So SPA & The Garden (Sofitel Sentosa Singapore)

It’s been a good 5 years since I last did a spa review! Recently I had the privilege to try out So SPA of Sofitel Sentosa, thaks to Soulscape for picking me as a winner to their giveaway for a massage at So SPA. What a good way to relax within the country since I have no travel plans for the rest of this year!

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Basically, Sofitel took over The Sentosa Singapore Resort & Spa and the previous Spa Botanica has been renamed as So SPA. Sofitel hotels all over the world are known for So SPA and this one in Sentosa has an outdoor spa pool.

I also took the chance to revisit a restaurant I last tried 5 years ago, The Garden. Back then it was still part of The Sentosa. After being taken over by Sofitel, it remains pretty much the same.

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They basically serve spa food, aka healthy food.

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The restaurant looks pretty much the same as it did back then but of course with age. It looked so much newer when I first came here 5 years ago.  They basically didn’t change much of the whole premises.

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Tuna Tataki – $16.00++

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Create your own salad – $18.00++

i chose to have kale, rocket, feta cheese, chick peas, pine nuts, sundried tomato, olives and halloumi with basil walnut dressing.

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Spa Pizza – $20.00++

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Lunch was a leisurely one. It isn’t common that I voluntarily sit outdoors but since the weather happened to be cool and it was peaceful facing the pool, there’s no reason not to.

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With every 1 hour massage booking minimum, you get free access to the spa facilities. I found out about this before making my plans so I set aside ample time to enjoy the facilities and brought my own bathing suit. Upon checking in, I was given the menu to select my massage type. I went with the “Sentosa Massage” which was of medium pressure, combining some western and Asian techniques.

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The outdoor spa facilities were split into 2 sections – unisex and female only. It was the same items on both sides though.

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The main thing was this pool with waterfall feature. There were floats so you can just lay down and float all day. It took a bit of getting use to initially, specially when floating on my back because there’s no way to control where I go and I just had to go with the flow.

They also have a mud spa where there’s a pot of mud that you can apply all over yourself and you just sit around to let the benefits settle in..

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Or walk around this meditation labyrinth where there’s a stone path for you to walk around.

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My favourite was of course the outdoor pool.

The indoor facilities includes a heated Jacuzzi, cold pool and steam room. Overall I felt that everything looked recycled from the previous hotel and So SPA did not do much renovation when they took over. It had signs of age in the design looking like it belonged to 10 years ago. Compared to the much newer ESPA in nearby Equarius hotel, I think So SPA should have a facelift soon to stay competitive. The difference in age is too obvious. Besides that, the overall feeling was around the same as ESPA as both had outdoor pools.

Moving on, the massage was professionally done and I did drift off into a different world. Before I knew it, I had to wake up and the day was over.

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