Review: THE RETREAT Spa & Thalasso Centre, Singapore

I spent a wonderful weekend at the Changi Village Hotel recently (see earlier article). Of course, I was aware that there was an award winning spa located in the hotel and I took the opportunity to spend time at the spa.

I have heard of THE RETREAT for sometime but has always been unable to line a visit due to a busy schedule. With my staycation at the Changi Village hotel, it was the perfect time to check out this unique spa.

I had heard of the open air jacuzzi overlooking the South China sea that is unique for this spa. Earlier reviews I have read indicate that if you book a premium package, it comes with the use of the Jacuzzi. I was not disappointed when I called and it was confirmed that a premium spa package comes with use of the Jacuzzi at Level 9 of the hotel.

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Entrance to the 8th and 9th level rooms

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View from the 8th level entrance

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The ultimate 9th level outdoor Jacuzzi room

The spa is actually located at Level 1 of the hotel. Here, you are checked in and you get to use the normal treatment rooms. While the spa entrance is small, I was surprised that the interior is much larger than I thought.

The spa also offer premium packages at Level 8 and 9 which offers view out to the South China sea. At these 2 levels, you have a clear view out to the sea and can watch planes taking off and landing at the nearby Changi airport with the difference that Level 9 offers the open air Jacuzzi in addition to the view.

We were ushered to Level 9 where I had booked a facial cum oil massage package while my partner had a RETREAT signature massage. We were allocated 2 masseurs; a more mature local Chinese and a younger Malay. Both were polite, pro-active with little touches and most importantly, good masseurs.

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The treatment room on the 8th-level; nice view but no outdoor Jacuzzi

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Another treatment room at 8th level

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And then, there’s the 9th level outdoor Jacuzzi room!

The treatment room at Level 9 lives up to it’s reputation. You get a large treatment room that comes complete with sofa, sound system, toilet, shower and of course, the bubbling outdoor Jacuzzi pool that looks out to the ocean.

We were given 45 minutes of bubbly time and it came with hot tea and a chocolate fondue at the side. I never had a sweet tooth for chocolate fondue but at the moment of indulging in the bubbling water, chocolate fondue seems to be the most logical thing to complete the indulgence!

All too soon the 45 minutes of Jacuzzi time was up and the masseurs made their entrance to start the massage. I’m glad to report that the skills of the masseurs were up to mark and made an excellent complement to the entire package.

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The room is large and spacious

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First spa I’ve been to that provide a spacious sofa in the room

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Toilet with a nice touch

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Shower outdoor in the buff; cleverly hidden by shrubs from any peeping eyes

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No one on the road below would have known you’re having a Jacuzzi above

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Watch planes take off and land from your Jacuzzi

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Pure indulgence!

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I certainly did not want to go home!

We changed up and made our way to Level 8 where there is a small rest area where we had ginger tea. Or we could have spent some time at the outdoor hotel pool and admire the setting sun if we had wanted to.

All in, this had been an excellent time spent in a premium spa that obviously has spent time and effort in ensuring a nice and welcoming environment for their customers as well as ensuring the skills and services provided by their masseurs are par excellent.

Of course, the Jacuzzi package at Level 9 is premium spa indulgence that most of us can only afford once in a while. Given that there are many upmarket spas that does not justify the high price they’re charging IMHO, The RETREAT is one spa that I can safely recommend when you want to spend hard-earned money for that occasional indulgence or that special occasion that we all do deserve in this hectic city life that we lead.

Address:
#01-03A, #08-01 and #09-01
1 Netheravon Road
Singapore 508502

Size of Spa: About 10 private treatment rooms spread over 3 levels
Friendliness: Friendly and professional
Pricing: 1 hour massage starts at S$90. Other treatment and massage services start from that price onwards. Special package for use of private rooms at Level 8 and 9.

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