Quiet Times at Qualia

The location is stunning, the sun’s reflection glitters on top of the pristine blue water, the lush palm trees extend their arms to welcome you to paradise… and then you arrive at Qualia… I think the phrase ‘Oh My God’ was a tad over-used during my time here. Although the inflection on the statement varied […]

Evason, Hua Hin and Six Senses Spa

Stop looking for a destination that suits everyone: families, couples, wellness warriors and the solo traveler…. Yes, it does exist… and I’ve found it! Just a short 25-minute drive south of Hua Hin (which is a great town for shopping and eating 230 kilometres southwest of Bangkok, and the oldest beach town of Thailand) there is a tiny squid-fishing village called Pranburi. And on the coastal outskirts of this village is THE DESTINATION for all. Evason, Hua Hin and Six Senses Spa. […]

A Must do Before You Do!

Stephanies’ Spa Retreat Words Fiona Sefton From my first experience at Stephanie’s Spa Retreat – stepping through the magnificent 200-year-old Spa doors – I knew this was going to be the perfect place for my journey. A journey that would take me from stressed, anxious ‘Miss Fiona’ to blissfully relaxed ‘Mrs Fiona’ in only a […]

The Farm at San Benito

Detox in Paradise Words Kris Abbey You could be absolutely anywhere in the world, yet you feel totally disconnected from it … and boy, it’s nice! My enriching experience at The Farm begins before I arrive. Once my booking is confirmed, I receive an email asking me to complete a comprehensive health questionnaire to provide […]

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Riding the New Wave of Wellness Never before has so much money and time been devoted to taking care of ourselves. Gym fees, organic vegies, massages and alternative therapies, essential oils and candles, life coaching… the list goes on. Wonderful, enlightened understandings fuel our enthusiasm and resolve to make a positive change for ourselves. So […]