Taking it to the top: QT Melbourne's Ride in the Sky

Tap-backs, hip shakes and hill climbs will be rolling onto Melbourne’s famous skyline this summer, as Melbourne-born brand Bodhi and Ride, take fitness to a whole new level for a one-of-a-kind ride series on The Rooftop at QT.

Launching on Sunday, 24th February 2019, QT Melbourne’s Ride in the Sky four-part series will provide a unique and uplifting fitness experience timed to upbeat music, brought to guests by Bodhi and Ride’s team of elite and international instructors, all in the surrounds of Melbourne’s dramatic cityscape.

Designed to challenge you physically and replenish you mentally, the Bodhi & Ride ethos is to provide a welcoming sanctuary from the outside world for all fitness and wellness levels. A revolutionary fitness experience, traditional spin classes are taken to a totally new level into a full body workout, “we don’t spin, we RIDE” says founder Michaela Fellner.

The 40 minute open-air sweat sesh is a sensory experience that touches on something other than thigh burn: the tunes are pumping and the fresh air keeps things calm and cool. Multi-talented trainers will have guest’s dancing both on and off the bike. When the resistance increases, so does the music. Close your eyes, and you’re in a club dancing the night away. Open them, and watch as the invigorating rhythm blows your stress away whilst simultaneously taking in the spectacular city views.

For newbies who are yet to ride, the class will provide the chance to increase physical endurance, confidence and fuel adrenalin. Sweat guaranteed.

Post ride, guests will be treated to an array of nutritious refreshments, including a selection of fresh coconuts and Emma & Tom’s juices, before proceeding to QT Melbourne’s, The Cake Shop for a grab-and-go coffee and bliss ball or settling in for a leisurely á la carte breakfast with friends at signature restaurant, Pascale Bar & Grill.

Where: Rooftop at QT, level 11, 133 Russell Street, Melbourne

Dates: Sunday 24th of February and Sunday 3rd of March, 2019

Class Timings: 8.30am & 9.30am (40-minute classes)

Price: $34.10 (includes booking fee + GST) *bookings essential

Booking: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/ride-in-the-sky-at-qt-melbourne-tickets-55732776234

Source: QT Melbourne


NEW Sleep Retreat founded by The Goodnight Co at Springfield Farm, Bowral 7th-10th March 2019

Sleep is such an on trend subject for health and wellness in 2019 and this is the perfect retreat for those wanting to improve their sleep patterns and reap the benefits of a good nights sleep.

The first sleep retreat program by Co- Founders of The Goodnight Co, Danielle Knight and Shea Morrison, will be held at Springfield Farm, Bowral from 7th-10th March 2019. Statistics show that a third of our lives should be spent asleep and that sleep is where the body finds balance, from the emotional to the cognitive and all the way down to the immune system – something that is often forgotten in todays overly busy times!

Set in a unique and stunningly beautiful location in nature’s back yard, this three day program includes amazing workshops, relaxing yoga & meditation, nourishing meals and deep sleep. This retreat is perfect for those that wish to switch off from technology, daily routines and work, allowing those a chance to reset and focus on receiving a good night’s sleep.

During the program, attendees will have the chance to learn from and practice alongside these aspirational women:

Danielle Knight & Shea Morrison, Co- Founders of The Goodnight Co – Best friends Danielle Knight and Shea Morrison launched The Goodnight Co, after learning about the benefits of sleeping on silk which then led on to them sourcing the perfect luxurious silk pillowcases/ masks and now this sleep retreat!

Whilst Danielle’s focus strongly lies in managing partnerships, logistics and daily operations in order to help change the way we sleep. Shea has been researching and studying the science of sleep for the past 5 years, and is currently training to become a mindfulness teacher as well whilst practising meditation.

Polly Rea, Naturopath – Polly Rea is a Clinical Naturopath with a focus on evidence-based science. Having practised in three busy clinics across Sydney she now has her own clinic; Feeling Dandy in the Byron Hinterlands. As a mum to 3 young boys she understands the importance of a good nights sleep, having personally experience a decline in both physical health and mental clarity as a result of sleep deprivation. As a health professional, she is experienced with the knowledge and tools to assess and the treat any underlying biochemistry that may be the ultimate cause for broken sleep.

Kimmy Smith, Yoga & Fitness Instructor – Kimmy Smith is a qualified yoga teacher, personal trainer and barre instructor. Kimmy is on a mission to support and empower women to embrace the journey of motherhood, and has launched the postnatal fitness and wellbeing hub, www.kimmysmithfit.com, an online destination that encompasses fitness, food and healthy mindset essentials including tips, advice, workouts, meal plans and recipes. It aims to help all new mums create a beautiful, fit and strong new body and life.


Winning products of 2019 announced

Over 14,000 Australian consumers have voted for their favourite products of the year, with a surprising number of new categories that recognise innovations in healthy and gluten free product lines. 10 wins out of a total of 50 went to new products offering healthy and allergy free alternatives to everyday food and beverage items.

Despite rising obesity, with an estimated 28% of children and adolescents in Australia deemed overweight or obese*, the Product of the Year (POY) winners are bucking this trend, responding to rising consumer demands for health conscious and dietary specific foods. One category that has become more and more popular amongst consumers is gluten free, with two categories being created this year for general and kid friendly specific products.

Product of the Year Director, Sarah Connelly said, “I’m thrilled at the increase in innovative healthy-option products that are being made available on shelf and being entered into the Awards. It’s a trend that we’ve not seen much of before in the history of the Awards and it signals increasing consumer demand for manufacturers to innovate in these areas. These options are becoming far more mainstream and more affordable than they have ever been before.”

