1o days, 10 facials: Bali’s Best Anti-Aging Facials

Whether you need to polish and plump for a night out or are looking for treatments that will last longer and continue to improve your skin tone and complexion, Bali has the remedy.

Ayurvedic Marma Point Facial

Where: COMO Shambhala Estate

Why: Did you know that our face consists of several nerve and pleasure-centers?  With this knowledge, COMO’s holistic facial offers so much more than your usual cleanse, scrub and mask. It consists of an incredible facial massage enhanced by the gentle pressing of ‘secret’ points that encourage circulation, lymph flow and muscle tone – not to mention deep and profound relaxation.  The result? Nourished skin and a calm mind.

How much: 60 minutes | Rp 1,600,000++

What else: COMO Shambhala Estate offers an array of wellness therapies inclusive of yoga, Ayurveda, Oriental Medicine and Pilates – all combined with nutritious cuisine to facilitate deep and lasting wellness.

PH: +62 361 978 888   Email: csestate@comoshambhala.com

The Platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP)

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Six Bali Massages that will rock your world…

#From the divine ila-spa chakra ceremonies to Como’s redigital detox style, these are six of my favorite massages to try when in Bali…

Everyone’s talking about the Gold-Infused Royal Massage treatment delivered in the Private Suite at this in central Seminyak spa. The massage is delivered with 24k gold massage oil, semi-precious stones and rosewater. What makes this one memorable is the over-the-top opulent interiors inspired by Persia, Egypt, India and Morocco. The Kicker: To create the right music for this massage the founder of Prana, Jim Elliot, took a boat to a remote area in Papua and recorded natural ocean sounds and bird noises. Read our latest post 


When it comes to blending spa with wellness, then the spa at Peppers Seminyak have something good going on!  Love both the Symmetry Massage and Detox Massage here (their spa consultant knows their stuff) but it’s their comprehensive juice and nutrition programs that are creating a buzz. Feel like a booster? Why not check into a 3 or 7 day Wellness Retreat where you not only get to experience the signature massages but will reap the benefits of daily yoga, colon therapy, breath, meditation and nutrition classes – all while staying in luxe villas plus your choice of either healthy meals or juice fasting – depart with a glow!   Read more


This unique massage begins with therapists performing a warrior ritual inspired by traditional Indonesian ‘silat’ martial arts to get the ci moving. Therapists then roll, press and massage warm bamboo sticks across your body to stretch out and soothe your limbs and ligaments. Feels so good! Read more The Kicker: Outside guests who join in on the morning yoga have complimentary access to the steam room, hot and cold plunge pools, detox oxygen chamber and swimming pool facilities.


Ever since Alila opened in Ungasan, I’ve been a fan of this brand and they have never let me down yet. Their signature offering is the Therapeutic Massage that is a blend of Balinese, Swedish, Acupressure and Thai techniques. It’s an exceptional sequence from start to finish and on the menu at all Alila spas in Bali. Finish up with an invigorating Vichy shower to get your skin singing. The Kicker: Therapists undergo on-going training in anatomical physiology, nutrition and meditation and know what they are doing.


Trust me this signature massage is one of the best on the island as it is a real wellbeing massage. The sequence is unique and has been thoughtfully curated to reverse the effects of our digital lifestyle. For example, the movements counter how our body caves forward or inwards that gives lasting results. Not to mention, COMO is one of the most beautiful retreats in South East Asia. INSIDER TIP: Practitioners are trained to understand your body at a glance and follow their intuition to deliver a personalised experience.

Como Shambhala Estate

This article was first published in www.threesixtyguides.com 

Water Wellbeing: Where to go for the most ‘wow’ water wellbeing treatments and destinations….

Healing through water—whether through steam, ice, compress, and bathing—is the very essence of a spa. With its benefits so well documented, it makes sense that luxury wellness venues are expanding their facilities to include water experiences that offset our high-tech, high-stress lives. And the level of innovation these days has gone off the charts: Middle Eastern hammams are being reimagined, float tanks are back in vogue, while traditional saunas and hot spring bathing are also experiencing a new wave. These are our recommendations for water-inspired treatments to drift, soak, and steam your worries away.

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Holistic Botox? Meet NYC Celebrity Facialist, Thuyen Nguyen!

