When you feel beaten and bruised by life, when you look in the mirror and see only the bags under your eyes, it’s time to shut off and have some “peel me a grape and fan me with feathers” time. Well, obviously nobody is actually going to do that for you, but the next best thing is to have someone rub your feet, your back, and basically anywhere that aches. And a facial, of course. So, here are some of best spas in Singapore to get yourself some “me time”.
AWAY® Spa, like its name suggests, is far from the city, but what a place it is. Winner of ‘Best Hangover Cure’ at Harper’s Bazaar’s Annual Spa Awards, this is an oasis of modern luxury that looks almost futuristic, whether it’s the sauna, steam room, or vitality pool you’re in – perfect for that indulgent rejuvenation you always wanted. Want to look shinier than the pristine waters of Sentosa Cove? Try the Glow of the Cove Facial or award-winning Detox Massage to detox from a playful night out. Once you’re all done, ease back into the real world in a private garden with healthy spa sips and nibbles.
AWAY® Spa is located at W Singapore – Sentosa Cove, 21 Ocean Way, Singapore 098374, p. +65 6808 7290. Open daily 10am – 10pm.
“Damai” means peace in Indonesian, and that’s exactly what you’ll get across Damai Spa’s 11 contemporary treatment rooms. The treatments here encompass the best of Chinese, Malay, Indian, and European traditions and philosophies, so it’s completely Singaporean. Their signature 90-minute massage therapy starts with a consultation with a personal therapist in your very own private suite (complete with a shower and changing room!) which includes a sensory test to discover your favourite essential oil, and find out exactly what spots you want to work on. Afterwards, don’t forget to take a plunge in their hot and cold pools!
Damai Spa is located at Grand Hyatt Singapore, 10 Scotts Rd, Singapore 228211, p. +65 6738 1234. Open daily 10am – 10pm.
You’ll likely have heard of Spa Esprit, the homegrown apothecary spa that’s been operating since 1996 with its creative treatments and personal blend of moisturisers, body scrubs, and shower gels customisable to your skin. How does a Classic Scrub-A-Dub or Zsa Zsa Gabor Hydrating Facial sound? There’s even a Cheeky Chai Detox that comprises a drainage massage with heated fragrant mud to flush out all your impurities. It smells darn good too!
Spa Esprit is located at #03-19 Wheelock Place, 501 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238880, p. +65 6479 0070. Open daily 10am – 9pm.
If you like your pampering Japanese-style, then this is for you. Holding the flag high as Singapore’s first Japanese day spa, Ikeda Spa delivers a range of personalised treatments that nods towards traditional Japanese healing techniques, including Zen Candle Therapy Massages and a Chidoriya Organic Facial created specially for geishas. They’ll also provide you with a body chart to let you select parts of body that you want to work on, before tailoring something just for you.
Ikeda Spa is located at at 787 Bukit Timah Rd, Singapore 269762, p. +65 6388 8080. Open daily 1.30pm – 10.30pm.
Elements Wellness ION
Elements Wellness is one of those places that offer the works, from TCM treatments to chiropractic consultations and onsen baths in a handcrafted Koyamaki wood tub. Did we mention a quartz healing lounge too? Talk about comprehensive. While there are more traditional options like sports massages and customised facials, this is the place to go crazy with the treatments available – before you know it, you might just find yourself sitting in an infrared sauna.
Elements Wellness is located at ION Orchard, Centrepoint, 313@Somerset, and Suntec Tower 2. See individual outlet opening hours here.
Afond has rightly earned a reputation for their Couples Spa sessions, and they’ve probably saved a marriage or ten with their top-notch services. Free and ready to mingle? No fret – single spa sessions in private rooms are available, along with everything from pre-natal massages to jacuzzi hydrotherapy and waxing. In fact, our go-to is the Herbal Body Wrap, which uses natural herbs, spices, and essential to detox your skin, leaving it soft and supple.
Afond Spa is located at 263 South Bridge Rd, Singapore 058812, p. +65 6836 0676. Open daily 10am – 10.30pm.
Spas are great and all, but a spa in the middle of a picture-perfect park? Even better. Nestled in Bishan Park, this luscious joint takes its cue from mother nature with a holistic focus that draws on the therapeutic powers of botanicals. There’s a therapy here to suit almost every need, from facials that employ natural herb-based products to a Bamboo Retreat where bamboo is the main massage medium. Slip next door to The Green Room for vegetarian and raw food fare!
Aramsa Spa is located at Bishan Park 2, 1384 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, Singapore 569932, p. +65 6456 6556. Open Mon-Thu 10am – 10pm, Fri-Sun 1am – 10.30pm.
The Luxe House
Recently reopened at Marina Bay Sands, this tastefully-designed beauty spa takes you into a plush and luxurious world of pampering. As delicate hints of jasmine waft in the air, indulge in holistic head-to-toe massages that blends the best of Eastern and Western techniques. Think a Happy Sixties Foot & Back Therapy for people with chronic fatigue, or a Womb Protection massage to promote fertility and regulate hormones in women.
The Luxe House is located at B1-149/150/01D Galleria Level, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018972, p. +65 6688 7247. Open daily 10am – 10.30pm.