The package, which starts at $370++, entitles you to the following:
A stay in Pan Pacific Orchard’s Premium room
Daily breakfast at 10 at Claymore for up to two persons
One bottle of sparkling wine per stay
Complimentary Internet access (because we can’t help but want to stay connected even when we’re trying to get away for the weekend)
Access to the 24-hour fitness centre
Complimentary parking and newspapers
*60-minute Aromatic Body Bliss or Balinese Massage for two (worth $320) at St. Gregory spa (with a minimum stay of two nights)
With that in mind, here’s my review of the overall experience to give you a better idea of what to expect.
The hotel is really well-located because it’s in the heart of town, but tucked away on Claymore Road which means you don’t have to worry about noise levels or lots of human traffic. It’s still convenient enough to walk to the malls if you’d like, which is perfect for anyone who wants to get in some shopping or have a nice dinner in town, or have a stroll and see the Orchard Road Christmas lights!
I checked into the Premium room with a King bed. The room is wonderfully spacious, with a nice little seating area in the corner and a desk. There’s also a bathroom complete with both a shower (a rain shower of course!) and a tub so you can have a lovely soak. The bath amenities provided by the hotel were also pleasing enough that the beauty junkie in me didn’t feel the need to pull out my own body wash and lotions. I did of course use my own shampoo and conditioner, but only because I recently dyed my hair and it requires very particular care.
The room also came with a selection of TWG teas and a Nespresso machine, which is always much appreciated!
If you stay a minimum of two nights, you’ll get to enjoy either an Aromatic Body Bliss massage or Balinese Massage. The former is a more relaxing and soothing massage that’s meant to put you to sleep, while the latter is perfect for someone that needs a good kneading. I am a wuss when it comes to massages and hate too much pressure because of my low pain tolerance and how easily I feel ticklish, so I opted for the former!
If you’re experiencing the massages with your significant other, you can opt for a couples room. There are two in the spa, one of which has the iconic bath tub and setup pictured above! It’s subject to availability of course, so you might want to book your appointment early.
The massage itself was well and truly relaxing, and like any professional masseuse, the therapist checked with me regarding the pressure she was using before proceeding. There were a couple of strokes that were more intense than I imagined, which had me wondering for a split second if I was instead getting a Balinese massage, but it was very brief and was perfectly placed to work out a knot in the middle of my back. The rest of the experience was a lot more gentle, and the massage ended with a much-needed hand massage (pure bliss to a writer, let me tell you).
I think it’s definitely worth staying a second night for the spa treatments, and there are a lot of things in the area to keep you occupied should you choose to!
Service was great. We were told to give them a call whenever we wanted our complimentary bottle of sparkling wine, and I got a call in the afternoon to ask if I wanted my room made up for the day, as well as another call to check if my sparkling wine had arrived.
I’d brought my swimsuit all prepared to try out the hotel’s unique mineral water outdoor pool (meant to be great for anyone with sensitive skin or even dyed hair that can’t afford to be exposed to lots of chlorine), but it was pouring heavily that afternoon. Instead, I headed to the jacuzzi room around the corner from the pool (which is unisex, so bring a swimsuit!).
The jacuzzi room also has a sauna and a steam room, the latter of which was just way too intense for me to enjoy, but is meant to be wonderfully hydrating for your skin. The spa and pool level also has a wonderful changing room with lockers, so you don’t have to worry about your belongings or bringing a towel.
Lastly (and extremely importantly), the breakfast buffet. 10 at Claymore is an award-winning restaurant, and the service and standards reflect that. The food options ranged from local fare like nasi lemak and char siew baos, to more western tastes like pancakes and bacon. There was an immensely cheerful chef making the eggs and pancakes, and his attitude and attention to detail made quite an impression on me and put me in a better mood (beacuse I am not a morning person). I had also been advised during check-in to get to breakfast a little earlier on Sundays (around 9am), as the restaurant can get quite crowded.
So if you’ve been in need of a good full-body massage and a nice staycation to treat yourself, this one is definitely worth it in my eyes if you stay the two nights.
You can find out more and make your reservations through the Pan Pacific Orchard website.
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This package is all set to get you radiant, glowing, and ready for all the party selfies you wish to take. There are three parts to this Selfie Perfect Christmas Package, so be prepared to spend at least three to four hours at the spa.
I love the vibe you get at Aramsa. It’s nestled in Bishan Park, so you’re already a little more relaxed, but the whole spa is surrounded by such plush greenery and feels very down-to-earth. It may not be posh or particularly fancy, but you don’t need any of that when you just want to get away and spend a tranquil day at the spa.
The first part of the spa package involves a skin analysis which is a standard with the spa’s Elemis facials. They have a machine that takes two pictures of your face, so the therapist can analyse your skin concerns and determine what facial your skin needs the most. Once that’s done, you head in to get changed and your therapist will lead you to your massage room for the first treatment.
It starts with a Thousand Flower Detox Wrap. Your body is first dry-brushed to boost blood circulation and exfoliate dead skin, and then a nourishing green tea balm is applied to your skin before you are loosely wrapped up in a sheet.
If you tend to feel claustrophobic, just know that this is going feel way less scary than those slimming treatment wraps that quite literally seal you into an electric blanket you can’t escape on your own. With this wrap, you can move about and push away the plastic sheet if it starts to bother you.
Once you’ve spent sufficient time wrapped up, you head to the lovely outdoor shower area (that’s a part of your massage room) to rinse off, and then head back in for the Aramsa Touch Flower massage. I had some seriously tense shoulder and back muscles going into this massage, so I couldn’t wait.
Aramsa’s signature massage uses a mix of Eastern meridian and Western classical techniques to relax your body and also encourage lymphatic drainage. This one in particular, involves a green tea seed balm that I really enjoyed the scent of. Then again, I rarely hate the smell of massage oils.
As expected, the therapist checked with me on my pressure preference, and then I gave her free reign. Some parts were quite intense for me, but with the amount of tension and the number of knots in my shoulder area, I let her have her way and toughed it out for a more rewarding outcome.
Once the therapist is done with your massage, she leaves you comfortably covered up and begins the facial. This was actually my second Elemis facial with the spa, and it’s quickly become one of my favourite facials ever. My skin concerns this time round involved dull skin with pigmentation spots and dehydration, so I got a radiance boosting facial.
The facial was definitely the most soothing part of the treatment for me, and I soon fell asleep! I’ll be there is something fairly unglamorous about falling asleep flat on your back while someone is working on your face, but my therapist showed no signs of judgement when I woke suddenly. Was I snoring in her face? I’ll never know.
What I do know is that my skin looked so much better after! It was quite literally glowing and I couldn’t stop staring at my face in the changing room while getting back into my clothes. If you aren’t into massages but just want a facial, I highly recommend Elemis facials.
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