Best nail salons in Singapore
The Time Out Singapore team checks into the city’s top nail salons for manicure, pedicure, nail art and foot spas
Best style picks of the month
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Craft stores in Singapore
Whether you’re looking for paper, yarn or fabric, get started on your DIY project with materials from these craft stores
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In the lead up to the highly anticipated Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which hits theatres in a few weeks, Uniqlo is releasing a t-shirt collection for the men and boys based on iconic characters from the franchise.
Christmas gift guide
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Our roundup of drool-worthy gadgets
Our edit of toys for the discerning
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Singapore's best spas
Remede Spa at The St Regis
Decadence is the name of the game at Remede’s first branch in Asia. Located on the hushed end of the Orchard Road stretch, this place takes the relaxing experience up a notch with exotic teas, bubbly champagnes and floral-scented chocolates from the hotel’s LaBrezza restaurant. Filled with steam chambers, a Finnish dry heat sauna, a Vichy shower, a hydro massage pool and a peaceful outdoor hot whirlpool. What it lacks in space for outdoor cabanas and sweeping pools like other spas, it makes up for with indulgent amenities. There's the Pedi:Mani:Cure Studio by Bastian Gonzalez (for you to pamper your nails as well – it’s worth it, trust us), and the spa’s treatments include body scrubs, cooling facials, customised massages or facials, body wraps and more. If you're thinking of a staycation, they have packages available (depending on time with price upon request), which include spa treatments or complimentary vouchers. Treatment to try St Regis Signature Warm Rassoul Wrap ($230/one hour). Start off with a body brush, then lather up with warm, orange blossom-scented Rassoul – a type of mud renowned for mineralising and moisturising effects. As you relax on a warm marble slab while wrapped in cotton muslin, you’ll be treated to a gentle argan oil facial massage, followed by a Vichy shower.
Probably the closest to a public bath in Singapore, this independent spa complex is reminiscent of a Chinese hot springs resort. Upon entering, you’re directed to either the men’s or women’s side and given a locker – swimming trunks, robes and towels are provided, so there’s no need to bring anything. The locker rooms have a hot pool (plus a cold pool for the men – it supposedly improves circulation), sauna and showers. In the common areas, you can relax on comfy couches with personal TV screens, plus there’s an all-you-can eat buffet throughout the day, making it quite easy to spend a full day here (and well worth the basic $68 entry price). Treatment to try Gateway to Vitality (members $122/one hour, non-members $155/one hour). The spa’s standard deep-tissue massage uses Shiatsu-style techniques – you can choose to use oil for a smoother, more relaxing treatment, or non-oil for more direct pressure-point massage. The price includes free roam of the spa’s facilities and buffet.
St Gregory Spa at PARKROYAL on Beach Road
Revamped in 2013, this spa at PARKROYAL on Beach Road’s new annexe features a rooftop pool, a jacuzzi, a bar serving healthy cocktails and spa cuisine, as well as a gym and fitness room that you can enjoy. With a total of seven treatment rooms (including one for couples) available to book, St Gregory at PARKROYAL on Beach Road specialises in skin treatments using clinically trialled skincare products by British brand Elemis, and has in-house Traditional Chinese Medicine physicians and masseurs to diagnose and alleviate most common bodily complaints.Treatment to tryTraditional Chinese tui na massage ($180/60 minutes). Combining the techniques of massage and acupressure as practiced in ancient China, such as pushing, pulling and kneading, the spa therapy session will stimulate key pressure points in the body to relief tension and increase your 'qi' energy.
Definitely one of the funkier spas we've checked out, the rainforest-inspired AWAY Spa, in W Singapore, oozes trendiness and elegance all at once. The massage rooms are bathed in a unique, soothing blue light, and each comes with its own private outdoor shower. Guests can also make use of the many facilities, such as the warm vitality pool in the decompression area (complete with a hydro back bench and jet features) and a fun, experiential shower called Aqua, which has options like Tropical Storm and Cold Mist – with various water settings and light effects to match. Choose from treatments like customised massages, the luminous crystal facial, a bust-reviving therapy to lift, firm and tone, a cleansing and exfoliating facial for men, and even a tension-easing massage for sports buffs. Treatment to try AWAY Body Treat ($380/two hours). Using products from UK-based company Ila-Spa, the treatment starts off with an exfoliating body scrub with Himalayan salt crystals and a body mud wrap, while the second part involves an invigorating tension-reducing massage. A special soundtrack by Ila is played throughout the session to complement the long, gentle movements of the masseuse.
