Founder & Editor-in-Chief
Vivienne Tang is the founder of wellness and travel publication Destination Deluxe, which handpicks the best resorts, retreats, spas and beauty brands for the global nomad. She has made a name for herself in the wellness and travel field, and has been in lifestyle publishing for the last 21 years. She was previously Editor-in-Chief of AsiaSpa and held positions at Prestige Hong Kong and South China Morning Post. She also works as a consultant for wellness brands, creating retreat programs and offering marketing and custom media support. She is a frequent speaker at events and conventions and has held talks and panel discussions at the Global Wellness Summit, World Spa & Wellness Asia, Thailand Spa and Well-Being Summit, PATA Adventure Travel and Responsible Tourism Conference and Mart, Cosmoprof Asia Spa Conference, Hong Kong International Literary Festival, Swire Women’s Network, and Female Entrepreneurs Worldwide. She has been interviewed for numerous magazines. See Press.
Head of Sales & Marketing
Dorcas Cheung has been in the media advertising sales and marketing industry for more than 15 years, spanning a portfolio which includes print and online, ranging from mass to luxury publications. Cheung has worked for various titles, including AsiaSpa, Hong Kong Tatler, and Gafencu Men. She is also the Media Director of Asia Pacific Spa Wellness Coalition (APSWC), a non-profit coalition.
Based in Washington D.C., Christian Donald is an adept professional with a strong background in Strategic Communication and Public Relations. He has worked in prevention and wellness for over six years, and equally has contributed his learning experience to the marketing, public relations, and publishing industry. He is a travel enthusiast and “foodie” with a deep love of the beach and warm weather.
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. Follow her travels on Gayatri Bhaumik.
There are two things Kimiko Tan loves: writing and travel. Without one or the other, something within her is missing. Constantly chasing after inspiration and yearning for soul-enriching moments, she finds that where there is writing and travel, there is a natural overflow of creativity. Appreciating different cultures and art, discovering new music, journeying around places, and translating life’s experiences and memories into a beautiful art of words are what she enjoys most in life.
Lorie Halliday is a writer and editor who lives in Portugal. She has worked over a decade as a professional journalist, exploring Asia and writing extensively about the people and places. Her fascination with ancient buildings and prehistoric monuments, as well as linguistics and philosophy, inspires her to travel. Lorie grew up by the beach. She enjoys surfing and all the little islands and wildlife in her native Philippines.
A recent implant to Hong Kong coming from sunny Los Angeles, California, Talia Sanchez comes a long way from her background as a Denim Designer to new ventures in health and wellness, environmental and animal activism, and writing! She is now a Contributing Writer and Editor for various platforms and media sites in Hong Kong and is an experienced Content Creator and Marketing and Events Manager. Talia’s mission is to collaborate and build partnerships with conscious businesses that do good.
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 also a judge for the Destination Deluxe 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.
A journalist specializing in travel and wellness, and a judge for the Destination Deluxe Awards, Catharine Nicol has spent the last 22 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.
Isabelle Jan has spent over 18 years building a career internationally, working for prestigious spas, healing centers, luxury hotels and offering one-to-one session. It inspires her tremendously to spend time with indigenous people and learn from traditional populations. Isabelle loves to share the art of beauty and softness in healing people. She is the founder of the project Bella Blue, an invitation to come into balance. See more of her work on Isabelle Issa.
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. Read more a bout her on Helen Turner Health.
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 work on Nehad Zein.
Rob McGovern is a Welsh writer and co-publisher of West of 105, a digital lifestyle magazine that brings the best of Colorado to the rest of the world. After a decade of living and working in Asia, he relocated to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.
Owner & Managing Editor of Hong Kong Madame, Aude Camus was born and raised in Paris. She decided to swap baguettes for dumplings in 2015. Aude loves nothing more than eating and is always on the lookout for a good meal to brighten up her day. When not eating, you’ll find her traveling, trying on new beauty products, scrolling Instagram for food and travel inspirations or writing about her latest discoveries and posting them on Hong Kong Madame.
Based in Hong Kong, freelance journalist Vicki Williams, has been writing about her three favorite passions, travel, food and wellness, for over 13 years. Her engaging lifestyle articles, often with a luxury focus, have appeared in prestigious titles (online and print), both locally and abroad. This includes South China Morning Post, Sydney Morning Herald, Business Traveller Asia Pacific, AsiaSpa, Prestige Hong Kong, World Travel Magazine, Tasting Kitchen, Billionaire, CNN Travel, and BBC Travel. See more of her work on Sybarite Unlimited.
Ashley Tang is always on the go, and passionate about travel, food, and exercise. Originally from Calgary, Canada, and now based in Hong Kong, Ashley works in Business Development for a US-based institutional investor. She is also a contributing writer for other digital publications such as Foodie, Localiiz, and WELL focusing on food and travel.
Born in Hong Kong and raised in Sydney, Camilla Mount has a thirst for travel and adventure (and an appetite to match!). 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!
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. Read more about her on Space to Breathe.
Kim Ing is a strategic marketing consultant focusing on the Greater China market. Her work looks to bridge the gap between Global brand DNA and local culture sensitivities allowing for more effective marketing strategies that touch the lives of people with integrity. Based between London and Hong Kong, Kim works closely with brands across Europe and Greater China.
Lorelle Williams is a Freelance Writer with a focus on luxury spas.