One of the newest luxury hotels in Singapore, Parkroyal on Pickering is already known by most, thanks to its beautiful architecture structure. In case you don’t know, the stunner has been named by Forbes as one of the seven “Hotel of the Future” in the world. Besides a great design, it is also one of Singapore’s greenest hotels, endorsed by the BCA Green Mark Platinum Award.
And there are many reasons why it’s such a gem – it’s close to the CBD area, making it highly accessible, it’s also a stone’s throw away from some of the most iconic spots in Singapore, including the Singapore River and Chinatown. Yet, instead of being bustling, like its neighbours, it retains the traits of a quiet respite.
I recently visited the hotel for the St Gregory Spa, located at level 5 of the hotel.
While it took me a little while to get around the hotel because of the modern furnishing that I’m not that used to, it was worth it when I was greeted by sky gardens, infinity pool and poolside cabanas that I had to walk past before I entered the spa. The laidback environment set my heart at ease immediately, and this started me off on a relaxed note for the treatment that was about to come.
With just four private treatment rooms and a VIP couple’s suite, St Gregory Spa gives a bespoke and elegant vibe. All the rooms look like they’re set in a garden, and the treatments are administered by professional therapists, using UK spa brand, Elemis or French mineral brand, Thal’ion.
I opted for the Elemis Well-Being treatment – it’s their signature and I’d say it’s one of the most all-rounded. Focusing on improving overall well-being, the therapist first led me in a breathing exercise that’s intended to help me relax. Next, the unique Ten Cultural Touches of Elemis, Welcome Touch and Awareness Journey (gentle brushes with the therapist’s hands and stretching of the limbs) was administered from the soles of my feet to the crown of my head. This ritual got my body to fully relax and my mind ready for more pampering.
One of the most interesting parts of the massage is a light brushing with a special cactus brush. Cactus pricks have been known for its detoxification effects, and this help to enhance the healing effect of the massage oils that was going to be applied next. While the thought of a brushing with cactus may sound daunting at first – don’t worry – it didn’t feel uncomfortable or painful at all. Instead, it actually felt rather therapeutic.
At the start of the session, I’ve been asked to choose the type of massage oil that I wanted, from these options: reducing muscle fatigue, energising the spirits, and calming the mind. I went for the energising massage oil, because I still had a long day ahead of me after the session.
The massage administered is more of a Swedish style, where the strokes are long but gentle. It may not be sufficient for those who are looking for deep massages to relieve muscle pains, but will be great for those who have slight aches from day-to-day chores and are looking to spend some time to relax his/her mind.
After the body massage, the all-rounded therapy completes with a face massage, that helps my skin feel more taut thereafter.
A final note: While the spa staff provides great service, the hotel and restaurant staff seem to still be a little green when it comes to customer service. They don’t take a lot of initiative, and aren’t particularly helpful. However, if you’re the sort who don’t mind helping them along (I give them benefit of doubt that as a new hotel, there are teething problems and staff needs more time to be trained), then you shouldn’t have any issues with it.
Elemis Well-Being is available at SGD180, and is a 75-minute therapy.