1. Thailand: Mt. Sapola’s Ginger-Lemongrass Detox range
Travel to Thailand with Mt. Sapola’s Ginger-Lemongrass detox range. Surely you’ve tasted the refreshing flavour of lemongrass, a common ingredient in all your favourite Thai dishes. This remarkable herb also has the power to beautify you, strengthening your locks to give you lustrous full hair. Its partner, the ginger, aids with blood circulation and is an antioxidant, keeping you looking younger and healthier. This range of products is a nice treat, washing away all the pollutants of daily life, making your hair smooth and soft.
Where to buy: Mount Sapola
When a quick trip to Thailand is not an option, reach for Mt. Sapola instead. Photo credit: Mt. Sapola USA
2. Turkey: ESPA’s Hammam Treatment
For a quintessentially Turkish experience without the trip to Ankara, try Singapore’s first authentic Turkish steam bath. It is a ritual that promises to revitalise your mind and body. ESPA offers a Hammam chamber complete with heated marble seats. The ritual will take an hour, beginning with a scrubbing that deep cleanses your pores, after which your therapist will give you a full body foam massage, apply a mud body mask and then shampoo as well as condition your hair, all of which takes place on the luxurious pedestal of a heated marble table. The spa is set in the midst of natural surroundings, and the water pools add a touch of zen to your harmonious experience. If the rat race has worn you out, you can catch a quick cat nap in their Sleep Relaxation Lounge room.
Where: ESPA 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269; +65 6577 8880
Get a taste of Turkish opulence at ESPA for a hammam treatment. Photo credit: AngloINFO
3. Namibia: The Body Shop’s Spa of the World range
The Body Shop’s Spa of the World allows you to experience worldwide luxury at home. Inspired by beauty rituals of different parts of the world, this range will relax and revitalise, and take your body to places it has never been to, all from the comfort of your own home. Your destination options include Egypt, with the Egyptian Milk & Honey Bath, and southern Africa, with their African Ximenia Scrub, featuring Ximena fruit seed from the “Tree of Life” in Namibia. It is luxuriously rich in oil, making your skin softer and smoother. The scrub will gently exfoliate while at the same time relaxing your body and mind.
Where to buy: The Body Shop
From the deserts of the north to the savannahs of the south, this scrub will transport you to exotic Africa. Photo credit: Glambeautys
4. Japan: Ikeda Spa
Japan is calling again! Familiar with Japanese foods and J-pop? How about some Japanese pampering? Ikeda Spa is your go-to place for your authentic Japanese experience right here in Singapore. You might think Singapore is too warm for a hot spring bath but trust us, it is very relaxing and will help with blood circulation. When you step foot in this spa, its wooden finishing and interior decorating will instantly transport you to old Edo. If you go to their Clarke Quay branch, they will even provide you with a yukata to wear within the spa. At the Bukit Timah branch, you get to personalise your bath with different bath salts that contain the same minerals found in different hot springs in Japan.
Where: Ikeda Spa
Get your "wa" back at Singapore’s Ikeda Spa. Photo credit: Ikeda Spa
5. UK: Aesop’s travel-sized essentials; London
Aesop offers perfection in a travel kit. These portable packages are especially useful for unexpected retreats, getaways and trips, and perfect for those of us who hate packing. This is your ultimate pre-packed toiletry set. So, on your next staycation, pamper yourself with a slice of London. Aesop’s travel essential unisex kit is packaged in an elegant black case, containing items from their Parsley Seed range which help you cleanse, hydrate and refresh. You’ll find everything you need, such as shampoo, conditioner, body cleanser, body balm, facial cleanser, toner, hydrator and even mouthwash. Like the ethnically diverse city of London, the items in this kit suits all skin types.
Where to buy: Aesop
You can hear Big Ben’s bells chime when you stock your home spa with Aesop. Photo credit: Aesop
6. Sri Lanka: Spa Ceylon’s Ceylon Tea Therapy range
To sample the wonders of Sri Lanka from the comfort of your own home is easy with this simple shopping list. Start by sampling the whole range of Spa Ceylon’s Ceylon Tea Therapy to immerse yourself in pure bliss. Follow it up with some well-being rituals of Ayurveda, a holistic practice of age-old wisdom, accompanied by Spa Ceylon’s range of Ayurvedic beauty products. Ayurveda means the science of life and is a traditional form of medicine practiced in India as well as Sri Lanka. Start with their bath and shower gel containing a calming blend of teas, packed with anti-oxidants and nutrients. Spa Ceylon’s luxurious Ayurvedic collection is a result of nearly 50 years of vigorous field testing. The last step? Emerge revitalised from your home spa.
Where to buy: Spa Ceylon 435 Orchard Road, Singapore 238877; +65 6737 8643