From foot rubs and scalp treatments to facials and full-body massages, these luxury spas promise the ultimate downtime you’ve been wanting
We don’t know about you, but as the year draws to an end, we could certainly use some well-deserved R&R to rejuvenate the overworked mind and body. While we’re partial towards the sun, sand and sea when it comes to unwinding, we reckon a gratifying spa session would do the trick too – here’s a list of the best luxury spas in Singapore that will help you get back on your feet before a new year beckons.
Auriga Spa at Capella Singapore
Auriga Spa at Capella Singapore takes pampering sessions seriously and provides everything you expect for an afternoon of disconnecting and unwinding. We recommend arriving an hour early before your treatment, so that you’d be able to make full use of the spa’s facilities such as the herbal steam room, an ice fountain, a vitality pool with a swan neck shower to massage your shoulders, as well as cool and warm shower experiences.
1 The Knolls
Tel: +65 6591 5023
The Fullerton Spa, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
Although you wouldn’t find jacuzzis, ice baths or rain showers within The Fullerton Hotel Singapore’s spa facility, it more than makes up for it in its service and offerings. The Full Body Indulgence, which comprises a 30-minute body scrub, a 90-minute signature massage and a 60-minute facial, features products by Aromatherapy Associates. The dry scrub aids in removing water retention, and the Essential Rose facial will take you on a metaphorical walk through a garden. You’ll be introduced to a variety of floral scents, and even enjoy a yummy leave-on facial peel with pineapple extract, and a rose cream that’ll leave you feeling like a bed of roses.
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
1 Fullerton Square
Tel: +65 6733 8388
The Spa, Mandarin Oriental, Singapore
One of The Spa’s signature treatments at Mandarin Oriental, Singapore is the Orchid Dream ritual, the ultimate pampering session for those who need a much-needed break from the humdrum of daily life. Your experience here begins with a footbath, with a cup of chilled butterfly pea flower tea by your side. The full body massage uses an essential oil that’s exclusively created by luxury skincare brand Kerstin Florian for The Spa — an elixir that blends orchid essential oil with organic sunflower and lavender essential oil.
Mandarin Oriental, Singapore
5 Raffles Ave
Tel: +65 6338 0066
The Ritz-Carlton Spa, The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore
The Hot Lapis Stone treatment at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore relies on the natural healing properties of lapis lazuli gemstones to help guests unwind. Warm, sapphire-blue lapis lazuli stones are used in this treatment to help relieve muscle tension. Dating back more than 6,500 years ago, these stones were first used as jewellery by royal families and are believed to stimulate physical, psychological and spiritual healing. Once your treatment ends, have a soak in the heated jacuzzi outside the treatment room, which is said to alleviate post-treatment soreness and improve blood circulation.
The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore
7 Raffles Ave,
Tel: +65 6337 8888
Spa by JW, JW Marriott Singapore South Beach
While city hotels may offer heritage, luxury and all that jazz, they usually tend to miss the mark, particularly where spas are concerned. But this isn’t the case for Spa by JW, which has an impressive portfolio of treatments to boast coupled with top-notch facilities. The spa’s signature 50-minute massage does the trick for those who can’t afford to spare a couple of hours for some midday downtime. There’s no welcome foot bath, but what you get is a no-nonsense, 50-minute TLC package that will hurl your body to a state of bliss. The techniques used in the treatment are said to boost blood circulation and promote relaxation, and one may enjoy the rest of the afternoon in one of the zero gravity chairs in the relaxation lounge.
Spa by JW
Level 2, East Tower
JW Marriott Singapore South Beach
30 Beach Road
Tel: +65 6818 1929
Chi, The Spa, Shangri-La Hotel Singapore
Have two hours to burn in town? Make your way to Chi, The Spa at Shangri-La Hotel Singapore for its Singapore Heritage Deep Tissue Massage, a 90-minute massage that combines light stretching with deep tissue techniques to release tension in the body. The treatment combines traditional Asian massage and therapeutic-massage techniques. To increase blood flow to the skin and underlying tissues, a warm, moist towel is placed between the guest’s back and the massage table during the treatment. This also helps to heal muscle aches quickly.
Shangri-La Hotel Singapore
22 Orange Grove Road
Tel: +65 6213 4398
Banyan Tree Spa
Did you know that each Banyan Tree Spa therapist undergoes at least 350 hours of training based on stringent curriculum of the accredited Banyan Tree Spa Academy? Situated on level 55 of Marina Bay Sands hotel, Banyan Tree Spa offers an impressive range of treatment options coupled with stunning panoramas of the city skyline. All Banyan Tree Spa treatments begin with a soothing Foot Bath and come with a complimentary 30-minute Calm Time of refreshments and relaxation.
One of the signature treatments to try here is the Sense of Place – Harmony Banyan treatment, a full-body massage that uses a refreshing body scrub made from orchid flowers – which help to promote smooth and flawless skin.
Away Spa, W Sentosa
While a majority of the spa facilities in luxury hotels bear calm and zen interiors through the use of warm, earthy colours, this isn’t entirely the case for W Sentosa’s Away Spa. The spa facilities comprise a decompression area, sauna, steam room, vitality pool, herbal bath and experiential showers, are vibrantly illuminated in hues of purple, orange, green and blue. A private outdoor shower is fitted in each of the spa’s two double suites, two beauty alcoves and three single treatment rooms. After your treatment, gradually ease back into reality by indulging on sips and nibbles on outdoor spear lounge chairs in the spa’s private garden.
Remede Spa, The St. Regis Singapore
Inspired by age-old traditions from the East and West, Remede Spa at The St. Regis Singapore offers a diverse selection of treatments that focus on the element of water and bathing rituals. Its facilities include steam chambers, an aqua reflexology footpath and a spa garden.
If it’s your first time, opt for the signature Black Soap and Rassoul Hammam ritual. Here, the therapist will put you in a state of serenity with a gentle scrub using black soap and purifying rassoul (a Moroccan saponified clay rich in iron oxyde and magnesium, which helps to get rid of the skin’s impurities). This is followed by a regenerating face and scalp massage that uses argan oil, leaving the skin beautifully soft and satin smooth.