If you are looking for a short holiday, Singapore can be an ideal destination as the island-state offers many new attractions especially at Resorts World Sentosa, the well-known self-contained community, which is also home to the Universal Studios theme park, the Maritime Experiential Museum and Aquarium, and the Voyage de la Vie theatrical circus spectacular, to name just a few. Adding to that charm is the famous international spa brand, Espa, which recently opened its flagship facility on the western tip of Resorts World Sentosa.
Hammam treatment combines scrub, foam massage, hair wash and conditioning treatment, mud body mask, steam and body cleanse that revitalise both body and mind.
"We have an ideal location for our spa here," said Susan Harmsworth, founder and CEO of Espa. "The spa's 10,000m2 space is beautifully located in manicured landscaped gardens dotted with ponds and pools, enhanced by water scenes and complete with jungle covered hillsides set against a backdrop of picturesque sea views."
Created with a calm and relaxation in mind, the spa is imbued with classic Asian influence and stylishly furnished with contemporary design, using warm colours. It has 24 multi-functional treatment rooms with two private suites and two beach villa suites.
Upon arrival, friendly staff greet visitors with soothing lemongrass tea, followed by a quick checking of any allergies, health problems or past injuries. This is to make sure that whatever you choose from the spa menu, a trained therapist is there to administer it correctly, as some treatments don't go well with people with a certain health condition. For example, heat treatment may not suit people with high blood pressure or heart disease.
The spa menu is a diverse mix of treatments. One of the highlights is the signature "Energy Balancing Body Treatment", a combination of body exfoliation, massage with hot stones and head massage. It starts with body brushing and exfoliation to smooth and soften the skin. A therapist then applies nourishing essential oils to the body and gives gentle massage to soothe your senses. Next, warm volcanic stones are applied to ease tension from your knotted muscles. Towards the end, a comforting head massage and gentle stretching are added.
Susan Harmsworth, MBE, a world’s leading spa expert and the founder of Espa.
After the treatment, guests can choose to ease out in a spacious relaxation area or simply sit and relax in a comforting lounge, sipping refreshment and enjoying a view of the reflection pools. They can also stroll the resort's nature path and spend a relaxing afternoon surrounded by tropical gardens and water features.
Espa also offers a host of facilities that encourages guests to have a total spa experience. They include various indoor and outdoor heat and water facilities that come with separate areas for men and women. Each section is well equipped with its own vitality pool fitted with air and water massage jets, an icy plunge pool and a sauna. Unique facilities are the Japanese onsen-inspired pools; and the crystal steam decorated with chocolate and gold mosaics shimmer and featuring amethyst crystals, which is believed to exude balancing energies for meditation.
For a total body cleansing and purification, Espa offers the Hammam treatment done in a room that features silver-domed ceiling, marble floors and mosaic walls. Hammam is an age-old treatment done in traditional heated bathhouses of Morocco and Turkey.
"Hammam treatment here is authentic." said Laura Vallati, the spa's general manager. "We have the traditional Kese mitt and black olive soap, a full-body foam massage and nourishing mud body mask. The two-hours' treatment will leave you invigorated and with silky smooth skin."
Apart from spa treatments and a complete range of facilities, Espa has a nail studio, a well-equipped gym, a studio for yoga, Pilates and meditation and a spa cafe.
"Spa is not just about massage," said Vallati. "At Espa, we want to create a complete journey of relaxation for our guests through our top-class facilities and experienced therapists.
About the spa trend, Harmsworth said: "Right now, men is the big rising trend for spa-goers. Social spa is on the increase too as more and more people are visiting spa in groups. They want to buy experience, not just massage. Beauty and grooming will come back to spa again. Men shaving and haircut, manicure is also on the way back."
A steam room featuring amethyst crystals.
A rock sauna room overlooking a lush garden.
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- Writer: Sukhumaporn Laiyok