SPAS TO UNWIND AND RECHARGE AT
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Singapore
The hotel’s award-winning spa has launched a range of luxurious treatments developed in conjunction with renowned aesthetics brand Kerstin Florian. Try the 100-minute long Caviar Signature Facial, where the fine food is infused into a mask and combined with botanical oils that promise deep hydration to soothe and restore radiance to tired skin.
Those with sensitive skin or hyperpigmentation can opt for the Advanced Repair Facial, which includes a multi-acid peel on the face, neck and décolleté followed by a deep-cleansing massage and mask to deliver generous amounts of collagen and leave skin looking supple. Tel: 6885-3533 or email email@example.com
Calla Spa at Suntec City
Book a recharge session for two at the new Calla Spa in Suntec City. Designed to be a wellness retreat, this spacious city retreat doesn’t put a time stamp on how long one can stay, which means you’re welcome to linger on after your treatment. There are lounges for foot therapy, mineral pools heated to 40 deg C, and even a casual fine-dining bistro on site, for light nibbles or a heartier meal post-massage.
JEWELLERY WITH A STORY
Our Pick: Retro Diamond Watch by Mauboussin
Diamonds might be a lady’s best friend, but certainly not the earth’s. Green the bling with a piece of vintage jewellery like this retro diamond watch by Mauboussin instead. The gaspipe platinum double band is accented with a scroll set by brilliant and Asscher-cut diamonds, and is stamped circa 1940s. Beautiful, and with heart too. Head to Revival Jewels for this and more similar pieces.
(RELATED: We spoke to Revival Jewels’ founder, Brenda Kang, about the curation behind the pieces.)
FED AND WATERED?
Eat to Glow at Shang Palace, Shangri-la Hotel, Singapore
It’s all about skin at Shang Palace this Mother’s Day. On the menu is a beauty complexion claypot made with premium collagen-rich ingredients like bird’s nest, pearl powder, hashima and fish maw – super skin foods known for promoting radiance. Tel: 6213-4398 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hands-free at The Kitchen Table, W Sentosa
It’s not the hundred-item buffet spread at W Sentosa’s Kitchen Table that has us looking – it’s the fact that the hotel staff will take any kid under the age of 13 off their parents’ hands for a solid hour (they’ll take them swimming). How else will you get to grips with the free-flow of lobsters and freshly-shucked oysters?
There’s also that off chance for her to win a Sulwhasoo treatment on the spot. Reservations and fine print here.
Just a Drop of LOUIS XIII Miniature edition
All the hard work mothers put in call for the occasional cheeky treat. Luxury cognac Louis XIII has launched a petite version of the Baccarat crystal decanter, complete with a 24-carat gold-lined neck, which holds 50ml of the classic cognac with tasting notes of fruit and spice. Just the right amount for a small sip mid-day to unwind at night.
TRACKERS FOR THE FITNESS BUFF
The Gym Junkie’s
With a heart rate monitor and options for treadmill, elliptical, weights and open workout, the Fitbit Blaze is an all-rounder. It can even discern which exercise is starting up on its own. Once paired with a smartphone’s GPS, it can report running or cycling stats. Comes with on-board workouts such as 10 Minute Abs so she can work that core even while at her desk.
Easy to use even while running, the Tomtom Spark Cardio + Music offers you a plethora of options, like racing against a previous timing or helping you adjust your pace so that you meet training goals (via heart rate zones). As far as monitoring heart rate goes, this getup is far more hassle-free than conventional chest straps. Bonus points: The device can play MP3s via wireless headphones – perfect for those who want to run without the inconvenience of cables.
(RELATED: The Peak reviewed a total of six trackers already at the top of the market – verdicts out soon.)
TO ESCAPE FOR A WEEKEND
A Cruise in Peace
If she loves the water but hates cruises (and that yacht is still being delivered), consider sharing the deck with only 4 other couples on Aman Resorts’ new sea-faring vessel, the Amandira. Comes staffed with a full crew including the chef and divemaster – two very important characters as you eat and snorkel/dive your way through the pristine waters of Raja Ampat (off South Indonesia’s coast.)
Luxury Close to Home
You don’t earn top honours from Conde Nast Traveller and National Geographic Traveller by doing things wrong. A mere 45 minutes from Singapore, The Sanchaya’s vast estate, top-notch hospitality and dogged attention to capturing the essence of South-east Asia will leave you wanting a second visit (well, Father’s Day is coming.)
(RELATED: These were selected from our five favourite escapades that are close to Singapore.)
Green Thumbs Up
She may have dabbled in flower arrangement by now – but the Japanese art of ikebana (loosely ‘living flower’) is a level up. Utilising the form of the entire flower as opposed to just its bloom, ikebana often tell a story and are veritable works of art.
The price is steep and the weekend slots are limited, but why spare any effort if you know she’s keen? Courses available at Yamano Florist & Ikebana School, who’ve been running since 1983.