“A category that we have seen consistent growth in each year is ‘convenience foods’ but this year we are seeing more vegetarian easy-option foods, which simply haven’t been available before. It’s wonderful to see these dietary requirements being met by brands, showcasing their leadership in this space.”

Now in its tenth year in Australia, Product of the Year has announced its 2019 winners, with Coles scooping an incredible 11 awards, Metcash scoring 10 and ALDI an impressive 9 awards. New to the awards this year, Mars Foods were awarded three wins, as were fellow newcomers Freedom Foods, with two wins under their belt.

In its biggest year yet, the awards recognise product innovation and span across a wide range of categories including house and home; skincare, hair and beauty; home cooking and pantry; snacks and entertaining; kids; indulgence; healthy options and gluten free; and everyday staples.

Source: Product of The Year


Chiva-Som has reopened following completion of third stage of renovations

 Internationally renowned wellness destination Chiva-Som has reopened after a 6-month closure to complete the third of four stages of the resort’s first major renovation since its inauguration 23 years ago. Further enhancing the Chiva-Som offering, which has already seen all of its Ocean Rooms and many of its facilities transformed, today sees additions to the wellness experience with a new specialist golf retreat. 

The latest aesthetic and hardware developments comprise a complete overhaul of the Thai Pavilions, Emerald Room, Orchid Lounge, Library, Fitness Centre and Niranlada Medi-Spa. In line with the resort master plan, the hallmarks of which are contemporary and supremely comfortable interiors, the new look is realised with materials such as local sustainable teak, silk and bamboo. Keeping their quintessential Thai spirit intact, the Thai Pavilions are brighter, lighter and more spacious, creating a serene, calming space which reflects the tranquility of the resort. A new room category, the Thai Pavilion Suite features an outdoor pantry and its own outdoor private glass-walled sala, a private space for around six guests set amidst the tranquil gardens and is suitable for private meals, meditation or just for relaxing.

The addition of a glass wall in the Emerald Room has created a fresh, contemporary and relaxing space, flooded with natural light, where guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner. To celebrate the brand new Emerald Room design, Chiva-Som is delighted to welcome their first guest chef, Keisuke Matsushima who will be visiting the resort for a second time, this time the award-winning chef will be in residence serving up his renowned French- Japanese fusion dishes with a wellness twist. In addition, guests have the opportunity to cook with the Chevalier of the L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and L’Ordre du Merite Agricole awarded Chef and learn his techniques in an exclusive cooking class available only for in-house guests of Chiva-Som. Chef Matsushima’s residency is from 8th to 11th December.

The Orchid Lounge has undergone a complete makeover to become an inviting and sociable spot in which guests can enjoy afternoon-tea, interact, welcoming also a piano, pond-side seating and an open juice bar. The Library has also become airier and the new home of the retail shop, whilst the Guest Relations Desk has moved to a more private and discreet part of the resort.

The Fitness Centre has increased in size to incorporate a larger gym area and a separate stretching space with an array of new cardio equipment, functional and non-functional training equipment as well as a private training room and two fully renovated Dance and Pilates Studio’s.

The Kinesis Room has been renamed the Re-functional Studio, home to a private Neurac Room, Functional Assessment room and boasting brand new equipment including a BIODEX 4 PRO Isokinetic Dynamometer to help with rehabilitation, leg mobility and balance, as well as preparing the body for more strenuous exercise. Further additions are the highly versatile and space-efficient Queenax functional training equipment; a unique suspended body weight training system and an Electrical Muscle Stimulation system (Vision Body) to help reduce exercise-induced joint damage and aid recovery.

Chiva-Som’s ‘Total Golf Enhancement’ retreat has launched as well, aimed at developing guests’ overall game. This new retreat is suitable for players of all levels and provides expertise in specialist areas, such as Golf Fitness Training and Golf Biomechanics. In addition to golf-specific inclusions, guests will also enjoy related treatments in essential areas, such as post-game muscle recovery, relaxation and skincare. Improvement will be assessed by the included round(s) of golf with one of the in-house accredited professionals, played at one of Hua Hin’s leading courses.

The Niranlada Medi-Spa has evolved from its original clinical design to become warm and tranquil. The consultation room will provide greater privacy during body assessments and a brand new makeup room has been added for guests requiring a little further indulgence.

This highly anticipated refurbishment is being overseen by Chairman and CEO of Chiva-Som International Health Resort, Mr. Krip Rojanastien, who together with Designrealization Siam co. ltd, one of the worlds’s most respected architecture forms, has developed a modern and fresh take on Asia’s much loved classic. A trailblazer since its inception in 1995, Chiva-Som International Health Resort will continue to provide an unprecedented approach to health and wellbeing for many years to come.

Reservations are available to book throughout 1 November 2018 – 30 April 2019.

For Chiva-Som bookings in Australia contact your travel agent or a Chiva-Som Specialist on 1300 857 437.

Source: Chiva Som


Victoria Beckham and Cruz Beckham Spotted at Barry's Australia

Victoria Beckham and Cruz Beckham have visited Barry’s newly launched Surry Hills studio for a workout in the signature Red Room.

Renowned for its global, cult-like following, Barry’s attracts world’s most high-profile celebrities and influential names in entertainment, through to top athletes, captains of industry, editors and sports enthusiasts worldwide and launched into the Australian market last month.

Offering the 55-minute High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workout in the signature Red Room for an immersive and motivating experience that burns up-to 1000 calories.