The year is in full swing, and whether we’re busy with work or household chores, we all deserve a break every now and then. Besides staycations and trips to attractions with the family, another way to relax and unwind is with a visit to an onsen spa.
Known as hot spring spas located in Japan, these are popular among locals and tourists in Singapore too. Little Steps has shortlisted the best onsen spas you can visit for the ultimate physical and mental break!
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Joya Onsen Cafe might be one of the newer ones on the block, but they’re also as authentic as it gets in Singapore. From just SG$38 for a day pass, you can soak in both cold and hot baths that are infused with seasonal ingredients like green tea or oolong tea for even better detoxifying and soothing effects – just like in Japan. Before you leave, fill up your tummy with snacks like sushi rolls and Hokkaido milk from the cafe.
Joya Onsen Cafe, 511 Upper Jurong Rd, #01-06, Singapore 638366, +65 8847 2081, www.joyaonsencafe.com
Whether you’re looking for a deep massage or just an onsen treat, you’ll find them all at Heiwa Wellness & Spa. Newly opened in 2021, they will provide any spa experience you’re looking for, from infrared-powered steam baths to saunas. Besides taking your mind off things, these treatments are also said to relieve aches and improve blood circulation. Prices start from SG$38 and they’re open daily from 10am to 10pm.
Heiwa Wellness & Spa, 1 Maritime Square, #03-44/45/46 Harbourfront Centre, Singapore 099253, +65 8907 5412, www.heiwa.com.sg
Spa-1 has plenty of options for you to feel like you’re transported overseas. Besides the normal onsen spa, they’ve also got different treatments to cater to different needs, such as Cassia Seed Sauna to help congestion and Himalayan Salt Sauna to reduce toxins in your skin. What’s more, their cafe has free-flow snacks to make you stay your entire day and yummy vegetarian food to continue your health kick!
Spa-1 Wellness Centre, 511 Guillemard Rd, #B1-01 Grandlink Square, Singapore 399849, +65 6846 1775, www.spa-1.com.sg
Yunomori is one of Singapore’s biggest onsen spas in Singapore, with 11 different baths separated for males and females. From moisturizing and soothing silk baths to jet spray soaks that also massage, you’ll be leaving the spa feeling rejuvenated and refreshed. Oh and did we mention that you will get to wear a traditional yukata and dine at their restaurant in between your soaks? Sounds like a plan indeed.
Yunomori Onsen & Spa, 1 Stadium Pl, #02-17/18, Kallang Wave Mall, Singapore 397628, +65 6386 4126, www.yunomorionsen.com
Not quite the usual onsen pools you would expect in a spa, Shiruki Studio utilizes tubs with customized ultrasonic hydrotherapy treatments to help treat customers’ ailments like body sores. What’s special here is their use of essential oils in your bath, so you can expect to not only feel great, but smell amazing too! Make use of their complimentary blood pressure test to check your health, or go for just a foot spa if that’s what you fancy.
Shiruki Studio, 160 Changi Rd, #02-08 HexaCube, Singapore 419728, +65 9199 0321, www.shirukistudio.com
Elements Wellness is slightly more upscale and pricey compared to other spas, but they provide an authentic onsen experience such as by using a handcrafted Koyamaki wood tub for your baths. From SG$143, you can have a package that includes a massage, back scrub and onsen therapy with a steam bath that helps to loosen tension in your body thanks to the water’s negative ions.
Elements Wellness, 176 Orchard Rd, #02-28 The Centrepoint, Singapore 238843, +65 6737 8488, elements.com.sg
If the only time you can get some self-care is after the little ones are asleep, head over to Spa Nes located in Furama Riverfront hotel since they’re open all the way until 6am. There are plenty of facilities at your disposal, like onsen baths, cryo and thermal pools and jacuzzis. Can’t decide on what to try? Go for their "5-in-1" package that includes a 90-minute massage to help you relax so you’ll be all set to conquer reality once again!
Spa Nes, 407 Havelock Rd, Furama Riverfront, Singapore 169634, +65 6732 9888, www.spanes.sg
Feel like royalty when you soak at Ikeda Spa – the wood used for their tubs here, otherwise known as hinoki, was actually meant for royalty in ancient Japan. The baths include natural oils and anti-bacterial features to help you rid toxins and promote therapy for your body. Choose between a solo session from SG$80, or bring a friend or your spouse along from SG$120 per couple.
Ikeda Spa, 787 Bukit Timah Rd, Singapore 269762, +65 6469 8080, www.ikedaspa.com
Beyond the dated setting of Roxy Square Shopping Centre lies a piece of paradise in the form of Hot Spa. A soak in the onsen pool is part of the massage package, which starts from SG$70. Besides the attractive facilities, you can look forward to foot reflexology, a theater room and free flow refreshments throughout your visit too!
Hot Spa, 50 East Coast Road #03-00, Roxy Square 1 Shopping Centre, +65 6440 6366, www.thehotspa.com
Rid your stress and leave your worries at the door when you visit GSpa. From foot massages to body treatments, there’s something that is bound to get you in the pink of health. From SG$68, get access to hot onsen baths, a steam bath, a relaxation lounge and food and beverage items. The best part? They’re open around the clock 24 hours!
GSpa, 02 Guillemard Rd, #02-02, Singapore 399719, +65 6280 8988, www.gspa.com.sg