Meet Vivienne Tang founder of Destination Deluxe and co-founder of The Sanctuary, a Wellness Centre in Hong Kong.
Can you Tell Us a Little Bit About Yourself? I’m the founder of the travel and wellness online magazine Destination Deluxe, and the co-founder of The Sanctuary, a wellness centre in Hong Kong. Having spent 18 years in lifestyle publishing, I was previously Editor of #legend and Editor-in-Chief of AsiaSpa. I’ve also held positions at Prestige Hong Kong and the South China Morning Post, and ran my own holistic wellness online magazine The Source Asia. And I’m a judge for the Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Awards in the “Most spoiling Spa” category.
What Inspired you to work in the Wellness Industry? I became more and more interested in wellness when I was still working as a fashion editor. I went through a period of soul-searching and started meditating and learning various healing techniques. Fusing wellness and publishing then came as a natural progression, and so I launched my holistic wellness online magazine, The Source Asia. This was 10 years ago, and it was slightly ahead of its time. Wellness was still quite new for everybody back then.
How did you start out Travel Writing? I did a few pieces for The Source Asia, but soon took on the role of editor-in-chief at AsiaSpa. I expanded the magazine’s focus to include more travel and lifestyle and ended up travelling quite extensively for the publication. I eventually closed The Source Asia and launched Destination Deluxe.
Did you always want to work in the Media Industry? I originally studied fashion design, but always knew I wanted to work in publishing, particularly magazines.
What inspired you to want to start up your own travel and wellness online magazine? I suppose I have an innate desire to share information. I love to tell stories about amazing places, treatments, products and brands that I believe can help others rediscover, balance and redefine themselves. I love to inspire people. I think it can be very fulfilling when someone has an amazing experience because I’ve recommended something. I think it’s important to support brands that are authentic and that are trying to make a difference and have a beautiful story to tell.
How do you like to Keep Healthy Mind, Body, Spirit? I have a regular meditation practice. I try to meditate once a day, but obviously that’s easier said than done. I also try to work out two to three times a week. I do barre, kundalini yoga and I go hiking. I walk everywhere too.
Do you practice Meditation Daily? Yes, I try to do an hour every day. Half an hour of connecting with my higher self and bringing that through more fully, and then another 30 minutes of visualisation.
What is your Favourite Wellness Retreat you have visited so far & why? Ah that’s a tough one. There are so many beautiful ones. Kamalaya and Fivelements definitely stand out. Both properties are gorgeous. I like the fact that Kamalaya has an ongoing yoga schedule and you’re free to fit in classes whenever your body feels like it. After you’ve had some majorly transformational treatments (like I did – ask for a releasing session with Wayne Walker), you can relax in the steam cave or lounge poolside. My favourite spot is the lookout next to the plunge pools.
What I love about Fivelements is that they’re all about Balinese culture. Their Balinese healers are amazing. Go for a Chakra Balancing treatment and try the Fire Blessing Ritual. Their plant-based food is exquisite. And make sure you fit in a watsu session too!
What about your Favourite Luxury Spa Resort, Hotel? I recently fell in love with the Shangri-La in Boracay. The colours of the ocean and the sky are astonishing. You can enjoy the sunset from your very own Jacuzzi on the terrace of your tree house villa. Breathtaking! I’m also a huge fan of The Dolder Grand spa in Switzerland. I try to go for a day experience every time I’m back in Zurich.
What do you love most about working in the Spa & Wellness Industry? I love the people. The people in the spa and wellness field all share the same goal, which is to help people relax, heal and find inner balance. Given this, most people are just really kind and forthcoming. They truly know how to enjoy life. I think we have some of the best parties.
What’s your Favourite Activewear right now? I have a few. I like Michi, L’urv, We Are Handsome. I also love the pants from Lululemon, and for tops I like Casall and A Day with Fé.
Can you share your Go-To Skincare Tips? Sleep! I wish I had more of that. And a good toner is always key. At the moment I like Green Pharmacy’s 3 in 1 cleanser. Some of my other fave products are Subtle Energies’ gold cream, Dr Jackson’s 02 face cream, Ila’s face oil. I also like Aesop’s SPF50 body lotion. I do try to rotate and try out new brands, but I tend to go for more natural products.
How do you find and keep your inner peace living in one of the World’s Busiest Cities Hong Kong? That’s why a regular meditation practice is so important. I also see holistic practitioners when I can’t seem to shift certain things.
What about your Favourite Wellness Centre? I guess that would have to be my own, The Sanctuary in Hong Kong. We offer holistic therapies, such as Reiki, Craniosacral Therapy, Vibrational Attunement etc. We’re also big on fertility and female wellness in general. Our aromatherapist offers something called Arvigo. It’s a Mayan massage technique that helps move the uterus back into its correct place. We’ve had some amazing results with women who had been trying to conceive.
What could someone do if they wanted to feel more connected to their Higher Self? It’s all about practice. It’s like a muscle you have to exercise. My business partner at The Sanctuary offers a lot of self-development and psychic awareness workshops. I highly recommend them having taken them myself years ago. You learn to sense an aura, how to connect with chakras and so on. They’re eye-opening and extremely empowering. So if you’re in Hong Kong, do make sure to attend one of them. At the end of the day it’s all about developing that relationship with yourself, i.e. your higher self. And this requires discipline.
What do you never leave home without? Sadly my phone.
What Makes you Smile? People who don’t take life too seriously.
What’s your Favourite Studio to work out in and why? I love the Barre 2 Barre studio. We have a really nice group of women there. The classes are a lot of fun.
What does a Day on a Plate look like for you? I also enjoy a green juice every day. I stopped eating meat a while ago, but still having some seafood at the moment. I have a feeling I’ll eventually go off that too. I love pasta. I’m a carb kinda girl. You need carbs, especially if you work out a lot.
Do you drink coffee? I do drink coffee, but I try not to have more than two a day.
Who Inspires You? I love following and listening to Lewis Howes. He’s very inspirational. I also love Chandresh Bhardwaj’s spiritual teachings. There are also some female entrepreneurs in the spa and wellness field who I think are amazing. I love what Kathryn Moore is doing with Spa Connectors.
Where is your Next Spa & Wellness Destination Trip to? I just came back from Bali. I’m hoping to visit some new resorts in the Maldives soon, and maybe Fiji. However, top on my list is Jerusalem. But that’s more of an adventure trip. Maybe I’ll make it happen this year.
Are than any Wellness Travel Destinations we should consider? There’s much happening in Sri Lanka. I’m hoping to check that out later this year.
What are your in-flight wellness and jet lag tips? My circulation isn’t the best, so I make sure I move a lot, even if it’s a short haul flight. I also wear compression tights. Totally unsexy, I know. But wellbeing comes first. I love going for a lymphatic drainage massage after a flight. The Oriental Spa at The Landmark Mandarin in Hong Kong has just come out with a Jet Lag Cure, which incorporates lymphatic drainage techniques. It’s exquisite!
Can you share your own words of wisdom for others wanting to live their dreams? One of my favourite sayings is: “The more you like your own decisions, the less you need others to like them.”
What’s Next For You? My plan is to really grow Destination Deluxe. Perhaps I’ll do a print version soon.
How can we stay connected to you?
Instagram: @viviennetang @destinationdeluxe
Twitter: @viviennetang @destindeluxe