Fairmont’s Willow Stream Spa
Complete the Dream Two-Gather package, $588++ (UP $688++) with complimentary use of the spa, gym and pool facilities on treatment day.
In need of some pampering, I jumped on the chance to try out the Willow Stream Spa’s Dream Two-Gather treatment. Lasting two hours in a private VIP suite, it comprised a Thermal Mineral Bath and a signature body and facial treatment.
Starting off with a steamy soak in the jacuzzi tub with relaxing bath salts, I drifted off into an abyss of tranquility and would honestly have been content just stewing in there all day but then there was more pampering to come.
I’m not sure what was lathered onto my face. All I know is it smelled heavenly and defnitely left me with supple, healthier looking skin. Unfortunately the same could not be said of the body treatment, as my masseuse kneaded me with the vengeance of a woman scorned and had me cringing in pain (not in a good way). But I could forgive it as the overall service I received was commendable with the staff anticipating all my needs.
If you’re looking to rejuvenate yourself, the Willow Stream Spa delivers just that and more.
Fairmont Singapore, 80 Bras Basah Road. Tel. 6431 5600
Grand Hyatt’s Damai Spa
There’s a certain beauty in stepping off the busy walkways of Orchard Road and entering nirvana in a matter of minutes. After a long day of work, that’s exactly what heading to Grand Hyatt’s Damai Spa feels like. We gave the 90-minute couple’s Targeted Massage ($500 + $150 to use the couple’s suite) a go and loved that the masseuses allowed for the option of tailoring the massage to what you’d like, be it relaxation, rejuvenation or healing. It’s evident also that they were well trained in multiple styles of massage, letting you choose the right pressure for maximum comfort. Amenities-wise, the Damai Spa made it feel like we had left the confines of Singapore for those two hours so no complains. If you’re looking to do a Valentine’s Day couple massage without the hassle of leaving the town area, it’s probably one of your best bets.
Grand Hyatt, 10 Scotts Road. Tel. 6416 7156
Yunomori Onsen and Spa
Some say a gender segregated onsen experience isn’t the best way to do Valentine’s Day, but we disagree. After all, brides and grooms of yore in many cultures have been prepped and primped separately before they seal their union. Long-time couples can also appreciate the immersing in total relaxation as a way to feel good around each other. Yunomori Onsen provided such sublime tranquility. The onsen ($38+ per person) had a series of baths in which to soak your cares away. Scrubbing salt in the steam chamber lets you polish your skin to a silky smoothness. The aroma oil massage that followed ($138+ for 90 minutes per person) far exceeded expections. Using a signature technique inspired by various cultures, my masseuse knew exactly what she was doing, hitting all the right spots to send me into a state of bliss.
1 Stadium Place, 02-17/18 Kallang Wave Mall. Tel. 6386 4126
It’s been around for a decade yet surprisingly, not many people know of it. It should be recognised for its service and whatever it offers, but you don’t want too many people knowing. Located within the Singapore Polo Club, the spa separates you from a frantic city life and well, the smell of horses. And there’s nothing better than getting pampered on a toasty spa bed alongside your better half. There are two couple treatments available, but I’d go for their bestseller, the Lush Date. The treatment includes a warm milk and sea salt foot bath, body scrub or hair cream bath, a 90-minute essential oil massage and a slow dip in the jacuzzi with champagne and strawberries. Sounds indulgent, but it costs $495 for a good three hours – that’s more affordable than most luxe spas around. While the scrub hurt a little (thanks to my mosquito bites), they did a wonderful job, as they did with the body massage, which proved that one doesn’t need to get doused in oil like a chicken basting in the oven.
Singapore Polo Club, 80 Mount Pleasant Road. Tel. 6254 9091
The St. Regis Remède Spa
The stone bath with salt and rose petals was the highlight of the experience. The therapists topped it off with chocolate, tea and privacy.
On paper, the adjoining private bathroom seemed like a great idea. But as the masseuse expertly kneaded my muscles, the constant stream of water splashing into the stone bathtub was an unwelcome cacophony. That experience encapsulated the Couple’s Spa Retreat ($900) at St Regis Singapore – a rough-around-the-edges nirvana.
