As much as we love living in a bustling city like Singapore, the fast-paced urban life can definitely take its toll. Once you’ve put in a steady stream of frenetic work days, social gatherings, fun festivals, and big nights out, you may just find yourself feeling worse for wear. When the stress starts to set in, it’s time to do a little self care, and nothing says self-love like getting pampered at a luxurious spa. Even better if you can take a few days off for a quick spa holiday because Southeast Asia has some of the most incredible spas and wellness retreats on the planet. If you’re in need of some holistic healing, these bliss-tastic spas will help you find your zen whether you’re here in Singapore or travelling around the region.
The Dheva Spa & Wellness Centre - Chiang Mai, Thailand
It’s hard not to feel at peace amid this sprawling sanctuary with lush gardens, ornate mouldings carved with Buddhist motifs, and an array of spacious suites and aqua therapy rooms. Consult with the resident Ayurvedic specialist for a dosha analysis, and he or she will put together a personalised programme to suit your unique constitution. This could include yoga and meditation sessions, herbal rice compresses, aromatic steam baths, acupressure sessions, and an array of Western and Asian massages with aromatic oils.
The Dheva Spa & Wellness Centre, 51/4 Moo 1, Chiang Mai-Sankampaeng Road, T. Tasala, A. Muang, Chiang Mai, Thailand 50000. p. +66 (53) 888 888
ESPA at Resorts World™ Sentosa - Singapore
Don’t have enough vacation days saved up to jet off on a spa escape? No worries. Just get on the cable car and make your way to ESPA at Resorts World™ Sentosa, a massive 10,000-square-metre oasis of well-being that includes onsen-style pools set in a forest, rock saunas, sleeping pods, and Singapore’s first Turkish hammam. Treatments include the softening hammam ritual, cellular renewal enzyme facial, and deep muscle massage to name just a few. You can also enjoy healthy, flavourful food by celebrity chef Ian Kittichai at Tangerine, the resort’s much-lauded restaurant.
ESPA at Resorts World™ Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098269. p. +65 6577 8880
Mandala Spa & Resort Villas - Boracay, Philippines
Perched on a hilltop overlooking the ocean, Mandala Spa consistently wins awards for its beautiful setting and luxe treatments that make use of pure products made with natural ingredients. Stroll through the expansive tropical gardens and you can feel your stress start to slip away even before your spa therapist gets to work on soothing sore muscles and detoxifying the body with fragrant scrubs and wraps, warm oil massages, and relaxing herbal baths. Guests who opt to stay will find even more bliss in the elegant villas decked out with all the mod cons you could ask for.
Mandala Spa & Resort Villas, Station 3, Barangay Manoc-Manoc, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan, Philippines 5608. p. +63 (36) 288 5858
The Oriental Spa at Mandarin Oriental Bangkok - Bangkok, Thailand
There’s no better place to escape the heat and hustle of Bangkok’s streets than the opulent Oriental Spa. Located in a century-old teak house across the river from the Mandarin Oriental, this oasis of tranquility offers peaceful spa rooms with private vitality pools and personalised treatments for all sorts of ailments. Your experience starts with a boat ride to the spa and a consultation with a spa therapist to determine how best to ease your stress. Then it's all about invigorating Thai massages, detoxifying facials, and even special treatments to soothe aches caused by using your digital devices too much.
The Oriental Spa, 48 Oriental Avenue, Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, Thailand 10500. p. +66 (2) 659 9000
Spa on the Rocks at AYANA Resort and Spa Bali - Bali, Indonesia
With two gorgeous spa villas perched on limestone rocks above the Indian Ocean, Spa on the Rocks is a pretty spectacular spot to indulge in some pure pampering. Let the sound of the waves crashing below and the balmy breezes wash over you as your experienced spa therapist guides you through a series of purifying treatments inspired by ancient techniques. Therapies could include a natural mineral lava scrub, moisturizing volcanic mud wrap, soothing massage with hot and cold jade stones, and a pure diamond dust facial.
Spa on the Rocks, Jl. Karang Mas Sejahtera, AYANA Resort and Spa, Jimbaran, Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia 80364. p. +62 0361 702 222
Spa Village at Pangkor Laut Resort - Pangkor Laut Island, Malaysia
If you really want to switch off and escape from it all, the Spa Village at Pangkor Laut Resort is the place to do it. The resort is set on a private island off the west coast of Malaysia and can only be reached by boat or helicopter. Once there, you’ll find yourself in a tropical paradise with wooden pavilions, plunge pools, and breezy gazebos next to the ocean. The treatments make use of traditional healing methods of the region, so you can take your pick of rejuvenating Thai massages, Malay herbal facials, and Javanese floral lulur baths.
Pangkor Laut Resort, Pangkor Laut Island, Lumut, Perak, Malaysia 32200. p. +60 5 699 1100