Where to go for a relaxing luxury massage this weekend in Singapore: The Luxe House, Espa, Spa Esprit, and more
Cut above the rest
Not all self-care practices are made equal. As fulfilling as a 15-step skincare routine or a productive session at the gym might be, they leave much to be desired in the rest-and-relaxation department. When internal batteries require a serious recharge, substantial measures must be taken. And what better way to do so than with a good ol' pampering massage? Stress-relieving aside, a good rub-down also improves blood circulation, relieves muscle cramps, and stimulates the lymphatic system. To get you on that massage train (he), we roundup the most luxurious, decadent options below.
The Luxe House
Think specially crafted techniques utilising the best of Eastern and Western philosophies, all of which are administered by many a skilled masseuse. Fashion and Beauty Editor Jolene Khor credits the Signature Massage for working out the aches and pains in her shoulder and upper-back muscles, as the treatment addresses bodily imbalances associated with a hectic lifestyle. Mm, sounds familiar, alright.
Chi, The Spa
Located on the idyllic grounds of the Shangri-La Hotel Singapore, Chi, The Spa offers an extensive menu with many a massage, spa, and body treatment. Try their latest Signature Asian Blend Massage which combines traditional Asian techniques and therapeutic rituals. Think Balinese and Malaysian massage strokes, Chinese energy flow, and Indian marma points.
With naturally-based therapies coalescing the effective traditional techniques and products sourced from around the world, Espa is the first choice for many seeking a peaceful, indulgent session away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Signature facilities include Singapore's first authentic Turkish Hammam, vitality pools, forest onsen-style pools, rock saunas, and even crystal steam rooms to help revitalise your mind and soul.
Remède Spa at The St. Regis
Inspired by ancient traditions from the East and West, you can expect a variety of treatments befitting of both cultures, from the Warm Jade Stone Massage to the Argan Oil and Alum Stone Face and Body Ritual. You can also customise your treatment by selecting your own essential oils and "enhancements" (read: eye masks, neck masks, and even a scalp massage).
Singapore's first energy-healing and remedial spa offers both new-age therapy options and traditional massage techniques. The adventurous should give the Super Vibrator Massage a whirl; the 90-minute massage relies on reverberations and sound healing to gently coax your body into a relaxed, meditative state. Purists, on the other hand, can go for the Classic Scentsational, a fuss-free massage of Swedish, Hawaiian, and Indonesian strokes.
You know you're in good hands considering this is the first spa in Singapore to receive a five-star status from Forbes Travel Guide — and for seven consecutive years, to boot. Incorporating traditional techniques and organic, natural ingredients, Auriga Spa’s Signature experiences include the New Moon and Waxing Moon Massage, both of which culminate in a gentle aromatherapy body massage to invigorate and replenish the mind and soul.