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4 Of The Best Wellness Experiences You Need To Try In Hong Kong

By Morgan Reardon

​​Vacays don’t have to be all about pounding the pavement to check off a list of tourist hotspots. Sometimes (read: often), it’s the perfect opportunity to slow down and recharge your batteries. Fortunately, Hong Kong is the perfect destination for doing both, with a slew of truly soul-nourishing experiences to unwind with after a busy day of exploring. 

To kick-start your planning so you can kick back and relax, we’ve teamed up with Hong Kong Tourism Board to round up the wellness experiences you can’t miss on your next trip.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi

Originating as a form of martial arts, these days Tai Chi is the perfect way to centre yourself and unplug. Combining slow, deliberate movements with deep breathing and meditation, the benefits of Tai Chi on your body are endless. Think improved balance, flexibility, and strength, as well as alleviated stress and enhanced mental clarity.

Keen to try it out? Join a class at Wellness At The Murray, or over at The Four Seasons where you can channel your inner zen poolside with classes from Tai Chi master Angela Li, then follow it up with an ayurvedic massage at their spa. If you take a stroll through the city in the morning, you'll also  find locals practising Tai Chi in parks and other public spaces. 

Reflexology

Grand Hyatt

For maxo relaxo vibes, begin your wellness vacay with a reflexology session. A deeply soul-soothing therapy, it involves a practitioner applying pressure to specific points on your feet, hands and ears. The stimulation enhances relaxation, reduces stress, boosts circulation, and supports your body’s natural healing. Ready to get zen? Treat yourself to a Chuan Balancing appointment at the Chuan Spa at the Langham. Promoting the circulation of Qi (the body’s life force) with acupressure techniques, you’ll leave feeling like you’re floating on a cloud.

Or escape to the Plateau Spa at Grand Hyatt Hong Kong (pictured). A holistic oasis, feel the tension in your body melt away with one of their signature treatments that combines reflexology and massage. Complete your pamper session with a Balance Bath, filled with crystal salts, grapefruit and cypress. 

Traditional Tea Ceremony

tea ceremony

Steeped in local culture, Hong Kong’s traditional tea ceremonies date back to the Tang Dynasty and remain a much-loved practice today. Involving the artful preparation and serving of tea, the 1000-year-old ritual is a full sensory experience, promoting mindfulness and tranquillity. 

At Wellness At The Murray, immerse yourself in the ancient art form with a 60-minute tea ceremony that cultivates self-healing and inner harmony. And if you’re after a straight-up tea house, your options are plentiful. A sanctuary in the city, Yu Teahouse offers the perfect serene escape. With a strong focus on healing through tea, sip your way through their list of curated leaves including cloud green and white peony. And for a modern twist on the ancient tradition, head along to the Plantation Tea Bar for four-course guided tea tastings, tea cocktails, pairings, and sparkling infusions. 

High-End Spa Experiences

Bliss SPa

Blending traditional medicine with modern luxury, Hong Kong’s spa experiences are truly next level. Think qi-balancing massages and seaweed body buffing. First up, get your glow on with a 24-Carat Gold & Collagen Facial at Bliss Spa at the W Hotel (pictured). Or treat yo’self with their My Bliss My Way package, which includes a bottle of Veuve Clicquot champagne, diamond rose massage, facial, and hangs at Hong Kong’s highest outdoor pool.

Over at The Ritz-Carlton Spa, indulge in an elevated pampering on the 116th floor. Shake off your plane journey with the Lava Shell Jet Lag Solution which uses heated lava shells, aromatic oils and therapeutic strokes to soothe a travel-weary bod. For something truly bucket list-worthy, book the Harbor View Spa Suite Retreat for you and your bestie. Over four hours, luxuriate in a harbour view suite complete with private jacuzzi, feast on a three-course meal, and enjoy a facial, massage and steam. Want more decadence? Balance your chakras via singing bowl therapy at Asaya Spa at Rosewood, or try the zen-inducing Mindful Dreams massage at The Peninsula Spa. Go on, treat yo’self. 

Ready for some serious R&R? Head here to uncover even more health and wellness experiences to add to your Hong Kong holiday. And if you're chasing other ideas for what to see and do, push these uber-cool hoods to the top of your must-see list.

Editor’s note: This article was produced in partnership with Hong Kong Tourism Board and proudly endorsed by Urban List. Thank you for supporting the partners who make Urban List possible. To read our editorial policy, click here.

Images: Urban List & Hong Kong Tourism Board

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