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The best spas in Singapore

Your ultimate guide to the swankiest spas in Singapore – all tried and tested by Time Out Singapore

Heavenly Spa
1/10

Heavenly Spa

Step into the lift at The Westin Singapore and you’ll be taken straight up to heaven – the hotel’s Heavenly Spa, that is. Located 35 floors above the ground and boasting spectacular views of the CBD and Chinatown, it’s definitely not a bad place to clear your head and unwind. The spa has six rooms – one of which is a couple suite – that are decked out with minimalistic décor in soothing, earthy tones. Guests are advised to arrive early to take advantage of the other facilities in the gender-segregated changing rooms, including an Experiential Shower (choose between the hot ‘tropical’ and cold ‘glacier’ modes), a sauna room, and a whirlpool filled with very hot water. After your treatment, feel free to stay awhile longer in the relaxation lounge to nibble on dried fruits and nuts while browsing through magazines.

Treatment to try

Lavender’s often regarded for its relaxing properties, and the 90-minute Lavender Spa Journey ($250/single and $450/couple) does just that. It starts with a hydrating scrub made from pure sweet almond oil, natural sea salt and therapeutic lavender essential oils aimed at improving circulation. You’re then given time in-between to rinse yourself in the adjoining shower, before being treated to a 60-minute massage with yet more lavender oil. The scent never overpowers, though, and your masseuse adjusts the pressure of the massage accordingly to ease bodily tension and encourage complete relaxation of the mind. In fact, you’ll likely drift to sleep and awaken feeling rejuvenated and refreshed.

Or pick the spa’s signature Revitalize Massage ($160/60 mins; $220/90 mins) that combines techniques drawn from three cultures – Chinese, Malay and Indian, in that order. The masseuse starts off by releasing the tension in the shoulders and back by targeting meridian points, followed by a gentle abdomen massage. To round off the treatment, a metallic Kansu bowl is rolled around your soles, which is said to dispel body heat, leaving you feeling both relaxed and energised. 

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Downtown
Remede Spa at The St Regis
2/10

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. 

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Harbourfront
g.Spa
3/10

g.Spa

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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Kallang
St Gregory Spa at PARKROYAL on Beach Road
4/10

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 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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Bugis
AWAY Spa
5/10

AWAY Spa

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.

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Harbourfront
ESPA
6/10

ESPA

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.

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Harbourfront
Auriga Spa at Capella
7/10

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. 

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Harbourfront
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental
8/10

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental

An elegant, serene space, the spa offers a luxurious wellness experience with facilities like experience showers, saunas, steam rooms, a communal relaxation room, treatment areas and a spa concierge with consultation booths. Find your inner peace with treatments like fragrant baths, full body massages and head massages in the privacy of your own suite, or try their therapeutic or bamboo massages, jet lag or after sun treatments, specialised facials and even half day spa programmes like Asian-inspired therapies or relaxing treats for expectant mothers.

Treatment to try

Taste of the Orient ($510/170 minutes). Revitalise your senses with a combination of a welcome foot ritual, a full body scrub with ginger and mandarin scents and sea salt and almond oil, a full body Oriental bamboo massage to ease the tension and finally, an Oriental foot therapy session.  

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City Hall
So SPA
9/10

So SPA

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. Rebranded in mid-2014, a whole host of new rejuvenating treatments grounded in French cosmetology practices 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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Harbourfront
Yunomori Onsen and Spa
10/10

Yunomori Onsen and Spa

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.

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Kallang

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By: Michelle Ng

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