Bliss Out at Six Senses Maxwell’s Newly Opened Spa Pods

The spa’s Locally-Inspired Wellness Retreat offers much respite for urbanites seeking rejuvenation and nourishment.  

The Orientalist charms of Yellow Pot.

More than half a year after its grand opening, Six Senses Singapore finally has a spa sanctuary to call its own. Located in the heritage district of Singapore’s Chinatown, Six Senses Duxton and Six Senses Maxwell are the hospitality brand’s first city hotels.

With the launch of Six Senses Maxwell’s five spa pods and two relaxation rooms, guests can look forward to wellness retreats right in the heart of the bustling Lion City. The highlight is the Singapore-exclusive treatments, which are inspired by local rituals and massages, as well as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) techniques.

My Locally-Inspired Wellness Retreat started one balmy Friday afternoon with a hearty lunch at Six Senses Duxton’s Yellow Pot, a Chinese restaurant guided by the philosophy of balanced living and healthy eating.

Stir-fried mee sua (wheat vermicelli).

A nourishing herbal soup whets my appetite, paving the way for light and flavorful dishes like steamed barramundi fish that’s sourced from a local farm, stir-fried mee sua (wheat vermicelli) and tang yuan (rice balls) in ginger soup. While not on the wellness menu, the crisp yet tender roast duck is a must-try for those craving a heartier meal.

Afterwards, I took a five-minute walk over to sister property Six Senses Maxwell for my wellness retreat. The full experience starts with a TCM consultation, but I’d skipped that and gone straight for my spa ritual.

Guests get to pick their scent before the treatment.

Unlike a typical hotel spa with its own grand reception area, the spa pods here are all situated within individual rooms, creating an intimate ambient for guests who prefer a more personalized experience. After stating my preferences for the room—music, temperature, scent, and highlighting the body parts to focus or avoid, the treatment began.

I was eased into a relaxing ritual featuring a back, neck, and shoulders massage, enhanced by slow and long strokes with warm amethyst crystals. This was followed by an orchid-scented Himalayan salt scrub to exfoliate my skin for a much-needed glow. A quick rinse later and a rose body mask was applied all over my body, helping to seal in all the goodness. Finally, I was treated to a lifting facial massage—an unusual experience where the therapist used a small bamboo stick to roll over the contours of my face. The facial massage is believed to aid with lymphatic drainage, so as to reduce any puffiness or swelling.

The plush interior of the relaxation room.

At the end of it, I was happy, relaxed, and ready to fall into deep sleep. Guests also have the option of chilling out in the relaxation rooms, where lounge chairs, soothing music, and tea await.

The 135-minute Locally-Inspired Wellness Retreat is priced at US$220.

More information here.

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