If you love to unwind with a full body massage or facial spa in a luxurious spa or beauty salon, this one is for you! You can enjoy a couples spa, onsen bath, aromatherapy massages and various facials at these spas in Singapore.
“The Ganbanyoku (stone bathing) Detox massage at Ikeda Spa is one of the most comfortable I have experienced. I usually ask for air conditioning to be turned down during a spa treatment, but not here – the bed is made of volcanic rocks from Hakone and heated up to 49 degrees with boiling water beneath!
The bed was covered in towels, which distributed the heat evenly over my body, with a cushion supporting my chest when I lay face-down.
The therapist used a custom blend of essential oils for a deep tissue massage that worked through all my tight muscles. Under the firm, rhythmic movements of her hands, I drifted off to sleep moments after the massage began, and again after I turned to face up. The massage only left me wanting more.
Ikeda Spa says that the heat helps to detox fat-soluble toxins and cholesterol and can help burn up to 1,500 calories, which is equivalent to running 15km. Sure enough, I noticed that my waist and thighs appeared to look less flabby a few days later. I also slept better and woke up more refreshed in the following days.”
So Spa, Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa
“So Spa is the perfect place to escape to if you want to enjoy more than just a treatment. With complimentary use of facilities in the resort included, and the option of lingering for a light lunch beside the pool, this calls for a little self-indulgence. Why not take a friend – or, as I did, treat a teenage daughter to the ‘My Massage with Mum’ experience?
Ironically, this is the first spa I ever visited on my arrival in Singapore many years ago. The frangipani tree at the end of the garden has grown somewhat, and still stylishly reflects on the black pool. The facilities include a hot and cold indoor jacuzzi and the spa, which will expand its product range soon.
I enjoyed The Sentosa Massage, which incorporates Eastern and Western techniques to stimulate energy pathways and recharge overworked muscles, relaxing the mind and invigorating the body.
So Spa remains a favourite of mine as it offers serenity away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.”
“Following Raffles Hotel’s refurbishment three years ago, Raffles Spa found a new home, tucked in a quiet corner of the Raffles courtyard. Before you begin your treatment, you should definitely spend some time experiencing the spa’s topnotch facilities, including the sauna, steam room and heated pool. You may also complement your heat treatment by rubbing yourself with crushed ice from the spa’s ice fountain – it’s said to keep your immune system strong! I spent a short while in the elegantly appointed lounge prior to my treatment indulging in some refreshments.
Raffles Spa offers a range of luxurious treatments, including signature therapies such as Raffles Signature Gemstone Massage, classic facials and exfoliating body scrubs. It also has Ayurvedainspired body treatments such as the Chakra Deep Sleep Ritual Body Wrap.
I went for the 60-minute Absolute Relaxation Massage to help relieve some tension in my shoulders and neck. The massage was lovely and the therapist did a brilliant job of working through the tight muscles in a firm but relaxing manner. I especially liked the heated bed, which kept me very comfortable throughout the massage. By the end of the afternoon, I felt mentally and physically relaxed and rejuvenated!”
Mandarin Oriental Spa
Fancy a facial spa treatment? The Mandarin Oriental Spa is offering a new series of special facials, such as the Perfect Lifting Facial, which help to remodel the facial contour and smooth away wrinkles, while also rejuvenating the neck and décolleté.
Top it off with the RS-28 Intensive treatment to boost cell regeneration and increase tissue oxygenation, skin elasticity and resistance – it’ll leave your skin looking fresher and brighter.
Alternatively, you can opt for the Perfect Lightening treatment, specifically designed to brighten and even out skin tone, revealing a youthful, radiant complexion.
The Mandarin Oriental Spa is also one of the spas in Singapore offering treatments for men. Spa date, anyone? Gents can try the Perfect Repair, a deep cleansing and purifying facial treatment tailored for men of any age. The treatment soothes, purifies and eliminates fatigue, promoting a calm, fresh and youthful appearance. Other options for men include a Perfect Neck & Décolleté treatment, and eye treatments too.
This article first appeared in the September 2022 edition of Expat Living. You can purchase the latest issue or subscribe, so you never miss a copy!
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