The city’s newest hotel spas will make you yearn for a staycation.

Away Spa
With rainforest-inspired decor and a jacuzzi area soaked in aglowing purple hue, the Away Spa isn’t somewhere you’ll forget in a hurry. The nine guest rooms and suites here, each equipped with its own private plunge pool, are perfect for anyone feeling burnt out in the run-up to Christmas. The spa menu is basic with single massage ($250 for 90 minutes) and facial ($220 for 90 minutes) options, but book a Smooth Sensation body polish ($75 for 30 minutes) or even their Coast to Coast regeneration therapy ($140 for 60 minutes)—said to reduce cellulite appearance and water retention—and you should be set.

Estheva Spa
Having been named one of Condé Nast Traveler’s Best City Spas to Visit in 2011, Estheva Spa is easily the best luxury day spa in town. Its recently opened flagship outlet in Raffles Hotel boasts fresh flowers, calming pastels and grand chandeliers, making you feel like you’re a guest in Martha Stewart’s home (no, not the prison cell, the other one). Estheva’s signature treatments are carried out in large, plush spa suites; try their renowned Choc De- Ager ($355 for 150 minutes), an anti-aging treatment that’s said to possess mood-boosting properties, or their Christmas Magic Scrub with Personalised Massage (12 options available; $210 for 110 minutes).

The Spa Artisan
This one is by the folks behind Aramsa, The Garden Spa and is located in the CBD area—great for 9-to-5ers. The main draws are the Red Flower treatments—using 100 percent natural and organic ingredients—which include hammam (Turkish bath) rituals ($350 for 150 minutes). It’s small but cozy, with fresh wall creepers in the hallways, swing seats and a dimly-lit lounge area. There are some quirky elements here too, like the aptly-named nail spa Pedi Field, as well as an aromatherapy bar where you can blend your own treatment oils.

St. Gregory
The fifth home of this award-winning hotel spa chain is at Pan Pacific Orchard and it’s an earthy and tranquil space inspired by the ocean. Though it’s small, with only four treatment rooms, a foot reflexology room and a luxuriously Zen suite, its hush, intimate vibe makes you feel as if you’ve escaped somewhere far away from the city. One treatment unique to this branch is the St. Gregory Hot and Cold Stone Music Therapy Booster ($190 for 75 minutes), a massage which helps calm the mind, rebalance energy and ease aches and muscle tension. With an extensive spa menu of over 40 treatments, there’s bound to be something to remedy any ailment and melt away stress. 


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