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Book Review: “Rethink the Couch” and Mental Health in Asia

If you’ve ever wondered whether therapy might be helpful for you, but were afraid to take that all-important first step into a therapist’s office, you might want to pick up “Rethink the Couch” by therapist Allison Heiliczer.  “Rethink the Couch” is a first-hand account of an expatriate therapist from New York. Heiliczer has seen hundreds of clients since …

Review: Signature Treatments at °CRYO 

The Buzz: Opened earlier this year, °CRYO is a cutting-edge wellness centre that’s bringing the latest innovations in wellbeing and recovery from its native Dubai to Hong Kong. In addition to its signature full-body cryotherapy treatment, where you spend up to three minutes in a -140-degree sealed room, they also offer infra-red saunas, hyperbaric oxygen …

Review: Emface and Prescription Facial at Sanctuary Spa

The Buzz: Sanctuary is a members-only day spa that has been quietly open for about a year, and has only recently started to make itself known outside of its circle of devoted members. Located on the western tip of Sheung Wan, it offers an array of high-tech protocols, including the latest Emface collagen stimulating treatment …

Review: Medical Pedicure at Foot Atelier by Albin Brion

The Buzz: Following a long stint as the resident foot expert at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, podiatrist Albin Brion has set up the Foot Atelier, his own foot health centre in the heart of Admiralty. The Space: Located within a co-working space, the Foot Atelier is bright and spotlessly clean, with surprisingly green and unobstructed …

Liv Reviews: The Clarence Keto Tasting Menu

The Buzz: Michelin star-spangled chef Olivier Elzer, of modern French restaurant Clarence, has come out with a multi-course tasting menu suitable for anyone following a keto diet. Chef Elzer has worked with Oliver Smith of Ketogenic Asia to design special Clarence keto menu that doesn’t sacrifice flavour. Chef Elzer is a fitness enthusiast, and Clarence …

Review: Chakra Balancing Massage at Yun Wellness

The Buzz: The wellness world has been all aflutter at the launch of Yun Wellness at the Island Shangri-la, which opened at the start of summer. This sprawling day spa and holistic wellness concept incorporates facial, massage, physiotherapy, nutrition, TCM, a gym, access to the hotel’s outdoor pool and fitness classes, all in cozily luxurious …

Review: An All-Inclusive Wellness Holiday at Club Med Bintan

The Buzz: If you’ve ever uttered the phrase “I need a vacation from my vacation”, it might be time to consider the immeasurable benefits of the all-inclusive resort holiday.  In search of a stress-free getaway that won’t entail hours of planning, we turn to Club Med Bintan. Located on an idyllic island in Indonesia just …

Review: 111Skin Facial at The Ritz-Carlton

The Buzz: Hailing from London’s famous Harley Street, where the rich and famous go for the odd nip n’ tuck, 111Skin is a plastic surgeon-developed skincare brand originally created to help patients recover from surgery. After clients clamoured for more, the founders decided to formally launch a product line, which is now available in some …

Review: Plasma Botolift Facial By Margy’s Monte Carlo

The Buzz: The Peninsula Spa is an exclusive partner for Margy’s Monte Carlo, an ultra-luxe, highly effective skincare brand that offers serious lifting and plumping results with non-invasive treatments. It focuses on long-term skin health via decadently pampering facials with long-lasting effects and zero discomfort. It has brought its latest treatment – the Plasma Botolift …

Review: Deluxe Hydrafacial at Arctic Beauty

The Buzz: Hydrafacials are taking over Hong Kong! This American cosmeceutical brand and its aquadermabrasion device are getting rave reviews for their gentle yet effective deep cleansing facials that tackle a range of issues, from blocked pores to pigmentation and everything in between. What is aquadermabrasion, we hear you ask? Basically, It’s like microdermabrasion, except …

Review: Aqua-Derma-Meso Lifting Facial at The Chaless

The Buzz: You’ve may have heard of Hydrafacials, dermaplaning and microneedling – but a treatment that combines all three? The Chaless, one of our favourite boutique spas, is all about concocting new and effective treatments that help busy people achieve the results they want, and fast. Their new Aqua-Derma-Meso Lifting Facial uses techniques from three …

Review: E-Sculpt Treatment at EstheClinic

The Buzz: Hailing from Paris, EstheClinic offers results-driven treatments for both face and body. Using patented devices from France, their aim is to deliver effective treatments with excellent service. One of their latest is the E-Sculpt, which is designed to improve muscle tone and tone up areas that are immune to diet and exercise. The …

Liv Reviews: Power of Agate Therapy at Sun & Moon

We review the agate stone therapy massage treatment at the new Sun & Moon location in Tsim Sha Tsui. The Buzz We all love a good massage, but with prices at high-end hotels and boutique spas easily topping $1,000, we need a more wallet-friendly option in our back pocket. Popular massage spot Sun & Moon …

