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HEALTHY HOLIDAYS You’re burnt out and in need of a break.You’d like to do a health retreat, however you only have limited annual leave and you should do something with the family. Or you also want to use your annual leave to gain experiences and see new sights? Can you do both?
YES! Wellness Leave in partnership with the Luxurious property group Alila Hotels has created Healthy Holiday packages.These holidays not only get you starting new healthy habits, but you will also enjoy some genuine local experiences too.You can literally have your cake and eat it! These Healthy Holidays packages are at some of the most beautiful destinations in Asia and can be handcrafted based on what your health goals are what activities spell HOLIDAY to you. These holiday packages are give you guidance, yet the freedom to create some wonderful memories. Oh, you can enjoy a wine or two - you’re on holidays after all!
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After graduating from university, my first ‘proper’ job‘ was working in what was then referred to as ‘Corporate Health’. Today, we know it as Workplace Wellness. While the name may have changed, the need for it certainly hasn’t. In fact, the cost of employee disengagement, stress and burnout is well documented. Studies estimate the annual cost of work-related stress in Australia alone to be $3.9 billion. And that’s before you take into account other life-style related - and therefore preventable - illnesses that cause people to take time off work.
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So, for many, when they are looking for places to travel, wellness is at the top of their wish list. As the pace of modern life increases, it fuels a desire (and a need) for people to escape all the madness and regain their health! People are using their annual leave to restore, explore and rejuvenate, leading to a steady rise in wellness tourism. A recent study by the Global Wellness Institute valued the wellness tourism industry at a whopping US$563 billion. While we continue to run the treadmill and neglect our health, this travel segment will continue to boom. This continued growth, and my long-held passion to spread wellness like confetti, has been the catalyst to create Wellness Leave. And not just for the stressed-out worker, but also for the exhausted parent, the anxious child or the executive team looking for new and better ways to have team meetings and conferences. Wellness Leave is a broad concept that focusses on the need to offer more options in experiential travel, workplace wellness and conferencing. It is underpinned by a mission to help people get well, and stay well. The stunning Alila Hotel Group are our founding partner and I have to say we have created some truly magical experiences that will ensure you head home feeling like you’ve actually had a holiday! Not everyone wants to spend their limited annual leave at a destination wellness retreat, however they do have a desire to get healthier while on holidays. They want guidance, yet freedom. Wellness Leave is the perfect solution. If you can’t get ideas from the pages of this issue, head over to wellnessleave.com and check out our healthy holiday packages. Kris Abbey Managing Editor 7
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Contents AUTUMN 2019
01. HOI AN, THE FOUR SEASONS, NAM HAI Amid war-torn history and fascinating culture is this sublime property
02. CON DAO, SIX SENSES It is still possible to find a rapturously beautiful hideaway in South-East Asia
03. RELAX, REFRESH, REVÍVÒ Bali’s newest wellness resort - and it’s a goodie
04. WORLD CLASS WELLNESS Bali’s oldest, and still one of the best - COMO Shambhala Estate
0 5 . AT O N E W I T H N AT U R E This place is magical and must do - Berkeley River Lodge, Western Australia
0 6 . U N P LU G & E X P LO R E At the mouth of Kakadu & Litchfield National Parks is Mary River Eco Lodge
0 7. N O R F O L K I S L A N D My first hand experience of this untapped destination
0 8 . D AY L E S F O R D S P A S P E C I A L At the mouth of Kakadu & Litchfield National Parks is Mary River Eco Lodge
0 9 . 7 E S C A P E S TO WA R M U P T H I S W I N T E R And enjoy a dose of wellness while you’re there
10. GLAMOUR DE JOUR Brisbane’s stylish Ovolo Inchcolm
1 1 . S M A R T, S A S S Y & S U C C E S S F U L Michelle Lam is an inspiration as well as a wonderful entrepreneur
COCONUTS BEACH CLUB RESORT & SPA FIND WELLNESS AT THIS AUTHENTIC SAMOAN RESORT
Coconuts Beach Club Resort & Spa is pleased to announce the opening of their new Wellness Centre. The centre offers hope and relief to those suffering various health issues that may be considered hopeless by conventional medicine. It is located within the grounds of Coconuts Beach Club Resort and Spa, a boutique resort in the midst of a traditional Samoan village on approximately 8 acres of land that the locals regard as a magical place with spiritual significance. If you want a higher quality of life through Alila Seminyak Bali better health, we can help you with our qualified therapists and beautiful, relaxing resort. For more information visit cbcsamoa.com/wellness. 10 | spaandwellnessinternational.com
0 1 . W H AT â€™ S Y O U R R E A L A G E Tips to slow the biological clock
02. SCENT AS MEDICINE The latest research shows what has been know for years - Aromatherapy works!
03. TEARS NOT FEARS Letting our young men know it is more than OK to show emotion
0 4 . R E C I P E S : FA S T F I L L I N G H E A LT H Y B R E A K FA S T S No more skipping breakfast with the excuse of not enough time
05. SOS BEAUTY Some quick tips and products to save your skin
0 6 . B E V E R LY H I L L S B E A U T Y What are the favourite products of our mobie stars
0 7. B E A U T Y Cleo Glyde takes us to sea, to retreats and to some top spas, all in the name of beauty. And she also gets us in the mood with her scented secrets!
0 8 . S LOW S K I N CA R E M OV E M E N T Why small batch, and artisan skincare is popping up in our Spas
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THE STREETS OF THE UNESCO-PROTECTED HOI AN, VIETNAM
P I N T E R E S T ’ S T R AV E L T R E N D S Among the most popular searches on Pinterest are bike tours to out-of-the-way towns, less-travelled islands, and divine, dilapidated castles. Here are their top trips: Bike the Orient Express: Cycle in the tracks of Europe’s iconic long-distance train connecting Paris and Istanbul on TDA Global Cycling’s Orient Express tour. Ride & Seek’s 3 Islands tour explores the cultural and culinary traditions from the fishing villages of Corsica to the cliffs and coves of Sardinia to the farmlands of Sicily. Sip and Cycle Spain: Ride through vineyards, ancient towns and fishing villages with Sojourn Bicycling & Active Vacations. Explore Spain’s Basque Country & wine regions. Hot Springs Biking: Join Grasshopper Adventures’ Stunning Shikoku tour in Japan and ride through a land where Shinto shrines and Buddhist monasteries overlap with modern wonders, soaking tired legs in traditional onsens along the way. Chef-Led Cycling: Cycle through rolling hills with endless vineyards, ancient castles and hilltop hamlets in Italy’s Piedmont with Tourissimo and learn about local cuisine with guest chef Mary Sue Milliken, a Julia Child Award-winner.
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SEEK WELLNESS IN SRI LANKA Sri Lanka’s Kahanda Kanda has introduced an Ayurvedic menu designed to encourage optimal health from inside out and complement the resort’s new 4-night Wellness Program. Based on 5,000-year-old Ayurvedic philosophies, this specially devised program expertly mixes daily yoga with targeted massage treatments and specific Ayurvedic cuisine based on individual needs. This wellness program is designed to allow total mind and body relaxation and rejuvenation. Prices start from US $2,250. www.kkcollection.com
AUSTRALIA’S NEWEST DESTINATION SPA Ubika Day Spa at the Fairmont Resort in the iconic Blue Mountains is now open! Ubika is sanskrit and means ‘to grow’. Inspired by the lush surroundings, each treatment is designed to help you grow, whether it be physically, mentally or spiritually. The devine treatments are by locally made skincare iKOU, who source the most potent and natural ingredients from pristine locations around the globe. And it’s not just the treatments that help you flourish’. The restaurant also offers a Wellbeing menu with seasonal, healthy dishes. Wellness escapes will also be on offer later this year. www.fairmontresort.com.au
A N G O U R I E G I R L’ S G E TAWAY
Surrounded by lush subtropical rainforest, the Angourie Resort in Yamba boasts a rare combination of first-class facilities and unique natural wonders. The hidden jewel of the North Coast of NSW - with spectacular beaches, rolling surf and picturesque lookouts - has been declared by CSIRO as having the best climate in the world to work, live and play. Offering affordable accommodation packages to suit everyone, the stylish one-bedroom Spa Apartments are perfect for a romantic getaway, while the two-bedroom Villas are suited to family fun. Walk into a world of complete sensory heaven where time is left at the door at Essential Elements Day Spa. Rediscover your senses, rest your mind and breathe freely as you step into this temple of touch and exquisite aromas. The iKOU-inspired treatments are designed for maximum therapeutic results, respecting the body’s complex physiology. Girls’ Getaway Package from $299 per person, quad share: • 2-night stay in a 2-bedroom Deluxe Villa • Continental buffet breakfast daily • 1 x 2-course dinner at the Cunjevoi Restaurant • Pamper Day at Essential Elements Day Spa including ½-hour massage & ½-hour facial, lunch, cheese and fruit platter, glass of bubbles, steam room, therapy pool, robe and slippers T&C apply. Available until 19 September 2019. Saturday nights incur a $30 per person surcharge. Call Angourie Resort on (02) 6646 8600 or visit www.angourieresort.com.au.
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YOGA IN THE GARDEN
FOUR SEASONS, NAM HAI WORDS: KRIS ABBEY
E M E RA L D - G R E E N PA D DY F I E L D S , B E AC H ES T H AT S T R E T C H F O R E V E R A N D C O L O U R F U L MARKETS. THE HUSTLE AND BUSTLE OF THE BUSY STREETS (AND RIVER) OF HOI AN IS A S TA R K C O N T R A S T T O T H E T R A N Q U I L I T Y O F THE FOUR SEASONS NAM HAI. Most people travel to Vietnam to learn more about its incredible, wartorn history and fascinating culture, which changes drastically from the north to the south - from traditional Chinese influences in the north, such as water puppets, temples and the street markets of Hanoi, to the swinging Western buzz of Ho Chi Minh (still known locally as Saigon) with its designer stores and glitzy rooftop bars. Yet for mine, itâ€™s in the middle of the country where Vietnamâ€™s true essence 18 | spaandwellnessinternational.com
can be found - the UNESCO-protected villages of Hoi An and Hue - the former imperial capital of Vietnam. They still contain thousand-year-old pagodas, remnants of palaces once home to the ruling emperor, and beautiful citadels that are now preserved. Hoi An and Hue are also a rich melting pot of cultures, paying homage to all the countries who have influenced them, whether invited to or not! While the Chinese and Japanese have a long history with Vietnam, it
is the footprint left by the French that gives rise to the beautiful architecture and wonderful café scene. In Vietnam, fresh French bread and rich aromatic coffee can be enjoyed at sidewalk cafes surrounded by artisan boutiques. If I had to pick a favourite destination in Vietnam (and in the greater vicinity), hands down it is Hoi An. Quaint, colourful and cultural, Hoi An is Vietnam’s most atmospheric and delightful town. Once a major port, it boasts the grand architecture and beguiling riverside setting that befits its heritage. The 21st-century curses of traffic congestion and pollution are mostly absent. The Old Town of Hoi An has preserved its incredible legacy of tottering Japanese merchant houses, Chinese temples and ancient tea warehouses, while lounge bars,
boutique hotels and tailor shops are now very much part of the modern scene. Wander down by the river markets and over on Cam Nam Island you’ll find life has changed little. Travel a few kilometres further and you’ll find superb bicycle and boat trips, lush green rice paddies and some of central Vietnam’s most enticing beaches. Perched right on the long, white sands of China Beach is Four Seasons, Nam Hai - my top pick of places to stay. This super-luxe, all-villa resort is built in traditional Vietnamese style with a modern twist – lots of dark wooden furniture, clean lines and water sculptures. Tall, black candlesticks are everywhere, the candlelight adding a warm, welcoming, golden glow at dusk. As you walk up the stairs into the
THE FRENCH C O LO N I S E D V I E T N A M FROM THE MID 1800S A N D S TA R T E D T O I N T E G R AT E M O R E WESTERN IDEALS, E D U C AT I O N , A N D RELIGION. THEIR MAIN EXPORTS WERE TOBACCO, INDIGO, TEA AND COFFEE. THE MODERN VIETNAM, AS W E K N O W I T T O D AY, W A S C R E AT E D F R O M F R E N C H C O LO N I A L I S M , WHICH ENDED IN 1954. 19
FROM THE RECEPTION YO U LO O K S T R A I G H T ACROSS INFINITY POOLS (THREE, IN FA C T ! ) O U T T O S E A . B LU E , B LU E A N D M O R E S T U N N I N G B LU E .
open reception area, you look straight across infinity pools (three, in fact!) out to sea. Blue, blue and more blue. Only broken up by green swaying palms and flowering frangipani trees. One very lush, perfectly manicured, garden heaven. The entire resort is huge, yet totally private. The bikes that come with each villa are needed, making it easy for you to get around and make the most of all that’s on offer. Each of the large, airy villas has a lavish bathroom, sunken bathtub and outdoor shower. Then you have all the mod cons like coffee machine, iPod sound system, and indoor and outdoor lounge areas with plump cushioned seating and butler service. You’ll want to take up residence! There is a massive range of activities to choose from including state-of-the-art gym, Antigravity Yoga, cooking classes, morning bike rides through the rice paddies, and tennis and basketball courts. The concierge can help you make the most of the sites and surprises of the area,
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from visiting ancient ruins and riding water buffalo bareback to mixing with the locals and finding the best places to have outfits made. It’s an easy (although slightly scary) bike ride into Hoi An, and the Four Seasons Nam Hai also has a regular shuttle bus that takes you into town. There is so much to see and do in this little village. As stunning as it is by day, make sure you also see it by night. As the sun sets, the Ancient Town’s lanterns are lit, veiling the town in a colourful glow. You can purchase a lotus leaf and candle from a vendor on the Cau An Hoi Bridge, then set your candle free as you make a wish – either from the river’s edge or take a ride on a riverboat. This beautiful ritual happens each night, turning the river into a sea of twinkling lights. You are spoilt for choice when it comes to eating. Vietnamese food is so good and so cheap! Mango Mango or Mango Rooms are two places I can recommend. You literally eat food that has been caught or picked that morning and the ambiance
THE SPACIOUS INDOOR AND OUTDOOR LOUNGE AREA OF VILLAS
THE TRADITIONAL VIETNAMESE STYLED ROOMS
HAND MADE INDIAN TREAT AT FOUR SEASONS NAM HAI
THE UNESCO PROTECTED OLD TOWN OF HOI AN
THE UNESCO PROTECTED OLD TOWN OF HOI AN
LEARN THE ART OF RICE FARMING
THE PRIVATE YET OPEN BATHROOM AND RELAXTION AREA OF THE TREATMENT VILLAS
VIBRATION THERAPY WITH GEM-TIPPED TUNING FORKS
is a colourful fusion of MexicanVietnamese. Who knew? And while I’m a long black, real coffee girl, it’s hard not to get a little addicted to the traditional Vietnamese coffee - a dark roast coffee that is drip-filtered onto a layer of stickysweet condensed milk. It takes a little moment to brew, but that is part of the Vietnamese way – take your time to enjoy the entire experience, not just the coffee! Back at the Four Seasons Nam Hai, the food is a true highlight. There are two main restaurants, both serving the best of local cuisine and a delicious a-la carte breakfast banquet. However, if you want to mix it up, executive chef Alex Stapfer delights diners with tandoori delicacies and heavenly curries. And definitely book in for Nha Trang Lobster Night - the local lobster
is prepared your way from an array of chef’s recommendations. And speaking of booking yourself in, make sure you take in a Spa treatment or two. The award-winning Heart of the Earth Spa is touted as one of the best in the world and it’s easy to see why. A tranquil lotus pond surrounds the Spa, with two spacious pavilions - one for yoga and the other creating a relaxed reception area looking over the pond. There are eight Spa villas, steam showers and change rooms. Each treatment room is an over-water villa with indoor and outdoor relaxation areas, deep baths and serene treatment rooms. Each treatment villa is cleverly positioned to make them totally private. You can have the doors open as you relax in the bath, bringing the outdoors in. The body treatments are a standout,
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guided by the teachings of renowned Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, fostering not only wellness but also compassion. I had the most unique treatment – the Nam Hai Earth Song signature treatment. This beautiful treatment connects you back to yourself and inspires a deeper connection to the Earth. It features the warm, spicy cleansing smoke of sustainable Hoi An agarwood, a Heart of the Earth sound and breath ritual, followed with an aromatherapy foot bath. Now the treatment begins and already I can feel my body surrender. This is followed by a nourishing Vietnamese salt scrub using seasonal herbs grown on the property. To dissolve the scrub, I soak in a tranquil bath strewn with rose petals, while enjoying fruit kebabs, small baked Vietnamese cookies and ginger tea. After this, back on the table to an expertly executed massage incorporating balancing gem-tipped tuning forks and a fully immersive sound bath. I can’t explain the lightness I now feel and, as intended, a deeper connection with the earth and myself. Before heading to your next destination, or back home, make sure you take in the nightly ritual of A Good Night Kiss to the Earth ritual at the Heart of the Earth Spa. The Spa reception is filled with the mellifluous tones of crystal singing bowls, while a soothing, moving chant is sung. As this happens, and in your own time, you write a love letter to the earth, or a wish to come true. You then float it on the lotus pond with a candle and watch as it drifts away – such a mesmerising complimentary activity for all ages and a lovely way to end the day, and indeed my stay. You know what I wished for? That I’ll be back again soon! https://www.fourseasons.com/hoian/
Vietnam Airlines runs direct flights from Sydney and Melbourne to Ho Chi Minh City, with connecting flights to Da Nang. Experience even more comfort and luxury on the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, with spacious Premium Economy Class seating or flat bed for long-haul Business Class flights. www.vietnamairlines.com
SIX SENSES CON DAO W O R D S : C L E O G LY D E
H A P P I LY, I T I S S T I L L P O S S I B L E T O F I N D A R A P T U R O U S LY B E A U T I F U L H I D E A W AY I N S O U T H - E A S T A S I A T H AT R E M A I N S PROTECTED FROM THE REGIONâ€™S HIGH TOURISM TRAFFIC. SIX S E N S ES C O N DAO I S T H E M O S T LU X U R I O U S R ES O RT I N T H E TROPICAL ARCHIPELAGO OF THE SAME NAME IN BA RIA VUNG TA U P R O V I N C E N E A R T H E T R O P I C A L S O U T H E R N T I P O F V I E T N A M . 24 | spaandwellnessinternational.com
Con Dao is brilliantly located on the largest of the archipelago’s islands (one of 16) that is 80% national park, the perfect pure and protected retreat. It is free from traffic, pollution and overdevelopment, yet the working harbour and neighbouring village market is the beating heart that gives travellers a sense of local community. After just a 45-minute domestic flight from the bustle of Ho Chi Minh - with its crowded food stalls and symphony of tooting motorbikes - you may as well be a world away. After a winding drive to the retreat, alongside glorious views of the Gulf of Thailand as cows pad along the road, the dramatic setting of Con Dao Retreat maintains the initial thrill. The villas overlook a wide, pristine white beach in a cove cradled by the hilly greenery of a natural reserve. Peaceful, crystal waters are an invitation to let island life lull you to the slow rhythms of the gently hissing waves. Every part of the villa is designed to let you gaze over the turquoise tranquillity - your private infinity pool, garden courtyard, outdoor shower and upstairs bed draped with netting. There is nothing quite as heavenly as falling asleep to the sound of the sea… The luxe-eco Robinson Crusoe aesthetic of angled bamboo walls helps conjure the tropical escape fantasy. Once tucked away, guests can retreat to their own world of languorous afternoons and the kind of deliciously glacier-slow days we fantasised about when we were knee deep in city deadlines before we left. The Six Senses brand is about more than hosting travellers in a spectacular environment, which is great news for wellness seekers. Each resort is committed to creating a pathway back to health by creating entire programs that last from 3 to 21 days. Everything is designed to support it, from the healing effect of exotic seclusion and an onsite medical team to provide hands-on expertise to the ‘Guest Experience Maker’ who helps you navigate the options available. The retreat’s cuisine showcases the Six Senses mantra that fresh, organic food
is medicine, while also giving guests a chance to discover Vietnamese regional cuisine. For those detoxing from dairy, gluten, sugar, caffeine and alcohol - or simply switching to healthy choices while getting away from it all - there are plenty of delicious dishes to ensure you never feel deprived: soups; local, organic Pad Thai piled high with coriander, basil, mint and steamed shrimp; superfood salads; fish straight out of the net; and poultry simmered in coconut water or sauteed with mushrooms. There is even a compendium of the entire menu’s most beneficial ingredients, such as kale, pomelo and ginger, with a breakdown of the daily miracles they will work in your body. Smoothies and mocktails are designed to come to the aid of your kidneys, liver and lungs as they flush your body of impurities and cleanse the organs. They are so packed with delicious ingredients such as
EACH RESORT IS COMMITTED TO C R E AT I N G A P AT H W AY B A C K T O H E A LT H B Y C R E AT I N G E N T I R E P R O G R A M S T H AT L A S T F R O M 3 T O 2 1 D AY S .
