It’s easy to find a spa on just about any street in this little red dot, if your definition simply consists of trickling water features, New Age CD music and a perfunctory rub-down. The stellar spots are harder to find, but worth seeking out. These luxurious cocoons offer sublime relaxation for mind and body alike.
SOTHYS L’ESPACE SANT
Sothys is a 60-year-old Parisian spa brand revered for its typically French dedication to face and body refinement. The Sothys institute on rue du Faubourg Saint-Honor in Paris is a beauty pilgrimage for many, and one of its two Singapore salons fittingly resides within the fashionable confines of Palais Renaissance. This spa focuses on innovative treatments, such as the Hydroptimal TH13 Institute Treatment devised to hydrate skin, and its signature Digi-Esthetique finger-pressure massage technique.
Sothys L”Espace Sant, Palais Renaissance, 390 Orchard Road, +65 6235 2821
Auriga nestles amid the tropical rainforest surrounding Capella Hotel, the newest addition to Sentosa Island’s burgeoning luxury scene. This spacious spa follows the cycles of the moon and its signature offering is as close to a celestial experience as spa-lovers are likely to find. Tapping Into the Rhythm is the collective name for four specific treatments offered only at particular stages of the lunar cycle – new, waxing, full and waning. The New Moon treatment focuses on beginnings and the colour green, starting with a juniper, fennel and rosemary foot massage, and culminating in a full-body eucalyptus and rosemary massage.
Auriga Singapore, Capella Hotel, 1 The Knolls, Sentosa Island, +65 6591 5023
The Grand Hyatt already housed the chicest fitness centre in town when it opened the doors to Damai in 2009. This integrated spa and fitness destination is creating a huge buzz. Raw stone, deluxe timber and elegant simplicity lend Damai the air of an ultra-modern onsen: the national flower, the Vanda Miss Joaquin orchid, inspires the spa’s signature essence. All treatments incorporate the healing traditions of Malay, Chinese, Indian and European cultures, and 11 treatment rooms ensure plenty of space. Go for the two-hour purifying de-stress and cleanse, in which Indian sea-salt exfoliation meets ginseng body masque, finished with an Abhyangam massage.
Damai, Grand Hyatt Singapore, 10 Scotts Road, +65 6738 1234
A1 SINGAPORE TANTRA
A1 Singapore Massage Agency exclusively for men can offer visiting Sensual Tantra Massage service in a Singapore Style. Tantra massage is an unforgettable experience that deepens the passion and intimacy – the power of sensual touch and the art of receiving. A full body massage using ancient inspired Tantra method is sensationally intended to relax and build total awareness of one’s sexual energy. All treatments incorporate Kama sutra style of massage suitable for a stress releasing approach to end a day.
A1 Singapore Tantra, 1 Scotts road, +65 8238 7729
The first Remde spa outside the US was voted one of the world’s top spas in 2008 by US Cond Nast Traveler. It is situated within the St Regis Singapore, close to the Orchard Road shopping belt. Remde began life as an exclusive skincare brand and has successfully translated to the luxury spa environment. Inspired by water and ancient bathing rituals, the treatments here are delivered in a space that’s both sparkly and sophisticated. The spa boasts the only contemporary hammam in the city, as well as an -ice fountain’ that offers a sensational rush after a session in the eucalyptus-scented steam room. The ultimate treatment here has to be the signature Warm Jade Stone deep-tissue massage.
Remde Spa, St Regis Singapore, 29 Tanglin Road, +65 6505 6888
WEN LUXE SPA
To indulge in one of the world’s best aromatherapy brands, go to Wen. The name means -warmth’ in Chinese, and this spa, decorated in turquoise and white, is the first to fully embrace Aromatherapy Associates products for its in-house treatments. More of the world’s finest cult beauty brands are also put to work in custom-designed treatments and are available to take away. Skin, body, hair and nail treatments come from the likes of Omorovicza, Sjl and Natura Biss, with men’s products by Refinery and MenScience.
Wen Luxe Spa, 6 Bukit Pasoh Road, +65 6227 2722