While not as established (or as cheap) as other spa destinations in Southeast Asia (Thailand and Indonesia, for example), the Singaporean spa scene is definitely up-and-coming. There are virtually no traditional, Asian-styled spas in the city-state. The order of the day is hip, inventive, and new age, with everything from Ayurveda to green tea hydrotherapy. If you can afford to treat yourself at one of Singapore’s better hotels, you won’t be disappointed.
Care for a dip? Singapore has more public swimming pools than any city in the world, and is therefore an excellent place to go swimming. And we’re not talking kiddie pools. They are uniformly of the full-sized, 50-meter, open-air variety and they are generally accessible for as little as one dollar. The maintenance and upkeep are very good, and many people pay the admission just to relax in the pleasant atmosphere. Some complexes house as many as three pools and are attached to massive sports complexes featuring tennis courts, gyms, and other facilities.
The Jurong East Swimming Complex even has a wave pool, water slides and a Jacuzzi. The Vegas-esque Sentosa Island has three sandy beaches, each with its own distinctive character.
When one thinks of snow sports such as skiing and snowboarding, Singapore doesn’t immediately spring to mind. However, Snow City, a high tech, indoor snow center, offers visitors the opportunity to escape the tropical weather and hit the slopes. It may not be Aspen, but it’s definitely a welcome development.