The 10,000-square-metre space houses a series of hot and cold facilities, including a Japanese-style onsen set on the edge of small jungle, a crystal steam room, gymnasium, yoga studio and Tangerine serving up healthy cuisine by chef Ian Kittichai. On top of soothing massages and stress-relief rituals, ESPA's staff include a naturopath trained to deliver useful advice on living and eating healthier, as well as perky gym trainers who conduct classes in their impressively kitted-out workout room. Patrons who purchase treatments worth more than $200 are welcome to use the various pools and exercise classes. ESPA's after-treatment facilities are also unrivalled. Thoughtful extras like the special spin dryer that whirls your swim suit dry, and the sleeping room with pods to take a nap in after your treatment – don't you hate abruptly navigating the bustle of public transportation after a massage? – are compelling arguments to go to ESPA and make a whole day of it. Treatment to try The Day Spa Retreat ($380/Mon-Thu, $450/Fri-Sun). Centred around themes 'Fit for Life', 'Weight Management', 'Intro to Detox' and 'De-stress', this package is a good primer to ESPA as a lifestyle destination, and includes a consultation with a lifestyle or fitness staff member and two treatments: one 60 minutes and another 45 minutes long (try the Indulgence Hammam Ritual, a Turkish bath ritual in Singapore’s first hammam steam facility). The package also includes a two-course meal at Tangerine, with a menu that recommends dishes based on the retreat you’ve enjoyed.
Auriga Spa at Capella
Nourish your body, mind and spirit at this award-winning spa nestled in the quiet confines of Capella Singapore. Keeping a sharp focus on all things natural and organic – it’s the only spa to use products from The Organic Pharmacy – the space features nine cosy treatment rooms (each with a private alfresco garden), two of which are couple suites and one that offers traditional Asian remedies. After your session, you can wander around (the staff are extremely polite and keep out of your way to give you privacy) to use the other facilities. The spa's hot and cold wet facilities include a herbal steam room, an ice fountain to cool down after a heated treatment, an experience shower, and a calming vitality pool for neck and full-body water massages. Other facilities include a relaxation lounge with unique 'sound wave' chairs (where you can recline, sip tea, munch on nuts and read magazines for as long as you want) and a fitness centre with private instructors on hand. Treatments include stimulating Balinese, Thai and Shiatsu massages, couple spa experiences, soothing therapies for mums-to-be, body-sculpting sessions, body exfoliations and wraps, facials, manicures, and many more. Treatment to try Senja Sunyi Massage ($250/90 mins). This soothing treatment uses rose and pomegranate body balm plus warm ‘moon stones’ with tui na and Javanese massage techniques to untangle your nerves and remove muscle kinks. You can ask for light, medium or strong pressure, and your therapist will gladly oblige.
The best shops in Singapore
The best shops and boutiques for clothing and accessories
Home and living
Hit up these furniture and home decor stores to build your dream home
Looking for a swanky suit to match that necktie, or a pair of kicks to go with those jeans? Here's where to go for all your manly needs
Visit these shops to stock up your kid’s wardrobe, bookshelves and, why not, the entire bedroom
Novelty and hobby
From art-inspired knick-knacks to a cool bike shop, these are the boutiques that satisfy all your quirky needs
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Where to work out
Running events in Singapore
Get your blood pumping and adrenaline going with Koh Chuin Ying’s calendar of upcoming running events
Five trampoline parks to check out in Singapore
How high can you go? We bounce on the trampolines to find out
Best gyms in Singapore for express workouts
Don’t break a sweat when it comes to finding a gym to sweat in. These five ensure you get your dose of endorphins in about the same amount of time you take to wolf down your lunch – because spending hours at the gym is so passé.
Barre classes in Singapore
We get our pliés and sautés on in the latest fitness trend to assemblé on our shores: barre, a workout that combines yoga, Pilates… and ballet
The best shopping malls in Singapore
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Kallang Wave Mall
The retail mall caters to sun-kissed kayakers and athletes.
The little ones won't throw a tantrum when you bring them to this mammoth mall.
A haven for pre-loved fashion – plus some seriously good ban mian to make up for all that walking.
Alternative wedding venues in Singapore
We chat with seven couples who’ve rejected hotel banquets for these left-of-field venues
Unusual beauty and wellness treatments to try in Singapore
From smearing bird poop on your face to having your fat frozen, we tried and tested five of the weirdest and bizarre beauty treatments
Best henna artists in Singapore
We chat with six henna artists who are reinventing the traditional art form
Best tattoo artists in Singapore
Planning to get a tattoo? Well, whether you're looking for a simple design or an intricate art piece, get inked by these sought-after needle experts.
Crafters and makers in Singapore
We suss out five local artisans who craft their handmade products one item at a time