Some days, a piece of cake is treat enough. Then there are the days that require something more—like a stress-relieving head-to-toe treatment because, well, you earned and deserve it. At Chi, The Spa at Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore, you get to have both with the Spa-Tea wellness journey, which combines full-on body pampering (pick any of the 90-minute treatments from the spa menu) with an indulgent afternoon tea experience.

Chi, The Spa sets the stage for a restorative encounter even before you set foot in it. Located in the hotel’s Garden Wing, it is nestled among lush greenery—with the soothing sounds of a cascading waterfall as soundtrack to boot—that fosters total peace. Once inside, the plush upholstery and warm décor, not to mention aromatic air—enchanting scents of invigorating mandarin, grounding oolong, uplifting Ore (a blend of clove and ylang-ylang) and calming Sun (vanilla and sandalwood)—further lull you into a relaxed state.

Taking a holistic approach, all treatments draw on the region’s traditional healing and wellness techniques to rejuvenate body and mind. The Signature Asian Blend Massage, for instance, provides 90 minutes of bliss for those in need of a good rub-down with a combination of techniques—Thai (trigger point therapy), Balinese and Malaysian (deep-tissue massage with kneading and long, gentle strokes), Indian (marma point massage) and Chinese (bodywork massage to ease the flow of qi). Relax as the deft hands of the skilled therapist move from the feet up the body and then reverse course down the front to end things back at the feet. Besides melting the stress away, the treatment has the additional bonus of boosting blood circulation, recentring the mind and soul, and easing jet lag and insomnia.

After the full-body pampering, continue your decadent day at the hotel’s The Lobby Lounge with an afternoon tea set that highlights the heritage and flavours of Peranakan cuisine. The three-tier selection delights with an assortment of Nonya savouries—think Chilli Crab Puffs and Pork & Bak Kwa Baos—and sweet delicacies such as Rainbow Swiss Rolls, Kueh Salat and Gula Melaka Scones, which you can pair with homemade kaya. Sip on hand-pulled kopi or teh tarik—served in kaleidoscopic china to complete the artisanal experience—as you while away the afternoon in elegant, delicious fashion.

Spa-Tea ($260++ for 90 minutes) is available at Chi, The Spa at Level 1, Garden Wing, Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore, 22 Orange Grove Road (tel: 6213 4818).

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