6 Japanese Onsen Spas In Singapore To Escape The Reality Of Your Bathtub-less Home

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Onsens in Singapore

 

Onsen in SingaporeImage adapted from: @ikedaspa

If you’ve ever stayed at a ryokan in Japan - like I did in Kinosaki - or even just popped by an onsen for a couple of hours, you’ll know it’s one of the most enjoyable travel experiences one can have. Definitely something to try at least once in your life, even if it means going naked in front of strangers.

Good news for those who’ve never had a chance to take a dip in a Japanese hot spring, or those suffering Japan trip withdrawal: Singapore, too, has spas with their very own onsens for self-pampering - both the nude and non-nude sort. While we don’t have natural hot spring sources, the water at these spas do come with minerals or at least some sort of health benefits.

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1. Elements Wellness at Centrepoint - from $129 for 125mins

 

Elements Wellness onsenImage credit: Elements Wellness

For full-out indulgence, visit Elements Wellness’ Centrepoint outlet for their Signature Koyamaki Onsen Ritual. This will include the following for all-round pampering:

  • Ocha body massage (60mins)
  • Seaweed Body Scrub (15mins)
  • Koyamaki Onsen Therapy in Private Suite with Steambath (40mins)
  • Foot Detox Therapy in VIP Lounge (10min)

Koyamaki is the wood of the sacred Japanese Umbrella Pine, and that’s what the tubs here are made of. This prized wood is said to release a lime fragrance when in contact with water, and has antibacterial and antifungal properties.

While the water here isn’t from Mount Fuji, it’s got negative ions that help the body detox, as well as soothe rheumatic and arthritic pains.

Elements Wellness onsenImage credit: @chuapsj

Couple rooms are available upon request, so do let the staff know in advance if you’re heading down with a special someone.

Rates:

  • $148 for 125 minutes (single)
  • $258 for 125 minutes (for 2)

Address: 176 Orchard Road, #02-28 The Centrepoint, Singapore 238843 
Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 11AM-9PM | Weekends and Public Holidays: 10.30AM-8PM
Telephone: 6737 8488
Website

 

2. Ikeda Spa - from $60 for 30mins

 

Ikeda Spa is home to Singapore’s first hinoki onsen, that is, an onsen made with a precious cypress wood from Japan which was once reserved only for royalty. The wood emanates a calming scent, and has anti-bacterial properties as well as mineral oils, which get released into the steamy waters onto your skin. These are said to be able to help combat respiratory problems.

Ikeda Spa onsenCommunal Hinoki Sento Onsen Bath
Image credit: @ikedaspa

Their communal bath comes with an artificial window featuring wallpaper that’s similar to the nature scapes of Japan, so it’ll feel like you’re really in the Land of the Rising Sun for that period of time.  

Ikeda Spa onsenSingle Hinoki Onsen Bath
Image credit: Ikeda Spa

But if you’d rather not be in the same pot of “human soup” as others, they also have single baths for more privacy.

Ikeda Spa onsenIkeda Spa Prestige’s VIP Couple Suite at Clarke Quay
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Alternatively, cosy up with your partner and opt for a couple room for some romantic quality time. The one at the Clarke Quay outlet has floor-to-ceiling windows, offering a panoramic view of the nightlife below.

Ikeda Spa onsenImage credit: @prettyintense

In true Japanese fashion, you’ll get to choose from a range of colourful yukatas and enjoy some hot tea and biscuits on a tatami mat. 

Rates:

  • $80 for 30 mins (single)
  • $120 for 30 mins (for 2)

Ikeda Spa (Bukit Timah outlet)
Address: 787 Bukit Timah Road (Before 6th Ave) Singapore 269762
Opening hours: Daily, 1.30PM-10.30PM
Telephone: 6388 8080

Ikeda Spa Prestige (Clarke Quay outlet)
Address: 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, Clarke Quay Central #05-22 (Level 5 Carpark) Singapore 059817
Opening hours: Daily, 1PM-10PM
Telephone: 6388 8080

Website

 

3. Yunomori Onsen & Spa - $38 per entry

 

Yunomori Onsen & SpaImage credit: Yunomori Onsen

There’s no better way to bond with your mates than for all of you to jump into a pool together, fully butt-naked. But you don’t have to illegally skinny dip in a reservoir when you can do that at Yunomori Onsen & Spa, which brings the public hot spring experience to Singapore. Yup, the gender-separated pools here are 100% communal, so mentally prepare yourself, and let your inhibitions free!

Yunomori Onsen & SpaEven the showers are communal, just like in Japan
Image credit: Yunomori Onsen

There are various hot pools here, including powerful jet baths, a soda bath, and a silk bath with tiny bubbles for deep cleansing. A steam room and sauna are also available. For contrast in temperature, take a dip in the cold bath for pore tightening. With so many facilities, it would be hard not to while your entire day here!

Yunomori Onsen & Spa foodImage credit: @kaiei79

When you’re all done, don your yukata and head to Yunomori Cafe* for some hearty Japanese nosh like soba, ramen, or oden. Or cool down with an ice-cold bowl of kakigori. Whatever the case, the experience here will make you forget you’re still in Singapore.