AT T H E A I R Y M A I N R E S TA U R A N T B Y T H E B E A C H , WA L L S DISAPPEAR WHILE GUESTS DINE BY CANDLE AND S TA R L I G H T, E N J O Y I N G THE STUNNING SILHOUETTE OF THE HILLS AGAINST A M O LT E N G O L D S K Y S L O W LY M E LT I N G I N T O N I G H T FA L L .
lemongrass and pear that you’ll be scribbling down the combinations so you can make them at home. Of course, if you’re scheduling in a cheat day, Con Dao’s Banh Bao burgers with crispy pork belly and cocktails are still as good - and high quality - as it gets. Classic cocktail ingredients are switched for local sticky rice wine liqueurs to celebrate the flavours of the region. I loved the whimsy of the compound where guests congregate, which is designed to conjure a Vietnamese fishing village - pitch perfect when you want company over sunset and the quiet hum of Con Dao’s social buzz. There are plenty of unique touches, such as Vietnamese cooking lessons and all-day free ice cream, while the eccentric Elephant Bar has the witty design element of swing seats on ropes and old books to read. At airy main restaurant By the Beach, walls disappear while guests dine by candle and starlight, enjoying the stunning silhouette of the hills against a molten gold sky slowly melting into nightfall. The orchard
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bounty of the menu adds to Con Dao’s Land of Milk and Honey feel - a cornucopia of flavourful, vegetarian dishes and freshly caught seafood that is guilt-free, yet never boring. The idyllic setting of the Yoga and Meditation pavilion, hammam and several outdoor treatment ‘salas’ give your fitness routine an inspirational, insta-worthy backdrop. Just nesting at the spa, at the foothills of the beautiful Lo Voi Mountain, is a treat in itself. Treatments that tap into Vietnamese culture bestow a lovely sense of place. Traditional massage techniques are combined with the stimulating effect of pressure points and cupping. Heated glass cups are applied to your back to create suction, drawing blood to a localised area, then letting it rush away when the cups are removed, releasing slow, sluggish circulation. Oils are fragrant with herbs, spices and indigenous botanicals that are prized locally, and soothe sun-kissed skin. Being cocooned within the resort creates a bubble you may not want to burst, but travellers who enjoy cultural immersion and being more physically active will love exploring the island. Cycle along stretches of road where peaks are covered in lush, verdant growth, silhouetted against the punchy turquoise horizon – with no tourists or gift shops in sight. Exploring a little further, there is ample opportunity to experience local Vietnamese life: the clang of iron at the shipping dock as crates are unloaded; the sound of haggling in animated voices at the marketplace where most goods on the island are traded… all add to the world-away spell. Six Senses can easily support any gallivanting further afield on the island, such as seeing temples and pagodas (no queues required), jungle hiking or snorkelling under-fished waters that teem with marine life and coral. If you are looking to correct course, are intrepid enough to add just one more leg to your next journey to the South-East, or are simply longing to flop and drop, you can be your own guardian angel and escape to the peaceful Vietnam of another era.
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BALI IS A MECCA FOR WELLNESS RETREATS, HEALING HOLIDAYS AND LUXURY SPA RESORTS. REVĪVŌ - BALI’S NEWEST OFFERING - FITS IN WELL. WORDS: KRIS ABBEY
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I love a holiday that begins before you arrive. And that’s
exactly what happens when you’re heading to REVĪVŌ Wellness Resort in Bali. Prior to arriving at their welcoming front doors, the team at REVĪVŌ have you fill in a detailed health questionnaire so they can begin preparing a bespoke retreat that will have you feeling full of life by the time you leave. REVĪVŌ in Latin means ‘I’ll live again’. Wanting to restore health and top up your energy levels? This, I didn’t think would be possible in three days… but I was wrong!
RELAXATION & HAPPY SPACES EVERYWHERE AN ABUNDANCE OF YOGA & MEDITATION CLASSES
Bali is a Mecca for wellness retreats, healing holidays and luxury Spa Resorts. REVĪVŌ - Bali’s newest offering - fits in well. It’s not a rigid retreat that has you up at dawn and downwarddogging soon after. Nor is it a luxury resort with a full-service Spa, where you spend your time floating between the Spa and your suite in a white fluffy robe. REVĪVŌ is a unique concept which sits comfortably between the two, maybe closer to the former, with a dose of luxury from the latter. When I asked Laurie Mias, CEO & Co-founder, what is REVĪVŌ’s point of difference, the thing that sets them apart from the others, she answers with her broad smile and lilting French accent, “Fun! I really wanted fun to underpin all of our wellness programs.” And that’s what I really like about REVĪVŌ. Actually, there are quite a few things, and I’ll get to those, but this sense of fun and the little playful elements peppered throughout the resort is unique and refreshing. From the hanging daybed in reception to the giant swing in the garden, you can’t help but reconnect with your inner child… and feel happy. Emotional stability is a huge part of being totally healthy, yet a lot of health retreats and wellness resorts overlook this basic concept. While they may focus on mindfulness and meditation, REVĪVŌ goes next level to promote happiness. Laurie, a wellness devotee and yoga instructor herself, understands the need for happiness and the part it plays in our emotional wellbeing. While happiness ultimately comes from within, REVĪVŌ certainly provides plenty of tools to help you lift your emotional weight and allow your happiness to resurface. I dare you to swing on the giant swing and not smile! You may even find yourself having a little giggle. So with my Happy Belly welcome drink reviving my drained cells, my 3-day retreat at REVĪVŌ Wellness Resort begins…
THE SETTING Located amidst the breezy hills of Nusa Dua in Bali’s south, REVĪVŌ is surrounded by teak forest and dense tropical rainforest, while the Indian Ocean is a short walk or bike ride away. Nusa Dua’s beach strip is home to some of Bali’s biggest international resorts. By comparison, REVĪVŌ is a boutique property with a three-to-one staff-to-guest ratio. Private. Intimate. Nurturing. Formerly the home of Adrian Zecha, founder of the luxury hotel group Aman, comfortable luxury and a sense of home has been retained in the conversion to Wellness Resort. With THE GREAT BARRIER REEF just 16 suites spread across three different (and stunning) 30 | spaandwellnessinternational.com
THE FOOD & DRINKS ARE A STANDOUT
villas, you feel like a VIP guest, almost like having the place to yourself. Each of the Balinese-style suites feature a voile-draped four-poster bed, a desk and day bed lounge areas, a sunken bathtub and shower with garden views, as well as outdoor dining facilities within either a private garden, private courtyard or private pool. That word again… Private. But you’re not really coming to REVĪVŌ for its accommodation. Although it is luxurious and spacious, well beyond comfortable, it’s the actual wellness programs that make this place distinctive.
THE PROGRAM At the start and end of my program I meet with Wellness Coach Kathy Cook. Kathy is delightful, intuitive, knowledgeable… a warm embrace on a cold night. Her happy, positive nature is truly contagious. Instantly, there is rapport. Small talk dismissed make way for THE CANEtoFIELDS rich conversation. Since she already has
insight into my health and the areas I want to work on, we get straight into it. A program has been devised based on what we (a collaborative approach) feel I could focus on during my stay. I am lean, fit, eat clean foods and have spent my entire career in the health industry. According to the results of the Body Composition Analyser, my metabolic age is less than half my actual age. So physical health AOK! Because of this, I’m possibly a harder guest to please. However, health is not just physical. Hell, it’s not just physical and mental (which, thankfully, is also in good shape). It also includes – for lack of a better word – spiritual. Health comprises that elusive trio: Mind, Body and Soul. So how do you improve the health of your soul? Well for starters, it’s doing more of the things that make you happy. It requires having a passion, a purpose and a sense of contentment. And it’s this tricky little chestnut that the team at REVĪVŌ are experts at cracking...
“At REVĪVŌ, our mission is to educate our guests to learn to embrace change and look at their own emotions. Our body treatments, activities and nutrition offerings are designed to help guests develop life’s most important skill: mind training and ultimately mind transformation. We believe that wellbeing consists of experiencing a sense of contentment in the knowledge that our life is flourishing, and has a meaning beyond our own pleasure. Happiness is a way of being. In order to become happy, we have to learn how to change ourselves. What it takes is an inner change of perspective and attitude, a skill that anyone can develop with some direction and persistence,” says Laurie.
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WELLBEING IS NOT JUST A P L E A S U R E S E N S AT I O N ,. I T I S A DEEP SENSE OF SERENITY . A N D F U L F I L M E N T. A S TAT E T H AT U N D E R L I E S A L L E M O T I O N A L S TAT E S E N D T H E J O Y S O F S O R R O W S T H .AT C A N C O M E O N E S W AY ” Matthieu Ricard – The Habits of Happiness
IT’S HARD NOT TO SMILE HERE
Each day of my 3-day program, I have three MOVEŌ classes, three highly delicious NŪTRIŌ meals, a REMISSIŌ Spa treatment and plenty of free time to enjoy the facilities. The day begins with a Morning Mindful Practice. The practice is provided in the journal you receive at your initial consultation. Each day this practice is different and simple to do, setting you up for an open-minded, gratitude-giving day ahead. At 7.30am my NŪTRIŌ Trio Shot is delivered to my room with a genuine smile and cheery ‘Good day Miss Kris’. Indeed it is! Each shot is designed to nurture your vital organs, like your mind, so they’re also set for the day: SHOT 1: Warm water with lemon juice and a pinch of salt SHOT 2: Kombucha SHOT 3: Jamu: ginger, turmeric and coconut oil After my shots, I’m off to do the first of my three MOVEŌ classes for the day. This can be anything from HIIT Cardio, Aqua Yoga on a FitMat in the pool, meditation, Pilates, TRX class, Muay Thai boxing or one of the many yoga classes from Aerial or Hammock Yoga (love) to Ashtanga or Yin Yoga. Some of the classes induce sweat, others serenity. All have a different purpose, but the common ingredient is fun! With an appetite well and truly primed, breakfast is served. The food is another thing that sets REVĪVŌ out from the crowd. It is so delicious! Nutritious, tasty food is so, so good
for the soul. Every cell of your body hums in perfect harmony when it is fed nutrient-dense, simply divine food. Do yourself a favour - if you’re in Bali and happen to be staying somewhere else, go to REVĪVŌ and do one of their half-day or full-day retreats. Apart from the health benefits, you’ll get to experience their food. I’ve eaten at some of the best wellness retreats in the world, and the cuisine at REVĪVŌ is definitely right up there with the best. With satisfied tastebuds, a full but calm tummy, and one MOVEŌ class done, the tone of my day couldn’t get any more Michael Bublé! Or could it?
REMISSIŌ, HOLISTIC SPA Before my treatment, I’m torn between spending time in the hot and chill plunge pools, the Jacuzzi, the infrared sauna and steam room, or having a float in the salt pool. I decide to do the pools for this treatment, and next time the steam and sauna. According to Kathy, the best way to do these pools is to start with the hot, move to the cold, then repeat. Try to fully submerge yourself in the cold, then ‘relax’ in it for two minutes. Relaxing in an ice-cold (or so it feels) bath seems contradictory. But I do as she says. Hot then cold. Cells tingle. Must be good. Counting to 120, but get to 30 and I’m out! Kathy did say it took her a while to build up to two minutes... The premise behind contrast therapy (hot and cold) is that muscles constrict
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in cold water and blood vessels expand in hot water. By moving from hot to cold and back to hot, it increases blood flow, which stimulates circulation and your lymphatic system. The cold plunge pool is set at a therapeutic, but far from bamly, 10°C. Great for joint inflammation and to enhance muscle recovery. How athletes can sit in an ice bath for five minutes post-match has me beat! In my new-and-improved mindful state, I’m not giving this a second thought. Nor am I feeling less adequate for my heart-racing 30-second stint. I feel great. Alive. And ready for my treatment. As with MOVEŌ and NŪTRIŌ, REMISSIŌ Holistic Spa has an abundance of options. Most of the treatments are derived from authentic ancient Balinese healing traditions, although aroma, hydro and chromo therapies are also available. Like they say, ‘When in Rome…’ I enjoy a Balinese Massage at the hands of Ratih, a truly gifted therapist. I learn she has been practising massage since she was a child, taught by both her mother and grandmother, who are guru healers in the eyes of the Balinese. She has also been formally trained, but the innate art of intuitive touch handed down through generations can’t be fully taught from a book. It just is. Two more days like this and I feel like my flat tyres have been pumped up! While three days is too short, I’m grateful for my reviver. Leaving healthier and happy, I’m already planning my return visit.
REVĪVŌ run a variety of retreats all year round. Check out their site: https://www.REVĪVŌresorts.com
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The staff! They are your family while you’re there. They will join you for a meal if you wish and offer their wisdom and interesting stories. Yoga wear in your size ready for you to use during your stay. And with three classes each day, you’ll probably need it! The homemade Kombucha – locally made in Ubud, it’s sugar-free and filled with tasty goodness, and contains plenty of love. The journal you’re given on arrival – it not only provides your itinerary for your stay, but some useful tools so you can continue your journey at home. The little meditations or health notes left on your bed every evening.
SEASONAL FRUIT PLATTER ANYONE?
SHIRODHARA TO RELAX THE MIND
THE SPACIOUS BALINESE SUITES
THE SALT POOL FOR RELAXTION AND MUSCLE RESTORATION
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FROM THE NEWEST WELLNESS RETREAT IN BALI TO ONE OF THE ORIGINALS, COMO SHAMBHALA ESTATE HAS NOT ONLY STOOD THE TEST OF TIME, IT KEEPS GETTING BETTER - UNDOUBTABLY ONE OF THE BEST WELLNESS RETREATS IN THE WORLD! WORDS: KRIS ABBEY
It’s the week before I pack my bags for my eagerly anticipated (and needed) stay at COMO Shambhala Estate. It’s been seven years since my last visit, and knowing how amazing that was, my expectations are somewhat high! The pre-arrival questionnaire immerses me into retreat mode. The questions are not just related to my medical history and lifestyle, but also my emotional health and overarching goals I’d like to start working on during my stay at COMO. The preretreat euphoria hits. I know how great I’m going to feel this time in two weeks. No, it doesn’t just magically happen. I have to put in the work (or surrender), but I know that the team at COMO are going to guide and support me while I’m in their care.
ARRIVAL The way you are met on touch down in Bali sets the tone for the service you will experience during your time at COMO. I’m barely off the plane when I’m greeted by a Balinese man wielding a warm, gracious smile and a sign with
my name on it. He swiftly escorts me past the immigration queues, secures my visa, collects my baggage and takes me to the car for the trip up to Ubud. I’m given a wet towel and as I begin to unravel this cool, soft flannel, a gentle waft of the signature COMO Shambhala scent puts me in a place of peace. We weave through bustling traffic and chaotic streets that dissipate into rural roads with peaceful temples and lush rice paddies. We even pass a cremation ceremony. We turn onto the familiar cobbled driveway. I recognise the entrance, flanked by tall palms and perfectly manicured green grass. There is the understated and welcoming front gate with the stylish, but not overbearing, sign: COMO Shambhala Estate. I’ve arrived! The rock star welcome turns out to be an apt introduction to a place that anchors its service on absolute care, consideration and being one step ahead of its guests’ needs. COMO Shambhala Estate is the flagship property of COMO Shambhala, a holistic health retreat
concept developed by Singaporean entrepreneur and goddess of good taste, Christina Ong. Voted by the likes of Conde Nast Traveller and SpaFinder as one of the best Spas in the world, The Estate describes its offering as not just a Spa and indulgence, but “a retreat for change”. The offering is a luxurious, personalised, holistic escape with individualised programs for wellness, fitness and rejuvenation. I’m met with more infectious Balinese smiles and adorned with a lei of aromatic tuber-roses. The open-air reception provides a window to look out across the estate. My breath stops. While the design and décor of this place is best of breed, and wins design and architectural awards the world over, it is Mother Nature’s beauty that steals the show. Lush greenery, terraced gardens, age-old trees and tropical forests. It is green as far as the eye can see. This sea of all shades of green is perfectly balanced by residences discreetly cascading down the terraces, or villas shyly poking through the palms to indicate there is human habitation 35
here. There’s also bluer than blue pools and ponds carefully peppered throughout the estate. Tranquil. Picturesque. Calm. Breathtaking! As I wait for Widi, my personal assistant, to take me to my accommodation, I soak up the soothing distant sounds of the Ayung River, the trills of birds and the click of cicadas. Nature’s musical accompaniment. Widi arrives with her little buggy and we head off through the estate to my residence. As we drive down the path, I have this overwhelming burst of warmth in my heart - a genuine welcome home. While some things are new, the heart and soul of the Estate has only deepened. The accommodation is a combination of Five residences each comprising four to five suites, as well as Pool Villas of various sizes, and exclusive Private Villas. My suite is in the Umabona Residence. Each residence has its own front gate and large garden. There is also
a communal lounge area and large private pool. Some also come with Jacuzzi, pizza oven or fire pit. While there may be other guests in your residence, you rarely see them. The residences are vast, over split areas, and each suite is entirely private. My suite offers spacious elegance of white and natural timbers. There is everything I could possibly need - huge four-poster bed, comfortable furnishings in gentle natural tones, plasma TV, balcony and outdoor setting to soak up the view of the lush gardens and terraced fields in the distance. The bathroom is enormous, with a sneaky peek into the world outside. There is a large bowl of tropical fruit and orchid plants. And a big dose of serenity. By the time I finish looking about, Widi has unpacked my bags and pulled out my itinerary for the next few days. I start my program first up in the morning with a trek through the local village and rice fields with the wonderful Mudra. He has lived
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in the local village all his life and worked at COMO even in its previous incarnation as Begawan Giri. His immense knowledge of the area derives from his curiosity, passion and experience. He is also a talented healer - the chosen one for the Ongs when they visit. He takes me through hidden valleys, sacred temples and local homes, including his own. I meet his cousins, who are up early getting all the rafts down to the river for the tourists who will be white-water rafting today. We walk past the famous Bali Swings, which are not yet open, but as Mudra’s friend works here, we sneak in and have a giant swing before the rest of Bali wakes up and the place is swarming with tourists. I see an honest, hard-working and humble side to Bali. Already I feel richer for my stay at COMO and it’s barely been 12 hours. After a nourishing, comforting and totally divine breakfast (more on the food shortly), I head over to the Wellness Centre for my consultation with Nancy Kim. She is Americanborn (California) with a Masters in Oriental Medicine. We chat for ages about nutrition, mindfulness, acupuncture and life as a Westerner in Bali. Kindred spirits, we immediately clicked. From our long chat and my pre-arrival questionnaire, she took the information and curated a 4-day wellness program for me - a combination of Spa Treatments, Yoga, Meditation, Personal Training and cultural experiences. The goal is to get me out of my head and back into my heart. While my physical health is really good, I have a lot going on in my head and needed to learn to stop thinking and just switch off. So for this reason I also had plenty of leisure time included in my days so I could just ‘be’ and immerse myself in the beautiful, earthy surroundings.