My one on one with Celebrity Facialist Thuyen Nguyen  –  discussing the landscape of facial rejuvenation – the holistic way!

Let me start by saying that I may or may have not tried a couple of non-invasive facial enhancements  – and for the most part, they delivered immediate results. However, I can’t shake this niggling feeling that Botox and fillers are not really for me. Simply put, I don’t love the long-term effects of these on myself – or others.

Which is why on a recent trip to New York, I just had to seek out the one and only Thuyen Nguyen, a New York-based ‘celebrity facialist’ who first launched onto the scene as the Spa Creative Director at Robert De Niro’s The Greenwich Hotel. Ahead of his time, Thuyen created his secret weapon, the ‘FaceXercise’ back in the days when we thought extractions were the game changer.

In a nutshell: I don’t think there’s anything like Thuyen’s facials out there.

His philosophy: ‘Most of us need to work out 3-4 times a week to keep our body’s skin toned and tight so the same applies to our face.’ Continue reading “Holistic Botox? Meet NYC Celebrity Facialist, Thuyen Nguyen!”

Why an annual wellness retreat will keep you sane and strong

It’s hard to believe in anything anymore. We have fake news. A lot of our media is PR. Corruption seems to exist at the deepest core of our culture (and probably always has) including sports, politics and even the healthcare system.

There’s never been a more important time to believe in ourselves.

A wellness retreat gives us the opportunity to do this.  On retreat we have the time and space to listen to our inner voice.  A break from toxic foods and chemicals makes us feel clean and clear.  Retreats inspire us to move so we feel stronger. Good health equals a balanced mind  – and it feels more crucial than ever to keep ourselves sane and strong in this world.

But with the average price of a seven-day retreat valued at around two to five thousand dollars, retreats are not necessarily affordable.

Or are they?

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Facial Acupuncture: Build Collagen the natural way

If you are seeking a natural alternative to Botox then Facial Acupuncture is worth exploring. It works on the connective tissues (fascia) that improves elasticity and collagen in the skin.

As a devotee of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), I have long respected the amazing benefits of body acupuncture so it was a privilege to meet and experience a Facial Acupuncture (FA) treatment with Joel Granik, a licensed Acupuncturist and co-founder of ‘Floating Lotus’ healing spa in Manhattan.

I would move to New York to take regular sessions with this guy!

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ZEN IN THE CITY – Manhattan’s Meditative Side…

In trendsetting New York, a string of wellness venues are 
taking the meditation experience to new heights. Here are 
five places around Manhattan to get in the zone.


Opened last November in the “fitness district” of Flatiron, Inscape offers a secular meditation experience in its striking wood-and-canvas Dome room and a second, more intimate studio, with 30–45 minute audio-guided sessions tailored to deep rest, deep breathing, and visualization. There’s also a curated retail space stocked with a wealth of remedies (1-646/952-0706).

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WELLNESS ALERT: Sacred Nap at the Four Seasons Sayan in Bali

At one of the world’s most luxurious resorts, a resident Buddhist nun is rocking well-heeled folk to sleep…

This is not a drill. We are exhausted. We work far longer than we have ever before. Our adrenal glands are shot. We probably drink too much coffee. We aren’t moving enough. The National Sleep Foundation reports that most of us aren’t sleeping well.  And according to Dr. Oz, sleep is the ‘single biggest underappreciated health problem’ in the world.

Which brings me the newly devised ‘Sacred Nap’ on the menu at the Four Seasons Sayan (http://www.fourseasons.com/sayan) in Bali.  When I recently stayed at this stunning resort and was invited to experience this new experience and I was like YES PLEASE!  For someone like me who is prone to insomnia, the most beneficial spa treatments are always those that coax me into a deep slumber for an hour or so.
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Melbourne’s urban sanctuaries…

During the summer, I spent a month exploring Melbourne’s urban sanctuaries and quite frankly,  I was impressed. This beautiful cultured city is bursting with offerings. Here’s my hot list…

What is it with Melbournites and their obsession with float tanks? Over the last few years, a number of very cool float pod venues have opened. These include Beyond Rest (https://beyondrest.com.au) in  Gravity Flotation Centre (https://www.gravityfloat.com.au) in Armadale. A one-hour float in one of these cocoon-shaped pods filled with warm salty water feels very healing.
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