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A Beginner's Guide to Getting a Fabulous Spa Treatment in Singapore


The Finder has combed the island for these 20 oases of awesome, including several convenient at-home services. No time for treatments? Try our DIY essentials.

 

FACE

 

For Skincare Junkies - CHI, The Spa

Top Treatment: Wanna be so atas (i.e., Singlish for high-class)? Try the Kerstin Florian Caviar Facial, which combines protein-rich caviar, Chinese botanical antioxidants and the all-natural Kerstin Florian skincare range with skin analysis plus facial massage and masque. The objective: to boost collagen production and soften lines. ($250 for 90 mins; 22 Orange Grove Rd, www.shangrila.com/singapore/shangrila)

 

For the Adventurous - Ikeda Spa

Top Treatment: From the We Can’t Make this Sh*t Up files: Ikeda’s Geisha Organic Facial aims to brighten your skin by mixing nightingale droppings with ingredients like rice bran, camellia oil and red azuki beans, applied with a unique Japanese-style massage. Victoria Beckham does it, so it must be okay, right? Find out more on page 32. ($240 for 90 mins; www.ikedaspa.com for locations)

 

For #Trending Types - Trimmings Spa

Top Treatment: In case you didn’t know, peptides are small proteins that may stimulate the production of collagen. And they’re the “it” ingredient in many of today’s skin products. Trimmings’ peptide facial uses Skin Origin Penta Peptides and claims to enhance your skin’s elasticity, control acne and even help reduce pigmentation. #winning ($280 for 90 mins; www.trimmings.com.sg for locations)

 

For Damaged Skin - SK-II Boutique Spa

Top Treatment: To help increase oxygen and nutrients in your skin cells, check out the Senze Renewal Proionic Facial. Utilising an INDIBA Proionic RF machine, which emits high-frequency currents, the facial also includes aroma inhalation, scalp massage and a mini neck and shoulder massage. Six to eight sessions are recommended. Consider it an investment. ($480 for 85 mins; www.mysk2spa.com for locations)

 

For the Guys - SPA CLUB

Top Treatment The Valeur Gentleman’s Facial is a luxe version of a classic barbershop treatment (minus the shave). Think hot towel compresses, steaming and extractions, alongside a freshwater mud mask and soothing massage for the neck, shoulders and scalp.  ($128 for 60 mins; 75 Beach Rd, #01-00/02-00, www.spaclub.com.sg)

 

BODY

 

For SG Inspiration - Banyan Tree Spa

Top Treatment: Singapore’s national flower – the orchid – is believed to have anti-aging and antioxidant properties. Use it to soften and refresh your skin with the 150-minute Harmony Banyan experience, which boasts a signature Orchid Brightener exfoliation treatment with Orchid Oil, head and foot massage plus therapeutic Orchid Bath. ($650; Level 55, Hotel Tower 1, 1 Bayfront Ave, www.marinabaysands.com/hotel/amenities/banyan-tree-spa.html)

 

For Personalised Touch - The Luxe House

Top Treatment Opt for the Divine Body Care treatment to get a custom blend of essential oils. Said to nourish skin for better hydration, the treatment is combined with hot stones. Bonus: a scalp massage to improve blood circulation and relieve tension. ($208 for 60 mins; 7A Dempsey Rd, www.theluxehouse.com)

 

For Stress Relief - The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Singapore

Top Treatment: The Year of the Fire Monkey Experience features a guided singing bowl session (Google it) in which the bowl is placed on your abdomen to help stimulate the body’s energy channels. Also included: a full-body exfoliation with chrysanthemum flowers to lessen stress, a shower in pomelo water to “wash away” negativity and a special hongbao upon your exit with a further spa treat for 2016. Gong Xi Fa Cai indeed! ($330 for 110 mins; 5 Raffles Ave, www.mandarinoriental.com/singapore/luxury-spa)

 

For Dry or Aging Skin - Spa Luna, Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa

