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COMO keep fit, Bali lingering, the one and only Bill Bensley

COMO Hotels & Resorts say spending time outdoors is good for you (see a COMO yoga photo, above). This is especially true in green environments, where natural landscapes have a soothing effect on our mind and bodies. A study in Japan, for instance, found that simply walking in a forest for 15 minutes had the power to reduce blood pressure, lower heart rate and decrease the stress hormone, cortisol. Outdoor exercise has also been shown to boost confidence. In 2010, a study of 1,252 participants at the University of Essex, England,  found that activities in green environments – or in the presence of water – generated greater improvements for both self-esteem and mood. COMO Shambhala’s highly qualified therapists include lifestyle coach, Ralitsa Peeva. Take an online class to make you smile with satisfaction.

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Want to smile, anyway? At Wansho Laundry in central Taiwan, most dirty clothes dropped off to be steamed or washed or dry-cleaned end up right back in the hands of their rightful owners, cleaner than when they arrived. The laundry is run by an octogenarian couple, Chang Wan-ji and Hsu Sho-er. Their 30-year old grandson started styling his grandma in left-behind garments. After only 19 posts on Instagram – @wantshowasyoung – there have been over 150,000 likes.

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Want an exclusive Bali hideaway? Take Duadari, a Residence by Hadiprana, two hectares of grounds, available only for 14 nights for its The Art of Lingering. Sleep up to 12, total, in two villas, a few minutes from each other, are both run by a charming lady, Deasy Swandarini.

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Want to hear that king of articulate design, Bill Bensley, he who want to paint the villas at Four Seasons Langkawi bright blue, he who put silver animal sculptures next to the pool at St Regis Bangkok? He is one of the stars of MARY GOSTELOW GIRLAHEAD PODCAST.  Do not miss him, or it – sign up now, on https://anchor.fm/gostelow