Lasting three hours, the package consisted of a full body scrub and massage followed by a facial and milk bath. My therapist was efficient, kind and possessed surprising strength, qualities you would want in a spa employee. However, during the facial, she went through the entire process without telling me what she was doing to my face. It was a common occurrence. My partner’s therapist also didn’t provide any explanation until prompted.
It’s a shame. The facilities were top notch and the service was exemplary. I also enjoyed the complimentary three-course meal the spa served after the treatment. It was delicious. Yet the devil is in the details, and with spas in Singapore stepping up their game, relying on a brand name no longer works. It’s all about the small touches that make up the experience.
The St. Regis Singapore, 29 Tanglin Road. Tel. 6506 6896
Capella Singapore’s Auriga Spa
I’ve always been a fan of massages and had been toying with the idea of surprising the missus with a day at the spa. So when I had the opportunity to review the first spa in Singapore to receive the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Spa status, I couldn’t pass it up.
We arrived 45 minutes earlier as recommended to enjoy the impressive range of spa facilities before the commencement of the Senja Sunyi Ritual for Two ($688++ for the month of February), which includes a massage with warm Moon Stones, rose facials, bath with rose petals, capped off with afternoon tea at the Chef’s Table. The well executed massage was a highlight. The masseuse alternated between tension relieving long strokes with the warm calming sensation of the Moon Stones. The whole experience was definitely beyond what we expected and will be one of the first destinations for consideration whenever we want some relaxing time together in the future.
Capella Singapore, 1 The Knolls, Sentosa Island. Tel. 6591 5023
The Ritz-Carlton Spa
Spa Suite, a brand new couple’s room that boasts two separate showers and a jacuzzi. While there aren’t packages specifically for couples at the moment, you can each take your pick from the menu and enjoy it in the suite (which costs an additional $200++ to book). It’s a tad pricey, but well worth it if you want to splurge on a special day. My partner went for The Men’s Massage ($280++), a relaxing full body treatment that involves heated stones and a facial rub, while I was treated to The La Mer Miracle Broth Facial ($480++). Apart from deep cleansing and a facial mask, what’s unusual is its use of sound therapy. As part of the facial, seashells were placed by my ears several times and the acoustics of tuning forks were quickly passed across my body. Strange, but invigorating.
The Ritz-Carlton, 7 Raffles Avenue. Tel. 6337 8888
Aramsa The Garden Spa
Aramsa is a quaint little sanctuary positioned in the heart of Bishan Park 2. The exterior doesn’t seem like much, but step through its doors and you’re immediately transported to a haven of tranquility, complete with mystical music playing softly in the background. Right from the get-go of the Botanical Energy treatment, the therapists were communicative, always explaining what they were about to do. They started us off with a warm foot soak, which was surprisingly effective at getting my partner and me relaxed. The therapists then ushered us to our beds, where they applied botanical oils on our bodies in preparation for the Orchid salt exfoliation. The scrub was not as harsh as I anticipated and boy, did my skin feel nice after. We then took a shower to rinse off all the salt, which proved to be a rather tricky task. The next part of the treatment was a Shiatsu focus massage, which supposedly stimulates the body’s ‘ki’. I’m not sure if that happened but I was glad the therapist managed to ease my stiff shoulders. The 150-minute couple massage goes for $662 and is perfect for anyone looking to feel re-energised.
1384 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, Bishan Park 2. Tel. 6456 6556
So Spa at So Sofitel
The So SPA is absolute heaven. It may be a bit difficult to get to if you’re without a car, but I believe it’s worth it. Either pay for membership for access to all facilities (as well as the gym and pool at Sofitel Singapore on Robinson road) or book yourself a treatment to see what it’s like. While there will be the occasional peacock curious about your day, So SPA exudes peace and wellness. Past the swimming pools, waterfalls and mud baths, 14 sheltered rooms and outdoor pavilions await you. Because I was there for the So In Love experience ($600 for 2.5 hours of scrubbing, massage and soaking), my friend and I were posted indoors, a mini glass villa complete with a shower, garden and jacuzzi. The therapists are typically senior folk, but they do know their stuff. Male therapists are also available if you prefer. Just remember to set an entire day aside for this. You’d want to spend the rest of it lazing outdoors after.
2 Bukit Manis Road Sentosa. Tel. 6708 8310
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