written by EMMA SUE
High Life Spa in Singapore
Mention chocolates and savoury words such as dark, sweet and addictive comes to mind. Now, imagine, warm chocolate concocted with sweet almond oil sensuously drizzled all over your body …wouldn’t that be heavenly?
Located [previously] on the third floor of the swanky Palais Renaissance, ESTHEVA Spa is probably one of the best well-kept secret among the rich and famous. The spa is lavishly decorated and coloured with a distinctively European-theme and its plush couches contribute to a strong reminiscence of the renaissance period.
Singapore’s First Chocolate-Inspired Spa Treatment
Ambience aside, ESTHEVA Spa prides itself in being the first to introduce chocolate-inspired signature treatment. Appropriately called Choc De-Ager©, one can indulge from head to toe the innovative chocolate treatment.
Cocoa or chocolates, as proven by scientific research revealed that it has four times more antioxidants than green tea and has “anti-aging” properties as it increases blood circulation, hydrates and soothes the skin with its excellent lubricating qualities and emollient virtues.
The treatment room which I was placed in is spacious and comes with an attached bath, a couch at a corner and a painting on the wall, making it look unmistakably like a penthouse suite. The lighting creates instant cosiness and started the mind on the treatment mode even before my change and shower. I took a quick shower before being treated with Thermal Gommage, an exfoliating and energizing body polish. Another quick bath followed right after a thorough pampering body scrub. The royal massage is now seconds away.
The Delectable Chocolatier’s Massage
The ESTHEVA’s Chocolatier’s Massage© with its mix of warm chocolate and sweet almond oil was generously applied using a rhythmic, multi-sensory and endorphins-inducing massage. Other than stimulating the blood circulation and soothing the mind, this massage-style also serves to detoxify the body and facilitate the deep penetration of the age-defying properties of the chocolate.
At the base of the above claims is the chocolate element, which contains high levels of phenolic compounds that seek out free radicals, reduce the effects of aging, and protect the tissues of the body from the effects of metabolic waste. The cocoa on the other hand, rejuvenates and nurtures the skin as it relaxes the body and brings back the youthfulness to the skin.
The treatment was followed by an aromatic, sensual and nourishing Choc Fondue Wrap, which is suitable even for extremely sensitive skin due to the all-natural ingredients of high purity. Ending the dream like journey was a quick moisturising shower, and a luxurious BodyLife Rub.
An Ultimate Spa Experience
The excellent service did not end here. After all the pampering my body received, a warm cup of peppermint tea and staff courtesy wrapped up the 2.5 hours experience.
It is easy to understand why ESTHEVA Spa has a cult following among the high society. It is definitely the ultimate spa treatment money can buy.
For me, I left feeling like getting a new lease of life given, my mind freed and my senses divinely uplifting.
ESTHEVA, The Grand Esthetics Spa
328 North Bridge Road #01-30/31 Raffles Hotel Arcade
Singapore 188719 [current address]
Tel: +65 6338-3318