Saffron Chan is an eager explorer of stillness and adventures both
within the self and around the globe. She finds long-term health and
well-being fascinating. When not indulging her love of coffee and
chocolates, you might find her in yoga, barre, and Pilates studios,
always first as a student, and sometimes as a teacher under the name Rossana at The InterContinental Hong Kong and Barre 2 Barre Hong Kong. She has taught yoga at several studios in the U.S. and at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. Formerly a reporter/anchor for a local
NBC-affiliate (TV) and local NPR and CBS (radio) news stations,
Saffron enjoys sharing information and experiences, and looks forward to writing more about her journeys for Destination Deluxe.
Acupuncturist and health coach, Helen Turner, has worked as a physiotherapist for over nine years in both the UK and overseas. More recently she decided to concentrate on her acupuncture practice. She is a specialist in cosmetic acupuncture, which is a natural way to improve the condition of the skin and slow the effects of aging. With her writing she encourages people to live healthier and happier lives by covering topics such as holistic health and oriental medicine. She also offers cupping therapy and one-on-one Pilates lessons. Her health coaching sessions look at every aspect of her clients’ life and she sets achievable goals to improve target areas such as stress reduction, time management, nutritional changes and exercise advice.
Lorelle Williams is a health and beauty writer, focusing on the world’s most luxurious spas and retreats. She is passionate about the integration of holism into conventional medicine and her blog, Spa Gazing, is used as a platform to encourage others to take care of their overall wellbeing. Lorelle is based in Liverpool, England and practices law outside of journalism.
Mark Smith is the The Spa Man and has been writing about men’s grooming for over 18 years. One of the few male spa writers in the world, he visits around 30 spas a year and regularly speaks at events about the male spa market. He is a judge in the AsiaSpa Awards. Originally from Tasmania, but now based in London, he also works as a media consultant for beauty brands offering PR, marketing and social media support. Contributing Editor at European Spa Magazine, Mark has been reviewing spas since 2007 for the likes of Tatler, The Daily Telegraph, The Good Spa Guide, Spa Secrets, AsiaSpa and Men’s Fitness.
Jeremy McCarthy is the Group Director of Spa & Wellness for Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group leading their internationally acclaimed luxury spa division featuring 24 world-class spas worldwide. He is the chair of the Global Wellness Institute’s Digital Wellness initiative, the author of The Psychology of Spas & Wellbeing and hosts a blog about holistic wellbeing at The Psychology of Wellbeing. He also teaches an online course on Positive Leadership through University of California, Irvine.
Follow his wellness adventures on Instagram at @spajeremy.
Travel to Diane Saw is a natural reflection of who she is. As a third culture kid, Diane was constantly on the go, living in eight cities across Asia-Pacific and the US before residing in Hong Kong. Her philosophy on life is to never settle. She believes that the best conversations, experiences and ideas are formed through traveling. With Diane spearheading ASH’s global PR, social and digital strategy, she has had the opportunity to draw inspiration from her travels. As digital becomes a continuous flux of change, it is her responsibility to adapt quickly to new technologies, fashionable trends, and to create unique experiences. To Diane, branding is everything and she is not afraid to dive off the beaten path to find the best places to eat, drink and take that insta-worthy picture.
Follow her adventures on Instagram at @dianesawit.
Stephanie Yt is a London-based photographer and journalist originally from Hong Kong with a great passion for travel. Having previously written for Prestige Hong Kong magazine and photographed for various print and online publications in the UK, she covers the latest in travel and fashion.
Michelle, originally from Toronto, via London, now calls Hong Kong her home. When not inspiring women entrepreneurs through her brand MISCHA, sharing her globetrotting finds and yoga retreats, you’ll find her sun worshipping in Bali, indulging her inner glutton, exploring secret whisky bars or hunting down antiques at Marché aux Puces. Her favorite places? Tokyo, London, and Bali. Dream destination? Exploring wine country with a road trip through Tuscany or a month long adventure on the Orient Express.
Victoria Herrera is a TV presenter, writer and model currently based in Hong Kong. She started writing when she was 16 years old and graduated with an Honors degree in Communication Arts from the Ateneo De Manila University. After graduation, she worked as the Features Editor for Status Magazine, interviewing talents across the international art, music and fashion scenes, followed by a gig as a Radio DJ where she produced a book of her radio interviews called Unscripted. She has contributed to several publications in the Philippines such as the Philippine Daily Inquirer and as well as Catalog Magazine in Singapore.
