Phuket Challenge: Arrival at Paresa

I departed from Hong Kong International Airport on a Friday evening. My arrival in Phuket was delayed by nearly one hour because of heavy traffic. Oh, what a long and tedious flight . . . Nobody bothered to make an announcement about the delay. But it explains why – just as we were expecting to …

Balinese Spa Named World’s Best

Readers of Conde Nest Traveller magazine have named Thermes Marins Bali Spa as the world's best. “It’s a great honor to win Conde Nast’s highest award in this prestigious survey of international travelers,” says Ayana’s Michi Sonoda, director of spa and business development (Japan). “The spa industry worldwide has undergone significant change in recent years …

How to Keep Fit at Sea

Ocean cruises used to be associated with a sybaritic interlude long on indulgence and short on fitness. There has been a marked trend toward holistic health holidays in recent years, however, and cruise lines are no exception. In addition to fine dining and entertainment, you can expect fitness facilities, personal trainers, classes in Tai Chi, …

Detox & Rejuvenation: Days Six and Seven

I woke up even earlier than usual this morning. The Love Kitchen hadn't opened yet so I decided to go for a walk before breakfast. I thought I would head to the beach to watch the sun rise, but I wasn't sure how to get there. I wandered down the road past lovely resorts – …

Detox & Rejuvenation: Days Four and Five

I fell into a comfortable routine. I would awake early, stroll over the the Love Cafe, and partake of a healthful breakfast. Because I overextended myself during a hot yoga session on my third day, I had to give up yoga, but I continued with my daily laps for the rest of my stay. Following …

Detox & Rejuvenation: Day Three

My second evening without alcohol and for the second night in a row, I found myself unable to keep my eyes open. Once again I found myself putting my book on my nightstand, falling asleep with the lights on, awakening just before dawn. Was I falling into a comfortable new routine? Following another yummy breakfast, …

Detox & Rejuvenation: Day Two

The Absolute Sanctuary in Koh Samui, Thailand, offers three types of programme. In addition to detox, it also has rejuvenation and spa packages. I went to bed thinking of how much I enjoyed my Last Supper. How often do you get the chance to eat healthy and nutritious food that actually tastes good? I've always …

Detox & Rejuvenation: Day One

I woke up earlier than expected. After showering and shaving, I headed to the Yoga Centre, where I took part in Pranayama, or meditation, yoga for 30 minutes. I had my first detox drink while waiting for a consultation with a wellness consultant, who conducted a kinesiology priority check, took my blood pressure, and measured …

Detox & Rejuvenation: My Last Supper

This was to be my last supper. Or so, at least, I thought. I checked into the Absolute Sanctuary, which bills itself as “Thailand's Premier Detox & Yoga Resort”, late in the afternoon. Located on a gentle hillside with a view of the ocean in the distance, the Koh Samui-based resort is a Moroccan-inspired boutique …