Palais Renaissance: Your one-stop destination mall in Singapore
Singapore has its fair share of shopping malls, but while others may boast huge sizes and labyrinthine passageways, there's a mall on Orchard Road that has long been synonymous with luxury, taste and exclusivity.
Palais Renaissance may be off your radar, but here's why you should stop by for some much-needed shopping and pampering. From skin, hair and nail spas, to cult fashion boutiques to luxury watch and jewellery stores, there's something for every taste and plenty of buys that will set your heart racing.
Start the day early with a healthy brunch at one of the mall's restaurants and then head off to do your hair, face and nails. Start with a facial at DrSpa (#03-04). Founded by renowned Singapore skin specialist Dr Georgia Lee, try the award-winning Repair & Rejuvenate Skin Treatment which uses advanced GEM dermabrasion and IonWave technology to give you younger-looking skin in an instant. Best of all, you'll love the calming ritual that still affords you some time to relax. Continue the love at home with the take-home range that includes the DrGL Collagen Essence to intensely hydrate and plump up the skin.
Your hair needs love too, as stress and too much over-styling can lead to hair loss and lacklustre tresses. Leonica K Trichology (#03-08/09) has a Deep Hydration Hair treatment to undo all that that damage. It also comes with a soothing, scalp massage that will send you to seventh heaven. Ladies, ask the therapists for a classic blowout to get you primped for your big night, and don't forget to leave without the Ultimate Hair Mask that has won many awards for its excellent, nourishing formula.
No look is complete without prettying up your nails. Bellissima Nails (#02-12), has been in the business for 30 years and they bring their experience to their new store in Palais Renaissance. Step in for a range of luxe services including unisex treats like a manicure (or manly-cure for the guys!) A pedicure is essential if you are wearing your strappy sandals for the evening out. Indulge in a spa treatment that will help get your hands and feet in tip top condition.
DRESS UP FOR THE OCCASION
No matter how much you have in your wardrobe, there's always nothing to wear when it comes to a big occasion. Head to Patch Magic (#03-05) if you're looking for dresses that are unexpected yet elegant. It specialises in Japanese apparel with a modern twist and even uses silk and vintage materials that are hand-dyed to create vibrant and eclectic clothes that will put you at the centre of any conversation.
If you have a more streamlined and minimalist aesthetic, you'll love the sleek and elegant clothes at Maria Grachvogel (#01-07A). The British designer has dressed celebrities from Scarlett Johansson to Angelina Jolie and when you see the sensual details and feel the sumptuous fabrics like crepe that are used, you will fully understand this label's lasting appeal.
Finally top off your accessories with the ultimate status symbol — an Hermès Birkin. We know what you're thinking about the super long wait for such a coveted object, but you'll be pleasantly surprised to see that L'ecrin Boutique Singapore (#01-10) stocks a good selection of brand new, authentic Birkin bags. It also sells Kellys, Picotin Locks and Bolides as well as bag accessories. Whether you're ready to make the ultimate splurge or want to dress up an existing bag, this is worth a visit.
ACCESSORIES FOR YOUR EVENING OUT AND BEYOND
A look is never complete without some beautiful accessories. For the ladies, a stop at fine jewellery store Yuli Inc. - Fine Jewellery (#01-08), is always a surprise and visual feast. Founded by Jessie Foo Yuli, you'll find jaw-dropping and opulent pieces made with high quality gemstones that will have everyone ooh-ing and aah-ing. Our pick as the ultimate statement piece? The Jupiter, which boasts an exquisite fancy Imperial Topaz — 80 carats with a vibrant, pinkish-orange colour — that is surrounded by brilliant, white diamonds.
For the gentlemen and ladies with discerning taste, a visit to the Breitling boutique (#01-03/04) will surely unearth many fine finds. Known for its innovative spirit and expertise in aviation watches, you'll be spoilt for choice by the selection. For a timepiece that is both beautiful to look at and high-precision, try the Navitimer 1 Automatic 38 that comes with a blue dial and a blue alligator leather strap. Truly a thing of beauty, you'll be able to flash that wrist candy with every sip of wine or animated gesture — without appearing too flashy.
Finally every good guest knows that it's good manners to buy something for the host. Whether you're attending an intimate sit-down with close friends or a evening soirée with wine and cheese, a thoughtful and tasteful gift will never go amiss. Strange & Deranged (#01-06) has an intriguing and quirky selection of gifts for the home that will surprise and delight even the most hard-to-please friend. From exquisite spike vases by L'Objet to the beautifully melancholy sculptures by Christian Martinon, these are precious objects that will become treasures in their collection.