THE FOOD In a word, the highlight! If you’re visiting Bali, it’s worth stopping by the Estate for a meal. The ambiance of the open-air Glow restaurant, with views
across the jungle and sounds from the river, is surpassed only by the superb cuisine. Without wanting to take away from the taste and presentation, it’s worth knowing that each dish is created with specific nutritional purposes in mind, whether to boost concentration and energy, or maintain blood-sugar levels. Food is a large part of your program, and while it is designed to improve your health, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the talent of these magical chefs. As Michael Gebicki beautifully concludes, and I wholeheartedly agree: “The regimen also involves food, and Como Shambhala takes spa cuisine to rare heights. Light, inventive and exciting, the food served in its two restaurants looks like it’s prepared by a food stylist for a magazine cover shot. It also takes the tastebuds out for a tango. This is not food as penance. There’s espresso coffee, sweet treats, wine if you want it, and this is part of the ethos. Throughout the treatments, the therapies and the food runs the idea that these are concepts to be applied within the real world. Putting guests on a monk’s diet is not likely to have lasting effects outside the sanctum.” Thankfully, their cookbook is available in the resort shop. I grab a copy!
THE SPA The Spa is also an open and airy space. Minimalist by design, yet loaded with soothing ambiance. I always say a Spa is only as good as the therapist delivering the treatment. Let’s just say…. the Spa is incredible. During my stay, I have two Spa treatments. The Como Shambhala Massage – how could you resist? This treatment is a no-brainer for me. It is designed to calm the mind, rejuvenate the body and bring you back to balance. My Goals. I float from the treatment room feeling taller, lighter and more aligned. I also just want to sit and relax – not something I often prefer to do. I surrender to this feeling and enjoy the sensation of just being. My second treatment was more about the body, as after a few yoga lessons, a training session and my hike with Mudra I needed some untangling and muscle soothing. I’m down for a Taksu Massage. The magical transference of energy between two people who connect is called ‘taksu’ in Balinese. This is a strong and invigorating treatment that increases blood circulation and helps relieve my tight muscles. It can also soothe headaches, so this is a great treatment if you’re affected by stress. Each of the therapists have been trained and are accredited by Wellness for Cancer to work with individuals with cancer. This speaks volumes about the talented Spa team and Wellness Centre and Programme Manager, Sally Halstead. Sally is a qualified nurse who has worked in acute care settings. She also has a background in complementary therapies including reiki, reflexology, crystal healing and aromatherapy. Her Western and Eastern healing modalities meld beautifully here, and while it is a Spa, each of the treatments is truly therapeautic.
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The Estate Walk. Take your swimmers and a book for a dip in the spring pools near the river and lounge on the gorgeous day beds. Breakfast in Kudus Restaurant. Set in a 150-year old former Javanese residence, this intimate space is the perfect spot to enjoy the morning mist rising up through the rainforest. The porridge is delicious. A Hot Stone Massage with Oka. A visit to the local healer, Tjorkoda. A shopping trip to Threads of Life, a shop/ museum dedicated to keeping the traditional weaving arts of Indonesia alive.
LEFT: THE BAYUGUITA RESIDENCE POOL
a host of on-site leisure activities available, including daily guided walks, Qi Gong, Tai Chi, Pilates, mountain biking, hiking, white-water rafting, tennis, outdoor circuit training and cooking demonstrations. There’s also a rock climbing wall, outdoor gym, swimming pools, sauna and steam rooms and a comprehensive library of books to borrow during your stay. The Estate also offers guided cultural activities, including visits to local temples, ceremonies and markets, and cultural workshops including Balinese dance, photography and writing. Or you can just laze by the many pools on the estate and watch the world go by. One thing you must do is the Estate walk. It’s a beautiful, scenic walk that takes you along the entire perimeter of the estate. You are guided along a path furred with moss that zigzags down the hillside, past a massage pavilion swathed in white and The Source, a sacred spring used by the Balinese at festival times. I stop and cup my hands and drink some of the Holy Water. If I’d thought about it I wouldn’t have done this, but my natural instinct took over. As you get closer to the river, you hear squeals from the tourists white-water rafting. More pools and a series of ponds hidden by the allenveloping greenery with lounges beside them. It’s at this secret hideaway I stop and hear my heart. It says sit and soak up the mountain’s energy. What a connection. LOVE! 38 | spaandwellnessinternational.com
GETTING THERE Como Shambhala Estate is located 15 minutes drive from Ubud and 60-90 minutes (depending on traffic) from Denpasar International Airport. For information about upcoming retreats or The Estate’s personalised Wellness Programs, visit comoshambhala.com Garuda Indonesia flies direct to Denpasar Airport from Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane and Darwin. For information visit https://www.garuda-indonesia.com/
Founded in 1997, COMO Shambhala is owner Christina Ong’s realisation of her personal vision of what comprises a meaningful wellness experience. The brand ethos is simple and uncompromising: a transformative, 360-degree approach to wellness that aims to inspire commitment to lifelong physical and mental wellbeing for every individual. Health-giving cuisine, exercise including Pilates and yoga, massage and bodywork, treatments, ancient healing therapies and intuitive counselling are delivered in a nurturing environment by COMO Shambhala’s expert therapists and consultants from across the globe.
THE TOP END OF
Australia WE EXPLORE FROM KAKADU TO THE KIMBERLEY AND FIND TRUE NIRVANA. SIMPLY STUNNING, IT BRINGS AN AN APPRECIATION OF THE ANCIENT HISTORY OF THIS GREAT SOUTHERN LAND. IF YOU HAVENâ€™T BEEN, GO!
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SUNSET AT THE REMOTE BERKELEY RIVER LODGE
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AT O N E W I T H
SET AGAINST ONE OF AUSTRALIA’S MOST BEAUTIFUL BACKDROPS,
THE BERKELEY RIVER LODGE PERFECTLY MARRIES LUXURY AND LEISURE ACTIVITIES.
WORDS: KRIS ABBEY
This place feels different. Very different. And little wonder - perched atop sand dunes on the north coast of Western Australia overlooking the Timor Sea, sitting right at the mouth of the Berkeley River, this is probably the most remote resort in Australia. There are no roads here from ‘the outside world’, so we arrive by light aircraft from Darwin, providing the opportunity to see the resort and its spectacular surrounds from the air before arrival. After landing we’re whisked by open-sided 4-wheel drive through the dunes up to the resort to enjoy a drink and a chat with other guests while soaking in the panoramic views from the poolside balcony. I’ve left freezing mid-winter Sydney to visit here in July, where the temperatures are hovering around a balmy 27 degrees, which I’m just loving. I’m pleased when we head off again in the 4WD for a scenic tour and walk along the beachfront.
Our guide is local legend Bruce Maycock, who has lived in this area for most of the last 20 years, including numerous lengthy stints camping and exploring by himself - no mean feat in such harsh country. Bruce has literally seen things that no other white man has ever seen, which in a world of information overload is not something many of us can claim. And there’s not much he doesn’t know about life in the Kimberley, so it’s fascinating to hear his detailed observations of what we see. It takes a while to work out what’s different about this place, then you realise it’s the stillness, the tranquillity, a feeling of timelessness. The light is also quite different, even more so as the sun sets and the sky becomes bathed in a surreal orange glow that has a dream-like quality to it. Am I dreaming? Is this real? I snap back to reality when Bruce suggests we have a snack and a cool beverage from the esky that
he thoughtfully packed in the Land Cruiser. Over the next few days, this magical, bottomless esky will have a habit of appearing at just the right time, luckily for us. When we return to the resort, we enjoy an excellent dinner comparable with any fine dining restaurant in Sydney, a bit surprising given the remoteness of this location. The dozen or so people who arrived on our flight are seated together at a long table, a formula which worked well for our 3-day stay as we became more familiar with each other. Then it’s a short stroll along a sandy path to our twin-share villa, one of only 20. Each villa comprises a large bedroom and balcony with water views. In another unusual twist, the ensuite bathroom is open-air, surrounded by a brush fence for privacy, which is ideal in such balmy weather and adds to the sense of being close to nature. There’s not much point coming all this way just to sit by the pool, 43
THE MAIN HOUSE WITH THE VILLAS CASCADING ATOP THE DUNES
BRUCE EXPLAINS THE USE OF ABORIGINAL ARTIFACTS
so over the next few days we have a full agenda of outdoor activities. Our first choice is a bush walk, again with an excellent and knowledgeable guide, taking in the sights - towering cliffs, amazing rock formations, Aboriginal rock paintings and topped off with a dip in one of nature’s most spectacular swimming pools. One of the most exciting aspects to this area is the prevalence of crocodiles, which are such fascinating and formidable creatures, but the flipside is that swimming is therefore mostly off-limits. However, there are numerous croc-free streams and water holes, even in the Dry Season, and for me these spectacular swimming holes were the highlight of our travels – beautiful beyond words! The second day was spent mostly on a river cruise, and the third day on a fishing trip – which were a lot of fun and hugely educational, especially about crocodiles, but the fresh water swimming holes and waterfalls still stole the show for me on both these days as well. Some of the other guests enjoyed the helicopter scenic tour and raved about the views, but hey I’ve got to leave something for my next visit. A stay at the Berkeley River Lodge is an indulgence price-wise, but when you consider it includes all meals, beverages, tours and transfers - all of which are high quality - it represents good value. So if you enjoy outdoor adventuring, but prefer doing it in style with first-class meals and accommodation, and you want to experience a truly unique part of this country, then you definitely need to put Berkeley River Lodge on your bucket list!
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THE NATURE TREK IS AS EDUCATIONAL AS IT IS BEAUTIFUL
OUR GUIDE KARLIE TAKES US TO A MAGICAL SWIMMING HOLE
OUR VILLA AT SUNRISE
THE VIEW ONCE YOU CLIMB THE ROCKS ABOVE THE RIVER
SOAKING UP THE SUN ON THE BANKS OF THE RIVER
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MARY RIVER WILDERNESS RETREAT IS LOCATED HALFWAY BETWEEN DARWIN AND KAKADU NATIONAL PARK. THE GATEWAY TO NATUREâ€™S WONDERLAND. WORDS: KRIS ABBEY
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This place takes the term ‘unplug’ to the next level. Located halfway between Darwin and Kakadu National Park, it provides easy access to all the gems the Top End offers. We arrive at Darwin just after noon. We pick up our hire car, grab some lunch and buy our supplies for the next few days. Our adventure has officially begun. An easy one hour and 15 minute drive south (some Northern Territory roads have a 130 km/hr speed limit!), we arrive at Mary River Wilderness Retreat mid-afternoon. This is our home away from home for the next three days. As we turn into the entrance, we are greeted by a mob of kangaroos enjoying an afternoon drink from the river. As the name suggests, the Wilderness Retreat sits on the shores of the Mary River – fishing, croc spotting, bird watching, bush walking and river cruising are just
some of the exploits for which this location is famous. Hardly pausing to check us out, the kangaroos carry on quenching their thirst while we take photos as if it’s the first time we’ve seen these majestic creatures up in their personal space. It isn’t! They are so mesmerising, in their poised, dismissive way. It’s hard to believe these placidly posing Kangaroos have become a national pest! Mary River Wilderness Retreat is a great family-oriented eco-tourism property. It offers budget to deluxe accommodation, licensed restaurant, as well as caravan and camping sites, including campers’ kitchen. They even have a Happy Hour each afternoon, as well as organised activities for the kids in peak season. We stay in a poolside bungalow, which is basic but comfortable, with a pool (for ‘bungalow residents only’) just steps from our front verandah.
After all, who needs a TV or WiFi with the best reality show on the planet right on our doorstep? First up a swim. Although it’s July and mid-winter, it’s close to 30 degrees here, a pleasant change from our cold Sydney days. We meet another couple at the pool who have come all the way from Michigan, USA. They’ve been here for a week, so give us the lay of the land and share some of their travel stories. There are two distinct seasons in the north of Australia (affectionately known as the Top End) – the Wet season and the Dry season. The Wet season is roughly November to April and the Dry season is May to October, so we’re here in the Dry season. While that means a lot of the waterfalls are less spectacular as less water is flowing, you have access to all the parks and treks that might otherwise be cut off during the Wet season. 47
At the top of our To Do list is Gunlom Falls. Once we left the highway, this was a bumpy 2-hour drive as the dirt road was heavily corrugated and in need of grading, but don’t be tempted to give it a miss. Gunlom Falls is one of the most amazing places you’ll ever visit in Australia. We felt like Dorothy arriving in the land of Oz. WOW! Located on Waterfall Creek in World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, Gunlom is a magical combination of seasonal waterfalls and serene plunge pools at the top of the mountain, with a large billabong and picnic areas peppered beneath the shade of the tall gum trees at the base of the mountain. The insta-famous natural infinity pool is a short, but very steep, one-kilometre trek up the gorge. While there are carvedout steps taking you to the top, it is still a bit of a challenge. The cool, crystal clear, natural plunge pools at the summit make it more than worth the effort - so refreshing and tranquil. From the top of Gunlom Falls, there are sweeping vistas of three habitats of the southern hills and ridges of Kakadu - stone country, woodland and riparian (riverine) areas. It’s a visual feast for the eyes and a truly memorable experience. As I stood there, a white cockatoo took off from the top of the waterfall and gracefully glided out into open space, enjoying the view from an even better perspective! If the climb to the top of Gunlom seems a bit too daunting, take the flat, easy walk to Murrill Billabong for some great birdwatching, or follow the short walking track to the main pool below the waterfall. Signs here saying: ‘Beware of crocodiles - swim at your own risk’ were enough to keep me sidelined, but plenty of others were enjoying a splash, oblivious to what could be lurking below. We enjoyed a packed lunch on the grassed, shady picnic area before psyching up for the journey back. Australian Traveller voted the Gunlom Plunge Pools in Australia’s Top 100 best views, and without doubt it is one of Australia’s best ‘secret spots’. The next day, we caught up with an old friend, Brett, who has spent most of his
life in the Northern Territory working with wildlife, primarily crocodiles. He offered to take us out in his boat to see some of these prehistoric creatures in their natural habitat. We meet him at the local drinking hole - the famous Humpty Doo Pub - and from there head off to Corroboree Billabong, part of the Mary River Wetlands and home to the largest concentration of saltwater crocodiles in the world. It’s also a paradise for birds, fish and other wildlife. The eeriness of having crocodiles swimming incognito beneath us was brightened by the whistles and chirping of the many different birds. The bird life was incredible, and while I live in Sea Eagle territory in Sydney, it took a trip to Darwin for me to spot an actual Sea Eagle perched on a tree stump casing its prey. I learn that this bird is revered by indigenous Australians and is the subject of much folklore. I feel a sense of pride seeing this bird, the mascot of our local football club, launch into flight and snatch a fish straight out of the river. Brett decides to make things interesting and sets a challenge: who can spot the most crocodiles?At first we show our inexperience, mistaking floating logs for crocs, but soon get our eye in. They are everywhere – sunning themselves on the river bank, floating on the water, or submerged with only their snout and beady eyes visible. They look docile and lethargic, but Brett reminds us of their quick reflexes. And they’re patient - they can wait beneath the surface watching their prey for hours or even days. The ultimate stalker. And when they’re ready, they pounce! They are extremely powerful and highly explosive, covering short distances in no time, so don’t be fooled by their large stature and lazy look! It’s quite exhilarating to see such a formidable beast out in the wild. To learn so much about our indigenous wildlife, while being immersed in its beauty, is the charm of the Top End. Sharing our day with our American neighbours back at the Mary River Wilderness Retreat meant the experience lasted that little bit longer. A luxury resort would feel out of place in these parts, whereas our eco-friendly retreat surrounded by walks and wildlife
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is perfect. Switching off and getting back to nature in its most raw and unedited form is the perfect elixir when you’ve overdosed on city life.
TIPS: If driving at night, keep your eye out for kangaroos, especially at dusk when they’re in search of food and water. They can bound onto the road and if you hit one, they will cause serious damage to your vehicle. Remember to get your National Park Pass for access to Kakadu. Your pass includes free ranger-guided walks, talks and cultural activities. You’ll also be supporting Kakadu’s traditional owners and helping preserve the park for future generations. Passes are valid for 7 days, and can be extended to 14 days at no extra cost. https://www.maryriverretreat.com.au/
NORFOLK A FIRSTHAND
WHILE MANY PEOPLE VISIT NORFOLK FOR A DOSE OF HISTORY AND E X P E R I E N C E E A R LY S E T T L E M E N T, F O R M E I T W A S T O G E T O U T I N N AT U R E A N D E X P L O R E . N O R F O L K I S L A N D H A S A ‘ B O U N T I F U L’ S U P P LY O F T H I N G S TO D O I F YO U R A N A DV E N T U R E R , E X P LO R E R , LOV E R O F G O O D FO O D, O R S I M P LY W A N T A T O S L O W D O W N A N D B R E AT H E T H E C L E A N A I R . However, as we flew over the island about to land, I could see the hilly walking trails, jagged cliff edges and rolling surf. My sense of adventure was beginning to kick into gear! Pristine waters for snorkelling, surfing, SUPing and kayaking surround the tiny 8km by 5km island. It’s also covered with lush bushland and expansive national parks, providing ample walking or mountain biking trails of varying distance and difficulty. If you’re an outdoor explorer, there is a lot you can do. And 50 | spaandwellnessinternational.com
since most of the older tourists opt for the organised bus tours, you’ll enjoy a lot of space to yourself. While Norfolk isn’t well known for its surf or scenery, it is truly breathtaking - a unique combination of tropical island and fertile farmland. There are qualities and quirks of the island that make it a unique place to visit, such as the friendly locals who speak their own language (known as Pitkern, a mix of colonial English and Tahitian), a mutinous history and road rules that give cows right of way.
ISLAND As soon as I land, I grab my luggage, pick up a hire car and give in to the urge to explore. The island is very easy to navigate around, but if you do make a wrong turn, a local is sure to point you in the right direction. With a population of only 1,748, approximately 20% with Pitcairn ancestry, the locals know each other well, and a tourist stands out like the proverbial. As a girl who grew up in the country, I feel at home here. I even get to do the one finger wave from the steering wheel as I pass locals coming from the opposite direction. I head towards historic Kingston and my journey begins…. A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY
Captain Cook had discovered Norfolk Island, a remote location in the South Pacific Ocean to the east of the Australian mainland, before the First Fleet arrived in Botany Bay. He reported that the island was abundant
with flax and great pines. Cook’s superior, Lieutenant Philip Gidley King, had selected 23 of the 759 people travelling in the First Fleet to colonise the land as quickly as possible before another European power, especially the French! The chosen group comprised 9 male convicts, 6 female convicts and 8 free men. Actively involved in the American War of Independence, King saw reasons to take advantage of the flax and pines discovered on the island, intending to use these resources to build ships and sails. Shortly after they had settled on the island, King took a mistress – an ex-dressmaker named Ann Inett – who gave birth to the settlement’s first child, which the Lieutenant proudly named Norfolk. The convicts began to build a road from Sydney Bay (Kingston) to Anson Bay through Mount Pitt. Limestone was soon discovered in Emily Bay, and with abundant food, the colony they
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had created was promising. But shortly after, the population on the island swelled. Two companies of marines carrying 183 convicts arrived and the island soon became unbearable for everyone. Starvation was rife and their lifestyles quickly deteriorated. When all hope of survival was lost, petrel birds started appearing in the sky, and hundreds were slaughtered every night for food. Of course, this was only a temporary solution, and the English inhabitants were left with no other option than to terminate colonisation and abandon the island, seeking refuge in Van Diemen in 1814. To help deter settlement by another European country, sadly all the infrastructure on Norfolk Island was destroyed. His Majesty’s Government in 1825 decided to re-colonise Norfolk Island. This time, the motives deviated from the original purpose. It was now to be 51
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used as a penal colony, a place of incarceration for ‘the worst of the worst’ felons. The conditions in the new penal colony were so harsh that convicts sentenced to death were often thankful they didn’t have to live out the rest of their days on the island! The population of the island was over 2,000 and life on the island for the convicts was hellish. After the atrocity of Commandant John Price, the British saw fit to disband the colony and began shipping convicts to Port Arthur in Van Diemen. Restoration, however, came in 1856 when Queen Victoria gifted the island to the descendants of the Bounty mutineers who had sailed to Norfolk from Pitcairn due to the overpopulation of Pitcairn. The new settlers had initially lived in the abandoned penal colony, before dividing the island into 12-acre lots. They had brought a unique culture from Pitcairn and their language was a wonderful blend of Old English and the endangered Tahitian. The settlers engaged in domestic farming and whaling, which became a good income-earner for the island. By the time of WWII, an airstrip had been built, which significantly changed the island’s economy, allowing easier transportation of goods and opening the door to tourism. The island used to be independent until the Australian parliament passed a bipartisan decree to end their autonomous rule and making it part of Australia. Nearly three years on, the locals are still divided as to whether this was a good thing or bad. I will say this: the purity of the island and its ‘Bountiful’ history is still very much intact. And it’s impossible not to be fascinated by the mutiny on the Bounty and how the people on this island came to be.
