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Budding Biologists

Got a budding biologist in your family? The marine team at the Six Senses Laamu in the Maldives is running a new summer holiday initiative for junior guests interested in saving the seas. “This programme is truly unique,” Marteyne van Well, the property’s general manager says. “It’s more than just a ‘be a marine biologist for the day’ experience. This is multiple sessions over the length of a guest’s stay.” Young conservationists can get involved in immersive experiences like coral restoration and expanding the resort’s turtle database. Interested guests should register with the reservations team at Laamu. www.sixsenses.com 

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Cabana O-Na-Na

Spa Hanari at Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island Okinawa offers a Spa Cabana Mindfulness Aromatherapy experience that takes into mind the five dimensions of life––physical, emotional, social, spiritual and intellectual––while you take in natural surroundings of the Japanese island. Through careful counselling and colour diagnosis, therapists will match your mind and body state with the right essential oils for a full-body massage. A gentle hand massage focusing on point stimulation begins the treatment to encourage lymphatic drainage and enhance blood circulation. www.hyattregencyseragaki.com 

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Green is the New Black

From now until March 8, 2020, Salvatore Ferragamo invites fans to the Museo Salvatore Ferragamo in Florence to explore his evolution in using natural and recycled materials. The journey showcases the designer’s research into materials like hemp, cellophane and fish skin in the 1920s and dives into the stories behind the luxurious materials the house has selected, as well as showcasing more recent experimentations with environmentally-friendly materials and techniques. Installations and art bring ancient crafting techniques, recycling and handcrafting traditions to life. www.ferragamo.com 

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On Point

Hong Kong’s Mandarin Oriental hotel hosts knife massage specialist Xavier Garnier from July13-21 for a series of one-on-one consultations. Garnier practices the ancient Chinese art of dao liao, using metal knives to direct qi flow and restore balance. The therapy stimulates the circulation and lymphatic systems, and cellular rejuvenation. It’s also said to enhance sleep quality and perhaps surprisingly, given the sharp instruments used, combat aches and pains. Both 60 and 90-minute treatments are offered. www.mandarinoriental.com 

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New You

Turn back time at The Murray in Hong Kong with its new 90-minute holistic treatment designed to combat the signs of ageing, reduce toxin build-up and relieve tension and stress. The Age Reversal journey uses Grown Alchemist products and begins with a facial cleanse, exfoliation and hydrating mask. As the face gains nourishment, a hot stone shoulder massage relaxes your body, and custom-blended oils are used in a hand and foot massage. The experience ends with a blissful face massage leaving you re-energised. www.niccolohotels.com 

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Take the Plunge

Always dreamt of an unconventional wedding day? Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas invites couples to literally dive into matrimony with an underwater wedding. There’s still “I do” and bubbles, but everything else about the nuptials is like a scene from The Little Mermaid if Ariel and Prince Eric tied the knot under the sea. Rings are exchanged from a clamshell and the altar is an ornate coral bed. Your minister is also a certified dive master and the wedding shoot takes place in the waves. And if your mother-in-law refuses to get her dress wet? Invite her and other guests to view the ceremony from the property’s underwater restaurant while you two roll in the deep. www.anantara.com