Singapore’s tucked-away haven
7 Treatment Rooms
Walking down the plainly embellished corridor that leads to The Fullerton Spa is akin to getting a reset. Unlike the Palladian-style neoclassical façade of The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, the spa exudes a more understated, classic vibe.
Tucked away on the mezzanine floor of The Fullerton Hotel — a former General Post Office and Singapore’s 71st National Monument — is this space away from the weather and elements in the hive that is the city-state’s central business district: the windowless 3,487-square-foot zone affords total privacy and tranquility.
Here, luxury is elemental, permeating. It is best felt in the textured, bronze, copper and cream tones of the furniture and décor, and breathed in through Aromatherapy Associates’ scents that are used to denote the beginning of a relaxing experience. You will appreciate the clean lines, finite spa services menu and effective treatment strokes delivered by confident, cognizant therapists.
Warm cups of soothing unsweetened ginger-lemongrass tea begin and end each session; the experience starts in one of three consultation nooks with a “sensory journey” to determine the right oil blend for the individual and treatment, and finishes at the men’s or women’s lounge.
The lounges, enclosed with textured glass panels, are stocked with local and international reading materials, mineral and lemon-infused water, and snack bowls of dried cranberries and mixed unsalted nuts. “Relax for as long as you’d like. Please do not rush,” the polite staff will always assure when it ushers you to the lounges.
Like the spa’s soft toy bear mascot, you will be dressed in a cream-colored waffle-textured robe. Thick, almost-fluffy slippers, shower caps and combs are also provided at the beginning of the session or in the rooms. At the time of booking, the Singapore spa staff will inform you that the sauna and steam room should be used an hour prior to the treatment, as it will loosen up the muscles for a more effective treatment session. Do heed the advice.
Having rebranded and reopened in August 2015, the spa has seven suites — two couple, five single — that are almost minimalist at this point. Artwork is expected to adorn these cream walls in 2016, to give the low-ceilinged, dark-wood-floored suites a little more character. For now, each room is a clean canvas, fitted with the basics: mirrors, sink and shower. Lie on treatment beds lined with warm electric blankets and choose a soft or hard pillow when you turn to sprawl out face-up.
The use of London-based brand Aromatherapy Associates (AA) is fitting for a spa located in a modernized heritage building that in the 20th century was the prime postal unit in British Malaya. The succinct spa menu has massages, scrubs, facials (including one designed for men, the Refinery Essential) and express services. Each session can last 30, 60, 90 or 120 minutes, with the signature treatments offered in 60- and 90-minute blocks.
The detoxifying and energizing Asian Heritage Signature (90 minutes) holistically blends the techniques of the East with the sensory approaches of the West. It was designed specially by AA for The Fullerton Spa to commemorate the hotel’s unique position at the crossroads of time and cultures. The treatment uses deep-tissue massage and the De-Stress Muscle oil — one of 13 natural, paraben-free blends from AA that contains ginger, lavender, rosemary and juniper — to clear blockages in the body’s meridians.
For an even more targeted session, the 90-minute Rose Infinity Facial uses Nobel Prize-winning research to repair aging DNA at a cellular level and increase moisture in the skin. It comes with a massage that will stimulate blood circulation and diminish facial puffiness, teasing out radiance from the scalp, all the way to the heart.
Alternatively, combine the two treatments into a 120-minute Ultimate Indulgence — it lives up to its name.