STAY There are numerous accommodation options on Norfolk, all very affordable. Depending on what you’re after and how far you want to be from the town centre (only about a 7-minute drive from the furtherest point), there is sure to be something that fits the bill.
COAST At the end of Longridge Road, an inconspicuous driveway leads to a large green garden with little timber buildings framing the grounds. ‘Coast’ offers a variety of fully self-contained accommodation options, ranging from private beach houses to one- and twobedroom units, all with magical views out to sea. There is complimentary use of pushbikes, snorkelling gear, fishing rods, golf clubs and tennis racquets, and yoga can be arranged on request. In the middle of the garden is a saltwater swimming pool and BBQ area. In the Boat House by the pool is an honesty system bar and picnic baskets can be arranged on request. There is also a beautiful Spa Pavilion offering a variety of Spa treatments. Definitely book in for a session in the Spa during your stay. You’ll enjoy your muscles being soothed by the moos of cows and the crashing of the waves. Or if you choose a facial, soak up the view while your skin is renewed. http://www.coastnorfolkisland.com/
DO HIKE TO EMILY BAY Emily Bay is a couple of kilometres away from the town centre (known as Burnt Pine). There are several different roads you can take, depending on
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your preference. They’re all windy and bursting with scenery. You’ll walk past Slaughter Bay, and the ruins of New Gaol and the prisoners’ barracks. These barracks were once home to over 1,000 convicts; today’s residents are grazing cows. A couple of the beautiful colonial homesteads are open to the public, so drop in for a visit to get an idea of what life was like 200 years ago. From the barracks you walk past the golf course and on to the island’s cemetery. White headstones pepper the grassy area, mostly announcing young deaths by drowning or execution! The great author Colleen McCullough, a Norfolk resident, also now rests here. When you get to Emily Bay, the topaz blue water will invite you in. Depending on the time of year, you may see a variety of sea life and giant turtles. Refreshing is an understatement! If you’re up for some paddling, this is a wonderful spot to kayak or SUP. At the other end of the bay, back towards Kingston Jetty, there are stairs. About 300. But if you take them all the way to the top, the view outweighs the effort by about 300%!
TREKS AND TRAILS There are so many beautiful walks on the island, through bushland and national parks. While I loved the long walks through the national park shrouded in palms and pines and the odd peek at the ocean, my favourite was out by Fig Grove. You park your car near the storybook-like old fig trees and cut through an open field. This joins a beautiful walking trek along the coastline out to Rocky Point. The view left to right is ever-changing and goes as far as the eye can see. Savour the postcard picture with the dancing sparkles from the sun on the deep blue water. The perfect spot to take time out and breathe in the clean, pristine air.
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VISIT THE BOTANIC GARDEN The Botanic Garden exhibits plants that are native to Norfolk and has five different walking trails. According to the locals, the garden was gifted to the island by a past resident who wanted everyone to explore. The trails are all short and the natural serenity of this garden oasis will engulf you. If you take a walk around the entrance, you arrive at a deck on top of the information centre. There’s a seating area with wonderful views - the ideal place to enjoy some peaceful solitude. I suggest you take a drink with you to this lovely spot.
SEE FLETCHER’S MUTINY CYCLORAMA If you’re fascinated by 3D art forms, a visit to the Fletcher’s Mutiny Cyclorama is a must. Two local artists, Tracey Yager and Sue Draper, created the cyclorama which depicts island history back to the 19th century, maainly the mutiny on the Bounty story and the descendants settling on the island in 1856. It is an edgy continuous mural painted on a cylindrical surface. The project took them two years to complete, with realistic effects, soundtrack and information boards.
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PLAY A ROUND OF GOLF Located in an old convict building at the seaside near Kingston is the pro golf course - probably the only golf course located in a UNESCO World Heritage protected site. There are spectacular views from the greens and fairways. Even if you’re not into golf, this is a great location to take photographs, plus a lovely meal can be had at the Golf Club.
BIRD WATCH Adventurers interested in ecology, nature and wildlife will enjoy the GreenEyes Birding Tour. The tour guide takes you up Mount Pitt for an overview before taking a walk
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through the National Park. The island’s Green Parrots are likely to be the first species you spot - currently part of a conservation project on the island.
DISCOVER THE COCKPIT WATERFALL A trip to the north coast to visit the Cockpit Waterfall is an adventurer’s delight. You can drive up the dirt road, then pull over at the paddock and park your car. On foot you step over the rocks to cross the creek, then follow the narrow hillside trail leading to some fabulous views. You’ll hear the waterfall before you spot it. During the dry season, the waterfall doesn’t flow, but the view from here is still a delight to behold.
VISIT ST BARNABAS CHAPEL At the end of Headstone Road sits St Barnabas Chapel. It was constructed in 1880 by the Melanesian mission using stones from New Gaol ruins. While the roof is modelled on a ship’s hull, the stained windows represent the four evangelists. This well-preserved little chapel is still used today for island weddings and the odd nondenominational service.
BREAKFAST AT THE OLIVE CAFÉ Right in the heart of town, the Olive Café became my go-to breakfast spot. The Green Breakfast Bowl was the perfect start to a day exploring the island. Open for breakfast and lunch, they offer heaps of healthy options, as well as gluten-free and vegan. Everything is made fresh using local produce where possible. The eggs are a highlight and come with the Green Breakfast Bowl.
LUNCH AT THE GOLDEN ORB CAFÉ The Golden Orb Café is located down a tunnel formed by shrubs and trees, deep in the town. It’s a cosy spot to relax while sitting on the deck outside. Book-lovers will immediately fall in love with the place because there’s a bookstore attached to the café with a good range of books to browse while you enjoy your homemade lunch. The coffee here is amazing and teams perfectly with any of the freshly baked slices or muffins.
VISIT THE HILLI GOAT A visit to the Hilli Goat Farm on the north coast of the island is another must do. Not only will you learn a lot about goats, goat’s milk and the wonderful benefits of this milk, you will leave inspired by Emily Ryves’s tenacity to build a business against the odds. After receiving a Churchill Fellowship research grant in 2011,
(which is given to one of the island’s residents each year), she went to Australia to work on a few properties and learn the art of goat farming, milking and cheese-making. After more setbacks than you could imagine, including a ban on importing livestock to the island, her business finally came to fruition. Set on the most stunning backdrop of pine trees and deep blue seas, her goat farm tours include learning all about the challenges of goat farming, as well as milking and the cheese-making process. You walk through the edible gardens, meet her cheeky goats and sample some of her handmade goat’s milk skincare, developed as a solution and treatment for her son’s psoriasis. The tour concludes with a very tasty and comprehensive cheese and wine tasting. A long table is set up in the garden where you and your fellow tour-goers can sample all the various goats cheeses paired with house made fig jam, lavosh, frittata and olives. Everything is sustainable and organic where possible, and sourced from their own garden. Sublime! Tip: Go on an empty tummy!
WINE TASTE AT TWO CHIMNEY’S WINERY Two Chimney’s Winery is the first and only winery on the island, offering wine tasting and cellar door sales. Located at Steel’s Point with a wonderful vineyard set against a backdrop of tropical rainforest, this was a highlight for me. Husband and wife team Roderick and Noelene McAlpine retired to the island and created Two Chimney’s. Roderick, an ex-banker with a love of wine, and Noelene, a gifted foodie who grew up on the island, turned out to be the perfect blend. The exquisite wine is perfectly matched with Noelene’s tasty morsels. Take your appetite with you as the wine tasting is accompanied by the most mouth-
watering mezze platter of handmade produce you will ever taste! http://www.twochimneywines.nlk.nf
DINO’S RESTAURANT Located at Bumboras Road, one kilometre west of Kingston, is the infamous Dino’s Restaurant, where great food and conversation is enjoyed with owner and chef, Dino. Amid a vast acreage of greens sprinkled with lanterns and fairy lights is a restaurant converted from a home built using the island’s pines. The homely vibe is thanks to the eclectic artworks, dangling chandeliers, crackling fireplace and of course the host, Dino. You are welcomed in as if you were an invited guest coming to Dino’s house for dinner. You can enjoy a pre-dinner drink on the veranda or in the gardens before taking your seat for dinner. The kitchen is open, located in the middle of the restaurant, which adds to the energy of the place. The menu is totally dictated by what’s in season, and while it might be minimal, the food is as good as in any Italian restaurant on the mainland. The seafood risotto is a showstopper, as is the licorice ice cream for dessert. Make sure you book, as it’s very popular and you don’t want to miss this experience if you’re visiting Norfolk. I learn that Norfolk Island is a very close community and they love having visitors. It is a great holiday or a weekend getaway, especially if you want a dose of country, some salty sea air and plenty to do. If you’re a foodie, you definitely need to visit. And if you’re an adventurer and lover of the great outdoors, this treasure trove of hidden treks and trails will keep you enthralled. This island truly is an untapped piece of paradise. Air New Zealand flies to Norfolk Island from Sydney or Brisbane 5 times a week. 55
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This is gold rush country, but since the nineteenth century people have flocked here for another kind of natural treasure - the mineral springs - ‘taking the waters’ for their magical, health-giving qualities. The Spa culture that has evolved around Daylesford is what has built this vibrant town into Australia’s Spa capital. Here health seekers never run out of top-to-toe treatments to try, from sophisticated urban menus to bubbling mineral baths in copper and aquatic retreats. The region’s stunning scenic beauty with four distinct seasons - will appeal to those who like a day’s bushwalking with luxurious happy endings. An idyllic lakeside walk in town on a soft earthen pathway covered in a carpet of needles is the perfect morning ritual. Locals on their dog walk will pass you in the opposite direction, then you’ll see them again as you both return full circle. There are also the region’s parks and forests to explore, with treks for all abilities through the native forests of towering eucalypts and ferns in the surrounding Macedon Ranges. And at day’s end there’s nothing better than sliding off your walking boots for the sensory reward of a massage and a memorable gourmet meal. Alla Wolf-Tasker, the pioneering restaurateur and hotelier, opened the legendary Lake House retreat in the 1980s in the hope that Melburnians would come. They did, helping the rural town of Daylesford burst into life
as a foodie destination, like the russets, golds and flame reds of the trees every autumn. Now the artsy community, superb cuisine, wellness culture and enchanting landscape keep travellers coming back. Daylesford’s rare status as both a luxury gourmet destination and Spa mecca make it a dream destination for a game-changing stay away that helps you swoon both ways.
STAY LAKE HOUSE The iconic boutique hotel’s idyllic setting by the lake, dotted with ducks and fringed with willows, make it a magical rural hideaway, a veritable Beatrix Potter story come to life. Six acres of country gardens envelop the luxury garden lodge accommodation, new cottages and waterfront suites. The Lake House itself has the warm, welcoming ambience of a rambling country estate, with artworks, library and grand piano. The Salus Spa and award-winning restaurant that lures the foodies is at hand for guests who just want to nest all weekend. Alla WolfTasker is a local legend, having built her hotel into a premier destination 20 years ago when Daylesford was a lot sleepier than the thriving town it is today, in no small part due to her visionary passion for country living. www.lakehouse.com.au
DAYLESFORD GETAWAYS (DAYGET) Those who fantasise about owning their own country house can cherry pick from the lodgings on Dayget’s short term rental accommodation menu, from modern architectural showpieces to twee, postcard pretty cottages with a gravel drive, cosy fireplace, wisteriacovered porch, retro style kitchen and selection of lush coffee table books to curl up with. Visit the Farmers Market on the first Saturday of every month to meet the growers, play at being a local and cook in. www.dayget.com.au/illoura
HOTEL FRANGOS This downtown hotel’s unique sense of humour and style exemplifies how Daylesford celebrates boutique individuality. Fifteen individual, bijou rooms all have their own distinct appeal. From the funky 70s bach pad ‘Retro’ suite to the contemporary opulence of blue velvet in ‘Sapphire’. Return guests love to try a new suite with each visit, and the locale - slap bang in the centre of town - means you can just stroll home after enjoying dinner out. www.hotelfrangos.com.au 57
HEPBURN BATHHOUSE & SPA
SPA GUIDE HEPBURN BATHHOUSE & SPA Spa lovers have been communally bathing at this historic bath house since the end of the nineteenth century. Now travellers can luxuriate in today’s stylish, contemporary retreat - all angled, glass walls that allow views of the surrounding native bushland to flood in. This aquatic wonderland of creekside or magnesium salt therapy pools and monsoon showers draws healing, mineral-rich waters directly from the earth’s natural source, part of what makes Daylesford so special. Lying in private copper baths of bubbling, 100% pure mineral water that rehydrates and oxygenates the body, you feel like you’re winning at life, no matter what problems await outside. This treat is the ultimate self-sooth. www.hepburnbathhouse.com
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DAYLESFORD DAY SPA This intimate in-town nook, nestled amongst Daylesford’s heritage shop fronts, is perfect for a post-retail therapy treat after exploring the village on foot. A rose oil and milk spa soak can be followed up by an excellent signature Hot Stone Massage with a highly experienced therapist. Fans of Australian, biodynamically-farmed beauty brand Jurlique will love the facials, which showcase favourite cult products like the brand’s Herbal Recovery Gel. daylesforddayspa.com.au
ENDOTA SPA DAYLESFORD SAMADHI
This extraordinary space has the extensive menu that we have come to love at Endota - high-tech facials using LED light, pregnancy massage, organic and advanced facials, bodywraps and grooming. But the space is very particular to Daylesford: old stone, astonishing bunker-like architecture, a grey-moss palette and twinkling lights that mimic stars - all creating a cocoon that helps you sink into a deeply relaxed, altered state. If the apocalypse arrives, we want to face it here, in style! The owners, a brother and sister team, are bringing their young, local passion to this new addition to the Spa capital. endotaspa.com.au/find-a-spa/ daylesford
SHIZUKA RYOKAN The exquisite, rarified serenity of traditional Japanese culture is powerfully evoked as an authentic wellness experience in this oasis of calm and beauty that recreates the rural inn, a temple of relaxation. Daylesford’s lush, autumnal foliage blends prettily with the Japanese garden aesthetic, designed to symbolise mountains, waterfalls,
lakes and oceans. Surrounded by acres of Aussie bushland, home to kangaroos and echidnas, the inn casts its hypnotic spell the moment you enter. Shizuka’s hushed neutrals and traditional ambience transports guests to otherworldy Japan. After a dainty, healthy breakfast of pickles, seafood and rice, the treatment menu showcases Japan’s focus on the non-invasive healing of pressure, stimulation and stretch with reflexology, shiatsu and yoga. The pin-drop quiet serenity of the public spaces and exquisite guest rooms (there are only six) deepen the relaxation. The only pop of colour amongst the bleached-out tatami straw matting, shoji rice paper screens and low height furniture are the greens and cherries of traditional artwork depicting the Japanese natural world. Being enveloped by Japanese cuisine, design and healing is a lovely chance to experience the culture in its entirety - with the birdsong of an Aussie bush backdrop. http://shizuka.com.au/
SAMADHI OWNERS A R E H E A LT H PRACTITIONERS WHO D O D E E P B O DY WO R K A N D E X P L O R AT O R Y THERAPEUTIC PRACTICES
SAMADHI Just taking the drive out of town to the lovely Samadhi country property and strolling around the garden is decompressing, but plenty of cups of tea and life wisdom await as well. Owners Wayne and Annah are health practitioners who do deep body work and exploratory therapeutic practices for those seeking a ‘new paradigm’ for living. Other guests may simply want a massage and quiet country weekend, which they are happy to facilitate. Antique design elements add Eastern flair to the modern convenience of heated floors in this contemporary, airy retreat. samadhiretreat.com.au 59
SALUS SPA This blonde-wood sanctuary’s setting amongst the meandering, mosscovered stone and overhanging European trees of The Lake House is not only spectacular, its proximity to Australia’s largest number of mineral water springs is brilliantly incorporated as a point of difference. Guests can retreat into small outdoor cabins on stilts where they sink into deep, circular tubs lined with cedar to wallow in hot, bubbling mineral water as waterfall-fed streams tinkle outside. Any muscle aches soon melt away, with the added result of reduced fluid retention. Gazing out to the lake through the willows and
taking in the fresh country air from your treehouse perch is as idyllic as pampering gets. Afterwards, a sensational holistic massage and high performance facial like the Elemis Tri Enzyme treatment is on the menu. Salus steers away from products with lovely fragrance and beautiful packaging that do nothing substantial for your skin. The micro encapsulated resurfacing technique gently resurfaces the skin to give it an instantly flushed, smoother appearance - and have you floating on a cloud to a show-stopping dinner. www.lakehouse.com.au/spa
PEPPERS MINERAL SPRINGS HOTEL AND MINERAL SPA
PEPPERS MINERAL SPRINGS HOTEL AND MINERAL SPA Even socialising has a wellness twist in Daylesford. Hen’s groups, couples and friends gather at the mineral water Retreat at Peppers, a dedicated haven that raises bathing to a leisurely artform. Pamper yourself like a Roman empress in hot and cool fresh air plunge pools that overlook stunning, Tuscan-style manicured country gardens. Over an afternoon, a guest can work their way through a circuit of steam, lavender sauna, detox box and mineral spas. The Life Aquatic really kicks off on Friday and Saturday night 6-9m twilight bathing soirées. www.mineralspringshotel.com.au/spa/ SALUS SPA
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EAT THE FARMERS ARMS HOTEL Daylesford’s oldest pub keeps the country tradition of being a local favourite, with the update of artlined gallery walls and a smart casual pub menu. Warm bread, Mount Zero olives and a plate of homemade dumplings is a great first stop after you drive into town. www.thefarmersarms.com.au
KOUKLA Pick your meal for breakfast, lunch and dinner, overlooked by walls painted by Australian artist David Bromle and a buzzy atmosphere. The friendly home cooking with Mediterranean flair is irresistibly easy, from pizza you can fold in the hand laden with generous ingredients to healthy ancient grain salad with the gracenote of tangy pomegranate. http://cafekoukla.com.au/
BISTRO TERROIR One of Daylesford’s newest restaurants celebrates high-end bistro dining that riffs on the technique of French haute cuisine, but with a freewheeling, locavore earthiness. Generous ribbons of gamey charcuterie or lamb shanks are perfect Daylesford fare, but take the opportunity to try chef Matthew Carnell’s superb French classics, such as pork and duck cassoulet, escargots, Fondue Savoyarde and Crème Brûlée. www.bistroterroir.com.au
mimosas and a leisurely ambience are a siren call to stay all afternoon.The owners are swiftly efficient, but all smiles, serving trout dip, Meredith goats curd and warm sourdough at the bar. But The Boathouse is not just a cafe, it’s a dining destination, so don’t simply breeze in for coffee. Come hungry! Country-style heartiness and robust flavours reign: grazing plates are curated from paddock to ocean; mussels in sauce are layered in herbaceous tomato so delicious you’ll end up dunking; glossy linguine bursts with marine flavours; roast lemon and garlic chicken is crisped to perfection. With freshly glorious ingredients, the elegance is in classic simplicity. www.boathousedaylesford.com.au
CLIFFY’S EMPORIUM THE BOATHOUSE The dazzling sparkle of sunshine starbusts on a lake fringed by firs is one of the many heart-gladdening aspects of this cheery, airy lakeside restaurant. Whether sitting outside bathed in crisp air and sunshine, or perched under the vaulted ceilings,
This old-world general store is a local favourite for country breakfast amongst shelves bursting with a cornucopia of gourmet goodies. Loaf over the paper outside or nest inside and travel back in time. www.cliffysemporium.com.au
BISTRO TERROIR, O N E O F D AY L E S F O R D ’ S N E W E S T R E S TA U R A N T O P E N I N G S C E L E B R AT E S HIGH-END BISTRO D I N I N G T H AT R I F F S O N THE TECHNIQUE OF FRENCH HAUTE CUISINE.
