The scope and standard of healthcare in Singapore is amongst the very best in the world, with a significant number of hospitals accredited by the JCI and an extensive network of polyclinics and private medical practices offering top-notch care all over the island (see Healthcare).
Yet there is more to staying healthy and well than knowing there’s a good doctor on hand when things go wrong. Singapore is awash with opportunities to take part in sport and recreational activities, and despite the size of the island and its population density, there is an abundance of places to get out and take some fresh air, to walk and run, and generally to keep in shape (see Fitness and Recreation).
However, if all that sounds too vigorous, and you’re looking for a more tranquil way to restore the batteries, then you can kick back at one of the city’s many health spas for a session of pampering and all-round indulgence.
Singapore has become a hub for what is now known as health and wellness tourism, where visitors from abroad come to the city with the primary aim of enjoying the first-rate service and facilities, and this combined with the fact that Singaporeans are becoming more affluent and the long working hours that the city demands, mean that more and more people, men and women alike, are willing to spend money on spa and similar treatments as a means of coping with the rigours of life. Young Singaporeans can be very image conscious and are concerned about looking and feeling at their best, and this too has contributed to the increase in high-end, luxury spas that can now be found throughout the city.
There are of course a number of alternatives to the allopathic approach to health available as well. For instance, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is widely practised in Singapore and is regulated by the government through the Health Sciences Authority (HSA). All TCM practitioners are registered with the TCM Practitioners Board while the HSA also regulates Chinese Proprietary Medicines (CPM). There is a comprehensive list of registered TCM practitioners available on the Ministry of Health website. Acupuncture too is widely available, again through qualified and registered practitioners.
Additionally, what might be termed alternative therapies, such as osteopathy and chiropractic, dry needling, and a range of complementary medicines can also be accessed throughout the city, and their status and the regard in which they are held is probably similar to that in western countries—devotees are passionate advocates while the mainstream medical establishment is more skeptical.
Exclusively for guests staying at Raffles, you can indulge in a range of rejuvenating treatments, inspired by Asian, Middle Eastern and European traditions. There are six treatment rooms, a VIP private treatment room for couples, a sauna and steam room, as well as a jacuzzi and outdoor swimming pool.
1 Beach Road
Aramsa—The Garden Spa
This unique garden spa, a past winner of the Singapore Tourism Board “Best Spa Experience Award,” encourages the use of nature in its treatments, the raw food diet, Pilates and customized holidays as part of its wellness package. Complementing their botanical theme, the spa uses natural, herb-based products in their treatments.
Sun-Wed 10am-10pm, Thu-Sat 10am-12 midnight
Bishan Park 2
1382 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1
Auriga offers four signature treatments designed to reflect the varying energies of the lunar cycle, as well as body wraps, facials, and a range of massage therapies, including Swedish, Thai and Balinese techniques. They even have a special massage therapy designed especially for golfers.
1 The Knolls, Sentosa
Ayuthaya The Royal Thai Spa
For an expert Thai massage, the Four Hand Golden Massage involves the use of pure gold leaf suspended in aromatherapy oils. They also offer aroma oil body and foot massages, as well as facials, manicures and pedicures. There are three locations across the city.
#02-11 Gallery Hotel
1 Nanson Road
182 Telok Ayer Street
Treetops Executive Residences
7 Orange Grove Road
Banyan Tree Spa Marina Bay Sands
Recognized in numerous international awards, the pan-Asian Banyan Tree brand focuses on a non-clinical and holistic approach based on traditional Eastern healing therapies. It emphasizes a ‘high-touch, low-tech’ approach that celebrates the human touch and the use of natural herbs and spices. There is a wide range of spa treatments to be enjoyed, and you can also revel in the sleek decor and spectacular view from the 55th floor of Marina Bay Sands.
10 Bayfront Avenue
Tower 1, Level 55
Eucalyptus Day Spa
A boutique spa with an outdoor bamboo garden that features a rain shower and specialized holistic therapies. Particularly well known for its Egyptian Sports Massage, the range of therapies also includes Balinese massage, hot stone therapy, facials and scrubs.
39 Scotts Road
This Indonesian-themed spa has two locations, and features a number of specialty treatments, including Javanese massage, pre- and post-natal treatments, tummy trimming body wraps and foot reflexology. There are individual and couple treatment rooms available.
