This Valentine's Day, switch up the usual dinner-and-movie date night and focus on some wellness and pampering. Check yourself into a blissful spa with the special someone in your life. You'll come out feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and more bonded as a couple.
Best for busy couples after work
In the cool neighbourhood Tiong Bahru is a spa seemingly geared towards couples: two out of four treatment rooms, plus the hot tub in the back for bath therapies like The Milky Way ($55 for 30min) and Heaven and Herb ($55 for 30 min), are for duos. The décor: The facade and receiving area are decorated with cool industrial-looking containers, while inside is more traditional: a palette of browns and burgundies offset by Thai silk pillows and wall decals of flowers and birds.
Treatment to try
Spa-standards like Thai, Balinese, Swedish and foot massages, as well as the 90-minute Sculptor’s Handiwork that combines a stint under cold wrap with a firm massage to combat cellulite. Food-themed body scrubs and masks are also a feature with choices like Wine and Dine ($59 for 45 min) – a nutrient-rich mixture of red wine, nourishing oils, vitamin E, white milk and clay said to improve circulation, and Magic Mushrooms ($59 for 45 min) – which applies lingzhi and shiitake to regenerate and protect skin.
Best for a garden spa experience
A spa that punches above the other heartland ones in its vicinity, Aramsa is a little hard to find as it’s located in the middle of sprawling Bishan Park – definitely schedule some extra time on the commute here. Aesthetics-wise, this spa in a garden is impressive – it features 17 elegantly designed treatment rooms, each with individual outdoor courtyards that boast their own outdoor showers or therapeutic hydrotherapy baths set against a jungle backdrop (you have to book a bath treatment to get to use it).
Treatment to try
Try their organic and herb-based massages, exfoliations, wraps and facials, detox with their mineral mud body wraps or go for water therapy sessions with mineral garden baths or rainforest showers. The Signature Garden Packages (from $388 for a couple) features packages of three or four therapies conducted over 150 minutes to work dry and mature skin, or restore the energy in sapped and stressed bodies.
Best for treating them like a king or queen
Pop on by the newly-rejuvenated Raffles Spa, a holistic sanctuary offering pampering spa experiences and renewed well-being. Designed by renowned New York-based interior design firm Champalimaud, the spa features seven treatment suites named after gemstones including a private and exclusive couple suite, The Gem Suite.
Treatment to try
Book the Raffles Signature Gemstone Massage ($365 for 90 minutes), which yields from the natural and healing properties of gemstone crystals, or the Sumatra Healing Ceremonies, an absolute indulgent ancient royal remedy using organic herbs and traditional Indonesian techniques.
Best for onsen lovers
You don't have to fly to Japan to soak in an onsen. Ikeda Spa’s bathing experience is authentic enough to please even the most wizened red-faced macaque: it’s got black ceramic floor tiles, shower valves and stools and, of course, a hinokiburo – a tub made of Japanese cypress – imported straight from the motherland. (We’re kidding about the monkeys, though.)
Treatment to try
Ever after Honeymoon ($976 for two/210 minutes). It starts with a red rose couple onsen bath and a 30-minute body scrub. After that, you each get a handmade shea and cocoa butter candle, and it isn’t just a prop. It melts into warm healing oil, at precisely 42ºC, that the therapists then massage into your skin. A geisha facial to brighten the skin follows, and the experience concludes with a Japanese chado (tea ceremony).
Best for organic treatments
Space is aplenty at Auriga and there are four couple spa suites that come with their private garden. The spa uses only all-natural organic products from The Organic Pharmacy and bases its treatments on the phases of them moon to ‘reflect the shifting energies of the lunar cycle’. Or something like that.
Treatments to try
PS I Love You ($718 for two/165 minutes). This head-to-toe treatment starts with a foot massage with rose scrub followed by a full body massage. A candlelit bath – yes, the kind with rose petals – and cocktails at Bob's Bar to round off the session.
Best for utmost privacy
Adjacent to the water-themed Equarius Hotel at Resorts World Sentosa, ESPA is designed with total privacy and relaxation in mind: there are only two Garden Suites and two Beach Villas that cater to couples. Both options are self-contained spas within the premises, each with its own changing room, lounge and relaxation area. Additionally, the Beach Villas come with a private steam room and dip pool, too. ESPA also houses hot and cold facilities, such as a crystal steam room, rock sauna and a Japanese-style onsen that curls up on the edge of a garden.
Treatment to try
Customisation is the name of the game here, so book either the Garden Suite or Beach Villa ($450 per person/180 minutes) for two hours of spa time – the therapist will select the most suitable treatment after a detailed consultation – and one whole hour after to use the facilities within the compound.
Best for full-day pampering
Here’s a spa that proves that you can indulge your date with plenty of ‘we’ time without having to cab down to Sentosa. This elegant spa offers all the facilities you need, like experience showers, saunas, steam rooms, a communal relaxation room and a spa concierge with consultation booths. There are only two couple suites and four single treatment rooms, so it’s best to book ahead.
Treatment to try
Oriental Escape for Two ($1,380 for two/230 minutes). It’s not one size fits all here: you and your partner have to fill out a questionnaire to determine your ‘element’ (wood, water, metal, fire or earth). Based on the result, you’re matched with a custom-blended essential oil that’s used for the TCM massage after. An eye treatment and aromatherapy facial round up almost four hours of bliss – and then it’s off to the hotel’s Italian restaurant, Dolce Vita, for a three-course meal.
Best for mix and matching
So SPA bases its treatments on French cosmetology with a touch of Asian influence. Its spa menu reads like something you’d find at a French fine dining restaurant: treatments are sectioned into starters, mains and desserts, and you’re meant to mix and match them.Treatment to try
So in Love ($600 for two/150 minutes). The experience starts with a scrub of the day, followed by either a relaxing massage or deep tissue massage. After a romantic private bath, conclude with some bubbly and small bites at the spa garden.
Best for relieving stress
To really live it up, head to CHI branch at Rasa Sentosa Resort and Spa. There are outdoor massage pavilions for those who prefer the sounds of nature – and not a Soothing Ocean Breeze Vol 4 CD – along with seven single rooms and three couple therapy suites. Besides those, CHI, The Spa offers an extensive range of body and facial treatments, with the CHI Singapore Massage ($198/ 90 minutes) unique to the Rasa Sentosa outlet.Treatment to try
CHI Romance ($595 for two/120 minutes). Relax your body and mind as you dip your toes in a eucalyptus footbath and breathe in your choice of Kerstin Florian essential oil. The treatment continues with a thermal mineral body scrub and an in-room herbal Jacuzzi bath, followed by an oil massage.
Best for finding your zen
Hidden deep within the grounds of Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa, Spa Luna is technically not a part of the hotel – although it’d be hard to tell with the similar resort-like white walls and wood furnishings in its pre-war colonial building. There are three couple rooms, each with en suite bathrooms, and the spa even prepares a traditional Chinese dessert dish every day for a post-spa treat. For the ultimate zen weekend getaway, complete the treatment with a villa staycation.Treatment to try
Aroma Relaxing Treat ($558 for two/135 minutes). You spend the first half hour in the steam room to prep your skin for the rose sea salt scrub that follows. After a quick rinse, it’s on to the highlight: a relaxing aromatherapy body massage using Spa Luna’s rose essential oil, concocted in-house.