LAKE HOUSE DINING Here the resort’s sensual decadence takes a different turn. The restaurant’s atrium-like glass walls showcase the glorious maples and birch trees and Allan Wolf-Tasker’s artworks line the walls like old friends. The menu is full of beautifully balanced, seasonal produce, locally sourced from the Macedon Ranges region, so-called ‘Victoria’s food bowl’. Local and seasonal may be buzzwords today, but at Lakehouse they are practically a religion. In fact, owner Alla WolfTasker’s personal rapport with food producers and farmers, and passion for the region, helped revive the town. There are even honorary mentions on the menu for teas, bacon or eggs (Limestone Farms). 61
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1) MARY GRACE Gingerbread Candle (60 hrs) $34.95 marygrace.com.au 2) ANTIPODES Skin Saviour Balm $19.90 (30ml) www.adorebeauty.com.au 3) OIL GARDEN Byron Bay in Lavender $25.99 (25ml), www.oilgarden.com.au 4) TOM FORD Vert Boheme $340 (50ml) David Jones 5) DIPTYQUE Tempo EDP (women) $218 (75ml) mecca.com.au 6) GIORGIO ARMANI Acqua Di Gio (men) $139 (75ml); $189 (125ml), www.giorgioarmanibeauty.com.au 7) RESIBO Nourishing Cream $59.99 (50ml) resibo.com.au 8) BODY SHOP Almond Milk & Oats Soothing Face Mask $35 (75ml) Launches 7th Oct 9) C LAB & CO Coffee Scrub $24.95 (330ml) www.core-metrics.com.au 10) JO MALONE Lime Basil & Mandarin (30ml) www.jomalone.com.au
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The organic and biodynamic produce shines, from simple pleasures such as bread, honey, sheeps and goats cheeses to delicious, light dishes like ragout of wild mushrooms or roulade of local trout rolled in summer herbs and poached, with soft duck egg dressing. But ultimately Lake House celebrates ambitious, gourmet fare: hares, pheasant and rare breed pigs and exquisite desserts (well, you may have been hiking!) like peach melba dusted with berry sherbet, elderflower and champagne jelly. The sommelier delights in delving into the impressive 10,000-bottle cellar to wine match with your selection, so try kicking back over a Mount Macedon red while you unwind by the lake. Owner Alla’s daughter Larissa, who grew up on the property and now helps run it, has noticed a trend shift in their clientele. “The wellness revolution has not been ignored at Lake House. Our guests previously came to indulge on Alla’s delicious food and the extensive cellar. The pace of work life has become so much more frantic, now people crave balance too: maybe instead of busting their belts, they’ll have small amounts of something truly delicious, rather than huge servings, and visit our Spa.” Even the degustations are of interest to healthy eaters, with a vegetarian option and 8-course tasting menu that is glorious in its variety, but crafted to make you stroll, not waddle, back to your cosy fireplace. 62 | spaandwellnessinternational.com
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7 ESCAPES T O WA R M U P AND GET WELL THIS WINTER W O R D S : R AY M O N D V I O L A
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F R O M S H O RT TO LO N G HAUL, AND FROM THE AFFORDABLE TO T H E LU X U R I O U S , DITCH THE WINTER W O E S I N FA V O U R O F ONE OF THESE FUSION F I T N E S S H O L I D AY S . HEREâ€™S SEVEN SPOTS WE RECOMMEND:
THAILAND: FUSION FITNESS AT THANYAPURA HEALTH & SPORTS RESORT
Boasting the worldâ€™s top sports and fitness coaches, make a huge difference to your training with Muay Thai boxing, weight training, TRX and tennis to leave you confident in your future game. Create your own fitness program in the state-of-the-art fitness centre alongside nutritional advice and physiotherapy to help you hit your goals.
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7 nights at Thanyapura from $1,405 pp or $1,685 for singles. Price includes breakfast, Fusion Fitness program and return private transfers.
SRI LANKA: FUSION FITNESS AT SANTANI WELLNESS RESORT
INDIA: FUSION FITNESS AT ATMANTAN WELLNESS RESORT
Situated in the rolling green mountains of Sri Lanka, Santani provides an idyllic space for a total fitness overhaul. Reinvent yourself as you choose from different activities that cover all aspects of fitness: whether a bootcamp for cardio and strength, yoga for the mind and body, or holistic Spa treatments for recovery and renewal. The menu at the retreat is nothing short of special, with locally sourced ingredients carefully prepared to cleanse your body from within.
Challenge yourself to bootcamp training, bolster your cardio and focus on mindfulness within 40 acres of Indian wildlands. Push your limits with a kick-boxing workout designed for total body toning and reward yourself with deep tissue massages, acupuncture and moxibustion. Receive guidance on postural alignment and integration, a keystone in overall health and wellbeing.
7 nights at Santani from $4,260 pp or $5,475 for singles. Price includes full board, Fusion Fitness program and return private transfers.
7 nights at Atmantan from $4,990 pp or $6,655 for singles. Price includes full board, Fusion Fitness program and return private transfers.
CYPRUS: FUSION FITNESS AT APHRODITE HILLS
TURKEY: FUSION FITNESS AT SIX SENSES KAPLANKAYA
Kickstart your fitness goals amongst the charming beaches and rolling hills of Cyprus by creating a personal fitness regime that suits your body type. Power walk along the coast and explore the beautiful Cypriot landscape, before boosting your metabolism with strengthening TRX training. For the perfect recovery, soothe your muscles and release tensions with therapeutic treatments adjacent to fragrant gardens.
Improve your stamina by blending high-intensity training with soothing Spa treatments while experiencing the rich beauty and culture of this vibrant destination. Set in a private landscape of pristine beaches and hills blanketed with olive trees, there are activities to suit all abilities and tastes including yin yoga, mountain biking, scuba diving and hiking.
7 nights at Aphrodite Hills from $1,750 pp or $2,260 for singles. Price includes breakfast, Fusion Fitness program and return private transfers.
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7 nights at Kaplankaya from $3,855 pp or $5,490 for singles. Price includes breakfast, Fusion Fitness program and return private transfers.
hydro theraphy ITALY: FUSION FITNESS AT FORTE VILLAGE
PORTUGAL: FUSION FITNESS AT PALACIO ESTORIL GOLF RESORT & SPA
Stay in shape and try a new sports discipline in sunny Sardinia, including boxing, fencing, triathlon courses or wreck diving. Thereâ€™s a choice of al fresco training throughout the 47 acres of natural surroundings, a multi-faceted gym, yoga, tennis and cycling. Make like the Romans and melt away woes in the revolutionary world of thalassotherapy.
Fulfil those wellness goals on the idyllic location of the Estoril coast, known as the Portuguese Riviera. With a warm climate, scenic views and a team of specialist trainers and therapists, finding motivation to restore your health is only a hop, skip and jump away. Recover from beach circuits, resistance and cardio training in the Asian-inspired Spa.
7 nights at Forte Village from $4,475 pp or $5,565 for singles. Price includes half-board, Fusion Fitness program and return private transfers.
7 nights at Palacio Estoril from $2,055 pp or $2,845 for singles. Price includes breakfast, Fusion Fitness program and return private transfers.
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Ovolo Inchcolm, Brisbane
JUST A SHORT 2-MINUTE WA L K F R O M B R I S B A N E ’ S CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT IS A HIDDEN LITTLE HOTEL GEM.
Step off the busy corner on Wickham Terrace and into the lobby of Ovolo Inchcolm and you’ll be transported to a place in time - when movie sirens wore fur and made smoking look elegant! And men were clean-shaven with Brylcreem shiny hair. A long, polished wooden bench with mirrored bar behind and coffee machine in front - serves as a welcome reception. Neo-Georgian sculptures and decorative archway steer you towards a comfy lounge area complete with open fireplace and plush chesterfields. Dry martini please! Once a private residence and medical practice, the building was originally constructed in the 1930s and is the foundation of the artistic concept behind the hotel. Think Gertrude Stein’s Paris salon, where Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Picasso and Matisse would comfortably rub shoulders while sharing trailblazing ideas and indulging in gourmet food and wine. The interiors are breathtakingly eclectic. The moodily-lit corridors feature an amazing collection of contemporary artworks, including photos by world-renowned filmmaker and photographer Enrique Guttenberg. The design is replete with geometric shapes and intricate
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features, regrettably now lost to minimalism in other establishments. Retro, Metro and oh so chic. The larger-than-usual rooms feature handmade wallpaper and are the opposite of the usual cookiecutter, personality-lacking style of most city hotels. Each room is a different size and all have unique design themes, yet with the same 20th century appeal. For a moment, you glimpse the world of Greta Gabo. The king-size bed is comfortable, making that journey to dreamland smooth; the bedside Negroni Kit may have helped. Each suite is equipped with a workstation, docking station and Nespresso machine. All the boxes ticked. The AppleTV and iPad allows guests to send a direct request to the concierge, while the free and fast WiFi allows you to surf the net or binge on Netflix. There is also a personalised Spotify playlist ready to bless. It’s these small details that leave a big impact. There is a free mini bar filled with quality beverages and snacks, and there is a yoga mat for your use while a guest at Inchcolm. At the press of a bedside button, the curtains open and close, with the double-glazed windows keeping the street noise from entering the room. The bathrooms are also oversized
with both a bathtub and large walk-in shower. The bath salts were enough to coerce me into the tub and sink further into the glamorous world of yesteryear. The intimate restaurant, Salon de Co bar, is located at the back of the building. It’s a cosy art deco space to enjoy breakfast or dinner seven days a week. The new menu has just been unveiled, spearheaded by newcomer head chef Andy Ashby and Ovolo’s creative culinary partner, Ian Curley. The a la carte menu features mouthwatering dishes: turnip puree, orange beuree Blanc, salted shrimp, barramundi with broccolini and many more. A snack menu that features an array of charcuterie, cheese and chickpea crackers sprinkled with celeriac and coriander is also available on demand. You can opt for the continental and exotic dishes or go simple with bacon and eggs. There
are delicious vegetarian and nonvegetarian friendly dishes. Wooden parquetry flooring, brass archways and heritage wall panelling featuring vibrant experimental and aspirational artwork continue the hotel’s artiste theme. The staff are all friendly and enthusiastic, willing to help guide your choice when there are too many good options to choose from. Like the hotel, the food is 5-star. While the city is in close proximity, I feel a world away!
1) THE LOVINGLY RESTORED FRONT DOOR OF THE OVOLO INCHCOLM 2) THE HOMELY DINING ROOM SERVING UP CREATIVE, MOUTHWATERING DISHES 3) ANDY ASHBY AND OVOLO’S CREATIVE CULINARY PARTNER, IAN CURLEY 4) THE STUNNING STEP-BACK-INTIME LOUNGE AREA TO ENJOY A CLASSIC COCKTAIL
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MICHELLE LAM IS A ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO CAN ENTER A ROOM AND THE LEVEL OF ENERGY JUMPS UP A NOTCH. SHE SPEAKS WITH LAUGHTER IN HER VOICE AND HER ENTHUSIASM HASN’T BEEN DAMPENED B Y H A R D T I M E S , O N LY A M P L I F I E D . C H I N E S E B O R N , NOW LIVING IN AUSTRALIA, MICHELLE AND HER HUSBAND RUN A SUCCESSFUL OUTDOOR LIVING B U S I N E S S , A P U B L I S H I N G C O M P A N Y, S I T O N T H E BOARDS OF CHARITIES AND RAISE TWO CHILDREN. I catch up with Michelle to find out what her secret is to keeping it all together… with a smile! Tell me about your Business (es) plural? OSMEN is an outdoor furniture business my husband Michael started in China. It was a business created out of fate, not choice. He was working in a wooden furniture factory in Beijing. It was at the time of the Tiananmen Square protests and the fall of the Chinese government as we knew it. My husband had a promising career one day, and the next there was a lot of uncertainty with all the changes happening in China. He was offered compensation by the government, which he took. It was with that compensation that he began Osmen, an outdoor furniture company. We met in 1998 before migrating to Australia in 2001. Initially, the furniture was a lower end
product, but once we came to Australia, we improved the quality and became a supplier for Harvey Norman. We started with one outdoor umbrella and evolved to supplying some of Australia’s biggest department stores including Harvey Norman, Domayne, Freedom & BBQs Galore. Today we focus on our own stores. We currently have eight retail stores, and as you know, this is a lucky number in China (said with a laugh)! What about your magazine, NewLand? NewLand was a dream. It was always a dream of mine to have a magazine. In China, you are given a lot of respect if you have good literacy skills. A magazine, a bilingual magazine, earns a lot of respect. When we arrived in Australia, I found it hard to get reliable information on schools, dentists, where to live, simple things that Englishspeaking people may not think are difficult. I felt a responsibility to my
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community, as well as my country, to provide information to help Chinese immigrants settle in their new land. And that’s how the magazine came to be. The magazine aims to bridge the Chinese and Australian cultures and provide a gateway for the Asian community into the Australian lifestyle, culture and customs. We’ve been publishing for 14 years now and the magazine is in 2,000 newsagents across Australia. I like to believe we have helped a lot of people transition into a new culture with our content. And now we are moving into social media and online. It’s bigger than I ever dreamt! You are probably one of the most energetic entrepreneurs I have met. What’s your secret to staying energised? I’m lucky enough to be surrounded by a great team. They are reliable and take a lot of the pressure off my plate.
This allows me to do things that really make me happy. I try to do Falun Gong every day, even if only for 10 minutes in the morning. I find it helps give me clarity and definitely helps with my energy levels. If I miss a morning, I really notice how my productivity and decision-making is affected later in the day. I’ve been practicing Falun Gong since I was at uni in 1998. I’ve been doing it for over 20 years now and it has helped define me as the person I am today. Falun Gong is a Chinese spiritual practice that combines meditation and qigong exercises with a moral philosophy centered around the pillars of truthfulness, compassion and forbearance. It also incorporates elements drawn from Taoist and Budhist traditions. Through moral rectitude and the practice of meditation, practitioners of Falun Gong aspire to eliminate attachments and ultimately achieve spiritual enlightenment. I hold myself to these beliefs every day. So even in times of chaos and stress, I am able to stay calm and centred. It reminds me of what is truly important, and that is our family and those we love. And it teaches us to always have hope. That has been what has driven us. We all practice Falun Gong, even the children. We try to do it as a family, but that doesn’t always happen. Particularly now that our daughter is at school in New York, USA. I feel it is really important for our children to understand compassion and the importance of giving back. What drives you? Success doesn’t necessarily drive me for more success. Kindness drives me. Even though we are busy, everyone is busy, I try to make time to do good things. Success has allowed us to give back and support charities and do lots of little things that help. I’m on the board of Lions Club and one of the fundraisers we did was to buy a new walker for a young girl. To see her smile when we gave her that walker… it touched me. I tear up now
just thinking about it. I love that, and that drives me. Everyone can give, you can give up a holiday or a night out to dinner, but to have true meaning, it has to come from the heart. If we all connected a little more from our heart, less from our head, we’d be in a better place.
S U C C ES S H AS A L LOW E D US TO GIVE BACK AND SUPPORT CHARITIES, A N D D O LOT S O F L I T T L E T H I N G S T H AT H E L P.
What has been one of your biggest lessons? I think when you come to a new country, you have to learn change. And accept that there will be challenges. When Michael and I came to Australia, with our one umbrella, we worked really hard to break into the Australian market. We were lucky we could compete on price, because we had our supplier in China, yet we also had to ensure the quality was up to Australian standards. We knocked on doors and stuck to our plan. It was literally about survival. Then - and I still remember the order coming through on the fax machine Harvey Norman wanted us to be their key supplier of outdoor umbrellas. We worked hard on that account and made sure our standards were high. We spent a lot of time understanding the Australian market and what is important - quality and style. We have literally just spent three years getting a cushion right. We started out supplying umbrellas, then in the second year we added a few more products to our catalogue.
By the third year, we were supplying 20-30 items and became one of Harvey Norman’s key accounts. We had also picked up Domayne. We were lucky to have local intel from both countries - Australia and China. We were both manufacturer and supplier, which meant we had a good grip on quality control and delivery deadlines. Then we found out that Harvey Norman were going direct to China and didn’t need us. Overnight, we all but lost our business. Thankfully we had our Osmen brand, so we quickly opened our own retail store. That was tough. We went from having to fill orders to now having to open stores, understand retail, create a brand, learn to market to consumers. It was a lot. Jump to today, eight Osmen retail stores later and now Harvey Norman, Domayne and Freedom all stock our products again. I think we all learnt lessons from that experience. And for the Harvey Normans, it was easier and more reliable to deal with us than go direct. We have the local knowledge in China and can speak the language. That helps! 71
Moving to Australia, what was the biggest challenge as a nonEnglish speaking migrant? Everything was different, nothing was as we knew it. I only knew one person, my husband. I found the language really tough. Even though we could speak some English, it was still really hard. We didn’t know the nuances and felt everything we were saying lacked emotion. So we couldn’t really say what we meant with feeling. To talk to anyone outside of work was hard. We would use the wrong expression, and there would be miscommunications, and that made it hard to form friendships. Plus, we didn’t play or watch much sport, and that is a big part of Australian culture. The majority of the people we met or had to deal with for business were really nice and very helpful, but the culture is so different. And the way Australians think is different. It was a real challenge. However, we persevered and today Sydney is home. Tomorrow... I don’t know? My mum and my sister live in Macau. Maybe, if communism was no more, then maybe we would move back to China. With my daughter in New York and my mum and sister in China (my dad passed away), I have learnt to have quality time with family. It may not be quantity, but when we are together I make the most of it. I recently (and suddenly) lost my dad and that was a shock. It really made me determined to make an effort to have that valuable time with my family back in China. I treasure what I have. Losing my dad has taught me this… we only have TODAY. Everything that has passed has passed. Let it go. Tomorrow, I ignore. I do what I can to make the most of today. You have a daughter and a son. What is one piece of advice you have given them both? Cinderella is one of our favourite movies. And I tell them to be like Cinderella - be kind and have courage. Have the courage and conviction to stand up for your beliefs and do what
you know is right in your heart. Many people don’t have the courage to say no! What new skill are you mastering? I’m always learning and taking courses. I’m currently learning Instagram to help grow the NewLand brand online, as well as SEO for our website. I really want to learn photography. I want to master that, but more for fun than work. I’m also taking golf lessons with a pro for exercise and for relaxation, although I find it quite frustrating! (laughs) What has been the hardest lesson you’ve learnt? When Harvey Norman and Domayne decided to go direct to importers. We had all our eggs in one basket and weren’t prepared to lose those accounts. And we did. We got too proud and complacent. They constantly told us and our team how excellent we were. We were hitting all of our KPIs. They said we were the best and we got over-confident. But when they decided to go direct, they took a large chunk of our business. We hadn’t given enough focus to our smaller retailers. Luckily we survived, but it was hard. But as they say, hard lessons are tough... or something like that (laughs again).
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MICHELLE’S TOP TIPS TO LIVE BY:
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Keep yourself happy. Don’t overdo it. Don’t be afraid to delegate.
Enjoy what you do – so important! If you hate your job, change it. Important to understand it is ok to say No. If you can’t or you’re not willing, then say NO! Let your family know you love them and appreciate them. If you work with your partner, think of them as a person, not your husband. (You don’t argue with people you work with, but you might with your husband). Play to your strengths. Spend time with your mum and dad, as you don’t know when they may not be there.
