The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Singapore is a luxury destination in its own right (but works perfectly as a stopover en-route to Australia). The hotel offers everything you would expect from the Mandarin group and a treatment or two helps adjust your body to a new time zone with ease. The signature spa therapies are all expertly designed to help soothe mind, body and spirit and I found they helped relieve the symptoms of jet lag in an instant.
Completely refurbished in August 2011, the Spa boasts six treatment rooms, including two couples suites, a separate manicure-pedicure station, a reflexology space and tea lounge for relaxation.
Dark woods and lacquered panels set the mood with warm earthy tones, louvered shutters and subtle lighting; it’s calming, tranquil and absolutely perfect. The only thing missing within the spa complex are water facilities, but the rooftop pool is just outside – and it’s where I retreated to snooze after my treatment.
The Mandarin Oriental Signature Spa Therapies Treatment was developed in consultation with specialists in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and master aroma therapists (the UK’s Aromatherapy Associates). It’s a top-to-toe hands-on body massage ritual combining the powerful effects of oriental meridian massage with the therapeutic benefits of custom-blended essential oils.
My Yin and Yang revealed that I was feeling overly sensitive and needed rest, sleep and balance (I hadn’t slept at all on the flight from London or during the day in Singapore – so no wonder). Hence, Awaken oil was suggested for the treatment. A blend of Lavender, Neroli, Grapefruit and Mandarin essential oils, that’s calming, eases stiff muscles, warming and detoxifying (excellent as I did have more than a few Bloody Mary’s on the flight).
After a foot bath and leg wash, the full-body massage targeted the back, neck and shoulders and also focussed on my swollen feet and ankles. Using firm massage and stimulating pressure on the soles of my feet, the full sweeping strokes and good firm pressure helped release the tension and stress. I particularly liked the stomach massage which helped address some of the digestion issues identified in my TCM analysis.
At the end of the treatment I was given some advice on taking a little exercise (I swam in the adjacent rooftop pool) drank plenty of still water and when my body said sleep – I did.
Treatment time: 1h 50 minutes
Price: SGD 330 (approx. £165)
Mandarin Oriental, Singapore
5 Raffles Avenue,