We’ve visited and experienced various St Gregory spas around the world and we have to admit that it is one of our favourite spa places to visit, offering some of the most luxurious and outstanding spa treatments. Since opening in 2013, the St Gregory Spa has fast become one of the most lauded spas in Singapore. Its accolades include ‘Best Invigorating Massage’ by The Singapore Women’s Weekly Spa Awards 2012 and 2013, ‘Choicest Alternative Healing Treatment’ by Harper’s Bazaar (Singapore) Spa Awards 2012 and many more.
So imagine our delight when we were presented with the opportunity of visiting the outlet at the award-winning PARKROYAL on Pickering Hotel. Similar to other St Gregory spas in Singapore, the one at PARKROYAL on Pickering offers a personal sanctuary where Asian treatments are provided for complete relaxation of the mind and revitalisation of the body. Corporate travellers will also be pleased to know that the spa also offers an extensive selection of executive treatments designed for business travellers on the move or time-strapped executives in need of a power massage.
Located on level five of PARKROYAL on Pickering – the hotel’s dedicated wellness floor – St Gregory Spa offers four well-appointed treatment rooms that have been designed using a calming palate of colours to provide guests with a relaxing and rejuvenating retreat. Upon arrival, I was ushered to a cosy lounge for a pre-treatment consultation where I was served a cup of warm tea while I filled in the mandatory form indicating any medical issues or areas of my body that required special attention. I was then led to my appointed therapist who exuded a warm friendliness that made me feel very much at ease. After leading me to one of the treatment rooms, she took detailed notes of my preferences for the massage.
Weary muscles and stiff bones warranted the Relaxing Aromatic Body Bless, which combines the power of essential oils with gentle Swedish massage strokes – this holistic therapy melts away tension, calms your senses and lulls you into a state of ultimate relaxation.
Before the massage, I was asked to pick from three different types of essential oils: lavender (calming), sweet almond, mint and menthol (muscle ease), or citrus (energising). I picked citrus as I was told that it helps energises tired muscles, and keeps the mind clear and alert. The massage, coupled with soothing music playing in the background, soon lulled me into blissful slumber. Towards the end of the treatment, when I felt my shoulders needed a bit more loosening, she immediately paid more attention to the problem knots, before finishing off with an excellent head massage.
Before or after treatments, spa guests can also enjoy access to the fitness centre, infinity pool and other facilities on the dedicated wellness floor. Alternatively, they can choose to relax in one of the birdcage-inspired cabanas located on the hotel’s iconic pool terrace, which must be one of Singapore’s most unique public spaces.
With a holistic dedication to helping you re-discover your inner physical and mental balance, St Gregory Spa knows just how to hit the right spots with its pampering treatments and intimate settings. Stepping into one of their treatment rooms is like stepping into a home away from home – it’s comforting, restorative and inspiring.
St Gregory Spa at PARKROYAL on Pickering Hotel operates from 10am to 10pm on weekdays, and from 9am to 9pm on weekends and public holidays.
St Gregory Spa, level 5, PARKROYAL on Pickering, 3 Upper Pickering Street, tel: 6809 8870, parkroyalhotels.com
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