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With the rise in pollutions outside and coming into flu season, your home could benefit from the Ionmax Breeze ION420 Air Purifier. The state-ofart filtering system removes dust, smoke, pollens, mould spores, bacteria and other allergens from the air, leaving it pure for your breathing pleasure! The ioniser also neutralises negative ions making it handy for the home-office. Easy to use, quiet and super light to move from room to room, this is the best appliance I’ve invested in for a while. www.andatechdistribution.com.au/products/ ionmax-breeze-ion420
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The good folk at Garmin have designed a Smartwatch with all the features we love about Garmin in snazzy looking timepiece. Vívomove HR is a stylish hybrid smartwatch featuring a touchscreen with a hidden display. Real watch hands show the time and dynamically move away when you swipe through your messages, heart rate and more. It counts your steps and calories while monitoring wellness, including all-day stress tracking² and advanced sleep monitoring. From $299
PROBIOTICS Probiotics are an important component of good gut health but not always easy to slip into our diet – especially our kids. However, what if you could enjoy it in a delicious cultured ice cream? The Cultured Ice Cream Company have created a divine gelato, which is dairy-free, grain-free, sugar-free and made from 30 per cent kefir cultured water. This healthy coconut ice cream contains around four billion colony forming units of good bacteria and yeast strains in every 100 gram serve. Good for your gut and make your taste buds dance. Available in five flavours from www.healthylife.com.au
A scoop of Lavender Bath Milk by The Earthy Minimalist will transform your bathing ritual into something suitable for Cleopatra - who loved to bathe in milk. The exquisite natural and organic ingredients of milk powder, magnesium, Tasmanian lavender flower and Tasmanian lavender oil soothe tired muscles and calm the senses. The little lavender buds can be gently massaged into skin to release more lavender oil, further hydrating, and exfoliating too. $55 www.thestore.com.au/lavender-bath-milk-220g
HIGHS OF HOI AN https://vespaadventures.com/hoi-an-tours
SMELL and enjoy the best of Hoi An’s street foods with Vespa Adventures. Kicking off as the sun sets, you ride pillion on a vintage Vespa along the river, through alleyways and weaving the busy streets around this ancient heritage town. You taste some of the best local dishes and street food on offer. Pull up a milk crate and share lotus dumplings on the sidewalk.
HOI AN IS AS RICH IN CULTURE AS IT IS IN COLOUR. SO MUCH FOOD FOR THE SENSES. ALL THESE EXPERIENCES CAN BE ORGANISED BY FOUR SEASONS NAM HAI, HOI AN. https://www.fourseasons.com/hoian
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TASTE The Nam Hai Cooking Academy, where chef Tran Thi Hong shares the secrets of the world’s healthiest cuisine in the Resort’s professionalgrade facility. Daily changing themes span from Hanoi’s haute cuisine to Hoi An’s street food, with each day’s course supplemented by an excursion to a place of culinary interest including the fish markets, local farms and rice fields.
NAM HAI EARTH SONG
Experience a profound connection to the Earth when you HEAR â€“ and feel â€“ the sound of eight synchronised, quartz-crystal alchemy bowls.
http://jacktrantours.com/2-fishermen-palm-paradise Join a Fishermen and Palm Paradise tour for a centuries old insight into traditional fishing and paddling techniques along the Cua Dai River and palm-flanked waterways. Be TOUCHED by the stories of survival and enjoy the company of your cheeky, insightful guide.
SEE the lights, lanterns and candles that are synonymous with UNESCO-protected Hoi An. The two other UNESCO sights in Vietnam are My Son ruins and the Imperial City of Hue, both close in proximity to Hoi An. My Son is considered to be one of the best preserved Cham sites in Vietnam. Strategically located in a lush valley surrounded by towering mountains, My Son was continually inhabited for 900 years, longer than any of the other sites of the great idealised civilisations of South East Asia. 79
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Your biological age is an entirely different matter. You have the power to peel away months, even years, from your body so that your appearance matches the particular age you decide to adopt. When you do tell all (that you’re prepared to admit), even those who know you well won’t think to question your veracity. The most important factors involved in holding back biological ageing are keeping your arteries young and building a strong immune system. The following dietary and lifestyle changes will help achieve both objectives, while also taking into account the range of factors outside our bodies that have an equally powerful influence on physical and emotional health: •
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Smoking kills. Even if it doesn’t kill you, it ages every part of your body. So quit. The biological age of a heavy smoker is up to 12 years greater than someone who has never smoked. Go easy on alcohol. A glass or two of red wine each day can be beneficial, but any more can set the stage for hypertension, strokes and damage to the heart muscle, leading to congestive heart failure. The biological age of a 55-year-old who has 3-6 alcoholic drinks per day is up to 5 years greater than someone who only drinks one per day. Exercise regularly. Keep your weight within the correct range for your height Fresh fruit and vegetables contain hundreds of disease-preventing phytochemicals and are rich sources of vitamins, minerals and fibre. Make them the main part of your diet to reduce your biological age by one year. Eat 9 half-cup servings per day, chosen from across the colour spectrum. Whether it’s bread, pasta, rice or other grains, use wholegrain. Limit your intake of red meat, salt, sugar and caffeine. Go with the good oils like olive and safflower. Limit your intake of saturated fat (ie. any fat of
animal origin). Skip margarine completely because of the dangerous trans fats that are formed when unsaturated fats are hydrogenated to make them solid at room temperature. Studies show that the more trans fats a person consumes, the faster the cardiovascular system ages. Take nutritional supplements. Antioxidant and free radical fighting vitamin C and the heart healthy vitamin E are the most important. Take 1,000 mg of vitamin C and 400 mg of vitamin E. These vitamins work synergistically, empowering the other to do a more effective job. Taking these vitamins regularly can reduce your biological age by up to 3 years. Use natural vitamin E with mixed tocopherols and vitamin C combined with flavonoids for optimum results. Another important supplement is folic acid, or folate. 400 micrograms of this B vitamin every day helps reduce the level of homocysteine in your blood. A clear link exists between high homocysteine levels and arterial ageing. A similar link exists between high folate levels and arterial health. By supplementing with folate every day for 3 months, you can reduce your biological age by up to 3 years. Keep your bones young by getting plenty of calcium. Low fat dairy products are an excellent source, as is broccoli. In China, women
use bone soups. Slowly simmer a whole (preferably organic) chicken in water for 3 hours with one tablespoon of lemon juice to help extract the calcium. Strain, skim and use as a base for soups. Also take a daily 1,000 mg calcium supplement. Reduce your exposure to environmental toxins. Install water filters on taps, buy organic produce, use environmentally friendly laundry products and cleaners, and use natural pest control methods. Learn to deal with the greatest ager of all – stress, including financial and job stress. Become a life-long learner. Going to school actually makes you younger, and it certainly keeps the brain younger. Regular sex with a caring partner takes years off your biological age. Get a good night’s sleep every night. Your body needs time to rest and regenerate. Develop a supportive circle of friends - people who nourish your soul and are a pleasure to be with.
YOUR SKIN’S AGE Test your skin’s age by pinching the back of your hand. If it springs back quickly, it’s in great condition. The longer it takes to return, the poorer its condition. Sun is the greatest cause of skin ageing. Slather sunscreen on whenever you are outdoors. But remember, 81
shrink. Avoid pulling or tugging your hair, which aggravates the loss. The herb horsetail is wonderful for the hair and the skin. There’s some wonderful hair products available now to strengthen hair too!
sunlight is not completely evil. It is essential for producing vitamin D, which helps the absorption of calcium, and is also necessary for eye health. So make a point of spending 10-15 minutes in the sun each morning, without sunscreen. Free radicals damage the skin by destroying the membranes encasing skin cells and by accelerating the breakdown of the skin’s underlying support structures - the collagen and elastin fibres. When this support weakens, the skin starts to slacken and sag. Vitamin C taken internally stimulates the production of collagen. Vitamin E fights free radicals on the skin’s surface, as well as internally. For the world’s best anti-ageing face cream, pierce a capsule of vitamin E, mix the oil with a dollop of face cream in your palm and apply to your face. (Test first on your inner elbow for reactions).
Adults are more vulnerable to root cavities. From around the age of 35, receding gums expose a portion of the tooth not coated with protective enamel. In time, teeth become loose, which can lead to extraction. Here’s what to do to keep your teeth: • Visit the dentist twice a year for a checkup and clean • Brush your teeth 2-3 times a day for about 3 minutes • Floss daily and carry a supply of toothpicks to use after meals • Use anti-plaque toothpaste • Avoid whiteners containing peroxide, which is bad for the enamel • •Receding gums cause sensitivity to hot and cold by exposing dentine - the layer under tooth enamel, so periodically use toothpaste for sensitive gums, which takes about 2 weeks to coat or desensitise the dentine
YOUR CROWNING GLORY Gum disease affects 95% of adults. It is caused by the build-up of plaque around the gum line. Inflammation of the gums can lead to loosened teeth and bone loss.
Hair loss in women usually starts around menopause. It tends to gradual, starting above the temples, or else thinning all over as hair follicles
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Diseases such as cataracts, macular degeneration and glaucoma can strike as you get older. Have your eyes tested annually by an optometrist, who will check for disease. Don’t smoke and stay away from second hand cigarette smoke. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables for their antioxidants and carotenes (the substances responsible for their colour). Lutein, found in corn, has been found to guard against macular degeneration. Supplements of vitamins C and E will offer additional support in preventing eye disease. The herb bilberry strengthens the vessels around the eyes. For those who spend their days working on a computer, standardised liquid bilberry extract relieves eyestrain and also protects against glaucoma and macular degeneration. With age, you may find that your arms suddenly get shorter and you just can’t seem to hold your book far enough away to read it!
WAIST-TO-HIP RATIO The apple-shaped body, where fat settles around the middle rather than on the hips, is dangerous for both men and women. Belly fat in both sexes has been linked with cardiovascular disease, hypertension, elevated cholesterol and triglycerides, diabetes and, in women, endometrial and ovarian cancers. This simple test helps assess the risks in your shape. Measure your waist and your hips at their widest point, then divide the waist measurement by the hip measurement. Say your waist is 64 cm and your hips are 92 cm. 64 divided by 92 gives a ratio of 0.7. Because women’s hips are usually wider than men’s, their ratios will be lower. Men should have a ratio of 0.9 or less, while women should have a ratio of 0.8 or less.
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This focus on scent’s powerful connection to our brains and its potential to heal, soothe and delight is “making consumers hungry to learn more about how it can be leveraged for health and wellbeing,” says Matthias Tabert of International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF), a leading innovator of scent. Of course, the concept of aromatherapy, or using scent to treat disease, is a centuries-old practice. However, what’s old is new again thanks to huge leaps in technology, fragrance development and neuroscience studies, including new formulations; cleaner and greener ingredients; and more sciencebased research encouraging medical professionals, health insurers and skeptical consumers to take another look at this age-old treatment. Companies like Aeroscena, based in Cleveland Clinic’s Innovations Lab, are literally redefining and relabeling aromatherapy. The company has trademarked the term “phyto-inhalants™” to describe its line of plant-based aromatherapeutics formulated to specifically treat health symptoms, such as pain, nausea and anxiety. The company, which boasts a medical advisory board that includes the likes of Dr. Michael F. Roizen, chief wellness officer of the Cleveland Clinic, is pioneering the concept of clinical aromatherapy in the US (other countries have been more open to aromatherapy’s use). Founder Mark Kohoot says they are bringing legitimacy to aromatherapy’s folklore through large-scale medical studies that provide evidence-based proof that scent can stifle pain (a study is currently happening with patients receiving knee replacements), improve sleep, alleviate morning sickness, and relieve anxiety. In the US, insurance companies won’t cover natural remedies without FDA approval; a hurdle Aeroscena is working to overcome in its quest to bring clinical aromatherapy to market. Aromatherapy 2.0 ticks all the boxes today’s consumers care about, including 100 percent
natural ingredients, transparency, sustainability and evidence-based results. And the natural essential oil market is expected to grow at a rapid pace, reaching $13 billion in 2024 thanks, in part, to an aging population looking for natural solutions to combat what ails them as well as a growing demand for natural essential oils in beauty products.
MENTAL WELLNESS Because the brain hatches memories in conjunction with smell, it’s been discovered that scent can play a healing role for people suffering from neurological disorders, such as dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Interestingly, scent is featured both in the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s— losing the sense of smell is often an early symptom of the disease—and in its treatment: Scent therapy can help ground and comfort people with short-term memory loss by triggering positive memories from their past. For example, a New York nursing home partnered with scent innovators at IFF to create a “memory” kiosk called “Scents of the Game,” featuring six distinct scents that can be found at a baseball game with the goal of triggering long-forgotten memories for residents with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Smelling a hot dog, baseball mitt or popcorn not only connects them to the joy they felt
visiting Yankee Stadium in their youth, but this sensory therapy also serves to stimulate their minds and gives them a reprieve from the disorientation they feel in their daily lives.
SCENT AS FLAVOR “Eighty percent of what we taste is what we smell,” says Karen Stanton, Director of Global Marketing & Branding for Taste, IFF. It makes you imagine a world where scent can create no-calorie eating and drinking experiences. One real-world example of this comes from SZENT, a company that has developed water bottles featuring collars infused with natural oils that, as you smell them, turn plain, zero calorie drinking water into something else entirely. “Flavors” include tangerine, tropical, pineapple, mint and passionfruit and are available on Amazon right now. In Singapore, an innovative bar and restaurant called the Tippling Club has patrons choose their drink by scent instead of reading menus. Taking SZENT’s concept to the next level, imagine alcohol-free cocktails based purely on the smell…no hangover, no guilt—all wellness.
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as a differentiator, and new properties, such as Anantara Quy Nhon Villas in Vietnam and the just-opened Fendi hotel in Rome (Fondazione Alda Fendi Esperimenti), are taking the luxury of scent to another level by letting guests personalise their room’s aroma from a scent menu. Just as intriguing is a new deeper focus on the “bottling” of the scent of a place, allowing you to take home that “holiday” feeling or the relaxation from your last spa visit in the form of a candle or skin-care product. With the scent of your recent vacation wafting through your home or office, your mind and body are transported back to a state of relaxation. Scent’s ability to transport us to other places is used to great effect in multisensory experiences in spas that are designed to chill us out and calm us down. From experience showers to multisensory pods to float tanks, spas are deploying scent to trigger subtle changes in our bodies, such as lowering heart rate and blood pressure, improving breath, and triggering positive memories for stress reduction. been aware of its ability to tap into consumers’ brains for years. What is different is a growing acceptance that “olfactory logos” are a must to complete a brand’s identity. Fun olfactory logo fact: In 2018, Hasbro (US) patented the “scent of childhood” by winning a trademark for its iconic scent of Play-Doh (one of only 13 scent trademarks ever issued by the US Patent and Trademark Office). There is an exploding industry of scent specialists vying for a brand’s marketing dollars to create signature scents as businesses big and small recognise that smell registers in our brains first—before sight, sound or touch. The goal is to either get you to buy more, stay longer, or come back. It appears to be money well spent: Studies show that consumers have a much better experience and are likely to stay somewhere longer and spend more money if the experience includes scent. In fact, shoppers tend to stay 15 minutes longer in locations that are pleasantly scented, and that translates into spending.
Advancement in scent technology will start impacting product development in interesting ways. For example, studies show that the longer women can smell their hair-care products, the more likely they are to stay loyal to them. Don’t be surprised if scent scientists develop some way to layer time-released beads of scent into personal care products so that users can get a whiff of that “just washed” smell all day long. Another hair-care innovation comes from HAI Beauty Concepts, which launched a new line of blow dryers that infuses every blow out with the sweet scent of jasmine (with more scents to come).
SCENT OF A PLACE Unsurprisingly, the hospitality industry was among the first to register the impact scent can make on brand loyalty. If you’re a frequent traveler, signature scents are likely the reason you feel more at home at a Westin versus a Marriot hotel. Boutique hotels have smartly gravitated toward scent
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SCENT EXPLORED IN ART Ambitious multisensory art exhibits that focus on the sense of smell are helping us come to a greater understanding about the role aromas have in shaping our perceptions. Polymorf, a Dutch design collective, created an award-winning art installation entitled Famous Deaths, which seeks to recreate the last breaths of famous people, such as JFK and Whitney Houston. And a recent New York exhibition entitled Avant-Garde explored how scent can create richer experiences. One installation, Dialect for a New Era, partnered a perfumer and a linguist to explore the notion of expanding language beyond words by associating signature scents with them. For example, push a button for the “collective moment of déjà vu,” and you’ll get a whiff of birthday cake. Valeur Absolue’s Harmonie line is infused with ingredients designed to soothe, nurture or inspire passion, including the scent of Areaumat
perpetua, a natural extract linked to the release of feel-good endorphins.
FUNCTIONAL FRAGRANCES “The future of fragrance will be using scent to ‘biohack’ our brains and bodies to perform better,” says Sputnik’s DeLuca. For example, researchers at Stevens Institute of Technology revealed that the scent of coffee alone might help people perform analytical tasks better, suggesting a placebo-like effect of caffeine. Don’t be surprised if the pleasant aroma of coffee brewing permeates your workspace in the near future! The Nue Co, a UK natural supplement company, has created the first anti-stress supplement that can be worn as a fragrance. Dubbed “Functional Fragrance,” the new scent is unisex and was developed using data insight and research into the connection between cognitive function and the olfactory system. The research of scent’s impact on learning and cognition will flourish over the next few years. Already, studies of rosemary’s effect on cognition indicate that being exposed to the aroma helps people perform mental tasks faster and more accurately. And, a positive side effect is the feel-good factor of aromatherapy: The subjects’ moods improved with exposure to the rosemary aroma.
SCENT IN THE WORKPLACE Using aroma in workplaces as an invisible mood enhancer—both for employee satisfaction and productivity—is on the rise. A Japanese company found that while lavender and jasmine soothed employees, diffusing a lemon scent was able to increase their productivity by 54 percent. Rachel S. Herz, assistant professor of psychology at Brown University, writes that people who work in the presence of pleasantsmelling air set higher goals and are more likely to employ efficient work strategies. People are more creative in problem-solving when exposed to a pleasant scent.
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mother’s hometown in India (saffron, black violet, rose, raspberry and vetiver blended with leather); “Mojave Ghost” seeks to bring the soulful beauty of the Mojave Desert alive in the form of soft notes of sandalwood, Chantilly musk, violet and magnolia; while best-seller “Gypsy Water” evokes time spent in nature, conjuring images through the scent of campfire, mingled with pine needles, lemon and juniper berries. Swiss perfumer Valeur Absolue has added a new wellness dimension to its fragrances, infusing them with ingredients designed to soothe, nurture or inspire passion. They are using what could be called the “stealth” scent of Areaumat perpetua, a natural extract of the flower that is linked to the release in the body of feel-good endorphins. You can’t consciously smell it, but it stays at work in the background. In addition, Valeur Abosolue’s Harmonie line fuses ingredients, such as neroli and Earl Grey tea, vanilla and woody notes, to soothe and calm and adds another touch of wellness in the form of semiprecious stones resting at the base of the bottle to shake in before you spray. Feel-good fragrances abound in this new world of scent. Simple pleasures in the form of the scent of crackling fires, flannel shirts, and unfiltered smells of the forest bring us back to “real” life wherever we are. Though comforting, they are complex—such as D.S. & Durga (US) Amber Kiso, which co-founder David Moltz described in a New York Times article as “an oldworld base of vanilla and myrrh and holy Japanese woods, like hinoki and maple, the kind that ritual samurai would rub on their blades.” Another upstart brand, Heretic, has created a liquid version of the traditional sage smudge stick, designed to “combat stale or negative energy.” The perfume leads with white sage combined with juniper and violet leaf to create a heady blend that calms and soothes.
