Leading the charge of last year’s wellness buzzwords was ‘self-care‘ and of the countless ways one can practise it, a spa day is by far the most indulgent. Leave your pampering in the hands of an exceptional spa to make the feel-good last. Just take a look at these local luxury spas — manned by top therapists, they boast quality facilities and settings so serene, you’d hardly believe you’re in Singapore.
1. Remède Spa at The St. Regis Singapore
As the first Remède Spa outside the United States, the Singapore outpost set the standard for modern spas in the region. Decorated in chic marble, the spa’s treatments are centered on the element of water, with bathing traditions at the core of its services. The wet lounge’s ice fountain, for instance, is inspired by the ancient European bathing tradition of cleansing oneself with snow. But what gives Remède Spa an edge is that it’s home to a pedicure studio by Bastien Gonzalez: A podiatrist to the celebrities such as Naomi Campbell. All of his foot treatments focus on restoration and relaxation, and incorporate seamless four-hand massages and gentle cuticle treatments to restore the nature shine of your nails.
2. Banyan Tree Spa at Marina Bay Sands
Towering 55 floors above ground is Banyan Tree Spa: A serene sanctuary in the very heart of Singapore’s busiest district. While it lacks the tropical garden surrounds the spa group is revered for, its Marina Bay Sands locale makes up for it with unbeatable views of the city. Banyan Tree Spa focuses on a “high-touch, low-tech” approach with natural herbs and spices used in its ancient healing remedies. Every treatment begins with a soothing foot bath, and includes a thirty minute session of relaxation and refreshments for you to settle down and slowly drift to your senses. Signatures at the spa include the 210-minute Sense of Space treatment, which incorporates the local national flower through a scrub, massage, calming baths and a facial.
3. Auriga Spa at Capella Singapore
Consciously or not, you’ll find yourself exhaling deeply upon your arrival at Capella Singapore. With its exquisite landscaped gardens and seas as the backdrop, the luxury resort immediately beckons you to hit the pause button on life. For the time-crunched, simply check into Auriga Spa to slow right down. Book your private suite – all nine of them come equipped with private gardens – for a massage and take a dip in the vitality pool before stirring your senses in the herbal steam room. Befitting its constellation namesake, treatments are adapted to the cycles of the moon, but can also be customised to suit your wellness concerns. The popular Detox package includes a four hour session to purge toxins and dead skin cells, as well as a nutritious meal at The Knolls.
4. So Spa at Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa
Drop your shoulders and relax as you stroll into the hotel grounds of Sofitel’s Sentosa location. For the city-weary, So Spa – the largest one in the world – is a welcome respite. Abundant with foliage, it boasts the soothing sounds of a waterfall as its soundtrack and the calming scent of jasmine, bergamot and white grasse as its signature scent. The spa has 14 indoor treatment rooms and outdoor pavilions where experienced therapists deliver mind-numbing massages, skin-smoothing scrubs and facials. But the relaxation hardly stops there. Head outside to gather your senses in a float pool with cascading waterfalls, wade in a lap pool, or detoxify in a mud pool of Moroccan rhassoul clay.
5. Espa at Resorts World Sentosa
There’s no mistaking that Espa is a destination in itself. Spanning 10,000 square metres, the spa resembles a restorative resort with jungle-covered hillsides as its surrounds and the sea as its backyard. Spa days here are richly layered experiences with sleep zones and relaxation lounges for meditation, as well as vitality and icy plunge pools, a sauna with forest views and a curative Japanese-style onsen pool. The spa’s repertoire of treatments include facials and massages but for a truly unique experience, book the Turkish Hammam. Harking from ancient bathhouse traditions of Morocco and Turkey, it involves being lathered in black olive soap, scrubbed down with a traditional Kese mitt massaged in foam and masked in mud. You’ll emerge hours later with glowing skin and a revitalised soul.
6. Damai Spa at Grand Hyatt Singapore
Meaning peace in Malay and Indonesian, Damai Spa’s spa menu is an homage to Singapore’s colourful social fabric as it harnesses the healing traditions of various cultures. One of its signature treatments is malay urut: A traditional massage that incorporates deep thumb and forearm kneading and palm pressure along energy meridians. Want to share the pampering with your partner? Upgrade to the sun-drenched couple suite for a soak in a spacious indoor stone tub overlooking an outdoor water terrace.
7. The Fullerton Spa at The Fullerton Hotel
At The Fullerton Spa, the signature 90-minute treatments go hand in hand with the all-natural products by Aromatherapy Associates. Made from the purest extracts and essential oils, they take you on sensory journeys to target different concerns and moods. To make the most of your day, hit the sauna and steam room before taking a dip in the hotel’s 25-metre outdoor infinity pool. Our editor recently tried the spa’s new Wellbeing Expert treatments. Read it here.
8. Away Spa at W Singapore
W Singapore’s reputation as a party hotel may eclipse its spa offerings, but make no mistake: It’s still a sanctuary. Sure its futuristic theme and neon lights aren’t what you would typically relate to relaxation. But the treatments – ranging from manicures to massages – are as top-knotch as its more traditional counterparts. Facilities include a decompression area, sauna, steam room, vitality pool, herbal bath, and experiential showers.
9. Heavenly Spa at The Westin Singapore
Heaven awaits on the 35th floor of The Westin Singapore. Only six treatment rooms are available in the exclusive space, with each overlooking the heritage district of Chinatown. Massages here cater to the overworked and weary, with mentally uplifting massages, energising scrubs and intensive facials to lift and nourish tired skin. The female steam room is currently undergoing maintenance, but other facilities such as the vitality whirlpool and experience shower still target are still great to cap off your day at the spa.
10. Ikeda Spa Prestige
Be transported to a ryokan (a traditional Japanese bathhouse) at Ikeda Spa Prestige: Singapore’s first Japanese-inspired communal bathing facility. Enriched with healing minerals from natural hot springs in Japan, these are believed to melt away pain, anxiety and stress. The sensory experience of your treatment is next level: Tailor your aural pleasure by selecting your own music, and stare up at a virtual starry sky from your private onsen bath in the VIP couple suite.