Top Onsen Spas in Singapore

top onsen spas in singapore

Stressed-up Singaporeans, here’s your chance to take a mini-escape and experience traditional Japanese hospitality right here in Singapore! No, we’re not talking about the next Ramen or Sushi restaurant. Instead, we’re introducing you to the world of Onsens!

What’s an Onsen?   

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An Onsen is a Japanese hot spring, equipped with other services and amenities such as bath areas, massage and food. Despite not having direct access to natural sources like its Japanese counterpart, the waters found in Singapore Onsens are carefully treated with quality minerals. These minerals can support your rejuvenation and detoxification needs. 

Step aside, cafes and pubs! Welcome to a healthy and tranquilising way of chilling with your friends, albeit seeing each other’s rear ends! 

Health Benefits of Onsens  

Onsens have been flourishing for thousands of years, thanks to its therapeutic benefits. While it’s probably no replacement for medically recognised treatments, Onsens can help alleviate some health symptoms. 

Stress Relief and Better Sleep Quality 

The water’s warmth can reduce the build-up of stress hormones, such as cortisol. The mineral in the water can also help to release your tense muscles. 

Some Onsens have carefully selected wood for constructing their tubs to achieve a more calming effect. Ikeda Spa uses Hinoki, a type of wood that’s part of the Cypress tree family, for stress relieve purposes. When exposed to hot water, the Hinoki wood produces Hinoki wood oil, which alleviates anxiety and emotional stress.   

Being in the waters of an Onsen can also help improve your sleep quality. When your body rapidly cools down after soaking in thermal water, it produces melatonin, a hormone that aids sleep. 

Improves Blood Circulation                                                              

When you soak your body in the Onsens, the minerals in its waters will cause your hydrostatic pressure to rise, improving blood flow and circulation. With improved blood circulation, your metabolism also increases. Hence, you’ll have a healthy and robust body. 

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Improves Skin

Certain minerals used in Onsens, such as sulphur, can boost the healing of eczema and psoriasis. 

The sodium chloride-induced moisturising effects can also lead to the production of youthful-looking skin.

Pain Relief

An Israeli study published in the journal Rheumatology International has discovered that hot mineral baths may aid in pain and fatigue relief, thanks to its heat. The heat can reduce our perception of pain by blocking the pain receptors in our bodies.

Additionally, the buoyancy of the waters can help also help to improve our joints naturally. 

The minerals found in Onsens, such as magnesium can aid the relief of arthritis if bathed thoroughly. 

Onsen Etiquette

Hold up! You’re probably eager to scout through the list below for your ideal Onsen. However, before you can even enjoy the benefits of an Onsen, you have to understand its etiquette. Failing to abide by their code of conduct could potentially lead to a denial of service from the staff! To save yourself from appearing like Homer Simpson, here are some tips you have to bear in mind before an Onsen trip.   

These etiquette tips apply to Onsens in Singapore. If you’re heading to Onsens in Japan, take note that several Onsens will reject you if you have any tattoos. If you do have them, no worries, check out this link for a list of tattoo-friendly Onsens in Japan. 

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Clean Yourself Before Entering the Onsen

The Onsen isn’t a place for you to bathe yourself. You soak your body in the Onsen to relax and meditate. 

Remember, you’re sharing the Onsen with other people, and maintaining good hygiene practice is paramount. 

Fortunately, Onsens are equipped with bathing areas and scrubs. Make sure you clean yourself thoroughly before entering. 

The 3 Big Nos – No Clothes, No Hair and No Towels in the Onsen Waters

Riding along with its strict sanitary practices, the Onsen should be kept clean and pure at all times. 

Firstly, you are only allowed to enter into the Onsen completely naked. Onsens would generally reject customers who refuse to be nude. Your swimsuit or towel may consist of invisible particles that may affect the purity of the Onsen waters. Additionally, the thermal heat will cause discolouration to your swimsuit. 

With that being said, some Onsens do provide disposable undergarments for you. 

Similarly, for hygiene reasons, the hair should not touch the water. Tie your hair up if they’re hair. Even if you don’t have long hair, avoid dipping your head in the waters at all times. The Onsen is meant for your body, not your hair. 

The same restriction extends to towels. If there’s nowhere you could place your towels, rinse it with cold water before resting it on your head. Putting a cold towel over your head will help to reduce any potential dizziness from the heat while it remains in your body. 

Speak Softly if You Have to                   

Onsens are not an opportunity for you to create your frat-boy or bachelorette gathering. The Japanese believe that an Onsen is a holy place for you to cleanse and purify your body. The best activities to do in an Onsen is to meditate and self-reflect. Hence, when you leave the Onsen, you’ll feel recharged, both physical and mentally. 

Onsen Spa

Ikeda Spa

Speciality

  • Organic Facials
  • Hinoki Onsen Bath
  • Lip Lush Essence
  • Eye Essence Refine
Pricing

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Website

https://www.ikedaspa.com/

Address

787 Bukit Timah Rd, Singapore 269762

Telephone

(65) 6469 8080

Operating Hours

Mon-Sun: 1.30pm – 10.30pm daily

Clients

  • Elaine Heng (Beauty Influencer)
  • Cindy Tan (Blogger)

Review 1

“Today I’ve purchased an autumn promotion package comprising a thirty-minute onsen bath and a 90-minute massage. I’d say the overall experience was fabulous. Especially the massage, worked on my body by the super skilled Vietnamese therapist Kim, was really impeccably good. She was thoroughly knowledgeable about human body and did an amazing job to untie the knots all over my body. I feel so relaxed and refreshed after the massage. Will definitely return here.”

