Monthly Archives: December 2014

Getting Pampered by the Bay

Synonymous with healthy living, San Francisco is undoubtedly a wellness haven. From medi-spas and day spas to luxurious hotel spas, prepare to lay back and get pampered in this eclectic Californian city

Beach Bum

The Indonesian island of Bintan is gaining popularity amongst travellers and luxury resort developers have caught on to this growing trend. The latest to make a mark on the island is the Sanchaya, a beachfront colonial estate featuring 21 bespoke villas and nine suites. With only a handful of rooms and villas, guests can be sure their experience will be an intimate and private one.


Marrying elements of surprise and seduction, Reveal from Calvin Klein is an unforgettable composition that opens with a refreshing accord of raw salt and spicy pepper. Intoxicating notes of iris and ambergris follow to give the perfume its warm luminosity. The unusual bottle design reflects this unconventional blend’s essence – unexpected, daring and addictive.

Olfactory Addiction

The opulent warmth and mysterious glamour of oud are unmistakable in Gucci’s unisex Gucci Oud. Using natural oud grown in central Laos, the fragrance mixes the oriental ingredient with notes of raspberry, Bulgarian rose and orange flower to create a voluptuous and enticing depth.

Island Escape

Located off the coast of Borneo near Kota Kinabalu, Gaya Island Resort is surrounded by a stunning compilation of nature, ranging from sandy beaches to rocky coastal outcrop and tropical rainforest. Integrated within the resort is the award-winning Spa Village gaya island.

Pampering Journey

The newly relaunched Nira Spa at Shanti Maurice takes on the new A Journey Around the World Through Wellbeing approach, pooling together the well-being know-how from different corners of the earth. The spa taps into the powers of natural ingredients, incorporating these into treatments that are performed in three zones

Cultural Exploration

With the history-rich Forbidden City as its backdrop, Renaissance Beijing Wangfujing hotel is located in the heart of China’s cultural hub. With 329 rooms, this new property sits alongside one of the country’s longest pedestrian streets, Wangfujing, and is conveniently located near some of the city’s must-see highlights. The hotel’s club lounge owns a sweeping view of the Forbidden City, making it the perfect spot to unwind with a drink.

Private Paradise

With 34 villas to unwind and relax in, Phuket’s hideaway Kata Rocks offers a stylish abode to travellers. Featuring stunning infinity pools, an oceanfront restaurant and an endless ocean view, the resort is ideal for a quiet recharge or a private party among friends. For the ultimate indulgence, opt for the Sky Villa


What began as an institute dedicated to treatment is now one of France’s most trusted skincare names; Clarins continues to strive for the perfect balance of quality and science as it celebrates its 60th anniversary


Biossentials’ insistence on creating essential oils and skincare products that are as natural as possible pays off as the brand develops a strong following of professional spas