We trust the LUXE lovelies weren’t alone in toasting 2014 a little heavier and a little hazier than planned, so this week we’re dreaming of luxury detox retreats like only Asia can offer. Kate and Naomi favourite Chiva Som, situated in the coastal Thai town of Hua Hin, has been cleansing the rich and famous for almost 20 years and can still be found on most ‘world’s best’ lists, thanks in no small part to its customisable programs from 3 nights to 3+ weeks, tasty raw-ganic cuisine, indulgent spa and not-quite-so-indulgent, but totally-cleansing hydrotherapy treatments. A-list absolution doesn’t come cheap though – 3-night stays for one start at a cool THB 90,000 (USD 2,700)!
73 / 4 Petchkasem Rd, Hua Hin, Thailand. T: +66 32 536 536. W: chivasom.com
Welcome back to our weekly LUXE Links, in which we source some of the week’s best reads from around the web and around the world. This week, a fashion show on ice, Mexico City’s best street food, and a rooftop thermal bath overlooking Zurich. Get clickin’, chickens!
Once a brewery, now a Zurich boutique hotel with an 11,000 square-foot spa and rooftop thermal bath. [Urban Daddy]
Why the Moncler Grenoble show was one of our New York Fashion Week favourites [Style Bubble]
A photo tour of the many delicacies at Noryangjin Fish Market in Seoul [Seoul Eats]
Zip-lining, jet-skiing, and good ol’ sunbathing at these 10 South American getaways [Huffington Post]
From tacos and nopales to Japanese shabu shabu, seven must-hit eateries in Mexico City [Eater]
New year, new you, but after the excesses and shenanigans of the festive season, we could all do with a little help putting our best face forward. There’s no need to head for the scalpel just yet, a fantastic facial will get your derma firmer and add a spring to your step. Here are five spas and facialists who’ll banish baggy and saggy and have you refreshed, glowing and ready to take on 2011. Chin up!
The LUXElife Travel Q&A
Who are you, and what are you wearing?
Geraldine Howard, president and co-founder of Aromatherapy Associates, a UK company specialising in aromatherapy products and treatments for spas all over the world. I am wearing one of my very own blends of essential oils called Revive Evening Bath & Shower Oil, great to revive and uplift my spirits in the late afternoon or early evening.
Bali needs another luxury villa resort like its roads need another pothole, but we’re suckers for personal amenities, and the Alila Villas Uluwatu’s goodie pack caught our attention, not because it’s from a hugely expensive international brand, but because each sleek and gorgeous villa comes with a heap of natural his and hers lemongrass-based Spa Alila products, all made in Bali, and with a deliciously high swipe factor.
There once was a time when pleasure was a two-handed massage in a darkened room with whales singing in the background. Then simple, yet terrific outfits like our faves Jari Menari and Spa Hati in Bali turned us into drooling fools with the introduction of utterly blissful four-handed massages. Well, there was simply no going back. But then came…