Liv Reviews: We Try Glow Salon Hair Extensions For Thicker, Fuller Hair

The Liv team checks out the popular Glow Salon hair extensions service. The Buzz: Hair extensions are nothing new, but rather than using them to get dramatically long, flowing locks, people are increasingly turning to extensions as a natural volume-booster to restore damaged or thinning hair to its former glory. We tried out the Glow …

Liv Reviews: The Peninsula ‘Life Lived Best’ Wellness Programme

The Buzz: Hong Kong’s OG five-star hotel might not be synonymous with health and wellbeing, but we reckon that’s set to change! The Peninsula Life Lived Best programme weaves wellbeing into the DNA of the hotel, with classes, cuisine, treatments and other wellness opportunities that take health and wellbeing to the next level. The Programme: …

Liv Reviews: Strength Training and Conditioning at RENATION

One of a handful of exciting new gyms and fitness studios to hit Hong Kong recently, we have been eagerly awaiting our chance to check out Renation. Located in the prime location of H-Code in the heart of Central, we checked out one of their signature group fitness classes, Re/Build, which targets strength and conditioning. …

Liv Reviews: Kids’ Class at Asphodel Got Us Working Up a Sweat!

The Buzz: Asphodel might be known as an elite training and conditioning gym, but it’s also been quietly developing a first-class kids’ offering that’s gone from a few holiday camps to a full-fledged programme, designed to foster a love of movement, confidence, and familiarity in a gym setting. The classes’ success is down to trainer …

Liv Reviews: Family Staycation at Park Lane by Pullman

The Buzz: With half-term just around the corner and travel still a pipe dream for many (flights are HOW MUCH?), staycations remain on the table for the time being. We never would have imagined that the Park Lane Hong Kong, a Pullman Hotel would have that much to offer families, but our little ones had …

Liv Reviews: Floating Aromatic Soundbath at The Yoga Room

In search of some inner peace, we review a floating soundbath at The Yoga Room in Sheung Wan. The Buzz One of the city’s most established yoga studios, we trust anything The Yoga Room has to offer. The yoga studio is currently offering a limited series of workshops and events, featuring an exciting lineup of …

Liv Reviews: We Check Out The New XYZ Studio

Longstanding spin studio XYZ relocated to a new location recently, offering a broader range of classes devoted to holistic wellness. We review the new XYZ studio and facilities, and try out their new class offerings, including yoga and cycling. The Buzz We were thrilled to hear that boutique spin studio XYZ is back in action …

Liv Reviews: The Summer Getaway Family Staycation at The Four Seasons

Can’t decide if a family staycation at the Four Seasons Hong Kong is right for you? Here’s the lowdown from the Liv team. The Buzz After three summers spent in Hong Kong, it’s all too easy to become a bit jaded with the staycation scene. Luckily, The Four Seasons has managed to keep things fresh, …

Liv Reviews: The Fitness Reboot at The Oriental Spa

Looking for something to reboot your fitness habit now that gyms are open again? We review The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, a special spa and PT package for the month of June. The Buzz Gyms and spas are back in full swing, and if you’re looking to emerge from the chrysalis of lockdown, The Oriental Spa’s …

Liv Reviews: Online Nutrition Consulting with PURE Fitness

We review the nutrition consulting service with PURE Fitness. Previously only available in-person, this team of evidence-based nutritionists and dieticians are now offering online consultations for people struggling to stay healthy during Hong Kong’s fifth wave of social restrictions. Click here to win a FREE consultation with PURE Nutrition, worth $750! The Buzz With so …

Liv Reviews: A Daycation at The Pottinger Hotel in Central

The Buzz Hong Kong is….an interesting place to be right now. There’s a lot going on, by which we mean: most things in town are shut indefinitely and we’re short on options for things to do. Enter the daycation! It’s a bit like a staycation, except without the typical hassle and commitment of an overnight …

Liv Reviews: The Low-Carb Meal Plan From Nutrition Kitchen

After weeks of uninspiring hotel meals in quarantine, we decide to test drive and review the low-carb meal plan from Nutrition Kitchen. Here’s what we thought. The Buzz We’ve been looking for something to kickstart healthier eating habits, after an extended quarantine period where we subsisted on hotel ready meals. Hong Kong meal delivery service …

Liv Reviews: Apia Honey, Australia’s Spin on Manuka

The buzz We all know that human demand for honey has led to unsustainable beekeeping practices across the globe, which is why it’s important to source the best and most sustainably produced honey you can find. Enter Apia Honey, a Perth-based wellness collective that produces raw honey from the native jarrah and marri trees, which …