Best Spa Gardens: Sentosa Resort & Spa


Best Spa Gardens: Sentosa Resort & Spa

February 5, 2010
Photo by: Blancaneaux Lodge

You would think that Sentosa Resort & Spa, with its heady mix of tropical plantings and cascading water, was situated on a remote tropical island. The retreat is on an island, but it's hardly remote, connected as Sentosa Island is to mainland Singapore by a well-traveled bridge. One glimpse of Spa Botanica's soothing mud pools and all that bustling humanity slips away with the ease of a silk sarong. The hushed grounds have float pools with rock walls and waterfalls, a grass-carpeted meditative labyrinth walk and lush display gardens, complete with labels, highlighting tropical plants with therapeutic benefits. Tranquil, private treatment pavilions — done in a cool colonial style that reflects the 19th-century architecture of the revamped building that houses the spa's luxe indoor works — are placed throughout the gardens designed by an international team led by resort owner HKR International. Spa Botanica includes its own line of bionatural products in its treatments — one of which is the three-hour Singapore Flower Ritual of aromatic massage followed by a soak in a frangipani-filled tub — and is billed as Singapore's first garden-destination spa.

Try this: A healthful meal is rarely as all-out decadent, or as elegant, as at The Garden, the nearly year-old "conscious dining" experience tucked poolside next to Spa Botanica. Prepare for pampering by informed servers and an attentive kitchen that thoughtfully twists the freshest organic ingredients into hip works of art.

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