The pandemic may have thrown the world for a loop, but one of the best things to come out of it is the rise of well-being offerings – especially in the notoriously hectic city of Hong Kong. From tropical villa retreats and luxe spas to services catered to your mental health and well-being, here are Hong Kong’s newest wellness destinations to reset your body and mind.
Spas are aplenty in Hong Kong, but Recanto’s polished, modern interiors set it apart from the usual Chinese parlours. Portuguese for “a quiet nook”, Recanto is tucked away in the heart of Central, providing TLC options from head to toe. For something different, try the CBD body massage.
3/F, 28 Wellington Street, Central; recantowellness.com
Here’s another reason to venture into Sai Kung – BAKU is a brand new concept that houses a massage spa, a cafe and a bar in a three-story space spanning 7,000 square feet. Inspired by Okinawa, BAKU overlooks the sea and even provides speciality coffee featuring Japanese flavours like wasabi and yuzu. After your hot stone massage and aromatherapy soak, you can spend the afternoon unwinding on their outdoor terrace before grabbing a cocktail at the bar.
Shop G1-2, Pak Sha Wan Centre, Hiram’s Highway, Pak Sha Wan, Sai Kung; bakuhk.com
One of the best ways to realign your body and improve your posture is with Pilates. O:RIN is a studio dedicated to the practices of Pilates and GYROTONIC®, with locations in Quarry Bay and Tsim Sha Tsui (opening in June 2022). Their holistic approach to movement means that you can engage in small group classes, private sessions or physiotherapy based on your needs, and improve your mind-body connection as well as your core strength.
Units 1906 & 908, Westlands Centre, 20 Westlands Road, Quarry Bay; Unit 2, 4/F, Yue Hwa International Building, 1 Kowloon Drive Park, Tsim Sha Tsui; orin.com.hk
If you want to work on your spiritual growth as well as your physical growth, experience a class at Yoga Mala. A space combining the practice of yoga and meditation, Yoga Mala’s Central studio is calming and zenful. Their practice is based on the works of buddhist monk and scholar Nan Huai Jin, and you can get a taste of their philosophy in the Mala Meditation & Ashtanga Basics class.
11/F, Man Cheung Building, 15-17 Wyndham Street, Central; yogamala.com.hk
The desire to grow our spiritual side has given rise to concepts like Sana Space, where you can look beyond retail towards experiences that nourish the mind and help you learn more about yourself. Sana is a multi-faceted studio offering consultation services and events making use of tools such as The Transformation Game and OH cards. Similar to coaching or counselling, these services with a certified facilitator can help inspire change in your life and take strides towards your goals.
2/F, 6 On Wo Lane, Sheung Wan; sanaspace.co
Mindish is here to make therapy cool again. Modeled as a community club, their space in Central offers therapy, coaching, meditation sessions and events for their members, guided by experts in their field. As a member, you will be assigned a Personal Growth Manager who will help you identify the services and practitioners you’ll need for your journey.
15/F, 8 Wyndham Street, Central; mindish.com
If you aren’t able to take a trip overseas anytime soon, you can still escape to a lulling seaside villa out in Pui O Beach for a wellness retreat. From yoga and singing bowl sessions, to plant-based meals and somatic movement classes, you’ll be immersed in the perfect environment to unwind and recharge.
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