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February 2013

A Day At The Spa For Valentine’s Day

Busy planning your wedding and spring cleaning for the Lunar New Year at the same time? Then, a quick glance at the calendar and you realise, gasp! Valentine’s Day is coming up right after! Wedding planning and festivities can be so stressful, you feel you can hardly breathe. You will be gorging on those sinful goodies on offer at every home next week to assuage some of those nail-biting seating arrangement issues, or maybe, to reward yourself for a home well-cleaned, but oh no! You can’t! You’re on a diet and marathon Mahjong sessions are not going to help tone those arms! Oh, is it too late to book a table at your favourite restaurant on February 14?

Take a deep breath. Hold it for five seconds. Now slowly let it out.

If you’re having a minor anxiety attack, it’s time to step away from whatever you’re doing, and do some breathing exercises. When you have sufficiently calmed down, book yourself and your partner (Yes, guys. You too.) a spa treatment from our recommendations below. Everyone deserves a day at the spa, and Valentine’s Day is just the perfect excuse, even if it’s going to be a belated surprise.

The Editor’s Pick: Damai Spa at Grand Hyatt Singapore

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I was invited to experience Damai’s new signature 60-minute body treatment, which incorporates the luxurious June Jacobs Spa Collection range of products, which is exclusively available at Damai. Based on high concentrations of carefully selected botanical and plant extracts, this new collection aims to soothe and restore tired minds and bodies.

For 60 minutes, my body, hands and feet were enveloped in a warm oil of skin-softening papaya enzyme, and kneaded into submission. I have always had tight knots in my upper back, and my therapist found them almost immediately. I loved how she knew exactly where to apply pressure and where to be gentle, so you can feel your tensed muscles begin to relax, and your skin, amazingly, feels pampered as well.

I have to say, the end of my 60 minutes came too soon. If I were you, I’d go for the 90-minute treatment. And the 90-minute facial. And hop into the sauna for a bit after that. There’s just something about the treatment rooms in Damai that is so calming for the mind, you really don’t want to leave. This wasn’t my first time at Damai, and it won’t be my last.

Price: $158 (60-minute body treatment), $195 (90-minute body treatment), $168 (60-minute facial), $195 (90-minute facial)
Valentine’s Day Couple Specials: Top up $126++ to the above treatments to get a Couple’s Suite, which includes a shared bath, fruit platter and tea for two. Or, available only on 14 Feb, opt for the Ber Dua Dua treatment ($600), which will come with a complimentary upgrade to the Couple’s Suite, paired with champagne and strawberries.
Reservations: Call 6416 7156, email damai.sg@hyatt.com or book online
Visit: Damai Spa website

The Holistic Approach: Away Spa at W Singapore

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At AWAY® Spa, you can experience an array of customised remedies that are designed for global jetsetters, avid trendsetters and discerning spa aficionados to release stress and refuel. You can have a chat with their spa mixologists, who can then concoct a healing potion just for you.

Since you’re here to relax, go for a full body time-out session. The 120-minute Away Signature Body Treat starts with a scrub to exfoliate the skin. Then you’ll be wrapped up like in a cocoon in the Resonance Chamber, which is designed to rebound your body. Their signature product features Himalayan Salt Crystals to mineralise the skin and alleviate stress, and energising mud to revitalise the lymphatic system. Perfect for de-toxing and de-stressing after all the planning and holiday madness!

Price: $380 (120-minute body treatment), $220 (90-minute facial)
Valentine’s Day Couple Specials: If your other half is joining you, get some privacy in a couple suite and indulge in a special blend of exquisite oils of rose for love, orange blossom For bliss and jasmine to heighten your senses. The relaxing massage in this 2 Better Than 1 treatment ($600) focuses on water, heart and crown chakras to create a connection between the both of you.
Reservations: Call +65 6808 7290 or email awayspa.singapore@whotels.com
Visit: W Singapore website

The Sweet Treat: St Gregory Spa at Pan Pacific Orchard

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We know, we know. You’re really too busy and can’t afford to just drop everything and run away to a spa. Now what if the spa is right in the middle of town? The new St. Gregory at Pan Pacific Orchard is easily accessible, so you can indulge and pamper yourself without any guilt. Just spend two hours there after work, or after a trip to the bridal boutique for a fitting.

Combining the power of the purest essential oils with gentle Swedish massage strokes, St Gregory’s Aromatic Body Bliss Massage melts away tension and calms your senses with respite to a state of ultimate relaxation. If you’ve been feeling tensed and find yourself getting into little arguments about the wedding, you’ll feel recharged after releasing all those negative energy. Then, for the ultimate pampering session, channel Cleopatra with the Elemis Aromatic Milk Bath, which is inspired by the ancient bath rituals used by royalty. As you immerse yourself in the rich bath, your skin is hydrated while your muscles relax and tensions are relieved. So not only will you feel rejuvenated, you’ll come out of the spa with soft, supple skin that glows from within.

Price: $140 (60-minute massage), $90 (30-minute bath ritual)
Valentine’s Day Couple Specials: Enjoy a 30-minute Elemis Milk Bath, 20-minute refreshing Lime and Ginger Body Glow, and 60-minute Aromatic Swedish Massage in a VIP treatment room for $408 nett per couple, only on 14 February.
Reservations: Call 6831 6797 or email stgregory.sgo@panpacific.com
Visit: St Gregory Spa website

The Escapade: Rasa Spa at Rasa Sentosa Resort and Spa

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Whether you are seeking to ease those wedding planning headaches or to pamper yourself while on a relaxing staycation with your loved one, the Rasa Spa provides a quiet sanctuary with treatments designed to rejuvenate your mind and body.

For the whole month of February, check into Rasa Spa for a 90-minute Singapore Massage, a treatment which incorporates different massage methods from three cultures—Chinese, Malay and Indian—using THÉMAÉ 4 Teas Elixir massage balm for a relaxing experience. For a complete experience, go for the 60-minute Soothing Facial as well. This delicate and calming treatment is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin. Why not indulge yourselves with a weekend stay at the hotel and enjoy the spa at the same time?

Price: $168+ (90-minute massage), $138+ (60-minute facial)
Valentine’s Day Couple Specials: From 8 to 14 February, couples who book any treatment from Rasa Spa’s Suite Collection (from $660) can enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne each after the treatment. Terms and conditions apply.
Reservations: Call 6371 1027 or email spa.sen@shangri-la.com
Visit: Rasa Spa website