WELLNESS – Winter
Sexual wellbeing classes in Hong Kong, and new spas in Thailand and Turkey.
1. Asaya at Rosewood Hong Kong Launches Sexual Wellbeing Workshops
Asaya at Rosewood Hong Kong’s certified sex coach Sara Tang, who runs the popular sex and sexuality podcast Better in Bed believes that everyone can learn to feel more connected and confident with their sexuality. Every Thursday at Asaya Wellness, Tang will be debunking myths, clarifying confusions and promoting holistic ways to experience pleasure in private Sexual Wellbeing Coaching sessions.
Tang will be offering curated private sexual wellbeing coaching, where guests will learn holistic tools to overcome shame, inhibitions and sexual taboos, and help them explore their sexuality and communicate with their partners more meaningfully around sex. Depending on the client’s individual goals, a coaching session could involve identifying and breaking patterns that result in unfulfilling sex, gaining skills to improve one’s sexual confidence, and tackling concerns such as low desire, poor body image, mismatched libidos and poor performance. rosewoodhotels.com
Good to know: A 90-minute coaching session start at HK$2,480, while a series of three sessions starts at HK$6,880.
2. Banyan Tree is redefining its hospitality experience following the impact of the pandemic.
The Banyan Tree Group has rolled out a new healthy living concept at its properties around the world, including Banyan Tree Samui and Banyan Tree Krabi in southern Thailand, which have set aside a selection of pool villas and suites dedicated to holistic and wellbeing pursuits.
The Wellbeing Sanctuary initiative provides guests with an opportunity to combine a holiday with a daily wellness programme, with meditation, massage, hydrotherapy, Thai boxing, nature trails and sailing lessons all on offer. This is complemented with a nutritious diet and personal consultations.
On Koh Samui, Wellbeing villas come with an infinity pool, while at Krabi, each room opens onto a private garden. wellbeing.banyantree.com
Good to know: Each of the villas selected for the Wellbeing Sanctuary has a mini bar stocked with fresh juices and herbal teas instead of alcohol, a yoga mat, stretch bands, and even a Tibetan singing bowl.
3. Chiva Som Launches Four New Retreats
Hua Hin’s Chiva-Som has launched four new retreats focusing on specific objectives from supporting the immune system and gut health to embracing nature and ageing gracefully.
The Immune Resilience retreat (5 or 7 nights) incorporates massages and drainage therapies to remove blockages in the lymphatic system, outdoor fitness classes to fortify the immune system; and holistic wellness therapies such as shirobhyanga, yoga and meditation to cultivate tranquillity.
The Gut Health retreat (5 or 7 nights) offers a personalised meal programme that places natural ingredients, probiotics and fibre at the forefront to restore digestive function, along with detoxifying abdominal massage, probiotic-infused colonics and pranayama breathing sessions.
Nature’s Embrace retreat (3 or 5 nights) draws on the restorative powers of nature to heal the body and the mind. Guests are invited on guided walks through Krailart Niwate, the resort’s rehabilitated mangrove forest, and unwind with hilltop meditation, Thai healing therapies, outdoor fitness classes and wellness cuisine.
Supporting longevity and healthy ageing, the Senior Wellness features aqua exercises to helps build core stability, muscle strength, joint flexibility and bone density, while biofeedback enhances emotional stability and improves sleep. chivasom.com
Good to know: Nutritional consultants are on hand to tailor meal plans.
4. Six Senses Spa Kocatas Mansions Opens In Istanbul
Located in a restored 100-year-old stone house, Six Senses Spa Kocataş Mansions is a 1,500 sqm spa set over three levels. In keeping with its eco-conscious credentials, the resort has partnered with local designers EzraTuba, which champions sustainable, ethical fashion in Turkey.
Featuring five treatment rooms and three hammams, there’s also two steam rooms, two saunas, an open-plan relaxation area and retail boutique, along with a holistic anti-aging centre, pilates studio, alchemy bar, and nail bar. This being Turkey, one the main highlights is the hammam experience, which is administered by local hammam experts so you get the authentic experience. Inspired by the tiles of Blue Mosque, the walls of treatment rooms are decorated with blue tiles to celebrate Turkish culture. sixsenses.com
Good to know: Other treatments at the Serenity Spa include a Taster Experience, which features a 30-minute back massage with African wood dumbbells and a 30-minute TheraNaka facial.