Spas in Singapore and spa guide

Thai and hot stone massages are common

Thai and hot stone massages are common

After a day of frantic shopping in the tropical sun, there is no better remedy than a rejuvenating massage or luxury spa treatment and Singapore boasts some of the very best in the region. You will find day spas and retreats offering every conceivable treatment and due to its rich cultural make up, has a long heritage of complimentary health treatments from across South Asia.

There are top exponents in the art of Balinese and Thai massages, traditional Ayuvedic salons, time honoured Chinese acupuncture and a host of modern Western techniques. There are even Turkish steam baths to while away a tranquil couple of hours.

You can enjoy the serenity of time standing still as soothing music, exotic aromas and expert hands on ministrations will ease your mind and body away from the madding crowd. Many of Singapore’s most lavish places are located in its flagship shopping malls and in Orchard Road in particular you will find a relaxing upmarket spa haven in virtually every one. There are even more glamorous options for no expense spared pampering in major five star hotels such as the Fullerton, Marina Bay Sands and the Mandarin Oriental. More on Orchard Road.

For something more down to earth but no less rewarding, you will find small independent salons in Chinatown and the east coast suburbs catering to locals and tourists alike offering no frills revitalising massage and simple beauty treatments at honest prices. Whatever you fancy, there is definitely something for every taste and budget. More on Chinatown.

Recommended Singapore spas

Estheva
This elegant and beautifully appointed European day spa exudes pure relaxation, provides a quiet sanctuary of restoration in the heart of Orchard Road, Singapore's busiest tourism and shopping belt. Kick back and indulge with an anti-stress body massage, a thermal mud body wrap or relaxing hydrotherapy. For the ultimate in spa indulgence, try their signature Choc De-Ager©, an chocolate-inspired spa treat for an unforgettable multi-sensorial experience. There is also an array of two-hour and half-day luxury spa packages to indulge in from this award-winning spa for a perfect holiday. (Open: 10:00-22:00 (daily); #03-25 ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, ION Orchard 03-25, tel: +65 6509 3900, hotline: +65 6338 3318, email: spa@estheva.com, website: www.estheva.com).

Renewal Day Spa offers great mud wraps

Renewal Day Spa offers great mud wraps

Rustic Nirvana
This is a delightful Balinese style day spa with over 80 body and facial treatments just for ladies including the enticingly named ‘Kung Fu Bouncing Herbs.’ You can enjoy herbal baths, Balinese Boreh body scrubs, hot stone massage with essential oils and traditional Chinese pedicures. It has a serene ambience infused with aromatic smells and a tranquil haven from the madness of nearby Chinatown. Prices are very reasonably considering the impeccable standard of service received. (Open: 11:00-19:30 (Monday-Friday), 10:00-16:00 (Saturday, Sunday, Public Holidays); 25 Cantonment Road, Chinatown, tel: +65 6227 9193, +65 6238 6890, email: marketing@rnspa.com.sg, website: www.rnspa.com.sg).

Qimantra
This is a hip and refreshingly unstuffy day spa with cutting edge post modern furnishing and resounds to chilled out electronic background music. Treatments are, however, traditional with time honoured Chinese remedial massage, acupressure, pedicures and waxing. Excellent value two and three hour packages available for ladies. (Open: 12:00-22:00 (Monday-Friday), 11:00-21:00 (Saturday), 11:00-19:00 (Sunday, Public Holidays); 83A Club Street, Chinatown, tel: +65 6221 5691, email: info@qimantra.com, website: www.qimantra.com).

Spa Botanica
Ease away aches and strains in this tropical garden spa retreat which boasts Singapore’s only natural mud pools. The lavish pool complex comprises a regal Kings Bath, cascading waterfalls, steam baths and a float pool. A vast range of treatments include hair and skin care, Thai and Japanese massage, body wraps, aromatherapy and facials. (Open: Reservation: 09:00-22:00, Treatment: 10:00-22:00 (daily); Bukit Manis Road, Sentosa, tel: +65 6371 1288, +65 6371 1318, fax: +65 6371 1278, email: spabotanica@thesentosa.com, website: www.thesentosa.com).

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