Singapore offers diverse specialised treatments and traditional therapies as part of a holistic wellness experience incorporating the tenets of fitness, aesthetics and health.
In addition, its many award-winning spas have made this one of the premier spa destinations in Asia.
Tradition goes hand-in-hand with high-tech equipment in the numerous wellness sanctuaries here. Outlets are usually equipped with modern facilities including jacuzzis and steam rooms, and afford personalised attention and privacy in luxurious surrounds.
Weary bodies will welcome relief from therapies ranging from Chinese Tui Na to Javanese massages and Ayurveda, hydrotherapy, and aromatherapy.
Day spa packages, spa memberships, gymnasium memberships, and corporate memberships are widely available.
SPA Botanica is a five-time winner of the Best Spa Experience award by Singapore Tourism Board and ranked as the best spa by Expat Living Reader Awards for three consecutive years. Its state-of-the-art facilities include Asia's first mud pools and float pools and two labyrinths for meditation.
Within the city, The Spa Artisan at The Fullerton Hotel combines sophisticated contemporary Asian décor with panoramic city views. Lavish facilities and sumptuous service have won it various “Best Spa” awards from the Asia Spa & Wellness Festival Gold Awards and Hospitality Asia Platinum Awards. The Asian Spa also includes a rooftop infinity pool and a 24-hour fitness centre.
Aramsa Spa’s award-winning architecture is set in the idyll of a 52ha national park and the botanical theme is woven into its signature garden treatments.
St. Gregory, crowned the Singapore’s Best Luxury Spa Group by the World Luxury Spa Awards 2011, also provides fitness and wellness facilities at all its outlets.
Organic food can be found in the major supermarkets like Cold Storage. Specialty shops such as Supernature and eat Organic are dotted around the island. L’organic at Dempsey is Singapore’s pioneer organic food market, while Bollywood Veggies is the place to go if you want them fresh off the farm; the Poison Ivy bistro there also serves them a la minute.
Taiji and qigong are widely practised even among the different races in Singapore. The ancient Chinese form of martial arts claim to improve health and nourish energy, synchronising the physical and spiritual elements. Classes are conducted by masters at various martial arts schools, which can be sourced online.
Yoga, which touts psychological, physiological and biochemical benefits, has really taken off in Singapore, and studios and freelance instructors are ubiquitous. Among the more established chains are Como Shambhala and True Yoga, which provide classes from Vinyasa Yoga to prenatal and even kid’s yoga.
Private, customised lessons are also available for any yoga technique, either at studios or in the comfort of your own home.
Aristocratic Chinese fine dining with an organic menu is presented at Jiang Nan Chun in the Four Seasons Hotel, as well as TungLok Heen by the renowned Tung Lok Group.
The Garden at Sentosa Resort delivers a Conscious Dining experience using wholesome contemporary cuisine with healthful benefits to cultivated diners.