Swedish brand Byredo’s understated scented candles and perfumes are inspired by founder and artist Ben Gorham’s recreations of people and places. “Black Saffron” recalls the smells, tastes and colors of his
Experts from the Global Wellness Summit identify future directions for the $3.7 trillion wellness industry. This is an extract from the 2019 Global Wellness Research
A study by Scotland’s University of Stirling found that people choose fragrances that complement their natural scents, indicating that we instinctively choose a scent to work in tandem with our individual body odor and pheromones. An example of this comes in the form of Glossier You, a “skin smell enhancer” that is billed as the ultimate personal fragrance in that the major ingredient is the smell of your own skin, which is enhanced with subtle base notes. “One of the clearest signs of wellness and attractiveness is having a really great personal scent. When we’re at our healthiest, our bodies emit a certain scent—one that attracts a mate at an instinctual level—and, when you’re sick or unwell, you’ll smell completely different,” said DeLuca of Sputnik. “Bottling the ‘scent of self’ will be the luxury fragrance of the future.” The vast array of androgynous and disruptive scents hitting the market is also part of the personalisation craze. We are seeing a massive cultural shift that is being mirrored by scent. Not only did Abercrombie & Fitch do away with the manly smell of Fierce in their stores, but they also replaced it with one of their new gender-neutral scents. This craze toward olfactory experiences that aren’t either “pretty and pink” or “musky and male” is everywhere. Unisex scents are flooding perfume counters everywhere as subtle, intriguing olfactory experiences disrupt not only gender norms but also our expectations of personal fragrance. This new “smart” diffuser by Scentee is controlled by a smartphone so users can change the scent according to their mood—or schedule a bedside diffuser to activate in the morning with an energising aroma.
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A long time ago, we bred staunch men - heroes, adventurers, engineers, scientists, rationalists and mathematicians. These men were ‘doers’ not ‘be-ers’. Apart from the few enlightened souls who looked inwards for adventure and conquest, the do-ers looked outwards for lands, wealth and seas to travel. It was a time when men were logical, stern and grounded by material possessions. They provided. Emotions? Forget about emotions. Emotions were for the women, or for those men who were weak. Of course, a few poets and philosophers were granted the right to have emotions, along with the fools of the day, but mostly we wanted men to make things. And to break things. They get up in the morning, slave away all day and return home in silence and internal decay. Waxing lyrical about our feelings has no time or place. For thousands of years, we men have been trained to be stoic. Stiff upper lip. Numb the pain. Don the mask. Hide the emotion. Don’t present on the outside what is felt on the inside. And how has this worked out for us? Well, from my personal experience, and for a lot of men, not great. Yet to give meaning to our lives, or to give quality time to our partner, family or friend, we need to explore our emotions and learn to carefully maneuver the sharp turns, climb the highs and traverse the lows. I spent the majority of my twenties hiding my emotions, my fears, my demons, my angels and anything else that was ’un-manly’. I locked them away in a vault where nobody (especially me) could see or feel. Instead I focused on the hero’s journey, toiling away for the gold at the end of the rainbow. If I could just get this or that, it would be alright. So I accumulated things, built businesses and worked like a galley slave so there were bigger houses, more money in the bank and larger companies. And when I achieved at 30 what I thought I wouldn’t achieve until 65, life came crashing down. And I did what
many men do; I started to drink and T H E I R P A I N I S R E A L . A N D P E R E N N I A L LY party like each day T H E Y A R E T O L D : B I G B O Y S D O N ’ T was my last. Why? C R Y. B U T W E C A N D R I N K , D R U G A N D Because the image D I S T R A C T O U R S E LV E S . on the outside was polar opposite to anything that numbs the pain, be it what I was feeling buying stuff, watching stuff, drinking on the inside. I was hiding my stuff or stuffing ourselves. emotional-less mask with another! However, I feel a sense of optimism As I continued to hide my emotions, in my bones. I see the rise of men being or drown them in beers, I slowly lost vulnerable, seeking counselling and grip of what was real and important. The opening up to their partners and their downward slope was slippery and very mates. I myself have witnessed men steep. Fortunately, I had more to live for on trips where beers brought on tears, than not, and so began my journey to rather than the animalistic traits that find myself. compound our fates. Cut to today, after years of counselling, My book Break Up, Break Down, Break and I now help other men who are on the Through is a series of musings and poetry same path of self-destruction where I about the difficulties of grieving. I lost was once a frequent flyer. someone a year ago and for the first I don’t know how many times I have time, instead of jumping into the arms held men in tight hugs over the last of another partner, I stopped and cried five years, as a friend and volunteer and poured it all onto the page. I went counsellor. Their pain is real. And inside, avoided the usual comforts and perennially they are told: big boys went on a spiritual journey. I did this for don’t cry. But we can drink, drug and two reasons. The first, I recognised, for distract ourselves. once, was that I needed to go through The Western illusion of materialism, the process completely and wholly and also known as the American Dream, is by myself. And the second, I wanted to just that - a dream, an illusion. Getting practice what I preached; that it’s ok to be things seems a rational biological vulnerable. And to encourage other men impulse designed for survival. Maslow to be vulnerable too. taught us that. But how much is enough. Don’t let those resident emotions and And at what cost? demons that sit below the surface stay In my novel Death of an Entrepreneur, there. Confront them. See a counsellor. I write about a protagonist preferring Talk to your friends. It’s not weak. Quite to work than go home to be with his the opposite really - it’s strong! wife and children. Why? Because going home means being present. It means I’ll leave you with a line from my book: connections. It means opening up. It means vulnerability. It means having relationships. And you cannot have a relationship unless it is a REALationship. That means feelings, emotions, thoughts THERE ARE TEARS ON THIS and spirituality must be explored. And PAG E … B U T T H AT ’ S O K ; I T ’ S many men are ill-equipped to do this. As Nietzsche pointed out: “We have PA I N L E AV I N G M Y B O DY. killed God”. This can be translated in many ways, but one simple expression is that we have replaced spirituality with materialism, which can often lead to Nihilism, or in other words being devoid Geoff’s books are available at of meaning. So we gorge ourselves on www.geoffolds.com 89
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QUINOA BERRY BREAKFAST BOWL
1 cup quinoa (or oats) 2 cups water 1 tablespoon coconut oil 1-2 tablespoons coconut sugar 1/2 cup berries or fruit of choice Drizzle with coconut milk
Cook quinoa according to package directions. While still warm, add coconut oil. It will melt as you mix it around. Then add coconut sugar. Add berries of your choice and drizzle coconut milk over the berries. Enjoy!
Q U I N O A ( P R O N O U N C E D K E E N -WA H ) H A S T H E H I G H E S T N U T R I T I O N A L P R O F I L E A N D C O O K S T H E FA S T E S T O F A L L G R A I N S . I T C O N TA I N S A L L E I G H T A M I N O A C I D S T O M A K E I T A C O M P L E T E P R O T E I N , I S H I G H I N B V I TA M I N S , I R O N , Z I N C , P O TA S S I U M , C A L C I U M , A N D V I TA M I N E . I T â€™ S G L U T E N - F R E E M A K I N G I T E A S Y T O D I G E S T. A N D P R O V E N T O S T R E N G T H E N T H E K I D N E Y S , H E A R T, A N D L U N G S 91
Recipes DAIRY-FREE YOGURT BREAKFAST
1 cup vanilla coconut yogurt 1/4 cup gluten-free granola 1/4 cup fruit of your choice 1/4 teaspoon flax seed meal or chia seeds 1 teaspoon raw honey
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk 2 ripe bananas, peeled and frozen 1 ripe avocado, peeled and pitted 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 teaspoon cardamom powder 1 tablespoon chia seed 2 cups spinach 1 tablespoon coconut nectar or 1 packet stevia (optional)
Layer yogurt, granola, and fruit. Then, sprinkle with flax seed meal or chia seeds. Top with raw honey or stevia.
MORE THAN QUINOA CEREAL
1 cup cooked quinoa 1/4 cup hemp or plant milk 1 tablespoon tahini 1 tablespoon raw, organic honey 1 teaspoon cinnamon Cook quinoa according to package instructions. Once the quinoa is light and fluffy, pour in remaining ingredients and stir until mixed.
1/2 - 1 cup almond milk, oat milk, or coconut water as your base 1 handful frozen or fresh blueberries 1 banana 1 tablespoon extra virgin coconut oil 1 tablespoon hemp seeds 1 tablespoon chia seeds 1 pinch of cinnamon OPTIONAL: Add 1 tablespoon raw honey, if you need to sweeten smoothie. Add all ingredients to your high speed blender and blend until creamy.
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Add coconut milk to your blender. Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender. Blend and enjoy.
This can be blended as a smoothie as well. 1½ cups coconut water 1 head romaine lettuce, chopped 1 handful spinach 3 stalks celery 1 pear, cored and chopped ½ lemon ½ bunch parsley (stems okay) 1 apple, cored and chopped Place all ingredients in a blender with a few ice cubes and blend on medium speed until well mixed (around 30 seconds).
TIP: A JUICE FIRST UP IN THE MORNING IS A GREAT WAY TO GET FRESH NUTRIENTS AND LIVE ENZYMES INTO YOUR BODY. THE PERFECT WAY TO START THE DAY!
GOODNESS ON THE RUN TIPS: LOOK FOR A GOOD MEUSLI OR GRANOLA - LOW IN DRIED FRUIT AND SUGAR, HIGH IN OATS, SEEDS AND NATURAL INGREDIENTS. POP IN A BOWL OR JAR (FOR IN THE CAR) AND LOAD IT UP WITH PLANT MILK AND FRESH FRUIT. TICKS ALL THE BOXES AND TAKES 2 MINUTES TO PREPARE. 93
Recipes CHIA PUDDING SPICED KALE SCRAMBLE
1 tablespoon coconut oil 2 large eggs 1 cup kale, chopped 1 teaspoon turmeric powder 1 teaspoon garlic powder Sea salt and pepper to taste Heat the coconut oil in a skillet. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs. Add chopped kale and spices to the skillet. Cook until slightly wilted. Then, add whisked eggs. Sauté until the eggs are firm.
3 tablespoons chia seeds 1 tablespoon shredded coconut 1/2 cup berries 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk Combine all ingredients in a bowl and chill in refrigerator until the chia turns into a pudding consistency, about 20 minutes. Add a scoop of protein powder for an extra boost of energy if you need.
GLUTEN-FREE BANANA FLAX PANCAKES
serves 2 HEALTHY MAPLE NUT GRANOLA
2 cups raw, whole rolled oats 1 cup sliced raw almonds ½ Shredded coconut ¼ cup raw sunflower seeds ¼ cup raw sesame seeds 2 tbsp maple syrup (100% maple syrup, preferably grade-b) 1 tbsp cinnamon 1 tsp coconut oil (aka coconut butter) ¼ tsp vanilla extract 1 large pinch fine sea salt Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix well with your hands so everything is coated. Don’t worry if the coconut oil is solid, the heat from your hands will met it down. Spread the mixture onto a baking sheet and bake in a moderate oven for 10 minutes, until very lightly toasted. Let it cool and then can be stored in a jar in the fridge (or somewhere cool) for up to 2 weeks. Eat plain, with some berries, a dollop of greek yohurt or a splash of almondmilk - whatever makes your taste buds sing.
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1 banana 1 tablespoon vanilla 2 tablespoons flax meal 2 tablespoons coconut oil 2 cups coconut milk 2 teaspoon lemon juice 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan pink or Celtic sea salt 1 teaspoon baking soda 2 teaspoons baking powder 2 1/2 cups all-purpose gluten-free flour or oats Blend all ingredients in blender until smooth. Coat a pan with coconut oil or vegan butter. Pour ¼ cup of batter into the pan. Wait until bubbles form before flipping the pancake with a spatula (about 3 minutes). If bubbles don’t form, the pan isn’t hot enough. Flip the pancake and cook until brown
TIP: EGGS ARE A GREAT BREAKFAST CHOICE AND VERY SUSTAINING. COOK THEM SIMPLY - BOILED, POACHED, LIGHT FRY IN GOOD OIL OR AS AN OMELETTE. SERVE WITH LOTS OF FRESH VEGETABLES LIKE SPINACH, TOMATO AND AVOCADO AND FLAVOUR WITH HERBS SUCH AS PARSLEY, BASIL OR CHIVES. MUCH BETTER THAN SOMETHING MAN-MADE OUT OF A BOX TO START YOUR DAY.
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SOMETIMES BEAUTY IS OUR BESTIE BECAUSE T H E R E I S N OT H I N G L I K E C O LO U R TO H E L P U S G L A M U P A N D E X P R E S S A M O O D ; AT O T H E R T I M E S , I T I S
T H E H E A L I N G P OW E R O F LOT I O N S A N D P OT I O N S T H AT T R A N S F O R M U S , M A K I N G B E A U T Y O U R M O S T S E N S I B L E A L LY.
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AFTER THE CHILL OF WINTER GIRLFRIEND NEEDS T O R E P A I R . T H AT M E A N S D R E N C H I N G T H I R S T Y S K I N , H A I R A N D N A I L S W I T H N AT U R A L O R N E X T- G E N , H I G H T E C H A C T I V E S T O TA R G E T S P E C I F I C C O N C E R N S . W AT C H O U T P O R E S , P O L L U T I O N A N D TA N G L E D H A I R – T H E S E P R O B L E M S O LV E R S A R E C O M I N G F O R Y O U .
1 APOTCARE Serum Hyalu Repair $120 www.mecca.com.au 2 SKINCEUTICALS C E FERULIC $188.32 www.skinceuticals.com.au 3 PAULA’S CHOICE Charcoal Gel Mask $37.99 www.paulaschoice.com.au 4 PAULA’S CHOICE Shine Stopper Matte Finish $35 www.paulaschoice.com.au 5 O COSMETICS Rebalancing Cream Eye Correct $92.00 www.adorebeauty.com.au
6 CLARINS Neck Cream $120 www.clarins.com.au 9
7 NERIUM Eye-V Hydrogel Patches $75 www.nerium.com/au
8 PETER THOMAS ROTH Un-Wrinkle Eye Cream $138 www.sephora.com.au 9 RATIONALE SKINCARE Immunologist Skincare $163 www.rationale.com 14
10 NAPOLEON PERDIS Anti-Pollution Toning Essence $49 napoleonperdis.com 11 ANTIPODES Saviour Skin Balm $14.99 www.priceline.com.au 12 J’ADORE Moisture Mask $45 jadorehairsupplies.com.au 12 O&M Know Knott Conditioning Spray $31.85 www.adorebeauty.com.au 13 DU’IT VE Vitamin E Face Cream $12.95 www.duit.com.au
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W H I L E L . A . I S T H E C E N T R E O F G R AV I T Y F O R SHOWBIZ, WHERE GLITZ, GLAMOUR AND RED CARPET APPEAL REIGN SUPREME, IT IS THE B E AU T I F U L P E O P L E O F B E V E R LY H I L L S T H AT A R E W O R L D R E N O W N E D A S T H E FA I R E S T O F T H E M A L L . A P I O N E E R I N G W E L L N E S S A N D B E AU T Y I N D U S T R Y H A S B U I LT U P TO C AT E R TO T H E M O V I E S TA R A N D M O G U L C L I E N T E L E , M A K I N G T H E S E L E G E N D A R Y, M A N I C U R E D S T R E E T S A FA N TA S T I C S PA A N D S A LO N H U B F O R T R AV E L E R S . I N T H I S LO C A L E , LU X E PA M P E R I N G I S D O W N R I G H T N E I G H B O U R LY. H E R E A R E O U R TO P P I C K S I N T H I S FA B L E D , W E A LT H Y P L AYG R O U N D , F O R O U T- O F-TO W N E R S LO O K I N G TO S TA R I N THE ALL ABOUT M E S H O W.
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THE SPA AT BEVERLY WILSHIRE
This bijou gem is tucked away in chic Italian hotel Mr. C (for Cipriani’s, the legendary Venetian hospitality dynasty). The hotel is a discreet favourite of stars who love the residential location, away from the shopping frenzy of Rodeo Drive. The chic, modernist design and on-arrival Bellinis cast an immediate spell, and beautifully mannered, handsome Italian staff are the ultimate mood elevators.
It’s your turn to be cast as the lead at Rodeo Drive ground zero, the Beverly Wilshire - the iconic hotel that has already celebrated its 25th anniversary as the backdrop to everyone’s favourite adults-only fairytale, Pretty Woman. The lobby is as sumptuous and ornate as ever, in keeping with the hotel’s original 1920s flair.
The spa’s miniature scale means that once you book a treatment, you pretty much have the whole space to yourself; the waiting room is like a private cabin to stretch out and unwind in. There are lots of grace notes – mani-pedis come with a herbal neck wrap, cue more complimentary Bellinis. Not that anyone walks in L.A., mind you, but the Travelers relief Massage is a great addon treatment to redress our oft-neglected back, neck and twinkle toes – reflexology, scrubs and lymphatic massage are also brilliant for Aussies after that long flight. Try an aromatherapy steam and Keracell Facial and Body Wrap, which reinvigorates you from top to toe during hours of skin nourishing bliss, before that great local ritual: poolside loafing and star gazing (and outdoor cinema every Summer).
