Ikeda Spa Prestige

The buzz: The multi award-winning Ikeda Spa takes the traditional Japanese spa experience to new heights with its second outlet in Clarke Quay.

The vibe: What with the occasional drop in air quality and unending work-related stress in this city, it’s so nice to be able to pop into a spa that makes you feel like you’re in a different country. In this case it’s Japan, and the ryokan-style Ikeda Spa Prestige takes it a step further by providing options for ambiance—their treatment rooms are inspired by the four seasons and equipped with iPads so regulars can switch up the music every now and then. Without a doubt, the star of the show is their onsen-style bath filled with steaming hot, mineral-laden water, which can take up to six people. A backlit screen depicts a scenery from one of the four seasons—mostly winter so you can imagine you’re at a hot spring resort in the middle of December—and the tap water facilities have stools and of course, Japanese bath products, giving off a nice, countryside feeling.

The goods: If it’s your first Ikeda Spa experience, definitely try the Geisha Organic Facial ($240 for 90 minutes), which uses all-organic Chidoriya products and UV-sanitized nightingale droppings to smoothen and lighten skin, or one of the treatments using products sold at their in-house retail section, such as the Albion Exage Corrective Facial ($120 for 60 minutes). There’s also a good range of full body and slimming massages, wraps, baths and soaks ($80-220) to complete your pampering experience.

Why you’ll be back: It’s an affordable and effective way of keeping yourself from going insane. Oh, did we mention they open till late?