Getting the Spa Treatment
by Catherine Nicol
For more wellness experiences that take you metaphorically out of the urban and into the jungle, let lush greenery calm the mind and soothe the spirit.
Tropical spa treatments reach luxurious new heights at ESPA at Resorts World Sentosa. Bring your cossie and enough time to kick back in the Vitality Pool with neck and shoulder massage jets, the gasp-inducing cold plunge pool and the Forest Onsen-style Pool, where you can bask Japanese-style on boulders like a gecko. Treatments take you indoors, with the Turkish Hammam, the new Lifestage Facial and the newly launched Ultimate Wellness Journey of three, five or seven nights, including fitness, naturopathic, traditional and spa therapies, and spa cuisine at Tangerine.
As befits a spa found in Bishan Park, Aramsa – The Garden Spa is all about the connection between nature and the soul. Singapore’s lush greenery lends itself beautifully to calming the psyche and quieting the mind in the spa’s 17 treatment rooms, which all have alfresco garden courtyards with showers or baths below overhead vines. The ‘Down to Earth’ package uses pure botanical herbs and spices from start to finish. The oil, herb and salt scrub polishes and nourishes the skin, the green clay herbal wrap detoxes the body and the bamboo retreat massage increases the circulation and eases stressed muscles.
CHI, The spa at Shangri-La in the Shangri-La Singapore’s Garden Wing is set within 15 acres of tropical landscape featuring waterfalls, koi ponds and jungle. While their Topical Treat of coconut and chamomile scrub and the Singapore Wave multi-technique massage are popular, both being available alfresco, brand sparkling new is the K-Lift Facial by Kerstin Florian. Targeting issues like aging, hyperpigmentation or oily skin, this non-invasive technological treatment works on all layers of the skin to increase collagen production, reduce lines, tighten contours and tone the complexion. www.shangri-la.com
Within the refined grounds of Goodwood Park Hotel, the elegant Spa Rael is a tranquil, green escape, with 18 spa suites within the 6,000 square foot greenery. Innovative treatments join the natural feel, like the Marine Algae Wrap, the Holistic Ginger Remedy and the unusual Goat Milk Gommage and Bath. Or go for their sophisticated facials courtesy of Spanish skincare brand Natura Bissé.
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