Whether you have just an hour or half a day, here are 15 luxurious spa experiences to spoil yourself with.
You Have One Hour
Spa Esprit Budapest Customised Facial, $160.50 for 60 minutes
Spa Esprit, #05-10 Paragon,
tel: 6836-0500, www.spa-esprit.com
This revitalises skin texture with gardenfresh certified-organic plants and herbs from Hungary. Free of preservatives and pesticides, the eco-facial brims with wholesome goodness, with options such as sour cherry to refine enlarged pores, rosehip to soothe sensitive skin, and rose petal to replenish dry skin. From cleansing to exfoliation and masks, each step is customised for your skin. You’ll particularly love the face massage, which revs up blood circulation, enhances ingredient penetration, prompts lymphatic drainage, and reduces traces of fatigue.
Spa Infi nity Mosaic Le Essence Face Therapy, $480 for 60 minutes
Spa Infi nity, #02-486 Suntec City Mall Tower 2,
tel: 6738-0069, http://spainfinity.com.sg
The facial pampers your face with the most luxurious beauty essences: caviar, black orchid, white truffle and gold. After a thorough skin analysis, your therapist will recommend a “healing elixir” for your skin – tired skin enjoys a surge of radiance, parched skin is quenched, and stressed skin gets an immunity boost. You’re then treated to a face massage, facial masks, eye masks and a revitalising hand treatment, all featuring ingredients such as peptides, collagen and hyaluronic acid, as well as rejuvenating botanicals such as aloe vera and argan oil. You’ll emerge from this skin therapy feeling utterly renewed.
KOREAN SKIN RITUAL
Sulwhasoo Snowise EX Illuminating Facial Treatment, $180 for 60 minutes
Sulwhasoo Boutique, #01-72/73 Capitol Piazza,
tel: 6844-9766, www.sulwhasoo.com.sg
As soon as you enter, you’ll be invited to choose a Korean herbal aroma essential oil, to be used in a dry-cloth scalp massage, traditionally performed in the royal palace during the Joseon dynasty. The facial features skincare with white ginseng extracts to correct yellowness and redness for immaculate radiance. It also helps brighten eye contours and reduce puffiness using a cooling metal applicator.
You Have Two Hours
Como Shambhala Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, $230 for 90 minutes
Como Shambhala Urban Escape, #06-01/02 Delfi Orchard,
tel: 6304-3552, www.comoshambhala.com
This offers the healing benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine in a luxe setting. Therapist Mark Chern was trained in China, and combines massage with acupuncture to restore your body to perfect balance. The personalised therapeutic treatment addresses musculoskeletal pain, stress-induced maladies and other imbalances.
ESSENTIAL AGE DEFENCE
SK-II Perfecting Luxe Facial, $320 for 100 minutes
SK-II Boutique Spa, #02-54/55 Millenia Walk,
tel: 6336-4880, http://mysk2spa.com
Before the anti-ageing facial begins, a calming aroma inhalation ritual and scalp massage eases stress. A neck treatment follows, to help boost ingredient penetration and regeneration of this oft-neglected area. The facial combines automatic sonic cleansing and ultrasound technology with SK-II’s premium LXP range and massage techniques, to improve skin texture, firmness and radiance, and reduce the look of fine lines and pigmentation. Dry or tired skin will emerge soft, supple and silky, with an aroma of precious rose absolute essential oil.
TRUFFLES AND CHAMPAGNE
Prep Luxe Truffles and Champagne Indulgence, $385 for 90 minutes
Prep Luxe, #01-62 Capitol Piazza,
tel: 6384-1406, www.prepluxe.com
The revitalising hair-spa treatment is full of decadent indulgences that will turn any bad day around. Its key ingredients for happiness are the Philip B White Truffle Nourishing Conditioning Creme – and complimentary premium champagne. Your hair stylist begins by dry-brushing your hair to boost circulation, and massaging in a premium botanical hair oil to restore scalp balance. Hair is then purified with an invigorating peppermint and avocado shampoo. White truffle creme is applied while a nanomist machine is used to boost penetration. Then, you’re treated to an amazing blowout that the original Prep salon at Mandarin Gallery is known for.
