Inspired treatments and workshops await the wellness-conscious traveler at this old-meets-new retreat.
Weary city-dwellers headed for Singapore’s Sentosa Island may want to book a stay at Oasia’s 191-room wellness hotel. Located a few paces from Imbiah monorail station, the months-old Oasia Resort Sentosa is the latest addition to a tourism precinct operated by Far East Hospitality above Palawan Beach. It stands in close proximity to a trio of sister properties: family-oriented Village Hotel at Sentosa, The Outpost Hotel (aimed at couples), and The Barracks Hotel for history lovers.
Previously a Le Méridien (and a Mövenpick hotel before that), the resort incorporates a pair of three-story heritage-listed structures built as army barracks in 1940. Inside the refurbished double-height lobby, guests will be greeted by the sight of an impressive green wall and the aroma of a signature Oasia scent — a blend of orange peel, lemongrass, pepper, ginger, and hinoki (Japanese cypress). Adjacent to the lobby, the new Wellness Lounge serves as the primary setting for tea appreciation and balm-making sessions. But an even bigger draw is the in-house Oasia Spa, where therapists deliver Asian-inspired treatments ranging from shiatsu, Thai massage, and bamboo body scrubs to a high-tech “forest bathing” experience in the meditation lounge.
Much of the hotel’s hardware has been inherited from Le Méridien. Five room categories are spread across the colonial-era buildings and a modern annex; entry-level Premier rooms have connecting options for families, while the two Duplex suites, split between the top two floors of the hotel, feature a spiral staircase that leads to an upstairs bedroom and a private terrace with a lap pool. Our 40-square-meter Junior suite room in the heritage wing had a king-size bed with a Simmons mattress, a living room and sofa bed, a walk-in closet, and a spacious bathroom with a deep soaking tub.
We also had access to Oasia’s signature teas, eco-friendly still and sparkling water courtesy of Swedish brand Nordaq, and a tray of healthy snacks and drinks: think homemade dehydrated fruits from UglyFood, a local vendor that specializes in excess produce and ingredients deemed too “ugly” to sell in supermarkets. A turndown amenity, the resort’s own Oasia Balm made from blended oil and beeswax, is given out at dusk alongside hot tea. Workout videos are available on demand via the smart TV, with the option to rent Lululemon mats for in-room yoga, meditation, or fitness sessions.
Besides unwinding at the spa and taking a dip in the courtyard pool, Oasia guests have plenty of ways to relax. In collaboration with various wellness and fitness studios, the resort offers a spectrum of complimentary activities that run the gamut from Les Mills’ HIIT to Aqua Zumba, yoga classes, and qi gong at sunrise. A unique feature of the resort is its Wellness Hours initiative, which offers a changing roster of educational hands-on workshops. During my stay, I joined an hourlong balm- and body scrub–making session in the Wellness Lounge. The knowledgeable spa director guided me through the whole process, patiently explaining the benefits of each ingredient and recommending easily sourced materials as a replacement when repeating the steps at home. I was thrilled to come away with jars of self-made souvenirs.
The signature restaurant at Oasia Resort Sentosa is Bedrock Origin, an offshoot of the much-lauded steakhouse Bedrock Bar & Grill. Its menu differs from that of its elder establishment as specialties from the land and sea are given equal weight. Carnivores will salivate at the choice of dry-aged premium meats grilled over an apple-wood fire, while must-try fish and seafood options include the ceviche-inspired kingfish sashimi and aged barramundi (locally farmed in Singapore), the latter oven-grilled to perfection and then dressed in chimichurri. Don’t miss classics like the creamy Bedrock mac ‘n’ cheese made with gorgonzola, parmesan, and butter; the plant-based “beef” wellington and mushroom “steak” will appeal to vegans.
Breakfast is also served at Bedrock Origin, and can be enjoyed either indoors, on a shaded veranda, or on the outdoor terrace while admiring the greenery at the front of the hotel. Guests have a choice of one main item from either the continental, “local comforts,” or Western menu; we savored a Morning Booster — comprising poached eggs, smoked salmon, and smashed avocado on sourdough with cherry tomatoes and a side of garden salad — and a nasi lemak featuring blue butterfly-pea rice and grilled chicken.
If you’re looking for more culinary variety, the aptly named Mess Hall, a restored colonial building in the beautiful courtyard just behind the resort, hosts a convivial mix of dining venues. Get your bento lunch box to go from Hidemasa by Hide Yamamoto or experience an authentic Eurasian meal at Quentin’s Bar and Restaurant. It pays to flash your room keycard, as you’ll enjoy certain benefits and exclusive offers just for resort guests.
Doubles from S$471 (US$350); oasiahotels.com