Many know Singapore to be a bustling city with a fast pace of life, but did you know that hidden within this urban jungle are many outlets for a rejuvenating respite?
Even if you only have 48 hours to spare, you can definitely go from frazzled to recharged!
All you have to do is follow this handy guide we’ve prepared, and you’ll be on your way to achieving complete relaxation in Singapore!
Feed your body, mind and spirit with carb-free bowls, flotation therapy and miniature gardening
Make the first meal of the day a good one. Mother Dough (referring to the sourdough culture extensively used by the bakery) prepares fresh baked goods using quality organic ingredients. Tuck into flaky buttery croissants or a crusty baguette; both are great with a dollop of butter and coffee.
Once you're fuelled up, check into your preferred Oasia hotel. Club Room guests can check-in from as early as 10am and have an early kick start to a power down weekend. Oasia Hotel Downtown is a top choice, located near hip hangouts in the Central Business District, a vertical garden juxtaposed against other buildings.
Looking for somewhere more exclusive? A stay within the charming enclave of Novena, tucked away from the bustle of Orchard Road, will prove to be just as rewarding at Oasia Hotel Novena. Refresh your senses with thoughtfully designed interiors - think calming oak and teak pillars and plenty of natural light.
Jump start your morning with an invigorating exercise that's easy on the body. Head to boutique fitness studio Upside Motion to try aerial yoga, a low-impact workout on silk hammocks that combines yoga, dance and aerial acrobatics. Starter packs are available from S$139 for 5 lessons - perfect for newbies.
Eating clean doesn't mean adopting a herbivorous diet. Kitchen by Food Rebel is a cafe catering to everything from vegetarian to ketogenic diets, with a focus on local organic produce. Try their best-selling Rebel Chicken Buddha Bowl (S$19), loaded with hormone-free chicken, avocados, hummus and other greens.
Don't doze off from your delicious lunch just yet. At Palm Avenue Float Club, experience sensory deprivation when you float about in salt water in a pitch-dark pod with soothing music. Its therapeutic properties include stress relief and increased mental clarity. Prices start from S$90 for a 1-hr session.
Put your creativity to good use at The Plant Story, a nature therapy workshop space. In your miniature garden classes, create tiny natural wonders like terrariums. Gardening is not only fun, but it also helps with stress relief, alleviating symptoms of anxiety. Don't forget to treat yourself to pastries at their light-filled café.
For those with less of a green thumb, try your hands at pottery instead. An ancient therapeutic art form, pottery is now coming back into vogue. At Goodman Ceramic Studio there are plenty of workshops to choose from. Experience the soothing properties of clay as you craft a cup or plate to take home.
Get your dose of goodness at Ninja Bowl, which specialises in one-bowl meals. Their Asian fusion offerings are usually served carb-free, with the option to add on heartier ingredients such as pasta. We highly recommend the Truffle Mushroom pasta, a flavorful vegetarian option.
Brass Lion Distillery is Singapore's first working gin distillery. Don't miss the Distillery Tour, a guided exploration around the space ending with a tasting portion of their Singapore Dry Gin. If you're hankering for more, it doesn't hurt to know that G&Ts are lower in calories and aids in digestion!
With the first day of your power-down done, it’s time to retreat into the comfortable confines of your room at Oasia. Draw up a warm bath and enjoy a luxurious soak with Oasia’s in-room bath amenities from natural skincare label, Biology (only available in Club Rooms).
Go on an urban foraging tour, a pop-up yoga session and end the night with dinner in an art gallery
Activity: Swim or Yoga
Rise and shine to sustainably-sourced coffee! Eco-friendly coffee capsules and a Nespresso® machine are available in all Club rooms. Then, take an invigorating swim at the pool - Oasia Hotel Downtown's is surrounded by a calming green canopy.
Each Oasia room is also equipped with a yoga mat. Take them down to our lawns for a quick stretch or sign up for the hotel's weekly fitness classes.
Breakfast at the Club Lounge
A morning at Oasia Hotel Novena is nothing short of spectacular as well. Club guests can head to the Club floor to start their morning in the private pool or have a quiet breakfast in the highly-lauded Club Lounge. Surrounded by modern architectural buildings and towering skyscrapers, enjoy your eggs benedict in absolute exclusivity.
Activity: Urban Foraging
Connect with nature while learning how to create a meal with edible wild plants. While foraging hasn’t quite taken off just yet, interest is growing with more foraging workshops and excursions being organised. Edible Garden City hosts foraging tours where you’ll be able to gain valuable knowledge on the various edible wild greens.
Unleash your inner Picasso at Arteastiq, which is a café and art studio. With canvases, paints and tea provided, you have all that you need to create your masterpiece - all that you need to do is show up. Go on, unleash your creativity as you relieve stress through painting!
Soak your worries away at Yunomori Onsen & Spa, where there is a wide range of onsen baths and facilities combining the best of Japanese onsen therapies and Thai spa treatments. After a good dip in the mineral-rich warm waters, indulge yourself further with an oil massage and herbal compress for a thorough rejuvenation.
Get out from the confines of a traditional studio and practice your sun salutations out in the open! Outta Hatha Yoga is a series of pop-up yoga classes that take place at the Marina Bay waterfront and around Singapore. Enjoy scenic views of the city while absorbing the energy from the great outdoors.
Classes are held across various locations click here to check their class schedule.
It’s going to be the final few hours of your downtime, so go ahead and treat yourself. Maison Ikkoku is an art gallery cum restaurant and bar, famous for their bespoke cocktails. Their European-Japanese menu features exquisite omakase and ala carte options.