Enjoy a pampering soak at these quaint locales

Onsen, which is Japanese for hot spring, is a type of natural bath which utilises geothermally heated water for rest and rejuvenation. So those looking for a relaxing experience can head to some of Singapore’s top onsen spas to enjoy a pampering soak. Here are four spots to visit.

Elements Wellness

At The Centrepoint’s Elements Wellness, find classic onsen therapy sessions which replicate the time-honoured Japanese bathing rituals practiced by royalties for centuries. You can give your circulation a boost by alternating between the hot Onsen, Crystal Cold Shower and detoxifying Steam Bath too.

Ikeda Spa

A charming sanctuary located at the outskirts of town, Ikeda Spa has drawn much praise for its zen-inspired interiors and personalised spa services. Couples coming for a dip can go with the Rotenburo Outdoor Onsen, which offers an outdoor hot tub, handcrafted with Japan’s most prized hinoki (Japanese cypress) wood—once reserved for royalty. Singles can try the Hinoki Onsen Bath too of course; feel free to add on massages and facials to be spoiled completely.

Joya Onsen Cafe

Singapore’s got its very own little bath house and oasis of relaxation over at Upper Jurong Road, thanks to none other than Joya Onsen Cafe. To get access to the public onsen (common onsen area shared with others of the same gender), simply purchase a one-day adult pass either with or without refreshments. Refreshments can be redeemed at the cafe area; private onsen rooms are available for couples and friends too.

Yunomori Onsen & Spa

A well-known onsen and spa facility at Kallang Wave Mall, Yunomori Onsen & Spa boasts both traditional and modern baths for locals. A day pass to the bath arenas, sauna and steam room will set adults back just $40.66, and comes with a set of towels, yukata, amenities and space to lounge around. You can also find value-for-money massage and onsen packages here too, starting at $72.76 for both a 30mins head and shoulder massage plus access to the onsen areas.