From treatments rooted in Ayurvedic wisdom to age-old rituals set amidst nature, these spas in Singapore serve up rest and relaxation in spades.
Joyce Cheo, Denise Kok
Six Senses Maxwell
For a hospitality brand that had embraced wellness long before wellness became a buzzword in the industry, the arrival of Six Senses in Singapore – sans its signature spa – left fans slightly forlorn. However, that’s set to change now that the brand has brought its spa experience right into the heart of the city in the form of cosy spa pods sited at its Maxwell property.
Here, darkened treatment rooms gently lit by mood lights block out the bustle of the city. Void of external stimuli, relaxation comes easy. Besides a range of signature massages and body treatments that cut across all 37 Six Senses spas, the spa offers a Vanda “Miss Joaquim” ritual that’s unique to Singapore.
The 120-minute affair begins with a massage focused on the neck, back, and shoulders, where Amethyst crystal balls are used to further deepen the pressure on each stroke applied by the therapist. In keeping with the floral-themed moniker of the treatment, the massage features the use of The Organic Pharmacy’s rose and jasmine body oil. An invigorating body scrubs follows, this time using an in-house concoction of orchid oil and himalayan pink salt. After a warm shower in the en-suite bathroom, you are then cocooned in a purifying mud wrap while a slim bamboo rod rolls over the face in an upward motion, helping to relieve any tension in the facial muscles – an oft-overlooked area when it comes to massages.
The session concludes with a 15-minute repose in the relaxation pod, a luxe cocoon of a room decorated with silk wallpaper by famed interior designer Jacques Garcia. Here, red dates and grapes are served alongside a pot of ginger tea, snacks that you can nibble on while you recline on a custom-made lounger that vibrates to a soundtrack of your choice – be it a chorus of Tibetan singing bowls or birdsong in the forest.
What could be better than an afternoon of next-level pampering at the expert hands of the therapists at The St. Regis Singapore’s Remède Spa? Devised to target aches and tension, this body ritual begins with a 90-minute Deep Tissue Sports Massage where the therapist performs a series of massage techniques using firm pressure to loosen knots from stiff muscles. An improvement in mobility and flexibility can be expected, along with a sense of wellbeing.
Worn-out legs and feet will be given a new lease of life with the 60-minute Bastien’s Pedicure. The pinnacle of foot care, this treatment eliminates dry cuticles and rough calluses using high-tech tools like a dentist’s drill and scalpel while special massage techniques are also performed to alleviate water retention and improve foot health. You will also have access to the spa’s facilities where you can continue your wellness experience.
Finally, enjoy a delightful luncheon at LaBrezza, The St. Regis Singapore’s poolside restaurant, which serves fresh and authentic Italian cuisine.
Remède Spa, The St. Regis, 29 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247911. Tel: 6506-6896
Capella Singapore Auriga Spa Senja Sunyi
Referencing traditional healing therapies from ancient Asian cultures, this deeply pampering massage works not only to soothe aches but also to improve energy flow within the body so your man will emerge feeling recharged and reinvigorated. Using a luxurious body balm that’s rich in skincare ingredients to nourish and firm skin, the therapist performs Javanese massage steps which focuses on knuckle and thumb pressure to loosen tight and tense muscles. In addition, warm moon stones are also used to help warm up the muscles for an optimal results.
If you travel often for work, book a session of this invigorating massage at The Ritz-Carlton. Specially designed to combine stretching techniques with Ayurvedic healing philosophy, this massage helps reset out-of-sync bodies and restore serenity to frazzled minds. Tense muscles and water retention are also targeted with the use of bamboo sticks to “roll” and “knead” away aches so you feel recharged and revitalised.
Set amongst lush greenery, So Spa at Sofitel Singapore Sentosa is the ideal place for a spa day out for nature lovers. Surrounded by trees and birds, it’s not uncommon for guests to be greeted with the sounds of birds chirping while enjoying a massage.
Opt for the Thai Massage, which is an all-encompassing treatment that works on the entire body to realign your body, release built-up tension and improve circulation. Go back to nature as this device-free treatment draws from age-old rituals including traditional Thai massage, assisted yoga stretches, Ayurvedic principles and acupressure techniques.
Performed without the use of massage oil, the therapist uses palm and forearm kneading techniques to work out aches and tension as well as guide one through easy-to-achieve yoga-inspired poses that will deeply and effectively stretch and loosen tight muscles.
So Spa, Sentosa, 2 Bukit Manis Rd, Singapore 09989. Tel: 6708-8310