the use of marijuana, whether it’s for medicinal or recreational use. Photo: @thenotoriousmma, @mrapinoe, @kareemabduljabbar, @randygmoss/Instagram

8 sports stars who use marijuana – or make money from it

UFC stars Conor McGregor, Nick and Date Diaz all tout CBD products, but NFL legends Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Randy Moss both opened up about enjoying a smoke years ago

28 Jan 2022 - 3:00AM
W Hong Kong’s Bliss Spa is just one of the exceptional packages available this holiday season at the city’s finest hotels. Photo: Handout

4 hotels going big for NYE so you don’t have to

Make it a new year to remember with signature celebrations at one of Hong Kong’s top hotels, from extra-special meals to holiday-themed spa pampering or even a staycation for charity

27 Dec 2021 - 12:00PM
Janet Jackson, Sandra Bullock, Naomi Campbell and Kristen Wiig all became mothers later in life. Photos: @bbmas/Instagram, Reuters, AP,  AFP

12 celebs who became mums after 40, from Sandra Bullock to Janet Jackson

Olivia Munn just welcomed her first child with John Mulaney at 41 – but from Janet Jackson (age 50) to Cameron Diaz (47), many more A-listers have recently started a family well into their fifth decade, and beyond

23 Dec 2021 - 1:00AM
Mandarin Oriental Residences, Barcelona, is set to open in a prime city spot in 2022. Photo: Handout

Living in a hotel? How branded residences became the next luxury property trend

The number of branded residences are expected to double by 2026, with Thailand and Vietnam catching up to the US quick as five-star living becomes a truly global trend

13 Dec 2021 - 2:28PM
Wellness experts provide their tips on how to beat holiday stress in Hong Kong. Photo: Getty/iStock

How to beat holiday stress and anxiety, according to wellness experts

How are your emotions affected in unusually stressful times? We spoke to 5 wellness experts as many of us gear up to spend the holidays away from family this Christmas season

13 Dec 2021 - 11:54AM