The buzz: Hotspot Tiong Bahru welcomes a fresh addition to the dining- and retail-heavy neighborhood, this time a cool new spa.
The vibe: Designed around the unlikely concept of shipping containers (the idea is to transport you to the ends of the world), this pampering spot forgoes the usual Zen look for a raw, industrial aesthetic, replete with steel container walls, raw wooden boxes and concrete floors, while quirky decals of birds, cages and nature, as well as potted plants and grass-like carpets soften the utilitarian space to make it more inviting. There are four treatment rooms, of which two are for couples, two massage platform beds for Thai massages and two foot massage stations. There’s also an indoor garden courtyard at the back where you can sip ginger tea over soothing instrumental tunes after your treatment.
The goods: It has the usual spa offerings like massages (from $69 for an hour), foot reflexology ($42 for 60 minutes), body masks ($59/45 minutes) and scrubs ($59 for 45 minutes). Try their signature treatment Destination Bali ($108 for 90 minutes), a firm pressure Balinese massage which involves kneading, acupressure, reflexology and aromatherapy to help boost circulation and ease muscle and joint pain. Feeling especially tense? Go for the Thai Thai Aroma ($108 for 90 minutes), a soothing rubdown which combines gentle Thai-style stretching with aromatic oil.
Why you’ll be back: Experienced therapists, unusually cool interiors and pocket-friendly prices—a 90-minute massage for under $100—in a hip location make this a winner.