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Luxury Leisure: A Guide to High-End Recreational Activities

According to the CEO of Led Style, Francesco Gasparinetti, “when you engage in something that you love, you enter a state of flow, where you are fully immersed and focused on the task at hand. This can help you forget about your worries and problems and release positive hormones such as endorphins and dopamine.”1

Hobbies are instrumental to your well-being, and are often activities that help you relax and focus on yourself. Apart from making connections with people who share the same interests, there is creative self-expression and a sense of accomplishment that leads to personal growth.

How can hobbies serve your lifestyle needs?

Ever since The Old Course at St Andrews Links in Scotland was chartered in 15522, golf has been a mainstay of rest and relaxation. Singapore is home to many golf courses and driving ranges. The Serapong at Sentosa Golf Club has been rated one of the top 100 in the world.3 There golfers can enjoy the Par-72 fairways while taking in a stunning view of the Singapore skyline.

Another traditional way to stay fit and enjoy the outdoors is with cycling. Singapore currently has 525 kilometres of purpose-built cycling paths, and many more designated routes such as the Macpherson to Mandai Trail which is perfect for mountain biking.

If you would rather stay indoors, dive into the world of art collecting, where reputable collections can turn a tidy profit while offering aesthetic enjoyment.

Or perhaps you have an interest in the science of precious stones. Setting aside time to view rare gems and understand what makes them so valuable also counts towards relaxation and personal development.

If you're looking for a change of scenery from tropical Singapore, you might want to pick up skiing. Indulge yourself in ski trips to mountain resorts around the world. Whether you're a rank beginner or schuss down a double black diamond slope, you get to enjoy the breath-taking views and amenities wherever you go!

Yachting can bring you to prestigious sailing events worldwide like the annual Voiles de St. Tropez off the French Riviera. Or embark on lavish yachting escapades that offer intimacy and exclusivity away from the crowd, so that you can spend time with family and friends. You don’t even need to get your own yacht to enjoy all these activities! In Singapore, numerous high-end yacht providers cater to such experiences, allowing you to celebrate your year-end or birthday parties in style on the open seas.

Opportunities to invest

A by-product of spending time and money on yourself is the opportunity to expand your investments in other kinds of assets. If you go skiing frequently, you might choose to invest in ski chalets. If you have an eye for vintage cars, you might choose to buy models which may result in an appreciation of value over time. For instance, a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO recently sold for US$51.7 million at an auction, setting a world record.4

By collecting vintage cars, jewellery, or even art works, you can also contribute to the preservation of these parts of history. For instance, loan your vintage cars out to the Motoring Heritage Day5 event in Singapore, or your artworks to museums. Your hobby thus becomes a meaningful activity that benefits many other people!

Use your hobby to anchor yourself to life

The hobby you pick should serve as a way for you to take time for yourself, to get to know and express who you really are. Finding a pastime that suits both your personality and your lifestyle is essential to a healthy sense of self.

Alongside that, anticipate benefits to your mental health such as diminished stress, amplified well-being, strengthened social ties, and a decrease in signs of depression and anxiety.6

You might have a busy schedule with heavy responsibilities but using that same discipline that helped you build your empire towards improving your well-being is vital for your health and longevity.

In the end, strive to establish balanced boundaries with your tasks and consider integrating brief ‘micro breaks’ in your workday. It’s a gentle way to nurture a healthier relationship with yourself, cater to your individual personality, and foster a work life that's in tune with your unique essence.

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