Shopping may be the number one sport on Orchard Rd, but pampering comes a close second. From foot massages to facials, a smorgasbord of treatments are offered at the many spas and salons dotting the strip.
When the relentless crowds, hulking carry bags and buyer's remorse get too much, de-stress at one of the area's top pampering retreats. High-end spas recommend booking a few days in advance, though it's always worth trying your luck if you're already in the area.
- For cheap(ish) and cheerful, head straight to Tomi Foot Reflexology, in the 1980s throwback mall Lucky Plaza. Techniques include acupressure and shiatsu, all approved by Jesus and Mary, hanging on the wall.
- Up several notches is Spa Esprit, a hip apothecary-spa inside Wheelock Place. Freshly picked ingredients and Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (CPTG) essential oils feature in treatments like the blockbuster 'back to balance' body massage (S$235).
- Around the corner from Orchard Rd at the St Regis Hotel, Remède Spa is reputed to have the best masseurs in town. The wet lounge – a marbled wonderland of steam room, sauna, ice fountains and Jacuzzis – makes for a perfect prelude to standout treatments like the warm jade stone massage (S$300).
- 'Ladies who lunch' swear by the facials at the Grand Hyatt's Damai Spa. Choose from custom treatments based on skin type (from S$160), the opulence facial (S$350) or celebrity-standard anti-ageing options using high-tech serums and oxygen (from S$350).