Yunomori Onsen & SpaGrab a paper fan or parasol and strike a pose in front of the artificial bamboo
Image credit: @paradeofliberty

Rates:

  • $38 for all-day access to baths, sauna, steam room, and lounge

*Food sold separately

Address: 1 Stadium Place, #02-17/18 Kallang Wave Mall, Singapore 397628
Opening hours: Daily, 10AM-11PM
Telephone: 6386 4126
Website

 

4. ESPA - $100 for 180mins, or free with min booking of 60-min treatment

 

ESPA Japanese Forest OnsenJapanese Forest Onsen
Image credit: @kellyrandallsia

You might know of ESPA at Resorts World Sentosa as the first spa in Singapore to have a Turkish Hammam, but betcha didn’t know that they have an outdoor Japanese Forest Onsen as well. It’s surrounded by the leafy shade of trees and flanked by rocks - pretty much as close as it gets to how it’s like in Japan, save for the tropical weather.

ESPA Vitality PoolVitality Pool
Image credit: Resorts World Sentosa

Apart from that, you’ll also have access to other facilities like the Vitality Pools, Rock Saunas, and Crystal Steam Bath - as long as you purchase a spa pass, or have a minimum booking of a 60-minute spa treatment.

ESPA Hammam bathHammam bath
Image credit: Resorts World Sentosa

Go on and book the Indulgence Hammam Ritual ($225 for 60mins), where you’ll feel like royalty having someone else bathe you. You won’t have to lift a finger as the body scrub, foam massage, hair wash and conditioning treatment, mud body mask, steam session, and body cleanse will all be done for you while you lie flat out in bliss.

ESPA spaTreatment room
Image credit: Resorts World Sentosa

Rates:

  • $100 for 180mins
  • Complimentary for spa patrons with a minimum booking of a 60-minute treatment

Address: 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
Opening hours: 9AM-10PM
Telephone: 6577 8880
Website

 

5. Spa Nes - $78 for 3 hours, with buffet included

 

Spa Nes onsenThe 2 pools come with mood lighting to help you further relax
Image credit: @theblueeeyore

Spa Nes’ spa pass is made for H-to-T pampering, where you’ll be granted 3 hours of usage of their cryo and thermal jacuzzis, as well as the steam room and sauna. Although you don’t have to strip - robes and towels are provided - facilities are still separated by gender for better privacy. Visit on a weekday when it’s quieter, and there’s a chance you might get both pools all to yourself.

Spa Nes onsen Vanity area with hair dryers and hair products provided so you can doll up after your session

That’s not all; Foodies will be excited to tuck into a buffet spread including soup, mains like fried rice, as well as cake and fruits for dessert. You might want to leave the eating for afterwards though, because it’s not the best idea to soak with a bursting tummy!

Spa Nes foodBirds nest egg tarts
Image credit: @dianaaatan

Soothe your tired soles with a simple Foot Massage (from $90 for 60mins), or get those knots ironed out with a Swedish Massage or Aromatherapy Massage (from $150 for 60mins). Couple rooms are available upon request. Check out Spa Nes’ full spa menu here.

Spa NesSpa Nes has opulent, oriental-inspired decor
Image credit: @caramellechaos

Rates:

  • $78 for 3-hour access to hot and cold mineral onsen jacuzzi pools, steam room and sauna, buffet dining, and lounge area with personal entertainment system

Address: 407 Havelock Road Level 2 Annex@Furama, Riverfront Hotel, Singapore 169634
Opening hours: 24/7
Telephone: 6732 9888
Website

 

6. One Farrer Hotel - free access for hotel guests and spa patrons

 

One Farrer Hotel & Spa onsenImage credit: One Farrer Hotel

If you’re staycation-ing at One Farrer Hotel, don’t spend all your time at the swimming pool - because you don’t want to miss out on their onsens, which all hotel guests and spa patrons get to enjoy for free. Those who are more conservative would be relieved to know that you don’t have to go nude, as bathrobes and towels will be provided, but guests are encouraged to bring their own swimwear.

The onsens here look more modern than others on this list - world’s apart from what you’d actually find in Japan - but you’ll still get the experience of basking outdoors in toasty waters. 

One Farrer Hotel & Spa onsenImage credit: One Farrer Hotel

As a general indication of how much you’ll have to fork out, staycations here cost from $196, while Foot Reflexology and a Signature Massage would set you back from $88 and $168 respectively. Check out their full spa menu here.

Rates:

  • Complimentary for hotel guests and spa patrons

Address: 1 Farrer Park Station Road, Singapore 217562
Telephone: 6363 0101
Website

 

Japanese-style onsen spas in Singapore

 

It is never a bad time to treat yourself, so let these spas and their bubbling warm onsens tide you over...until you manage to snag yourself some cheap tickets to Japan, that is. While you’re at it, why not top up a little for a massage too? As the saying goes, go big or go home, and when it comes to spoiling ourselves, we like going all out.

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