Do you know what Rooibos is?
I haven’t heard of it before I tried Spa Botanica’s face and body treatment that uses this herb. Rooibos is also known as red bush or red tea, is a herb that’s unique to South Africa. This herb is known for its potent anti-oxidant properties, and is said to help boost immunity and has anti-ageing properties.
Spa Botanica is one of my favourite spas in Singapore because it’s so reclusive and the therapists are really good at what they do.
I arrived in the afternoon and first went for a light lunch at The Garden, a restaurant that’s attached to the spa.
Then, I was ushered to an indoor treatment room (the last time, I went to the outdoor pavilion) for my treatment.
The Rooibos Face & Body Anti-Aging Delight started off with a Rooibos Tea Foot Bath. I was served a cup of rooibos tea, while my therapist soaked my feet in a tub of rooibos tea. She dried my feet with light pressing movements, and then invited me to the massage bed.
A body scrub that consists of a blend of rooibos, pomegranatate and primrose oil was then applied all over my body. While I don’t feel my body “tightening” like what the treatment promised, my skin feels well-exfoliated, thus it feels smooth and free from dead skin. It’s rather indulgent because – I mean – how often do you scrub your entire body thoroughly. We usually just focus on caring for our face.
I rinsed off the scrub in the attached bathroom and emerged feeling quite refreshed.
A body massage is then administered, with botanical lotion applied generously all over the body. The massage is firm but very comfortable. My body initially creaked – no thanks to long hours spent sitting before the computer – but after a few minutes, the muscles loosened and I lulled into sleep.
Finally, an anti-ageing hydrating face mask was applied onto my face and my therapists massage the back of my neck and my shoulders.
The 150-minute treatment ended and I was led to a pavilion where guests can help themselves to some tea and simply watch the day pass. I spent a few quiet moments there, resting my mind by not thinking about anything at all, before I went to the labyrinth for a stroll and meditation (and prayer).
Part of this treatment’s package is a two-course healthy lunch and a healthy juice (which I had for dinner). I like that the menu reminds guests that wellness has much to do with diet, and the meal indeed completes the session. I picked the pineapple and mint juice, which was one of the most refreshing drinks I’ve ever had.
Another worthy mention is the dessert – soya beancurd and berries – which is love at first bite.
To me, the venue and ambience is just as important as the treatment. Spa Botanica is certainly one of the spas that I know of with the best facilities and ambience. This helps to set you in a relaxed mood immediately.
The Rooibos Face & Body Anti-Aging Delight costs $350 for one and $650 for two persons. Visit the Spa Botanica’s website for more information.