Have you heard the news? If not, no need to worry—Compare Retreats has been on the lookout for the top wellness stories this month. Check out the wellness news in Hong Kong you may have missed last month—and what to look out for in the future.
In Hong Kong
Mandarin Oriental went full-tilt on wellness last month, also introducing Mindful Meetings by Mandarin Oriental is a global initiative designed to enhance and energise meetings and conferences. This includes offering corporate events creative solutions to provide nourishment, movement, stillness, connections and wellbeing. Examples include healthy menu choices, yoga sessions, guided meditations, digital wellness tips, movement breaks, custom spa events and group exercise activities. Find out more here.
Spa & Beauty
The Upper House Hong Kong has expanded their in-room spa menu. Bringing the spa to you, guests can unwind in the privacy and peacefulness of their own room with The Upper House’s new, revamped in-room spa menu. Read the full story here.
This festive season, the Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, has partnered with HKAHF to raise funds for the charity. The Mandarin Spa, Salon and Barber will be making contributions from select treatments throughout the month of December to HKAHF, including the Sugar and Spice Body Treatment at The Spa, Vitamin C Holiday Glow Treatment at the Salon, and Peppermint Back Treatment at the Barbers—so now you can feel good inside and out. Find out more here.
Celebrating its 30th birthday last month, the prestigious Aman group launched a new bespoke skincare range Aman Skincare. Read the full story here.
Food & Beverage
Grassroots Pantry, our favourite plant-based eatery, has published it’s first annual sustainability report. In collaboration with ZeroFoodprint, 3Degrees, and HK Recycles Grassroots Pantry collated, analysed and released the report, which covers everything from waste to energy and water consumption, to hold themselves accountable for environmental impact and create transparency on their practices.
The Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong has made another pledge to sustainability with the introduction of Vegware, a plant-based compostable food packaging service. Launched at The Mandarin Cake Shop, this initiative is part of an ongoing commitment to a greener future.
Japanese restaurant HAKU launched a new, environmental-focussed menu last month. With sustainability now at the core of its philosophy, HAKU has changed its ingredient-sourcing process. The signature Tuna / Kristal Caviar / Polmard Beef has been extracted from the new menu to be replaced by a new dish to highlight the importance of restaurants to take small actions to address larger global issues (in this case, overfishing of endangered species). HAKU is now also fermenting its own in-house miso, paying homage to this ancient and traditional element of Japanese cuisine.
Beyond Hong Kong
At the Global Wellness Summit in October 2018, it was reported the global wellness industry is now worth US$4.2 trillion. Find out more here.
And on that note, the wellness tourism industry is now worth US$639 billion. Read the full story here.
Royal couple Harry and Megan took an impromptu babymoon break on their recent royal our through Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific Islands. Find out which luxe Fiji resort they stayed in here.
Spanx has just launched a new line of non-shaping ladies swimwear. The slimming lingerie and apparel brand has added swimwear to their collection, released exclusively on Spanx.com in October 2018. Read the full story here.
The Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur has introduced a digital wellness series, an expansion of the Mandarin Oriental’s digital detox spa treatment. A series of monthly events, from now through to February, will offer guests the opportunity to engage with visiting wellness practitioners who specialise in Reiki, mindfulness, and chakra balancing among other things.
COMO Hotels and Resorts was last month recognised with Conde Nast Traveler’s 2018 Readers Choice Award. Sister lodges COMO Uma Punakha and COMO Uma Paro in Bhutan were awarded 1st and 2nd Best Hotels in Asia, while COMO The Treasury was awarded Best Hotel in Australia and New Zealand for the third year in a row.