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The best places to go for a massage in Singapore

Relax, unwind and let the professionals fix your aching joints at a blissful massage

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Hustling every day can be hard and sometimes you need to take some time off from the stress. The best thing to do? A long, indulgent massage of course. Our kind – more than an hour, throw in a head massage, essential oils for the aromatherapy and dim, ambient lighting. Bliss. 

Check yourself into one of these places we've rounded up for an ultimate pampering sesh. There's something for all kinds of budget so you don't have to worry about breaking the bank for a moment of indulgence. But if you want to go big, there's something out there too. Happy spa day!

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The Thai Spa
Photo: The Thai Spa
Health and beauty, Massage and reflexology

The Thai Spa

icon-location-pin City Hall

When you're hustling it hard in the city, there's nothing like a relaxing spa session to wind down and soothe your worries. Located in Suntec City, The Thai Spa is the perfect place to escape to after work. Traditional therapy, ancient rituals and aromatherapy combine to bring you an authentic experience that will help revitalise and rejuvenate the body. 

Treatment to try

Some highlights on the spa menu include the couple massage with a complimentary rose honey milk bath in a private jacuzzi ($198 for one hour) and traditional Thai-style massage ($79 per hour) to bust those muscle and joint aches. 

Some of its highly recommended therapy treatments include the peppermint body scrub, Thai reflexology, Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, Balinese massage, Lomi Lomi massage, body polishing and several slimming therapies. The Thai Spa also specialises in organic and herbal facials ($79) which include extraction and a Thai herbal face mask. 

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Spa Esprit

icon-location-pin Tanglin

Nestled among the lush greenery of Dempsey Hill, Spa Esprit is the perfect space to wind down. The spa’s Beauty Emporium outlet offers pampering facials, massages and body treatments fit for royalty – think 24k gold masks, diamond peel procedures and stress-relief treatments that include black pepper and ginger.

Treatment to try

The House Proud ($128.40) treatment used a blend of black pepper and ginger and utilises the Tui Na massage technique to help boost blood circulation in the body. 

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Health and beauty, Massage and reflexology

Green Apple Spa

icon-location-pin Raffles Place

If you can do without the frills, Green Apple Spa gets the job done without the compromise of quality. The comfy armchairs in the parlour reflect the seating arraignment of a movie theatre - deliberate so because patrons are treated to in-house shows as they get a rub-down.

Treatment to try

Prices start from $39 an hour for a regular 60-minute foot massage and $52 for body massages. 

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Aramsa Garden Spa

icon-location-pin Bishan

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 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.     

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Nimble/Knead

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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.

Health and beauty, Massage and reflexology

Herbal Footcare

icon-location-pin Raffles Place

If your late-night shenanigans usually take place in the Orchard Road vicinity, consider concluding the revelry at Herbal Footcare – a 24/7 massage parlour that is easily the most affordable from this lot. With its interior décor kept to the bare minimal, Herbal Footcare is rather plain, simple and fuss-free, where the only thing that grabs one’s attention is its massive neon-red couches to sink in during reflexology.

Treatment to try
Body pampering services are without the frills, ranging from foot reflexology ($22 for 30mins) and body massages ($33 for 30mins) to the traditional Chinese methods of ear candling, cupping and gua sha (skin scraping). Look out for promotions where you can get both a massage and reflexology for less than $50. 

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g.Spa

icon-location-pin Geylang

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.

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Ikeda Spa

icon-location-pin Raffles Place

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. But come for the spa, and stay for the menu of massages.

Treatment to try
Using only the highest grade plant oils, the Elemental Aromatherapy massage ($180) draws upon Eastern and Western massage techniques to help restore individual balance.

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Healing Touch

icon-location-pin Bishan

Founded by Joshua Lung in 2001, Healing Touch offers a diverse variety of facials and massages at highly affordable rates with a focus holistic healing. While it doesn’t burn a hole in your wallet, some mild aching can be expected afterwards, although it goes away after a couple of hours. No pain, no gain, right?

Treatment to try
Its signature Asian Fusion Oil Massage ($58.85/one hour) – also the most relaxing massage on the menu – helps loosen up your muscles and improve blood circulation. 

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House of Traditional Javanese Massage

icon-location-pin Bedok

Experience authentic Javanese massage by highly skilled staff, who have been put through intensive training by Indonesian professionals. If a deep muscle massage is something you're looking for, the Javanese experience relies upon pressure pushing, pressing and circling along and around the body’s energy meridians to break down tensely knotted muscles and to stimulate the body’s lymphatic system into releasing its self-regenerative power and increase blood circulation. 

Treatment to try
The signature massage here is the traditional Javanese full body massage (from $75) which uses all parts of the hand, including the knuckles, to knead and massage the muscles.

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Health and beauty, Spas

Remede Spa at The St Regis

icon-location-pin Orchard

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.

Treatment to try
Get the ultimate 'treat yourself' massage experience with the Head-to-Toe ($325) 120-minute massage that melts away stress, soothes your mind and restores the balance of the body. Begin with a 60-minute massage of your choice, followed by a 30-minute reflexology massage, completed with a 30-minute head massage.

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AWAY Spa

icon-location-pin Sentosa

Definitely one of the funkier spas out there, the rainforest-inspired AWAY Spa at 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.

Treat yourself!

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