Hong Kong: New Year, New You

Oh dear, has Connie eaten her bodyweight in cheese over Christmas? She's not alone. If you overindulged during the festive season and feel the need of an overhaul, help is at hand from a slew of Hong Kong experts. From revitalising skin saviours to wellness wonders, here are the top spots to help you spring into shape for 2018.

If all that festivity has wreaked havoc on your complexion, begin with a restorative treatment courtesy of The Skin Gym. These in-the-know pros offer a menu of knockout treatments such as oxygen and superfood-infused facials, illuminating vitamin C infusions and resurfacing peels, each tailored to an individual's skin type.

Those looking for a little extra help should beeline to Justine Grier at Optimal Health. Beloved by tai tais and expat wives, the city's 'skin whisperer' transforms visages with her expert non-invasive, customised programmes – here’s to looking five years younger in 2018.

Bliss out with The Peninsula’s Body Contour package at their swoon-worthy Spa. Within a few sessions (ranging from 15-45 mins) this slimming and sculpting treatment claims to obliterate pesky cellulite and destroy fat tissue – promoting lymphatic drainage – faster than you can say mm-goi.

For body and mind renewal, pop along to Flex Studio, which has two sleek n’ chic branches offering Pilates, barre classes, yoga, physio and kids’ classes led by some of Hong Kong’s best instructors. If you’re just in town for a few days, fret not – drop-in classes can be booked online.

It seems the rest of the world has embraced mindfulness, now you can too with a course at the Hong Kong Center for Mindfulness. Visit their site for details of sessions in English or Chinese; programs include meditation, stretching and yoga, group discussions, tailored instruction, home assignments to help target issues such as emotional imbalance and stress. Ohm!

For a slightly more esoteric experience, why not try a gong bath at Southside’s Red Doors Studio? Calling upon the ancient healing powers of sound, gongs are chimed to create an all-encompassing, vibrating sensation that facilitates the movement of chi or prana (positive life force) throughout the entire body. It doesn’t get more zen that that...

The original version of this article was written by LUXE for PenCities.

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Liv Berry

Liv left behind the lanes, arcades, and wide-open plains of Melbourne for the concrete jungle of Hong Kong, joining the team at LUXE after a stint at Swire Hotels. 

  • Liv LOVES... Escaping the city, sailing the seas of the Gulf of Gokova, unspoiled beaches in southern Sri Lanka
  • Liv LOATHES... Smartphone syndrome, turbulence

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