Review 2

“What I really liked about this spa are their attention to your needs and the cleanliness of their spa. Definitely a thumb up for anyone who wishes to enjoy onsen followed by a nice massage.”

Review 3

“Bought the birthday surprise as a gift for my best friend. The staff at Ikeda were absolutely amazing and made us both feel super pampered! We really enjoyed having the VIP suite (Clarke Quay) to ourselves and highly recommend it to anyone who just wants a bit more privacy, it made the occasion very special! The onsen was as authentic as the ones I’ve been to in Japan. The massage was really relaxing and the staff were very friendly and accommodating right from the beginning! Felt very at ease! They also gave my friend a card which i thought was a lovely touch!”

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Yunomori Onsen

Speciality

  • Onsen
  • Japanese Cafe
Pricing

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Website

https://www.yunomorionsen.com

Address

1 Stadium Place, Kallang Wave Mall #02-17/18, Singapore 397628

Telephone 

(65) 6386 4126 

Operating Hours

10am–2am daily

As Seen On

  • Daily Vanity
  • Harper’s Bazaar Spa Awards 2018

Review 1

“Glad that there’s a decent Onsen here in SG. Well done to team Yunomori! Will visit again real soon!”

Review 2

“A bit out of central but a good spot to experience a Japanese onsen. Multiple hot baths, stream, and sauna rooms with one cold bath or cold shower. Gender divided with a co-ed resting/nap room after your ginger tea. Change rooms and onsen seems pretty clean with mutual respect between customers on general etiquette. Cycling throw hot and cold baths definitely does wonders for the mind and body . Highly recommend and this is open for families – enjoy”

Review 3

“Great place to relax in therapeutic hot baths, as well as a delicious Japanese meal at their in-house restaurant.”

Onsen Spa

Elements

Speciality

  • Slim & Tone Treatments
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Wellness
  • Onsen Therapy
Pricing

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Website

https://elements.com.sg/
Address
  • 176 Orchard Rd, The Centrepoint #02-28, Singapore 238843
  • 313 Orchard Road, [email protected] #B2-50/51, Singapore 238895
  • 2 Orchard Turn, ION Orchard #B1-30, Singapore 238801

Telephone

(65)  6737 8488

Operating Hours

Mon-Fri: 11am – 9pm

Weekends & PH: 10.30am – 8pm

Review 1

“Tried their promotion package and we simply enjoyed the whole session from the massage to the onsen experience.. They will request us to indicate the strength of the pressure before we enter the room, masseuse will also confirm with us again the amount of pressure before they start the massage… The whole ambience in the room is perfect and the onsen room is beautiful.. We have been to onsen in Japan, even though the onsen they have is not as good as in Japan but we still enjoyed it:) counter staff were friendly and will not hard sell anything to us.. Highly recommended..

Keep up the good job!! :)”

Review 2

“Very pretty, clean and spacious onsen. Staff dont upsell or bother you much.”

Review 3

“Pleasant place for massage and onsen. Lovely and friendly staff, place is cozy and nice”

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Le Meridien Singapore

Speciality

Onsen Spa Suite

Pricing

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Website

https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/sinmd-le-meridien-singapore-sentosa/
Address

23 Beach View, Singapore 098679

Telephone

(65) 6818 3388

Operating Hours

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Review 1

“Went for a short day trip with my girl’s family. Was an eye-opening experience to see the Onsen suite of Le Meridien in Sentosa. Swimming facility was nice. The service staff were very courteous and completed the experience.”

Review 2

“Hotel was a blend of colonial heritage with modern amenities and sensibilities. The staff provided excellent service. Breakfast was delicious and the menu rotated for the 2 days we were there.. plenty of variety! We stayed at the Onsen room; quite a novelty to have a hot bath in zen japanese inspired finishings, while listening to the gentle rain outside. Definitely a highlight of our stay! Would stay again!”

Onsen Spa

ESPA

Speciality

  • Rock Saunas
  • Crystal Steam Room
  • Ice Fountain and Experience Showers
  • Outdoor Vitality Pool and Cold Plunge Pool
  • Forest Onsen-style Pools
  • Spa Treatment Rooms and Treatment Suites
Pricing

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Website

https://www.rwsentosa.com/en/espa/facilities
Address

 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269

Telephone

(65) 6577 8880

Operating Hours

Wed-Sun: 9am – 10pm

Accolades

  • World Luxury Spa Awards Winner 2015-2016, 2018-2019
  • Spafinder Wellness Travel Awards Winner 2015
  • Her World Spa Awards 2015

Review 1

“Wonderful japanese inspired onsen with 40°c temp and interactive vitality pool where it will activate when you press the green button”

Review 2

“A bit pricey but well worth the price tag. Able to go in earlier well ahead of your stipulated massage timing to use the facilities that they offer. Sauna, crystal pool, gym, jacuzzi, onsen and relaxation room.
Therapists are well trained and knowledgeable. They will seek for your preference in scents, massage strength and your area of concerns before they start on your session.”


Onsen Spa

Spa Retreat @ One Farrer Hotel

Speciality

Onsen Retreat

Pricing

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Website

https://www.onefarrer.com/en/spa/spa-retreat.html
Address

1 Farrer Park Station Rd, Singapore 217562

Telephone

(65) 6363 0101

Opening Hours

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Accolades

Singapore’s Best Hotel Spa 2017 in World Spa Awards 2017

Review 1

“Love this hotel. Great service and quiet ambience. And the spa menu is comprehensive with fantastic therapists!”

 


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June 08, 2020

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