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This Spa In Singapore Has A Facial Using NIGHTINGALE DROPPINGS (And It’s Super Effective!)

If you can’t get away to Japan, step into Ikeda Spa – the next best thing.

From its steaming onsen-style baths – said to be as close as you can get to mineral-rich hot spring water outside Japan – to its Zen Candle Massage, featuring handmade Bamboo Bliss, Sakura Passion and Yuzu Refresh candles, this relaxing spa is respectfully traditional, refreshingly innovative and entirely relaxing.

Take Ikeda’s award-winning Geisha Organic Facial. It uses the natural Chidoriya skincare line, which was established in 1949 in Kyoto City and made beauty products for Maiko dancing girls and Geisha. The line’s secret ingredient? Uguisu no fun, or nightingale droppings, which celebrities like Oprah Winfrey and Victoria Beckham have raved about for its purported brightening and smoothing properties. Mixed with rice bran, camellia oil and red azuki beans, and applied with a special Japanese meridian massage, the treatment will transport you to another place and time, all while in Ikeda Spa’s convenient Bukit Timah location. (Less adventurous spagoers can opt for the Maiko Organic Facial, which includes all of the same aspects of the Geisha facial without the droppings. Maiko means “apprentice” in Japanese.)

Once you enter the spa, you’ll be paired with a nakai-san, or personal assistant, who will take care of your needs throughout the visit. Then, head to the Tatami Zen Area, where you can relax while waiting for a trained spa therapist to give you a personal body or skin analysis. Also, feel free to enjoy Ikeda’s serene Japanese Rock Garden or try a chado, Japanese green tea ceremony.

There are a range of treatments from which to choose, including Charcoal Acne Control and Green-Tea Anti-Ageing scrubs, a Seaweed Anti-Cellulite wrap and other smoothing methods (think neck lifts IKEDA SPA Zen Zone SPA SPECIAL 2 0 1 6 and eye-bag reduction). While you’re at the spa, have your nails done or try EPL to eliminate unwanted hair.

Want the ultimate indulgence? Head to the second location – Ikeda Spa Prestige – in Clarke Quay, and bask in an onsen bath using hinoki wood (Japanese cypress), thought to have therapeutic, anti-bacterial properties. Once reserved for Japanese royalty, hinoki releases gentle oils into the hot water, creating a calming scent while moisturising your skin.

Ikeda Spa

787 Bukit Timah Rd, Singapore 269762
Tel: 6388 8080, ext. 1

Ikeda Spa Prestige

6 Eu Tong Sen St, #05-22, Clarke Quay Central, Singapore 059817
Tel: 6388 8080, ext. 2

Website: http://www.ikedaspa.com/


Looking to pamper yourself even more? Check out our beginner’s guide to getting a fabulous spa treatment in Singapore.

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