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Expert Travel and Wellness Tips

What are the most inspiring health movies and books right now?

A A bunch of current food movies take Super Size Me and Fed Up to new insights. Eating You Alive links what you eat, especially meat, with common health issues, while What the Health delves into the conspiracies behind corporations and food. The Game Changers is coming soon, featuring vegan elite athletes and expert scientists promoting a plant-based diet.

Bookworms can learn about ageing from Nobel Prize winning molecular biologist Dr Elizabeth Blackburn and Dr Elissa Epel in The Telomere Effect. When life has thrown you lemons, follow advice from the uplifting Option B by Sheryl Sandberg. Get inspired with Find Your Why by the amazing Simon Sinek.

Q The school holidays are over – what are the best non-flight getaways in Asia?

A City break from Hong Kong: A two-hourtrain ride from Kowloon and you’re at the super-stylish Park Hyatt Guangzhou.Huge rooms, art everywhere, inspiring F&B,an indoor lap pool and luxurious spa wellness via Eve Lom. Visit art district Redtory, Banyan Pagoda and Qingping market.

Hot spring break from Shanghai: Zip on the high-speed train for two hours from Shanghai to the hoop-shaped Sheraton Huzhou Hot Springs Resort. Rooms with wrap-around balconies and lake views, a huge hot spring centre and Shine Spa. Visit the bamboo museum and Mogan Mountain, and buy silk and tea.

Beachy break from Singapore: Telunas Private Island is a two-hour, two-ferry trip into Indonesia, but it’s worth every minute. Stay in rustic sea villas, chill in overwater spa pavilions and stargaze at night. Out and about, kayak the coast and lunch in local villages.

Q Where are the most Insta-fabulous spas right now?

A Blue, bubbles and bathing at the Hotel Boscolo Milano’s Serenity Spa is an Insta-dream. Just you, the sand, sun, sea and your therapist in the Maldives at Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru is spa heaven. And sci-fi, tech meets treatments at the W Bali.

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