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The best spas in Singapore to pamper mum with

There's nothing like a full day at the spa with mum to put your minds and bodies in rest and relax mode

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Time Out Singapore editors
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During these mentally and emotionally draining times, we could all use a rejuvenating spa sesh. There's nothing like a long massage with aromatherapy, wraps, facials and more to put your mind and body at ease. And if you're looking for some bonding time with mum this Mother's Day, a spa day could be a rejuvenating time off for the both of you. So block off a few hours in your day, surprise mum with a spa booking and get seriously pampered. 

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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 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

Try 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.  On top of the stellar treatments, making sure customers have an amazing spa experience is also important to the team. To ensure ultimate privacy, each therapy room also comes with a private shower. 

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  • 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 Spa 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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  • Tiong Bahru

In the cool neighbourhood Tiong Bahru is a unique spa. The décor: The facade and receiving area are decorated with cool industrial-looking containers, while the 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.

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  • 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.

Treatment to try
Gateway to Vitality (members $125/one hour, non-members $159/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. Plus, it is open all day and all night. 

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Yunomori Onsen and Spa
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  • Kallang

Yunomori Onsen and Spa is the first in South-East Asia to combine an authentic Japanese hot spring experience with traditional Thai massages. Which is great, as onsen baths themselves relieve muscular tension, improve blood circulation and skin health, or so its proponents claim. There are five (surprisingly high-tech) onsen baths offered at the separate male and female onsen areas here: soda, silk, bubble, jet and cold bath. Each pool is treated with hot spring minerals imported from the Land of the Rising Sun, and their temperatures are carefully monitored at all times. But we'd recommend you start with the CO2-filled soda bath – it's set at around 38.5 to 39.5°C – and work your way up.

The entry price of $38 grants you all-day access to the onsen, steam rooms and sauna (guys, you're in luck – there are hot baths and a sauna that are exclusive to the male onsen area). Prior to entering, you're given fresh towels and a yukata of your choosing to lounge in between dips. You'll have to enjoy the onsen in your birthday suit, but if you're too shy, Yunomori offers black nylon disposable underwear. Think of it as a blurry filter – they're not completely opaque, but hey, it’s better than nothing. And be sure to shower before entering the onsen pools (with complimentary Yunomori spa products) and try to keep your hair clear of the onsen waters. So hold off on diving right in.

Pick your desired package (see below for our recommendation) and receive an electronic tag. It's got your assigned locker number on it and works as a 'credit card' to use at the Yunomori café. The café whips up simple Japanese dishes such as soba sets ($10.80) that come with potato salad and – you guessed it – an onsen egg. There's also free flow hot ginger tea and cold hojicha tea all day. 

Treatment to try

Opt for the package deal: in addition to the onsen, you can enjoy a 30-minute Thai foot massage or a 60-minute full-body one ($68-$118) by a skilled masseuse. You have to fill in a form before clambering on the table to indicate any areas of concern to focus on and the desired pressure. Bells and whistles such as a hot compress or aroma oil therapy ($196-$246) can also be added to your basic package as and when you please.

St Gregory Spa at PARKROYAL on Beach Road
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  • Kallang

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 try

Traditional 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.

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Remede Spa at The St Regis
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  • 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. 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

The Black Soap and Rassoul Hammam Ritual ($276.25/90 minutes). Be privy to the secrets of the hammam in this all-rounded ritual. Relax as you are pampered to a soft steam and scrub with black soap and kassa glove, purifying rassoul and a regenerating face and scalp massage with argan oil, leaving the skin beautifully soft and satin-smooth.

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  • Sentosa

Previously Spa Botanica at The Sentosa Singapore, A Beaufort Hotel, this destination spa has been fêted and loved for its indoor and outdoor rejuvenation facilities. It was rebranded in mid-2014 with a whole host of new rejuvenating treatments grounded in French cosmetology practices that are now in place – with the treatment menu sectioned into appetisers, mains and desserts to help patrons mix and match their indulgences.

Treatment to try

Starter selections, for example, feature quick essential body oil scrubs and facials ($100-$120/30-45min), and mains consist of longer sessions filled with multi-step facials and body massages borrowing wisdom from India, Thailand and the Orient ($180-$240/60-90min). The spa’s beloved volcanic mud seating areas, waterfalls, pools and meditation labyrinths are still also in place, as are its mini-bungalow-like Couple Spa Suites ($80/30min).

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  • Sentosa

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 

Detox ($265/90 minutes), which comes with a relaxing bland of massage oil and massage techniques to boot – so your body will be soothed from head to toe. It's a stress-relieving full body massage that will promote tissue regeneration and toxin detox. 

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  • Sentosa

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 ($260/90 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. 

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Willow Stream Spa
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  • City Hall

One of the more serious spa spaces in a hotel here, the Willow Stream Spa is an amenity-rich sanctuary located in the centre of town. A total of 35 treatment rooms deliver treatments grounded in Eastern and Western spa philosophies, alongside an array of fitness facilities, sauna and steam rooms, swimming pools and even tennis courts – all are spread over three levels and 50,000 square feet of floor space. Another plus for Willow Stream are the innovative weekly classes like aqua aerobics and helipad yoga (conducted on Swissotel the Stamford’s rooftop and open to the public), which offer access to the spa’s facilities on the day of the class.

Treatment to try

Willow Stream Hot Stone, which combines the elements of earth and fire to create a unique massage treatment. The stones are warmed for deep heat massage to relieve tension and increase circulation. 

Bring your partner along

Most romantic spas in Singapore
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Switch up the usual dinner-and-a-movie date night and focus into some wellness and pampering and check yourself into a blissful spa with the special someone in your life.

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