You Have Three Hours
Estetica Ultimate Ageless Treatment, $798 for 150 minutes
Estetica, #06-18 Plaza Singapura,
tel: 6737-2234, www.esteticabeauty.com
If fatigue and stress are taking a toll on your skin, this is your go-to skin-saver. Its advanced skin cocktails are said to mimic the effects of botulinum toxin and fi llers for a subtle lift without needles. The spa’s 32-step acupressure massage is specifically designed to lift, fi rm and detoxify your face while inducing total bliss. The treatment also features radio-frequency and vacuum-suction technology to reduce puffi ness, stimulate cellular metabolism and contour your face.
JAPANESE DETOX SECRETS
Ikeda Ultimate Detox Experience, $500 for 180 minutes
Ikeda Spa, 787 Bukit Timah Road,
tel: 6469-8080, www.ikedaspa.com
Combining the best-kept secrets of the geishas and Japanese royalty, this will transform your skin sublimely. Unwind with a 30-minute Hydrotherapy onsen bath in a tub made from Japanese cypress. Once reserved for royalty, this precious wood releases natural healing oils and an exquisite fragrance to soothe your skin and senses. In the soporific Ganbanyoku Detox Massage, your therapist will deftly knead away stress and aches while you luxuriate on Hakone volcanic rocks heated to 40 deg C. This treatment bathes the skin with therapeutic infrared rays and negative ions to supposedly boost detoxification and natural immunity, and stimulate metabolism. Cap it with the Geisha Organic Facial featuring a jade roller and the powdered nightingale droppings raved about by Victoria Beckham.
Spa Club Marine Flora Immersion, $598 for 150 minutes
Spa Club at Beach Road, Level 1 and 2 Fu Yuen Building, 75 Beach Road,
tel: 6339-9238, www.spaclub.com.sg
Marine ingredients such as sea lettuce, sea lavender, bio-plasma and seaweed are said to super-boost collagen production, lymphatic drainage and free-radical defence. Himalayan sea crystals, formed in an ocean 250 million years ago, speed up skin-texture revitalisation. Kick-star t your treatment with a body scrub, wrap and body balm to slough off dead skin cells and flush out toxins. Then, choose between a Marine Floral Facial for glowing skin and a Ku Kye Massage. We highly recommend the latter, which is based on Tibetan healing traditions, and features cupping, acupressure, hot stones and poultices to strengthen the natural flow of energy. Tip: Your skin continues to absorb these healing essences, so avoid showering for at least a couple of hours after
You Have Four Hours or More
Estheva Grand Spa Detox, $834.60 for five hours
Estheva, #01-30/31 Raffles Hotel Shopping Arcade,
tel: 6338-3318, www.estheva.com
You get aromatherapy bouquets, spa rituals and ingredients such as caviar to restore your skin. Your treatment begins with an aromatic hydrotherapy bath, where warm water jets loosen tense muscles and citrus essential oils lift the senses. You’ll then enjoy a classic citrus body massage, a gentle Seaweed Body Glow polish, a stress-busting scalp and shoulder massage, and a Thermal Green Wrap to seal in the benefits. To complete your experience, a C-matrix Caviar treatment nourishes your face and eyes with 100 per cent deep-freeze collagen and caviar to minimise the look of fine lines and pigmentation.
