At Palm Avenue Float Club, you float in the private tank filled with a warm temperature-adjusted saline solution (of a salt density that’s said to mimic that of the Dead Sea), which allows one to literally and figuratively float their cares away in hour-long stints. With only a multi-coloured light for illumination, the deliberately featureless tank imparts a feeling of weightlessness, alleviating bodily weariness, and encourages a mind on overdrive to disconnect and find its peace, or get reacquainted with its inner creative voice seeking an audience with one’s consciousness. You’re meant to get an enhanced awareness of your surroundings, plus a new spring in your step from the method’s benefits. Prices for a float start from $90 for a one-hour session.
Following its $25 million revamp, the Asian Civilisations Museum is awash with new artefacts to uncover. Its galleries showcase the interconnectedness of Asian cultures, encouraging visitors to find out something new about their own heritage. Meander aimlessly through the different galleries, or download the ACM app to gain a better understanding of the treasures in front of you – just be sure not to miss the new Tang Shipwreck Collection, a virtual time capsule from 9th-century China.
You don’t need someone to buy you a bouquet of expensive flowers when candles do a much better job at making a room smell like an English garden. Choose a candle that calms you down or fills you with a sense of peace from expert scent-makers, Diptyque. Take your time picking from scents like the mood-setting Feu de Bois (wood fire), the sweet-smelling Baies (blackcurrant and Bulgarian roses), the calming Feuille de Lavande (lavender leaves) and the earthy Geranium Rosa. Trust us, it lasts longer than flowers.
Challenge yourself and get out into the great outdoors. It really isn’t so bad when you immerse yourself in the lush surroundings of Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. There may not be mountains here but Bukit Timah – the highest point in Singapore – is the closest you can get. It might be a steep climb for the first 15 minutes or so but it gradually gets easier. Plus, the views from the summit definitely make the climb worthwhile.
With 157 rooms stretching over two heritage buildings – The Capitol Building and Stamford House – from Singapore’s colonial days, The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore is as opulent as it is private – perfect for those looking for a tranquil retreat. No matter how much noise you make, your neighbours won’t be able to hear, so feel free to let off some steam. The rooms (from $500) are fitted with an island bathtub for a quick soak or you can hop over to the saltwater pool for a languid dip before having dinner at 15 Stamford by Alvin Leung.
When life throws you lemons, make some damn good lemonade, or just roll with the punches and learn the art of improv. Founded by a group of friends that are always up for a laugh, The Improv Company is Singapore’s biggest improvised theatre company and training centre. There are many types of classes (starting from $300 for a five-week course) that cater to everyone from first-timers to veterans looking to sharpen their skills. Discover the joy of spontaneous play over the sessions – you’ll be overflowing with creativity and humour in no time.
A dying art, Batik refers to the traditional wax technique. which originates from Java, for decorating cloth. Get into the nitty-gritty of the process at Kamal Arts Batik workshops (from $150) at Goodman Arts Centre. Attendees are introduced to the traditional methods of the craft and are guided on the proper use of tools and processes like waxing with the ‘tjanting’ and dyeing. Progress through the weekly sessions at your own pace and your masterpiece slowly takes shape.
Removing blackheads and stubborn whiteheads can be a nightmare, and the folks at My Cozy Room get it. Set in a quaint terrace house a skip away from Orchard, the boutique spa is known for its extraction facial, which promises to get rid of dirt and excess sebum trapped within your pores. The facial is completely painlessly and you don’t have to worry about dealing with any redness, too. Step out with a smooth and radiant complexion that lasts for days.
You know that feeling of utter bliss when you slip into your bed after changing the sheets? That’s what you get every night with local bedding brand Sojao. Made with lightweight and breathable organic cotton, these luxurious sheets get softer with every wash. Purchase a bundle (from $198) and say hello to some quality snoozing for the rest of your nights!
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This little house of bliss hidden away on the second floor of a Tras Street shophouse is a quiet oasis in the middle of the CBD. Be treated to a warm cup of tea and snacks while your manicurist buffs, shapes and polishes your nails. An express manicure starts from $15 but go all out and try its signature Botanical Spa Manicure ($60), which is a treat for all your senses.
It’s never too late to pick up the piano, guitar, violin, guitar or flute. The YamahaPlus, learning to play a instrument has proven
to increase comprehension and math skills, improve coordination, and enhance your capacity for memory. And if you like being the centre of attention, you could be impressing many with your new talent at gatherings and parties.
Don’t forget about your mental health. Soothe your weary mind and soul at a meditation class. Meditation has helped focus our thoughts and calms the brain in the midst of chaos and stress. Find your balance at Nirvana Mind. Located on Keong Saik Road, the studio sees itself as a meditation community and support system for people to come together in a safe space to explore their inner selves.
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Hiding in the heart of Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, Aramsa The Garden Spa is a secret refuge that transports you away from the bustle of the city. An aroma therapy bar greets you at the reception. There, you can mix a custom blend of essential oils that are then used in its signature Aroma Rich therapy ($179.76), a pressure-point massage that relieves tension, aches and anxiety.
The art of pottery is so much more than the Patrick Swayze-Demi Moore moment in Ghost. Turns out, it is also quite a rewarding skill to have. Get creative and start making your own cups, saucers, bowls and unique pieces to flex to guests. Ceramic collective Weekend Worker runs basic ceramic classes throughout the year. Sessions are also kept small and the hands-on course guides you through the fundamentals of pottery-making using the electric wheel. You’ll be bringing home your own handmade goods in no time.
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Tucked away on the 14th floor of Ngee Ann City behind a little yellow door, Chez Vous: Hideaway has seven experiential zones throughout its unisex salon, from a Re:Charge relaxation den decked out in leather massage chairs to a pale pink cacoon for VIPs and guests that need absolute privacy. For $199, you get a haircut and one hair service – this could be anything from its signature Tokio Inkarami Hair Treatment to getting your hair dyed – and prices go up to $499 for a cut and four services if you want a total transformation.
Sometimes the best way to release any pent-up anger or repressed rage is to punch it out, literally. While boxing is picking up its pace in Singapore, Still Boxing is one of the best studios for group boxing workouts that pack in strike sequences, boxing moves as well as strength circuits so you’ll be fighting fit.
One of the most relaxing ways to unwind after a long day is to take a soak in a tub. But if you, like many Singaporeans, don’t have the luxury of a bathtub, Lush’s Shower Bombs (from $7) are the next best thing. Just like its famous Bath Bombs, these babies fizz and explode upon contact with water, unleashing the rich scent of essential oils. For a good night’s rest, try Sleepy, which is made with soothing lavender and ylang ylang.
Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing is all about keeping the things in your life that spark joy, and (gently) getting rid of the things that don’t. Pick up the book at local bookstore The Moon and learn how the act of cleaning can be a form of therapy.
While her book is full of useful tips and tricks, watching Tidying Up with Marie Kondo on Netflix shows you how real people put her method to practice. Fans of the self-help genre will also enjoy Queer Eye and Amazing Interiors, which offer great home décor inspiration to spruce up your flat.
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Reconnecting with nature doesn’t always mean going on a tough, sweaty hike. Urban farming community Edible Garden City champions the sustainable living movement and encourages everyone else to do so. Besides converting unused places and rooftops to urban gardens growing herbs and vegetables, it also offers classes and weekend workshops on how to grow your own micro garden at home – including how to cultivate your first mushroom!