In Singapore for the 2010 Wellness Summit, I planned a visit to Auriga Spa at Capella Singapore, amidst the lush rainforest on Sentosa Island. Auriga is named for a constellation in the northern hemisphere, and the treatments, developed by Adria Lake, are based on the rhythms of the lunar cycle. Spa Director Alsu Abdulina recommended I try one of their signature treatments, the New Moon. It included a foot massage with juniper, rosemary, and fennel; a seaweed and eucalyptus salt scrub followed by a seaweed wrap; and a full-body rosemary and eucalyptus massage and a special stimulating tonic for awakening the body.
I was greeted in small reception/retail area and asked to fill out a client profile, then escorted back to female changing area. Rather than a large locker area, the ladies locker area is a series of rooms, locker and changing area, sinks, showers, and water closets in nooks along a hallway. The large wooden lockers are prepared with towel, robe, and slippers inside. Once I changed, I continued down the hall to the women’s wet amenity area, featuring an herbal steam room, two experience showers and a large vitality pool looking out into the garden. Adjacent to the wet area is a comfortable waiting room, where my therapist, Mei, met me and escorted me to the treatment room, inquiring how I would like to be addressed along the way. Once in the treatment room, Mei had me take a seat and explained all of the steps of the service, all the while offering me samples of the products she would use, which had been carefully prepared beforehand for presentation. I was offered a cup of warm herbal tea, which I drank while reading the meditation card that came along with it.
Throughout the service, I marveled throughout at the level of training and expertise that Mei displayed. Never did she put a hand wrong; always gently cueing me, deftly wrapping me, slippers always placed in exactly the right spot. She checked in with me at all of the right intervals to inquire as to my comfort regarding pressure and temperature. At the conclusion of the service, she commented that my skin was in great shape, but a bit dehydrated and she said she would leave a few product recommendations out front for me. This is something that you RARELY see in Asian spas, and I was really impressed when I went to check out and sure enough, there were five products there along with a prescription form all filled out. The Organic Pharmacy products felt terrific on my skin, and will soon be available in the US. at the Auriga Spa opening at the Setai Fifth Avenue in November.
After my service I spent some time snuggling under a cozy throw on a sound wave chaise in the relaxation room, looking out at the rainforest and sipping herbal tea. Both the service and Mei’s touch were really flawless.—Written by Lisa Starr