Elle Kwan grew up in the UK but has called Hong Kong home for almost a decade. In that time she has written on health, food, fashion and living, interviewing everyone from Michelin-starred chefs to movie stars. This time, she investigates how soups can help us detox (p.64).
Ed Peters has been based in Asia for most of his adult life, and has been writing for AsiaSpa since the very first issue. His work has appeared in traditional and online media around the world, and he is currently – slowly – writing a film script about the 1948 hijacking of the seaplane Miss Macao over the Pearl River Delta. In this issue’s Spa Men, Peters talks about the art of shaving (p.66).
After 18 years living and working in Asia, Kate O’Brien returned to Ireland in 2013. She has enjoyed many years in the health, beauty and spa industries in London, Dublin, Singapore and Hong Kong. O’Brien is a qualified nutritionist and holds a diploma in cosmetic science from the Society of Chemical Scientists (UK). She is the author of Your Middle Years: Love them. Live them. In this issue, she discusses how to overcome and minimise symptoms caused by menopause (p.110).
Gordon Lund was born in Hong Kong but spent his formative years living in Gothenburg, Sweden where he studied art and design. In 2014, his studio Frackeye (frack means ‘bold and audacious’ in Swedish) was born. Lund is adventurous, curious and full of ideas. His love for travel has taken him to 40 countries. For the ‘Style’ issue, he and his team flew to Morocco to shoot Centre Stage (p.82).
Kate Whitehead is a Hongkonger and has made the city her home since she was eight. She escaped to the UK for university and returned after her master’s degree. The author of two Hong Kong crime books – After Suzie and Hong Kong Murders – she’s been on staff at the Hong Kong Standard, South China Morning Post and edited Cathay Pacific’s Discovery magazine. She writes for CNN, Time, SCMP and BBC Travel. In this issue, she travels the world to find hotels with art collections so impressive they compete with museums (p.142).
Kavita Daswani is the former fashion and beauty editor of the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong and a longtime contributor to a number of international publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Women’s Wear Daily and international editions of Vogue and Condé Nast Traveller. She currently resides in Los Angeles. This time, she interviews actressturned- wellness expert Shiva Rose (p.70)
Rachael Oakes-Ash has always had a strong passion for health and wellness. As a published author, full-time travel journalist, keynote speaker and documentary producer, she has been a judge on the AsiaSpa Awards since 2006. As a spa, wellness and travel writer her byline has been published by Condé Nast Traveler, Luxe City Guides, South China Morning Post, DestinAsian, Emirates Open Skies, Australian Financial Review, Sydney Morning Herald and more. In this issue, she visits The Pearl Laguna for a fitness reboot (p.96).
Self-confessed fitness junkie Zoe Louise Cronk is a Londonbased freelance writer who spends her days combining her passions for health, wellness and the written word. Having been lucky enough to call some of the world’s most vibrant cities as home, her endless list of must-visit travel destinations has carried her across the globe. When not hiking a mountain or testing out the latest fitness trend, she can be found exploring London’s healthy food scene and experimenting in the kitchen. For this issue, she shares her top 10 picks of fashion hotels (p.126).