1. Raffles Spa at Raffles Arcade
The new Raffles Spa located within the Raffles Arcade offers a sanctuary that can help you escape and recover from any mental or physical stress in true luxury. It features separate lounge areas for both men and women as well as unique restorative treatments. What’s also special about Raffles Spa is that guests can enjoy the thermal facilities for 60 minutes before their treatment begins.
My treatment of choice was the Absolute Relaxation Massage (90 min) and of course, a Raffles Spa journey is incomplete without indulging in its hydrotherapy wellness experiences. I was advised to use each facility—sauna, steam room, ice fountain and vitality pool—for 10 to 15 minutes each, and repeat this for about four to five times in the same order. If I had to pick, I’d say the ice fountain was the most interesting and rejuvenating among all as it provided a gentle and cooling alternative after the use of all the heat facilities. It’s also supposed to strengthen your body’s immune system.
My masseuse was a sweet and helpful Thai lady who made me feel like I had been transported to a luxurious wellness spa in Thailand thanks to her warm demeanour. She used long, fluid strokes as well as gentle techniques for me to succumb to complete relaxation as well as help me achieve a restful state of mind. The service and experience were absolutely top-notch and exactly what you’d expect at a luxury spa. The massage treatment was an excellent way to relieve the stress and bodily tension that I had initially felt. All that dissipated by the end of my treatment, leaving me to feel thoroughly energised.