If you’re familiar with the mega spa clubs in China – the ones consisting of massive massage facilities, indoor pools, live entertainment, bars and a buffet – restaurant Orient Palace and wellness centre Spa Nes are the closest you can get to those in Singapore.
Situated on the first and second levels of the annex building at Furama RiverFront hotel, Orient Palace is located on the first level while Spa Nes is on the second. The two brands may appear as two separate entities, but they are actually linked.
Orient Palace is owned by Singaporean entrepreneur Jason Lee, the man behind the Suki Group of restaurants (which includes Momiji and Nihon Mura Kaiten), while Spa Nes is owned by his wife Wendy Ho, who is also the CEO of Mary Chia Holdings. And in case you haven’t heard, Suki Sushi has agreed to acquire 61 per cent of Mary Chia Holdings, the company behind the homegrown beauty and slimming chain of the same name.
There are various services available at Spa Nes, which will open 24-hours from 1 March. If you’d like a massage, you can pick from Thai, shiatsu, aromatherapy or the signature massage, which combines Swedish, Thai and Chinese acupressure massage styles with the use of orchid essential oils. The Spa Nes Signature Massage is priced at $168 for 90 minutes.
The 19 massage rooms at Spa Nes are sprawled across the dimly lit second floor in a maze-like manner, 10 of which are for singles, three for couples and one for private group massages – perfect for a hen’s night. One of the couple massage rooms even has its own jacuzzi.
The Siam Touch room for Thai massages can accommodate six individuals while Spa Nes’ two foot reflexology rooms can accommodate a total of seven people at any one time.
But that’s not all.
There is also a general area consisting of at least 15 comfortable recliners where you’re allowed to rest or take a nap. It’s adjacent to a dining area where you’ll find a buffet consisting of Chinese foods such as Hainanese chicken rice.
If you’d like to freshen up, why not take a dip in the indoor pools or pay a visit to the steam or sauna rooms, which are available in both men’s and women’s changing rooms. Unfortunately, the women’s room is smaller.
The pools are divided into various sections: the cryo section for cold water, the thermal section for warm water and the spa section, which has a rain shower feature.
Other services at Spa Nes include TCM consultations, a barber service and facials.
Once you’re well-rested, you can head downstairs to Orient Palace to dine on Nanyang-style and Cantonese dishes, sip on whisky and enjoy some live entertainment.
The restaurant houses a 200-seater main dining area and three private dining rooms equipped with KTV facilities. It opens from 11.30am to 3pm and from 5.30pm to 3am, serving dishes such as charcoal roasted crispy suckling pig ($258 for whole) and Old Punggol Black & White Pepper Crab ($8.80/100gm).
The endless activities available at this “food, wellness and entertainment hub” – as Orient Palace calls it – can be overwhelming for first-timers. With so many things to do in one place, you might even lose track of time.
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