Island Escapade, $650 for six hours (includes a meal)
So Spa, The Singapore Resort & Spa Sentosa, 2 Bukit Manis Road,
tel: 6708-8358, www.sospasentosa.com
If you’re looking for the full works, this will leave no whim unanswered. The seven-course spa indulgence starts off with a warm, pulsating Vichy shower and a tropical body scrub. A coconut milky wrap, or a ginger and kaffi r lime detoxifying wrap cocoons the body with natural goodness for deep purifi cation and hydration. Choose your body massage from a menu of classic deep-tissue kneads, as well as more exotic options utilising heated bamboo, herbal compresses and kansu bowls. After the massage, nourish your body with a salad of your own creation. Then, enjoy a customised facial with Japanese influences – Japanese Ridoki massage tools stimulate pressure points and shiatsu massage techniques boost blood circulation. End your amazing journey with a rejuvenating hand and foot treatment.
Remede Journey, $725 for five hours
Remede Spa, The St. Regis Singapore, 29 Tanglin Road,
tel: 6506-6896, www.remedespasingapore.com
The transformative full-day rejuvenation ritual includes a customised body scrub and a nourishing body wrap, in addition to a customised aromatherapy massage, facial, scalp massages, eye and lip treatments, as well as warm paraffin hand and foot wraps. The cherries on the cake, however, are the Reverence Foot and Hand Spa Rituals designed by world-famous podiatrist Bastien Gonzalez. Highly sought after by Hollywood’s elite, such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Naomi Campbell, these treatments will make you feel as light as a cloud. Tip: Arrive early to enjoy Remede’s hot and cold facilities such as the cedar wood Finnish saunas, eucalyptus-scented steam chambers and ice foundations.
Damai Journey – Balancing Treatment, $555 for four hours
Damai Spa, Grand Hyatt Singapore, 10 Scotts Road,
tel: 6416-7156, http://singapore.grand.hyatt.com/hyatt/pure/spas/
This programme restores tranquillity with three exquisite treatments. A Korean ginseng body polishis first used to reduce dullness and prepare your skin to better absorb active ingredients. A 90-minute pressure-point massage with the spa’s signature orchid essence follows. The addictive massage relaxes and energises your body, and envelops skin in a sensuous floral bouquet, neutralises free radicals and detoxifies. Complete your top-to-toe therapy with a facial. From cleansers to masks, serums and creams, each step is tailored to your skin’s needs.
SLEEP-INDUCING STRESS BUSTER
Espa De-stress Day Retreat Programme, from $380 for four hours (includes a meal)
Espa, Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway, tel: 6577-8880
The sprawling destination spa features a Turkish Hammam, forest onsen-style pools, rock saunas, vitality pools and crystal steam rooms. Bliss out at this verdant oasis, and alternate between hot and cold wet facilities to soak away stress and feel invigorated. Continue your water-based therapy with the Indulgence Hammam Ritual. The 60-minute tress-to-toe treatment includes a deep-cleansing body scrub, full-body foam massage, marine mud body mask and hair treatment. End off with a 45-minute Reflex Zone Foot Massage to clear energy blockages and alleviate stress. Then, head to Tangerine to enjoy healthy and nutritious spa nosh. You’ll emerge with new-found energy and radiance.
ULTIMATE HEALING SANCTUM
Auriga Beauty Inside and Out Spa Experience, $499 for 4.5 hours (includes a meal)
Auriga Spa, Capella Singapore, 1 The Knolls, Sentosa Island,
tel: 6591-5023, www.auriga-spa.com
No time for a getaway? Swing by Sentosa instead. The treatment begins with full-body sea salt exfoliation, as well as a firming full-body massage that leaves every inch of your skin taut and glowing. Your face is treated to a customised collagen-boosting anti-ageing facial, with French-inspired lifting, gliding and pressure-point massage techniques enhanced by an exquisite honey and jasmine mask. End your sublime spa experience with an express manicure and pedicure, as well as Cantonese-inspired spa cuisine at Cassia. Tip: Arrive at least 45 minutes before your treatment as the spa’s luxurious herbal steam room, ice fountain and vitality pool offer the prefect prelude to your healing journey.
By Annie Tan, Simply Her, November 2015