244B Thomson Road
711 East Coast Road
La Source Spa
Formerly known as LS Philosophy, the reception area resembles a 17th-century Baroque palace and they offer a range of facials (including one especially for men), individual and couple massages (including the special Jet Setter body massage that caters specifically to frequent travelers), as well as scalp and hair massages. The boutique also sells a range of health and beauty products.
#01-03-04 Thong Teck Building
15 Scotts Road
Oasis (The Holistic Men’s Spa)
The signature treatment at this men’s spa is the fusion massage, a combination of Swedish, Shiatsu, Thai yoga and Chinese acupressure. In addition, they offer body scrubs and hydrotherapy, and facials.
11A Trengganu Street
Specializing in traditional Chinese acupressure deep tissue massage designed to ease tense muscles, but with a contemporary twist, they are previous winners of the Singapore Women’s Weekly award for Most Revolutionary Massage and Best Body Massage. There are five locations across the city.
Mon-Fri 12-10pm, Sat-Sun 11am-9pm
83A Club Street
#03-19 Wheelock Place
501 Orchard Road
#03-09/10 Great World City
1 Kim Seng Promenade
#B2-24 Raffles City Shopping Centre
252 North Bridge Road
Mon-Fri 12 noon-10pm, Sat-Sun 11am-9pm
18A Lorong Mambong
The Retreat Spa and Thalasso Center
A full range of treatments are on offer at their three branches in the city. The Retreat Signature Massage involves a light touch combined with stretching exercises, while they also offer Thai massage, aromatherapy, pregnancy massages and Indian head massage. Winner of the Silver Award for Best Hot Soak in Cosmopolitan magazine’s Dancing with the Spa Awards 2013 and Best Getaway Award in the Harper’s Bazaar Spa Awards 2012.
#01-03A Changi Village Hotel
1 Netheravon Road
Sheraton Towers Hotel
39 Scotts Road
Singapore Marriott Hotel
320 Orchard Road
Remède Spa Singapore
An international chain with spas all over the world, the menu of treatments is inspired by holistic traditions ranging from ancient Rome to ancient China and include a tension-easing Warm Jade Stone Massage and an invigorating Olive & Eucalyptus Black Soap Body Wash & Scrub.
The St. Regis Singapore
29 Tanglin Road
SK-II Boutique Spa
The flagship branch is housed in a colonial black and white bungalow close to Orchard Road, and there are others at Millennia Walk and Somerset. SK-II Boutique Spa is a collaboration between skincare brand SK-II and local spa Senze Salus they offer an extensive range of facial treatments, including their signature Cloud 9.
Mon-Fri 10am-9pm, Sat-Sun 10am-7pm
1 Scotts Road
Shaw Centre SC, #02-06
9 Raffles Boulevard
#02-54/55 Millenia Walk Shopping Centre
An international group with four spas in Singapore, they specialize in traditional Chinese therapies such as the Tui Na Massage and Chinese acupressure facials. They also offer other traditional therapies including Ayurveda, Javanese and Thai.
www.stgregoryspa.comThe Spa at Mandarin Oriental
This cozy, swanky spa with six luxurious single and couples rooms also has a small hydrotherapy pool. The menu of treatments includes signature spa therapies that combine hands-on massage with custom-blended essential oils, age repair and aromatherapy facials, and foot spas.
5/F Mandarin Oriental Singapore
5 Raffles Avenue
The Tamarind Spa
This boutique spa for women and men offers facials, a selection of massages like Javanese, deep tissue and lymphatic drainage, renewing scrubs, body wraps and belly button candling. There are two locations in the city.
Mon-Fri 11am-9pm, Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 10am-7pm
5A Maju Avenue
Serangoon Gardens Estate
118 Bukit Timah Road
GOH & GOH Building
Willow Stream Spa
With 32 treatment rooms, including two couple suites with jacuzzis, this premium spa offers specialized therapies such as “High Heals” for ardent stiletto fans and “Evening Soiree” for couples. You can also enjoy a leisurely soak in the spa’s whirlpools and try out the unique aromatherapy stream room.
6/F Fairmont Singapore
80 Bras Basah Road