Without a doubt one of the biggest wellness openings this year so far, the Island Shangri-la has just unveiled Yun Wellness, an ambitious and sprawling wellness concept that aims to deliver 360-degree wellbeing. In addition to the ten decadent treatment rooms offering an impressive lineup of body and face treatments, at Yun you will find a full range of wellness services, running the gamut from physiotherapy, osteopathy, TCM and nutrition consulting, through to small group fitness classes in their custom-built studio. Yun has a big focus on women, with practitioners devoted to pre- and post-natal care. There’s even a hair spa, where you can nourish your stressed-out tresses. Relax post-treatment with a dip in the recently revamped pool, with a health-conscious cafe set to open by year’s end. The design is very different compared to most hotel spas, with a focus on cosy textures and plenty of botanical accents that create a welcoming ambiance that invites you to linger.
Mana & Chi
After rediscovering her family’s time-honoured Ubtan, an Indian bridal beauty ritual in which a beautifying paste is made from a blend of natural ingredients such as turmeric, rose petals, saffron and nutmeg, Manasi Golecha Bhandari decided to blend and bottle the all-natural formula herself. The result is Mana & Chi, an online apothecary dedicated to traditional skincare formulas, all of which are farm-to-face, handmade and vegan. Purchase your Ubtan by the bag or in a beautiful glass jar; the online store also sells face rollers, crystals and other spiritual items.
We think your downstairs bits are perfect just as they are, but if you feel like your vulva deserves some extra TLC, Cocoxells is a new Hong Kong-based company that has designed a skin soothing spray for below the waist. Containing skin soothing and calming ingredients such as chasteberry, oat and plankton extracts, give yourself a spritz after your morning shower, or stash in your bag for use on the go.
$296 from cocoxells.com
Lantana Beach Club
Cheung Sha Beach has a new hangout spot to while away a sunny weekend! Located right on the beach, Lantana Beach Club offers a little slice of Europe, with a Franco-Italian menu and an impressive drinks list that focuses on French wines. Opened by Pastis Group, this breezy alfresco venue lends itself to lazy lunches after a morning of swimming and playing on the beach, as well as private celebrations. Menu highlights include the handmade pizzas and indulgent pastas, but for something lighter, the fresh veggie dips and the protein-packed nicoise salad will definitely hit the spot.
Founded by Betty Grisoni and Abby Lee, Neo Transformation is a new coaching company that offers professional support to individuals trying to figure out their path to personal and professional success. Available both in person and over Zoom, Neo’s coaches work closely with their clients to create personalised plans in an encouraging, non-judgemental space. On the corporate side, they also offer D&I training in order to equip personnel with the skills to create safe, supportive workspaces for all. As prominent members of Hong Kong’s LGBTQ+ community, Abby and Betty are dedicated to empowering their compatriots, and offer subsidised services for LGBTQ+ identifying individuals.
Harness the power of fungi without struggling through an unpalatable mushroom tea! Shroommate has distilled some of TCM’s most prized ingredients, offering them in convenient sachet form for busy wellness-seekers. Take cordyceps for energy, lion’s mane for a mental boost, and reishi for better sleep and immunity. Simply mix with water, juice or shake into a superfood smoothie for TCM wellbeing on the go.
We love supporting local small businesses, and OctoberEighteen has just come across our radar as a new, sustainable boutique fashion brand with stores both online and in PMQ. Think oh-so pretty daytime dresses in a range of quirky prints and flattering cuts that you won’t find in your regular high street stores. We love the Bustier dresses (pictured), which come with boning for the perfect fit; or the high-waisted, high-legged Palazzo pants splashed with lemon print or chinoiserie flowers. Select items also available at Wolf & Badger.