Chiva-Som spa introduces genomic programme
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Chiva-Som spa introduces genomic programme

Chiva-Som spa introduces genomic programme
Chiva-Som genomic testing.

Chiva-Som in Hua Hin announced the launch of its genomic testing service, further demonstrating a commitment to identifying and supporting individuals' specific well-being goals and addressing the challenges of modern living in a holistic way.

Genetic samples are collected and processed in a specialist laboratory, the results then interpreted and conveyed to guests by specialised genomic and health counselling experts. With assistance from Chiva-Som's wellness team, a bespoke programme is then created comprising suitable exercise and sleep protocols, treatments as well as advice on optimising nutrient intake and other lifestyle choices aligned with the guest's specific genetic make-up.

Two types of tests are available, Vital and Longevity. Guests can book and take the test at any point during their stay, and results are returned within three to four weeks.


Singapore's Bird Paradise. 

Birdwatchers' paradise at Singapore's Mandai Wildlife West

Visitors will soon be able to walk through Singapore's new bird park and get a glimpse of how the birds and their carers are settling into their new home at Bird Paradise, which soft-launches on May 8. Next to the new park, visitors can enjoy the many dining and retail options as well as playgrounds and public artworks at Mandai Wildlife West, the new ungated public node which serves as the gateway to Bird Paradise and the upcoming Rainforest Wild.

Bird Paradise is a celebration of birds and their stories, and will be home to some of the world's most threatened species -- from Philippine eagles to straw-headed bulbuls, black-winged mynas and blue-throated macaws. One of the species, the Socorro dove, is in fact extinct in the wild, and only survives because of the breeding efforts undertaken by the Mandai Wildlife Group and other conservation-minded institutions. Visitors will also be able to see the world's largest population of hornbills under human care, many of them flying free in some of the eight large walk-through aviaries, which are inspired by different habitats from around the globe. At Sky Amphitheatre, two new avian presentations will take flight -- Predators On Wings and Wings Of The World. They will have a new format and content, while retaining some of the favourite elements from the previous Kings Of The Skies and High Flyers presentations at Jurong Bird Park.



Travelodge Kyoto Shijo Kawaramachi.

New Travelodge well-placed in Kyoto's Kawaramachi district

Travelodge Hotels Asia recently unveiled the newest addition to its portfolio, Travelodge Kyoto Shijo Kawaramachi, which officially opened last month.

The hotel's location in Kawaramachi, known for famous tourist attractions like Yasaka Shrine, Fushimi Shrine, Kiyomizu Temple and Kyoto Imperial Palace, makes it a popular destination for domestic and international travellers. With numerous bus and subway stations nearby, the area serves as a convenient transportation hub to explore the city. There's also excellent access to JR Kyoto Station, Itami Airport and Kansai Airport, making the hotel an ideal choice for all travellers.

The hotel's six room types cater to a wide range of traveller requirements. For example, the Friends & Family Triple room is perfect for families with children, while Deluxe Twin rooms offer spacious and comfortable accommodation for longer stays.

Cliffside JW Marriott Jeju Resort & Spa opens

JW Marriott recently announced the opening of JW Marriott Jeju Resort & Spa in Seogwipo, Jeju. Perched on a cliffside overlooking the stunning volcanic coastlines of Jeju Island, the new resort has been designed to ensure guests can focus on being mindful and present, all the while enjoying experiences that nourish the body and spirit in a setting that respects and celebrates the magnificence of its natural surroundings.

JW Marriott Jeju Resort & Spa is a beautiful fusion of nature and design. Its surroundings are directly connected to Route 7 of the island's famous Olle Trail, a walking path that follows the coastline for approximately 17.7km, overlooking endless stretches of blue ocean and nearby Beomseom island. Jeju is home to several Unesco World Heritage sites, including Hallasan Mountain Natural Reserve, Geomunoreum Lava Tube System, Seongsan Ilchulbong Tuff Cone and the Getbol Tidal Flats. The island is a one-hour flight from Seoul, and the resort is an hour's drive from Jeju International Airport.

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