Top Treatment: Red wine can be good for your heart. But did you know it may help skin, too? Spa Luna’s heady Vintage Red Wine Body Wrap claims to combat aging by replenishing moisture. Start with a steam bath to detoxify the skin, followed by a red wine scrub and wrap of grape seed extracts, red rice grains and olives before being cocooned in a heated blanket. End on an, ahem, high note with a relaxing head and neck massage. ($280 for 2 hours; 1 Larkhill Rd, http://sentosa.amarahotels.com/spa)

 

For a Turkish Delight - ESPA

Top Treatment: The traditional Indulgence Hammam Ritual is a must-try. Begin with an invigorating body scrub and foam massage before moving onto a marine mud body mask with aromatic oils. To finish? A hair cleanse and conditioning treatment. They had us at “indulgence.” ($225 for 60 mins; Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway, www.rwsentosa.com)

 

For the Fellas - Urban Homme Face and Body Studio for Men

Top Treatment: This spa turns up the heat with its signature Asian Spice Therapy, which features an aromatic footbath. Then enjoy the Asian Spice Massage, usings a special oil blended from basil, clove and lemon. ($260 for 2 hours; www.urbanhommeformen.com for locations)

 

MASSAGES

 

For a Holistic Approach - So SPA, Sofitel Singapore

Top Treatment: Drift into a state of bliss with the Abhyanga (oil massage). Inspired by ancient Ayurvedic traditions, this rhythmic treatment aims to clear stagnant energy with warm, herb-infused oils. ($180 for 60 mins; 30 Allanbrooke Rd, www.sofitel-singapore-sentosa.com/sospa)

 

For Fitness Freaks - AWAY Spa

Top Treatment: If your foam roller isn’t helping with muscle soreness after a strenuous workout then give the Sports Buff massage a go. It uses deep pressure to treat specific muscle groups in your body, which helps ease tension and aches. ($160 for 60 mins; 21 Ocean Way, www.awayspasingapore.com)

 

For Traditionalists - Damai Spa, Grand Hyatt

Top Treatment: If you’re always exhausted and can’t figure out why, make an appointment for a Malay Urut. This massage uses deep thumb and forearm kneading plus palm pressure to stimulate along your body’s various meridians – the pathways in your body through which life-energy is believed to travel. ($199 for 75 mins; 10 Scotts Rd, http://singapore.grand.hyatt.com)

 

For Real Tranquility - St. Gregory Spa, Pan Pacific Singapore

Top Treatment: Peace out with the new Alicante Hot and Cold Stone Therapy. The stones are alternately applied to your body: Hot to help loosen and soothe tight muscles; cool to lessen inflammation and remove toxins. ($200 for 75 mins; 7 Raffles Blvd, www.panpacific.com/en/hotels-resorts/singapore/marina.html)

 

For Detoxing - Remede Spa

Top Treatment: The 60-minute Chi Nei Tsang (pronounced chee nee sahng) abdominal massage is a Taoist healing therapy that combines Chinese and Thai massage and meditation techniques. It claims to guide energy flow (Qi) through your abdomen; detoxify and strengthen your internal organs; improve digestion and boost your immune system. ($190; 29 Tanglin Rd, www.remedespasingapore.com)

 

HOME SERVICES

 

For Ultra-Convenience

Super Service: Sole Service offers hassle-free manicures, pedicures, foot reflexology and back, neck and full body massages. Its therapists are all certified, experienced and bring the necessary equipment with them for your session. ($65 and up; www.soleservice.com.sg)

 

For New Mums

Super Service: At Mummy’s Massage, splurge on postnatal Jamu massage, popular within the Malay and Indonesian cultures. It includes five components to help “get your body back”: a traditional massage; heat therapy with herbal baths and compresses; medicinal brews made from different herbs, roots and dried leaves; slimming wraps plus physical and dietary restrictions. Recommended for women who’ve just given birth. ($938 and up; www.mummysmassage.com)

 

For (Safe) Sun Seekers

Super Service: Tan @ Home will come to your home or office. The service uses chemical-free SunFX, Techno Tan and Moroccon Tan products – all suited for SG’s sticky climate. T@H also does its very best to prevent any orange-y hue. ($55 and up; www.tanathome.com.sg)

 

For Old-School Healing

Super Service: It may be more than 2,000 years old, but traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is thriving. Thomson Chinese Medicine does house calls for treatments like acupuncture, cupping and gua sha massages for the adults and paediatric massages for the kids. If required, the clinic will deliver prescribed medications on the next visit. ($100 and up; www.thomsonchinesemedicine.com)

 

To Tip or Not?

