Kate O'Brien

Born and educated in Galway, on Ireland’s wild Atlantic coastline, I followed my Asian dream by living and working in Hong Kong (and Singapore) for 18 years. One husband, three children, and a vast ocean of experience (and fun!) later I came home - 2013 to be more precise. I am lucky enough to have enjoyed many years in the health, beauty and spa industries in London, Dublin, Singapore and Hong Kong and have written about my travels and experiences in a number of publications and books.

A qualified dietitian, my passion for all things wellness related (skincare and fragrance in particular) led me to further my studies with a diploma in Cosmetic Science from the Society of Cosmetic Scientists in London. I am a founding judge at the prestigious annual Asia Spa awards in Hong Kong  and have experienced some of the world’s most perfect spas and retreats, with few (hot or cold) stones left untouched, in my quest for the best. I continue to write with Asia Spa, as well as leading Irish publications the Gloss and Image magazines. 

I have written seven books:  SLOW Life, Spa Chic, Eco Chic, Balancing Senses, Spa Style Asia-Pacific, Spa Style Arabia (all EDM books) and Qi, Chinese Secrets of Health, Beauty & Vitality (C License Pte Ltd). My latest title: Your Middle Years: Love them, Live them, Own them. (Gill Books), written with dietitian Paula Mee.


Kate's Books