Heavenly Heat

Inside the infrared sauna that claims to deliver health benefits Christmas, New Year and Tet have all come and gone. The holiday season is now well and truly over. As most people can relate to, I overindulged in honor of the festive spirit and now I needed to detox and cleanse stat. So, a chance to visit a newly-opened infrared sauna here in Saigon called

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Detox for Tet

Explore Spa by Le Méridien Saigon harnesses the healing powers of the sea While Saigon has a million things going for it, including world-class street food, a vibrant nightlife scene and parks and rivers galore, life here can hardly be considered relaxing. With Western New Year and Vietnamese Tet right around the corner, my mind is already on renewal, a cathartic stripping off

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Time Out

Escape the madness of the city and spend the day in a cocoon of pampering The new stylist villa on 61 Xuan Thuy in District 2 may have already caught the attention of those living in the neighborhood with its standout pink façade. But peek over its pink wall and you’ll find a well-kept lawn

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Underwater Relaxation Exploration

For a new wave of wellness-seeking pleasure, lay back and enjoy The new Explore Spa at Le Méridien Saigon (9th Floor, 3C Ton Duc Thang, D1) is an oceanic delight for the senses. When the elevator doors opened, I found myself in a large room of iridescent tiles. Wooden arches floating in midair beckoned me

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Advertorial: Beauty before age

Consider these nonsurgical ways to lift, tighten and tone skin… With the advance of new high tech beauty solutions, the phrase “turn back the clock on your skin” is no longer just a saying. New nonsurgical treatments are claiming to reverse the natural aging process. Oi discusses new skin rejuvenation technology with Dr. Ho Xuan Vuong (Medical

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Escape, unwind at Orient Spa

Orient Spa is one of the leading skincare and laser centers in Vietnam, but few are aware that it also offers a full range of holistic spa and massage services. At its District 1 branch on 244A Cong Quynh, the spa spans five floors. Originally opened as a private service for clients of its skincare

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Smooth operator: why laser hair removal is best

Removing hair from legs, underarms, bikini lines and beyond is an age-old challenge… From as early as Ancient Rome, many women – and even some men – have been dealing with unwanted hair using razors, depilatory creams, tweezers and wax. But laser hair removal, the most effective method to remove hair to date, has only

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Botox: no longer just for rich and famous

Once upon a time, having Botox or filler injections to spruce up one’s appearance was a luxury reserved only for the rich and famous. But with the boom of global medical tourism in Asia, these privileges are becoming increasingly available as well as affordable for both men and women. *Images provided by Orient Skincare and laser

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A Visit to a Hammam

How to bathe and relax like a Turk. Few experiences available in this city are both truly ancient and singularly unique. The opening of Villa Aesthetica (54 Ngo Quang Huy, Thao Dien, D2) just four months ago has heralded the arrival of an experience of precisely that nature: Villa is now home to the only

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A Day of Pampering

Whisk yourself away for a day of indulgence and relaxation. Modern cities are a cacophony of honking horns, trucks, cars, bikes, motorcycles and huge chunks of humanity. It’s enough to drive anyone to seek therapeutic help, myself included. Seeking some much-needed pampering, I head to Maison Mikio Boutique Salon in the quiet neighborhood of Phu

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