The spa’s chandeliers-and-champagne locale is celebrated with a cheeky wink: compacts on sale sparkle and glitter with rhinestones; staff are friendly and fabulous. No-nonsense facials focus on lifting and firming, favouring clinical actives such as retinol and signature Black Diamond Powder, attracting a loyal local clientele who maintain a flawless skincare regime. The Lunar 28 Treatment even spans 28 days of exfoliating, brightening, resurfacing and pigmentation removal - sloughing off the old you faster than a first wife. www.fourseasons.com/beverlywilshire/spa/
THE PENINSULA SPA It can be hard to raise one’s beauty game while on the road but time spent in the marble temple-like atmosphere of ‘The Pen’, one of the world’s most beloved luxury brands, will soon melt away care. The stunningly appointed spa showcases the Peninsula’s focus on comfort and classic luxury, the perfect refuge. Nestling in amongst the lounge’s creamy neutral palette with a ginger tea after a bracing session in the eucalyptus steam room is self-imposed diva treatment. So is walking out the door looking immaculate: the mani and deeply decadent ‘Perfectly Peninsula’ pedi is like a treatment in itself. Hands and feet will be so beautifully scrubbed, hydrated and massaged, you won’t be able to resist raising your pinkie over your teacup at the legendary Afternoon Tea downstairs. www.peninsula.com/en/beverly-hills/wellness
VICEROY L’ERMITAGE The private, peaceful setting of this low-rise gem on a tree-lined avenue creates a residential atmosphere - local directors and actors treat it as their own pied de terre, where they can hammer out many a movie deal. But inside the intimate rooftop spa with district views, only the birdsong filters through. The massage program focuses on deep relaxation and detoxification including a Sports or Deep Tissue, while the more sensual, rejuvenating Ayurvedic Massage incorporates a Hair and Scalp conditioning that feels hypnotically languorous and leaves you zinging and tingling. The Superfruit Body Peel packs in the goodies, only this time the pomegranate, mandarin, goji and acai aren’t in your breakfast bowl, but are used as exfoliating enzymes to buff and scrub skin to smoothness. Leave aside time to enjoy the rooftop pool views around the district. www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/en/beverlyhills 101
THE VIRGINIA ROBINSON GARDENS
SPA ON RODEO Nothing says Beverly Hills heartland quite like Rodeo Drive. Nestled amongst the bijou boutiques, designer labels and power lunches of the magic triangle, this oasis beckons after all that retail therapy. The Day Spa caters to both ends of the beauty spectrum. Organic, earthy Californian decor, reflexology and massage all rejuvenate; cupping targets cellulite and a sluggish lymphatic system the ancient way, a nod to your inner hippie. Yet the spa also taps into modern modalities with high tech injectibles to soften the effects of aging and body procedures like Coolsculpting (which freezes fat to hasten fat loss). Finish off with a mani-pedi and you’ll be battle ready for your next splurge. www.thespaonrodeo.com
LEA JOURNO SALON AT BEVERLY WILSHIRE
We believe that one of the most pleasurable ways for wellness seekers to earth themselves and stir the soul is to enjoy a beautiful garden, whether wild or guided by human hand. The glorious Virginia Robinson Gardens surround the very first luxury estate built in Beverly Hills, home to the heir to a department store fortune and his formidable, spirited wife Virginia, who hosted Charlie Chaplin for tennis and helped create the botanical paradise that we can ramble through and enjoy today. Happily, the estate was bestowed to Los Angeles County so that one and all can make the guestlist and enjoy a peek on a guided tour. You can almost hear the band play at those glittering Hollywood parties as you wander through six acres of cascading blooms in yellows, mauves and vermillion. Cypresses are lined like sentinels, as if in honour of the grandeur of the preserved mansion and ornate pool pavillion. Balustrades, an Italian terrace tiered into the hillside and a fountain fringed by cycads all conjure the chic of the former inhabitants’ storied lifestyle - whereas a field of wildflowers and magnificently tumbling bougainvillea speak to Virginia’s wild side. This gem, located behind the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel but once the neighbourhood’s pioneering property, marries Golden Age glamour and a little time travel with the glory of the natural world. www.robinsongardens.org
LA’s reigning aesthetic is ‘rich-girl hair’ which means glossy, with great highlights: fried or over-processed locks just won’t do. Celebrity stylist Lea Journo tends the tresses of clients such as Ellen DeGeneres, Brad Pitt and Kate Bosworth, from her poolside perch at the historic, iconic Beverly Wilshire. “The chair never lies, darling,” a Lea Journo stylist tells me, as he whips my hair up into a polished mane with preternatural speed, in the white salon dotted with aquamarine chairs overlooking the pool. I mentally add another zero to my visual bank account. “This is like a second home for hotel guests, actresses, wealthy wives and everyday locals - they feel comfortable hanging out with a glass of wine and having a gossip. They love the privacy off the street and great light.” Highlights, lowlights and extensions are the preferred look – big hair rules, but with the editorial edge of Journo’s magazine background. “Sexy, big, moveable… but during event season, we also have huge demand for really polished up-dos, so there is a red-carpet element, too.” The salon also provides day or nighttime make-up for that biscuity, sable/tan/bronzed high-polish look that says kissed by fortune, as well as the sun. You’ll walk out with soigné but sexy hair that swings as you sashay down Rodeo Drive. www.leajournosalon.com 102 | spaandwellnessinternational.com
THE BEVERLY HILTON POOL The largest heated pool in Beverly Hills has all the ‘60s retro charm of an itsy bitsy, teeny weeny, yellow polka dot bikini. The refurbished poolside cabanas come to life at cocktail hour, flooded with party lighting as Beach Boys-era hits pipe throughout the hotel to start the party. Synchronised swimming optional. www.beverlyhilton.com
B E V E R LY H I L L S
1) ROC EYEWEAR Showtime, $55, roceyewear.com 2) PULSAR Womenâ€™s Watch 50 metre $199, ww.pulsarwatches.com.au3) La Mer Moisturising Gel Cream, $445 (60ml), www.mecca.com.au 4) SISLEY Le Phyto Rouge, $68 , www.sisley-paris.com.au 5) YSL Or Rouge Face Cream, $498, www.yslbeauty.com.au 6) LOVEHONEY Parisienne Plunge Longline Set, $64.95, www.lovehoney. com.au 7) PETER THOMAS ROTH 24 Carat Gold Mask, $108 (150ml), www.sephora.com.au 8) CHLOE Nomade Eau de Toilette, $145 (50ml), David Jones and Myer 9) Garbo & Kelly Gloss and Lip Definer Kit, $49, www.garboandkelly.com 10) JADORE 100% Boar Bristle Brush, $49.00, jadorehairsupplies.com.au
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B E A U T Y B U R S T S I N T O B LO O M W I T H S P R I N G F R A G R A N C E A S F R E S H A S G L I S T E N I N G W E T P E TA L S . C H O O S E F R O M I C O N I C R O S E , T U B E R O S E O R J A S M I N E A N D R A L P H L AU R E N ’ S D E L I C I O U S , S P R I N G P I C N I C -W O R T H Y P E A R , R H U B A R B A N D B L A C K C U R R A N T. O R T R Y A N E W TA K E O N B O TA N I C A L S - B U D S S U S P E N D E D I N O R G A N I C E S S E N T I A L O I L S ; G U C C I ’ S I N N O VAT I V E R A N G O O N C R E E P E R A N D J O M A LO N E ’ S M O D E R N T W I S T O N R U R A L H O N E Y S U C K L E , T R A N S F O R M E D I N T O A M O S S Y, M O D E R N C H Y P R E .
1) JO MALONE Honeysuckle & Davana, $98 (30ml), jomalone.com.au 2) SALT-SCENT in Goddess Glow, $24.95, www.saltbyhendrix.com 3) TOUS Bonjour Senorita, $45 (100ml), Priceline 4) MOR Pomegranate Hand & Nail Cream, $32.95 (125ml), www.morboutique.com 5) AMOUAGE Imitation Woman, $399 (100ml), www.libertineparfumerie.com.au 6) GUCCI Bloom EDP, $182 (100ml), www.gucci.com/au 7) CHANEL Gabrielle EDP, $174 (50ml) 8) GIVENCHY Live Irresistible Blossom Crush, $121 (50ml) 9) GUERLAIN Mon Guerlain Florale EDP, $140 (50ml) 10) ARTISAN PARFUMEUR Mont De Narcisse EDP (100ml); 11) ELIZABETH ARDEN My Fifth Avenue EDP, $82 (100ml), www.elizabetharden.com.au
TA K E Y O U R T R E AT M E N T H O M E
WORDS: CLEO GLYDE
G R E AT L O C A L A N D G L O B A L S P A V I S I T S N O T O N LY B O O S T Y O U R W E L L B E I N G W H I L E O N T H E R OA D - T H E Y A R E YO U R E N T R É E TO N E W B E AU T Y LOT I O N S , P OT I O N S A N D C O S M E T I C C O LO U R T O I N C O R P O R AT E I N T O Y O U R B E A U T Y R O U T I N E . FA C I A L S , B O D Y T H E R A P Y, E V E N M I N E R A L M A K E O V E R S C A N H E L P Y O U F I N D T H E K E Y TO B R I N G I N G YO U R G LOW H O M E - T H E P E R F EC T S O U V E N I R .
THE BYRON AT BYRON, BYRON BAY Australia’s most iconic coastal chillout zone has its own retreat from the town’s party side. Its distinctively oversized pool and pretty patch of rainforest are the retreat signatures, so allow plenty of time for loafing and – if à deux – try the signature Rainforest Couples Retreat treatment. Unusually, it begins with a guided meditation walk into the heart of the rainforest, allowing the greenery and birdsong to lull you into a relaxed state before a Jindilli lime blossom body scrub and 90-minute massage. Try the spa’s own specialty range - local, coldpressed macadamia oil by Jindilli, central to all body treatments. The spa also stocks an internal organic skincare range from The Beauty Chef: powders and liquid packed with skin nourishing, gutfriendly prebiotics and probiotics to turbocharge your smoothie. www.thebyronatbyron.com.au
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Antioxidant Inner Beauty Boost $25 (500ml) www.thebeautychef.com www.nourishedlife.com.au
MISS FOX, MELBOURNE Nothing sums up Melbourne’s more soigné sophistication better than its most sophisticated day spa, where femininity is positively feline. Forget earthy - Miss Fox accentuates unabashed glamour. Velvet lounges, champagne, low lighting and black lacquer floors concoct a retro spell on Little Collins Street, while beauticians in slinky tight skirts and lash extensions tend to the city’s fashionistas over three floors worth of beauty and grooming. Medi-facials, glow rituals and massages rejuvenate, with only the most on-theme, indulgent products and cult items; the spa is also prized by Melbourne fans for its bespoke ‘finishing’ events service with bronzing, waxing, brow shaping, a blow dry and a makeup artist on the menu means Miss Fox clients always go to the ball. Professionally applied makeup, showcasing Jane Iredale’s entirely natural mineral colour palette adds polish without compromising on the spa ethos of nurture and nature. Options range from light 15-minute touch-ups ($45) and a full event look ($150) to a tutorial in professional brush and colour technique that ups your game with pro skills ($110).
JANE IREDALE Pure Lip Gloss in Crabapple $47 www.janeiredale.com.au
AMY JEAN EYE COUTURE, SYDNEY, MELBOURNE, GOLD COAST, BRISBANE. One of the best natural cheat techniques for women who love to look makeup-free on a resort holiday but still want to boost straight and/or sparse lashes is a tint and Lash Elevate Keratin Treatment ($130) that ‘perms’ or lifts existing lashes, opening up the eyes without the artificiality or high maintenance of eyelash extensions, which aren’t ideal for swimming. The plush, sumptuous environment of Amy Jean’s specialised salons is designed to be as fun and pleasant as a spa treatment. You sink back on cloud-soft beds and cosy up under a blanket as the beautician’s hummingbird hands work on your eyes. Results are instant: lusciously lifted and curled lashes that no longer need poolside touch ups. Keratin also has the bonus of nourishing and strengthening your own lashes over time (the treatment includes a take-home keratin solution. Those with pale, downward-pointing lashes will love waking up ‘done’ from dawn to dusk. AMY JEAN Eye Couture Collection Lash Elevate Mascara $35.00
THE STABLES AT MOUNT LOFTY HOUSE, ADELAIDE This adorable colonial-era gem in an intimate converted stable is the place to take tea and unwind while on a country drive in Adelaide’s lushly beautiful hillside garden suburbs. Signature Red Velvet Cupcake chocolate tea, made by a local herbologist, lulls travellers with the ambience of organic luxury that the warmth of natural stone helps create. Hydrating Australian Waterlily products add aromatic, sensory delight; an exfoliating massage uses cane sugar and molten nut butter to melt muscles and moods as well. Deeply hypnotic pro facials with homegrown Waterlily products leave skin wafting with the scent of spiced maple, forest floor woods, seeds and oils as facial muscles are soothed and stimulated with a hand massage. The Vino Rejuvenating Facial is perfect for S.A. wine country: shiraz and grape seed are formulated to repair skin - without the hangover. And the Waterlily range is a fragrant, beautifully formulated botanical boost to take home. www.stablesdayspa.com.au WATERLILY Lime Caviar Sugar Smoother $43.64 (250g) www.waterlilyskinbodyspa.com.au
THE PARK HYATT, MELBOURNE This is the perfect inner city nest for a staycation that leaves the city at your feet: take your daily stroll in the Fitzroy Gardens and walk into the beating heart of cosmopolitan Melbourne within minutes. Such pedestrian-friendly accommodation has the perfect antidote: a spa treatment focused on your feet, that oft-neglected part of the body that does all the heavy lifting.
USPA Desensitising Elixir $60 (30ml) www.nourishedlife.com.au www.uspa.com.au
Relieve the burden with a Grounding Foot Ritual (30mins, $100) that exfoliates dead skin away, treats tired muscles with a foot and calf massage and awakens circulation with ingredients designed to reinvigorate. Australian brand USPA blends exquisite and naturally sourced power ingredients like coffee, sea kelp and almond, targeted to body and spirit and free from sulphates, parabens, mineral oils, synthetic colour and fragrance. Post-treatment, luxuriate in one of Australia’s most elegant pools with Roman style mosaics, another way to decompress from the buzz of Melbourne’s famous laneways and shops. www.hyatt.com/Park/Melbourne
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PENINSULA SPA & WELLNESS, HONG KONG Dress circle views of Hong Kong’s iconic harbor and skyline flood through the expansive spa’s VIP private spa suites, Roman-inspired pool and even the sauna - as energising as the menu’s scrubs and Ayurveda oil treatments. Espa’s natural, organic balms are whipped into soothing, soufflé textured moisture for fresh, post-sauna skin. ESPA, www.skincarestore.com.au
GILLIAN ADAMS DAY SPA, SYDNEY Make a day of it in this Art Deco compound with a delicious healthy lunch menu, an aquamedic pool and Babor’s Supreme Sea Creation Facial - a 2-hour slice of oceanic heaven. The therapist uses tiger conch and coral stone to massage in nutrient-rich pearl protein and green algae to drain toxins and make skin glow. Babor’s heavenly, alcohol-free rose tonic (with apple water) is the perfectly softly, softly takeaway for everyday use at home. www.gillianadams.com
BABOR Cleansing Rose Toning Essence $57 (200ml) www.au.babor.com
B E AU T Y B AG Cleo Glyde Beauty Editor
POOLSIDE GLAMOUR S TA R T T H AT P O O L P A R T Y G I R L F R I E N D : I T â€™ S T I M E T O G E T YO U R F I N A L F I X O F S U N , S U R F A N D S A N D W I T H C LO U D L I G H T F O R M U L A S T H AT M A K E B E A U T Y A B R E E Z E . B R O N Z E R G L I D ES O N A S M I L K , S U N - K I S S E D S K I N G LOWS W I T H G E L- L I K E V E I L H Y D R AT I O N A N D H I G H - P E R F O R M A N C E P R O T E C T I O N K E E P S U V R AY S AT B AY. P A R T Y I N G P A S T S U N S E T ? T H R O W O N A ( H A U T E B O H O ) C A F TA N , S W E E P O F WAT E R P R O O F M A S C A R A , I L L U M I N AT O R A S I N C A N D E S C E N T A S A P E AC H B E L L I N I A N D A S P R I T Z O F S PA R K L I N G S C E N T
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1) ELEMIS Body Cream, $85.00 (200ml), www.elemisaustralia.com. au/ 2) KAT VON D Metal Crush Liquid Highlighter in Rose Shock, $42, Sephora.com.au 3) PAULA’S CHOICE RESIST SPF 30 with tint, $39, www.paulaschoice.com.au 4) RATIONALE SKINCARE Beautiful Skin SPF50 - C2, $85 (30ml), www.rationale.com 5) SEIKO Padi Men’s Diver 200m, $1650, www.seikowatches.com/au-en 6) SISLEY Self Tanning Body Skincare, $140 (150ml), www.sisley-paris.com.au 7) LANCOME Monsieur Big Waterproof Mascara, $47, www.lancome.com.au 8) PETER THOMAS ROTH Blue Marine Algae Mask, $73 (150ml), www. sephora.com.au 9) O & M Surf Bomb Sea Salt Spray, $27.45 (150ml), www.sephora.com.au 10) PALM BEACH Sea Salt Candle, $39.95 (420g), www.palmbeachcollection.com.au
SKINCARE MOVEMENT WORDS: MICHELLE REEVE
“ S M A L L- B AT C H PRODUCTION, WITH ITS OVERTONES OF FRESHNESS, POTENCY AND ARTISANAL C R A F T S M A N S H I P, HAS BEEN BIG NEWS IN THE FOOD SECTOR FO R T H E PAS T F I V E Y E A R S . N O W, T H E P H I LO S O P H Y I S B E I N G EMBRACED BY THE BEAUTY INDUSTRY A S T H E N E X T S TA G E I N T H E E VO LU T I O N O F N AT U R A L A N D O R G A N I C .” THE FUTURE L A B O R AT O R Y
In an age where instant gratification, automation and immediacy drive our digital world it’s easy to forget that sometimes to cultivate something of quality it can take more than technology. Some things demand the most precious, limited and elusive resource known to man. The one thing money can’t buy. Time.
The surge in the slow food movement over the past decade has seen a revival in whole foods prepared in time honoured traditions. This is not just about taste. Beyond gastronomy we want to know not just how food is prepared; we want to be assured that care and consideration has accompanied each component on its journey. From paddock to plate, we want to know there is awareness and attention to the heritage of the ingredients we consume. Not only does this protect the integrity of what we eat, but accounts for the energetic, moral and environmental contract we have with our planet. Slow food preparation ensures food is fresh, authentic and nutritionally dense. It safeguards and savors the elements that nourish us. It also eliminates the preservatives, synthetics and fillers that give the convenience of shelf life but then can render food lacklustre. Global trends indicate that the beauty movement is adopting the same mindful green behaviours to ingredient selection and preparation. We want to know not only what is
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in our products but where these ingredients have come from. And importantly, how they were extracted. Ultimately we want to know the story behind how our skincare has been manufactured, and to align with the values of these companies. The Future Laboratory Report from 2016 states that, “growing health concerns over synthetic chemicals are turning consumers away from mass produced, over-processed cosmetics and towards fresh, smallbatch concoctions with ingredients that address their safety concerns and avoid the need for preservatives.” One of the cornerstones of the slow skincare philosophy is how each and every product and ritual is nurtured into being. Artisan crafting is how Aromatherapists have been creating emulsions for millennia. And now to capture freshness and product purity this is exactly how a unique group of Australian skincare companies are embracing the manufacturing process. This savvy group of industry leaders understand that this approach is not just about product safety but boosts effectiveness to intensify results. It’s the millennials who are leading the charge in green beauty. Social and environmental awareness aside, they realise that the skin is an organ just like any other and it demands the same nutritional principles of health. Ingredients rich in essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, trace elements, antioxidants, enzymes; the compounds
that are the precursors to the cellular building blocks that nourish, protect and age-proof our skin. They realise that small hand-batched manufacturing processes protect the integrity of these precious nutrients. It’s this intensity in purity that promotes real transformation in the skin to deliver the glowing results we want to see. Naturopath and Founder of Clemence Organics, Bridget Carmady, understands the importance of what we apply to our skin. “Our bodies absorb 80% of what we put on it. I use a naturopathic approach when it comes to creating my products based on the body’s inherent ability to heal itself”. She goes on to explain, “each product is formulated to support the body’s healing process using both traditional and scientifically validated nutritional and herbal medicine.” Slow skincare understands that nutritional potency in our cosmetics has a protective effect on the skin. These are the cofactors that make it more resilient to the lifestyle factors that promote ageing. Omveda is a leading Ayurvedic skin body and hair care range of products formulated to traditional Ayurvedic guidelines. The result is a holistic treatment range created from fresh ingredients which are juiced, pulverized and compounded through manual process following strict Ayurvedic principles. To reflect this authenticity, Omveda Skincare takes 28 days to prepare the infused herbal oils used within their formulations. This time honoured practice not only reflects the botanical integrity but maximises potency for ultimate effectiveness. Company Founder and Director, Yasmin Sadikot explains the heritage of her brand, “traditional artisan crafting necessitates generational and indigenous knowledge”. And the proof of efficacy is in the pudding. “Over millennia our formulations have stood the test of time to prove their effectiveness.” The freshness of ingredients protects the therapeutic benefits of each ingredient to provide an active skincare solution. Synthesis Organics is hand crafted in the picturesque village of the Byron
OUR BODIES ABSORB 8 0 % O F W H AT W E P U T O N I T. I U S E A N AT U R O P AT H I C APPROACH WHEN IT C O M E S T O C R E AT I N G MY PRODUCTS BASED O N T H E B O DY ’ S INHERENT ABILITY TO H E A L I T S E L F. Bay hinterlands. Creator and founder, Theme Rains, showcases the slow skincare philosophy perfectly. “Artisan crafting takes time. It’s a labour intensive process focused on providing quality over quantity. So why do we do it?”. She continues to explain, “the advantage of artisanally crafting in small batches for our customers, is that we are able to ensure our skincare is as fresh as possible when they receive it, and avoid the need for synthetic preservatives”. At Waterlily, we know that that you don’t need to sacrifice visible results to protect your health. Clean and green cosmeceutical formulations are now combining intense plant based infusions with clinically tested active ingredients to combine a corrective solution while age proofing the skin. We use a hand batched double blending method to ensure that the more volatile antioxidants, vitamins, omega oils and essential oils are protected from heat;
one of the reasons that the Waterlily rituals are so aromatic. There is no longer a disconnect between the whole foods we consume and what we put on our skin. In the way fresh plant based food nourishes our inside, we are now demanding the same benefits within our skincare. To connect us to the principles that replenish, nourish and support us. So the recipe for beautiful skin appears to be simple but not easy. Take a blend of precious botanical ingredients. Cold press to protect freshness. Layer with authenticity. Mix slowly with intention. Assemble with care. And the not so secret sauce? You guessed it… Time! Artisan crafting in progress. The Future Laboratory is one of Europe’s foremost brand strategy, consumer insight and trends research consultancies. The Future Report 2016.
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