If your September was anything like ours, then you hardly had time to breathe between races and yoga festivals, so you may have missed a piece of news or two. No problem, because at Compare Retreats we’re always looking out for the top stories for the month so you don’t have to. Check out the top wellness news and headlines you may have missed this month in Hong Kong, and a few things to look out for in the coming weeks…
Health & Fitness
Enhale Meditation Studio opened on October 1, 2018, in Lan Kwai Fung. Offering a diverse schedule of specialised classes, full-day workshops and unique experiences like sound baths, the studio aims to offer a true zen in the city. Find out more here.
Hong Kong athleisure wear brand Felo Sophie are soft-launching their own wellness studio this month in Sai Ying Pun with two events: balancing the chakras with Flo Jewellery and introduction to energy healing with Chiu Lai Kuen. Register for the events, and check out their new studio at 5 Leung I Fong, Sai Ying Pun.
IRIS: Your Wellness Escape has collaborated with K11 Mall in Tsim Sha Tsui to host wellness sessions every Saturday between October and December 2018. The ‘multi-sensory rediscovery of self’ will kick off with May Ngoy on October 13th, 3-5pm, for a sound meditation workshop with healing singing bowls and a K11 natural refreshments tour. Find out more here.
US-based flexible fitness membership ClassPass launched last month in Asia, starting with Singapore and Hong Kong. Targeting those looking for a more flexible and diverse workout schedule than the typical gym membership offers, the tech startup was founded by MIT graduate Payal Kadakia in 2011. Find out which classes you can do here.
Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong is the official hotel partner for Clockenflap. On the doorstep of Hong Kong’s music festival, the prestigious five-star hotel is offering guests staying over 9th-11th November 2018 a special festival package, including complimentary room upgrades, daily breakfast in the Clipper Lounge or Cafe Causette, late 4pm check-out, 30 additional minutes complimentary with any 60-minute treatment booked at The Mandarin Spa, and a 20% discount on Clockenflap tickets booked through the hotel’s concierge. Find out more here.
Spa & Beauty
The Landmark Mandarin Oriental have added The Pedi:Meni:Cure by Bastien Gonzalez to their spa menu. The 60-minute treatment, designed specifically for men, takes place in one of the spa’s private studios and aside from the relaxing massage, will leave feet feeling smooth, soft and callous-free with special attention to nail care. Book your appointment here.
Food & Beverage
Linguini Fini has shaken up breakfast with a brand new menu. Among their classic American-Italian dishes are some wellness-inspired options, including the dairy-free Chia Pudding bowl with berries, Afghani trail mix, and almond and coconut milk; the vegetarian mushroom-avocado toast on rye bread with poached eggs; and the super-greens vegetarian Brassica bowl packed with charred broccolini, kale chips, Brussel sprouts, avocado, soft-boiled eggs and hummus. To finish up, the gluten-free carrot cake is something everyone can enjoy, and a selection of cold-pressed juices and fruit smoothies mean you can pack a vitamin punch. Focussed on ingredients sourced locally and homegrown, you can be assured of freshness in every dish.
Asphodel Crossfit Deli is now serving take-out meals in collaboration with Peggy Chan of Grassroots Pantry. The predominantly vegan selection has been nutritionally checked to optimise workouts, weight loss and bodybuilding for a better gym sesh.
At this year’s Foods Future Summit, JUST For all and Brinc announced an accelerator fund of HK$500,000 available for up to 10 teams looking to revolutionise sustainable eating and disrupt the food industry. JUST, headed up by CEO Josh Tetrick, is the silicon valley food-tech startup backed by investors like Li KaShing responsible for animal-free JUST eggs, JUST mayo, and soon, JUST chicken which uses lab-grown meat using cellular technology. Those looking to apply to the fund must be focussed on food products and technology for Chinese consumers and will have access to the JUST learning platforms and technology. Learn more here.
The Raw Circus, the first fully raw and vegan gourmet food delivery service in Hong Kong, launched last month. Almost completely organic and 100% plant-based, customers can choose between three different meal plans—gourmet, detox/weight-control, or stay fit—for three or five days. Additionally, Raw Circus offers a zero-waste option for delivery, which costs an additional HK$150 for the pickup of the cleaned containers at the end of the week. Take a look at the menu here.
Green Platters has launched in Hong Kong, finally offering busy hosts a healthier and more sustainable way of entertaining. The vegan and vegetarian-friendly grazing tables, platters and boxes full of fresh, organic produce—including artisan and vegan cheese—are perfect for everything from social gatherings to corporate events to intimate weddings. Additionally, Green Platters use eco-friendly and biodegradable packaging, include products with minimal packaging, and the business is 95% plastic free. Check out their menu here.
Nood Food is the latest group to introduce Impossible meats. PURE’s healthy deli have added four dishes to the menu: the Impossible Nood burger, Impossible Jalapeno burger, Impossible Moussaka and Impossible Chilli. Currently available at the Kinwick Centre Nood and new Star Street location only, we’re looking forward to seeing it in other Nood cafes soon.
Beyond Hong Kong
Jumeirah Nanjing opened in September 2018, the brand’s second property in China. Occupying the 39th to 67th floors of the unique International Youth Cultural Centre designed by architect Zaha Hadid, the hotel lies on the banks of the Yangtze River in Nanjing city centre. Jumeirah brings their luxurious service and hospitality to Jiangsu province, including extensive spa facilities on the 63rd floor and a sky atrium pool.
Mandarin Oriental has announced it will open a new location in Phuket, Thailand, in 2022. The luxury hotel group will join other five-star resorts like Rosewood and Amatara Wellness Resort on the idyllic Thai island, with a 9.5-hectare beachfront location on Millionaire’s Mile—watch this space.
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