Born in Hong Kong and raised in Sydney, Camilla Mount has a thirst for travel and adventure (and an appetite to match!). Currently the Marketing Manager for handbag label MISCHA, she has a background in social media, digital marketing and event management. While typically a heliophile, Camilla also loves tackling a black run on the ski slopes. When she’s not exploring a new destination on a weekend getaway, you can find her with a cup of tea in hand or playing with her five rescue dogs, yes five!
Follow her adventures on Instagram at @camillamount.
Nehad Zein is a luxury travel enthusiast and a huge sucker for airport lounges. His immediate specialties lie in credit card travel benefits and luxury resorts in India. His passion is to learn about different cultures and traditions, and his wish is to experience all the luxury the world has to offer and write about it, inspiring fellow luxe travelers.
See more of his writing at Crusader Writes.
Jen Loong 龙晓灵 is the founder and CEO for a visual creation and management platform WanderSnap, a company that connects families and businesses with local creatives to create original content, but also help creatives with tools in instant asset delivery and digital rights management. Part of the proceeds go towards teaching local youth photography. Loong’s vision is to help people earn a sustainable income solely through creative services. Loong’s venture has been accepted as one of 24 from around the world as part of UPenn Wharton’s Global Social Impact House cohort for 2016, and most recently into 500 Startups’ Kobe Accelerator program.
CampaignAsia nodded her as one of the “Top 20 Women to Watch in Asia”. In her spare time, she teaches indoor spinning, goes on photo walks with fellow photographers, and always looking for the next mountain to conquer.
Follow her adventures at @loongstoryshort.
Always ready for her next adventure, Gayatri Bhaumik took her first flight at 10 days old and hasn’t looked back since. After long stints in Bangkok, Melbourne and London, she now splits her time between Hong Kong and Singapore when she isn’t globetrotting. She contributes travel and lifestyle content to titles like The Loop HK, Buro 24/7 Singapore, Elite Traveler, Forbes Travel Guide, RBS ContentLive and Luxe City Guides.
Andrea Oschetti is the founder of Blueflower, a Hong Kong travel company. He offers life-enriching journeys to the most exciting destinations on Earth. In 2006 he left a successful corporate career to follow his passion and founded Cuore Private Kitchen, consistently reviewed as providing one of the ultimate dining experiences in Hong Kong. He got a second postgraduate degree in Anthropology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and he became a senior travel journalist and award-winning photographer working with the likes of CNN, South China Morning Post, etc. He is now pursuing his dream of leading a travel company (Blueflower) that redefines holidays by innovating customer travel experiences through knowledge, imagination and care.
Julienne Raboca is an editor and communications professional based in Hong Kong, covering topics such as travel, dining, women’s issues, wellness and culture. She is a slow traveler who brings a book with her wherever she goes (almost always: world literature). This Manila-born, Hong Kong based hiking enthusiast also makes it a point to hit the local salsa club in each of her travel destinations (the most recent ones being Tel Aviv, Peru and Honolulu) – but also loves a good electronic festival.
From a career in psychology, Danielle Parla has spent the past 20 years tuning her inner ear in order to share the potent healing arts that have deeply transformed her life. A breathworker, energy medicine practitioner and yoga teacher, Danielle loves the potency and potential that the written word can awaken within all of us. Her vibrant passion for healthy and gentle living shines through her writing as a long-time contributor to numerous international publications devoted to travel, holistic health and wellbeing. When not traveling with her work, she can be found living in Switzerland and Spain.
A journalist specializing in travel and wellness, Catharine Nicol has spent the last 21 years exploring retreats, resorts, hotels, spas and yoga studios in Asia and the world from her base in Hong Kong. She freelances for a regular stable of print and online publications, curates her wellbeing experiences on Spas + Beyond, occasionally speaks at wellness conferences and teaches yoga to her friends.
See where her travels take her at @spasandbeyond.
In more than a decade, in one way or another, from Hollywood to Iraq, New York-based Stephen C. Ng has helped to produce features and stories with publications such as Time magazine, People magazine and Time Outmagazine, telling stories of people and places as a photographer, as a writer and sometimes producer.
While working with international news agencies such as Getty Images and Gamma Presse, he’s helped document the President of the United States aboard Air Force One, worked with embedded photographers in the middle east war zones, to sharing the latest fashion, food and travel trends and interviewing personalities like China super celebrity Aaron Kwok.
Follow his adventures at @adventuresoffatboy.