Six Senses’ spa treatments are legendary, bringing together high- quality products and unparalleled pampering. Which was why I couldn’t wait to visit Spa Pods at Six Senses Maxwell and try its signature Locally-Inspired Wellness Retreat treatment, comprising a two-hour Vanda “Miss Joaquim” ritual that includes face and body massages, a body wrap and a body scrub; a three-course wellness lunch; and a TCM consultation.
Upon arrival, I was ushered into one of the five warmly lit rooms on the fourth floor, which is decorated in a contemporary style while retaining the property’s original 19th-century aesthetic.
During the massage, my therapist Angel kneaded out all the knots in my back, neck and shoulders using warm amethyst crystals. The firm confidence of her hands was so soothing – and the customised Lemi Florence bed with memory foam mattress so comfortable – that I was quickly lulled into slumber.
The body scrub was done using a blend of pink Himalayan salt – a natural exfoliator that detoxifies and helps balance the skin’s pH – and orchid essential oil, which helps reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles while moisturising and conditioning the skin for a bright and radiant complexion. At first, I was wincing as the coarse Himalayan salt rubbed painfully against my skin. After awhile though, it felt more like a comfortable back scratch. After I rinsed off the residue with a quick shower, Angel applied rose mud all over my body, to nourish and purify my skin. Kudos to Six Senses for its eco-friendly practices: I was then wrapped in soft organic cotton sheets, instead of disposable plastic ones.
As I lay cocooned, Angel used a short bamboo rod to massage my face. This helps to strengthen the facial muscles as well as erase signs of fatigue and tension from my visage. I never knew that a face massage could be so calming, and my skin did feel more supple after that. Twenty minutes later, I rinsed off the mud before a moisturising rose-and-jasmine body oil was applied. The rose fragrance smelled so good that I was tempted to buy a jar home.
The pampering session ended at the relaxation lounge, where I spent 10 minutes on a lounger that emitted gentle vibrations as I listened to the sound of waves through headsets, and sipped warm ginger-and-red- date tea.
The wellness lunch can be taken either at Cook & Tras Social Library, on the ground floor of Six Senses Maxwell, or Yellow Pot restaurant at the nearby Six Senses Duxton. I opted to have mine at the latter, and enjoyed the light and tasty meal of black bean soup, steamed barramundi and tang yuan in ginger tea. I left contentedly full but not stuffed, blissfully energised by my smooth and glowing rose-scented skin.