Tipping isn’t a common practice in Singapore because there’s already an existing service charge on your bill. However, some establishments have, over the years, discontinued the service charge and encouraged patrons to tip instead. If you’d like to tip your therapist after an exceptionally good treatment, offer an extra $10 or $20. But be discreet – the spa may still frown upon the practice.

 

DIY Relaxation

A little self-care goes a long way.

 

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK

The Sloane Clinic’s Skin Superfood Pumpkin Purifying Peel S3.6 is packed with ingredients like aloe vera gel – for moisturising – and pumpkin enzymes and extracts, said to minimise signs of aging. See page 27 for more info. ($69.55; www.sloaneclinic.com for locations)

 

PORTABLE POWDER

The Skin Pharmacy’s preservative-free Amino Deep Cleansing Powder has only four ingredients, and its amino acids help prevent water loss, keeping skin hydrated. Even better: It’s airplane carry-on friendly. ($28.90; www.theskinpharmacy.com for locations)

 

OIL, MEET WATER

Try the Lemongrass House’s Relaxing Massage & Body Oil, a soothing blend said to be good for arthritis sufferers. Massage it into damp skin after a shower to up the effect. ($14.98 and up; www.lemongrasshouse.com.sg)

 

POWER OF PEAT

This creamy Peat Miracle Revital Mask by belif is rich in humic acid, which can boost skin regeneration. Don’t worry: You won’t smell like a bog – the mask has a subtle herbal smell. Wanna try? Flip to page 33. ($50; www.facebook.com/belifsingapore for locations)

 

ZIT-PROOF YOUR FACE

Adult acne can be a confidence killer, but Dermagold has a secret weapon: the Skin Clear Peel for men, which contains glycolic and salicylic acids, penetrates oil glands to unclog pores and promotes skin cell renewal. ($42; www.dermagold.sg for locations)

 

RX FOR SOFT SKIN

Use celeb doc Dr. Georgia Lee’s hydrating DrGL Collagen Essence to smooth and plump skin. The light formula absorbs quickly, without feeling sticky or greasy – a plus in Singapore’s hot, humid weather. ($198; www.drgl.com)

 

TODAY’S SPONGE

Handmade with powder from Konjac plants grown on the volcanic plains on Korea’s Jeju Island, the biodegradable KUU Konjac sponge gently exfoliates and cleanses skin while boosting blood flow. Choose from seven different kinds of sponges for various skin needs. ($11.90 and up; www.beautycarousel.com; www.bhgsingapore.com.sg for locations)

 

SWEET!

Warning: This is not dessert. Use Mandy T’s organic Caffeine Arabic Coffee + Coconut Body Scrub, which includes raw honey and sugar as well as vitamin E and sweet almond oils to moisturise your bod. ($45.90; www.mandytskincare.com for locations and online purchases)

 

GET MUDDY

Great for normal to oily skin, Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque helps eliminate dead skin cells on the surface, while minimising large pores. May not be suitable for sensitive skin. ($45; www.kiehlstimes.com for locations)

 

SET THE MOOD

Just because you’re not at a spa, doesn’t mean you should skimp on ambience. Light up one of Taylor B’s fragrant candles – the Seda France Japanese Quince ($89) is pretty on your bathroom sink, while the Jardin tin candle ($39) is great for travel. (43 Keppel Rd, www.taylorbdesign.com)

 

By Hazel Joanne Vincent De Paul, The Finder, March 2016

 

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