Architecturally beautiful and majestic, the luxurious and iconic heritage hotel, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore has unveiled a brand new spa destination and experience on 01 August 2015 last year. The Fullerton Spa is created to exude privacy and comfort for guests, business travelers and spa-lovers.
It did not take me long to locate The Fullerton Spa as I have been there previously to check out the Chinese New Year Menu at Jade. Upon entering the spa, I was greeted with a sense of calm and I was directed to a comfortable area to wait for my therapist. Nothing introduces you to a spa treatment like warm ginger tea, a pleasant aroma and a peaceful surrounding where people seem to be on a constant whispering mode. Since I have previously decided on the Age Repair Facial (S$285++), I did not have to spend much time browsing the list of treatments offered.
The Fullerton Spa features a healthy selection of therapies and treatments that focuses on delivering visible results without the inclusion of harsh chemicals. Product line utilised by the spa is by the award-winning Aromatherapy Associates based in the UK (same as what Conrad Hotel and some Mandarin Oriental Hotel uses!). The brand prides itself in using only natural ingredients that incorporates essential oils and pure extracts that are paraben-free.
The 90-minutes Age Repair Facial (S$285++) was an interesting one and as mentioned earlier, all the products utilised here are from Aromatherapy Associates. Compared to what I have experienced at the Remède Spa at The St. Regis Singapore, The Fullerton Spa delivers a less intrusive method - so no microdermabrasion or diamond peels here! There is no real way of saying which is better and at the end of the day, I think it all boils down to personal preferences. While some people do criticise the harsher treatment techniques, I do find them to be more effective (especially when you do not go as often).
What I really loved about The Fullerton Spa though was how personalised it felt - the therapist was nice enough to walk me through the steps involved and since she noticed that my skin was slightly dehydrated, she also took the opportunity to leave the hydrating mask on a little longer.
After my treatment, I was shown to the Lounge Area to relax before heading back to reality. Considering how busy (and warm) it is in Singapore, I would highly recommend combining your experience at The Fullerton Spa with a staycation at the property just to maximise the effects of the spa experience - especially if you are interested in a massage (I hear The Asian Heritage Signature is quite something)! I am personally a bigger fan of the stronger stuff (facials, liquor and other things) in general but if you are more interested in getting a more balanced treatment that is less abrasive and intrusive, give The Fullerton Spa a try!
When I checked out the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok last year, I was really impressed by (first) the lobby. Anyone who knows me well enough knows that I am a massive Hyatt fan - I love them for having one of the best loyalty programs in the market, the brand consistencies but more importantly, the level of emphasis they put on the food. Read about my experience in the Grand Executive Suite King of the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok!
The InterContinental Singapore needs no introduction - it is one of the most iconic hotels in Singapore and a favourite amongst many frequent travellers (many of them love the Heritage Suites which were previously know as the Shophouse Suites!). As part of a major refreshment, all the guest rooms and suites (apart from the Heritage ones which went first) have undergone an extensive refurbishment that was only completed earlier this year. While I have been to the InterContinental Singapore on many occasions (especially since I have gotten my InterContinental Ambassador membership), this was my first time at the newly-refurbished Premier Suite.
When I visited Melbourne In 2014, I stayed two nights in an Executive Room at the Hilton Melbourne South Wharf and seriously fell in love with it - the view was amazing, the rooms were beautiful and modern but more importantly, that lounge was just perfect to take in the sights. I returned this year in 2016 to check out the amazing Relaxation Suite which I dare say is the most beautiful suite in South Wharf, Melbourne!
When I stayed in the Junior Suite of the Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa earlier this year, I fell in love with the place - in fact, I dare say it is my favourite hotel in Sentosa for a weekend escape in Singapore. I had the recent opportunity of running a company event at this beautiful property once more in the crème de la crème room type - the Villa du Jardin. Since I could not seem to find enough photos of the villa while I was researching the place, I made it a point to take a couple of photos so people will know what to expect if they are going to shell out over S$2,000 a night for this amazing space.
The Pan Pacific Orchard is one of my favourite Global Hotel Alliance properties in Singapore - the DISCOVERY Loyalty Program which in my opinion, is one of the best hotel loyalty programs for staycation-goers in Singapore, offers a late check-out of 6PM and early check-in of 9AM for top-tier Black members. I have stayed at the Pan Pacific Orchard on multiple occasions (perhaps ten times already!) and have always gotten the benefits of being a Black member in the DISCOVERY Loyalty program. The Pacific Club Studio is my favourite room type in the hotel and as mentioned in my previous article, you do get a double upgrade (where space is available) for being a Black member.
Located in downtown Tanjong Pagar, the Oasia Hotel Downtown Singapore's facade is unmistakably one of the boldest and most unique in the area. Featuring an impressive vertical garden amidst an urban backdrop, the 27-storey tall business hotel offers beautifully-appointed rooms in the heart of Singapore's Central Business District - it is also just minutes away from Raffles Place, Clarke Quay, Sentosa, Orchard Road and Marina Bay. This is Far East Hospitality's second Oasia-branded property in Singapore and as part of brand standards, it is built upon the three wellness pillars - Recharge, Refuel and Refresh.
With century-old rain trees that surround you, the Shangri-La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa, Penang is located along the Batu Feringgi Beach and it is just a short drive away from the famous Georgetown in Penang. For those of you who follow Malaysian politics, the state of Penang is an opposition state where supporters largely back the Democratic Action Party. More importantly though, Penang is a haven for food-lovers and is well known for her delicious hawker cuisine.
I spent two nights at the M Social Singapore in a Loft Gallery - as mentioned in my previous article, there are four room types here - and it offers loft-style living in the heart of Robertson Quay. Before anyone is confused, the previously-known Big Room has now been given a sexier name - the Loft Gallery. Read more about this beautiful property now!
The Westin Singapore is one of the nicest Starwood Hotels & Resorts properties in Singapore. The hotel is located at Marina Bay and since the surroundings are comparatively quiet on the weekends, it provides travellers (and locals!) with the avenue to escape from the bustling city into an exclusive retreat. Take the lift up to Level 32 where the hotel lobby is located and let your experience at this beautiful property begin.
Singapore's most affordable InterContinental Hotels Group property has officially opened last month (June 2016) and I checked into the Holiday Inn Express Singapore Katong for a long weekend in an attempt to complete my IHG Accelerate 2016 offers in the most economical way possible (find out how I earned 14,000 IHG Rewards Club points in two nights HERE!). The Holiday Inn Express Singapore Katong is also Singapore's third and largest Holiday Inn Express property - read about my experience at the Holiday Inn Express Singapore Clarke Quay and Holiday Inn Express Singapore Orchard Road.