The Grand Estheva Spa - Review
Rubbing Shoulders with the "Tai Tais"
by Evelyn Chen
A 5,000-square-feet day spa in Singapore’s most
glamorous fashion mall is no small feat in the space
scarce lion city. If space and location alone do not
draw you, let the truth be known that Penelope Cruz
sneaked in here for a treatment when she visited Singapore.
No amount of coaxing could convince the tight-lipped
staff to divulge the covert treatment she indulged in.
Before you scoot off to check out this hide-out, take
note that Estheva is a ladies-only spa. While some selected
offerings are pricey (the Celebrity Peel costs about
US$500 per treatment), most treatments are reasonably
priced and will not burn a hole in your pocket.
visited Estheva on a humid and wet afternoon. The entrance
to the spa looked warm and inviting—contemporary
Mediterranean design with cream colored tiles and brightly
lit reception. I was, however, surprised that a whiff
of essential oils did not greet me upon entry. Whilst
waiting for my treatment to commence, I flipped the
spa menu. Though the menu looked like it needed a whitening
treatment, it did its job of introducing me to Estheva’s
fashionable legions of scrubs, wraps, massages, high-tech
sounding facials and ritualistic packages. I have seen
many spa menus in my life, and I must admit Estheva’s
treatment descriptions are extremely well-crafted.
get a scoop of what Estheva has to offer, I opted for
the Citrus Body Massage and C-Matrix facial treatment.
Etta, a poised young lady, performed both treatments.
She started off the massage by asking if I preferred
a heavy or lightweight massage; she also asked if I
wanted her to focus the massage on specific areas. I
requested “heavy” and highlighted my persistent
shoulder ache from carrying my baby of eight months.
She kneaded and glided her soothing but firm fingers,
hands and elbows almost seamlessly over my body throughout
the massage, paying attention to my problem areas. Admittedly,
I cringed and felt the pain when Etta kneaded the knots
behind my shoulders. The nagging shoulder ache however
disappeared that very night!
18 treatment rooms
VIP spa suite
Aromatic green steam room
Swiss hydrotherapy treatment room
Retreat spa space
is for Collagen. Next on the hit list was the “ultra-advanced
and pampering” C-Matrix facial treatment. The
talented Etta introduced the facial with a welcome touch.
This was followed by interludes of cold lotions and
warm toweling, a nice sensorial experience. I was pleasantly
surprised when Etta started shaping my eyebrows in between
products; she said it is part of all facial treatments
here. After extraction and a calming facial massage,
Etta placed collagen sheets on my face. She then drenched
an ice-cold lotion over the sheets. This was followed
by ten minutes of shoulder / neck massage, after which
she left the room for twenty minutes. Though I adored
the mask, I secretly wished that Etta had stayed in
the room; I wouldn’t have minded a scalp or hand
massage. After the mask was removed, Etta added her
finishing touches and served me a cup of water. Unlike
most other facials I’ve had, this one did not
leave an oily sheen on my face. My skin felt supple
and hydrated without a sticky sensation. That must be
the collagen magic at work!
watch your water intake if you are planning on spending
hours here. Before commencement of the treatment, I
had to step out of Estheva briefly to use the ladies
washroom since this facility is not available in-house
(I was told for hygiene reasons).
if rubbing shoulders with the "tai tais" ("Singlish"
for rich stay-at-home moms) and Singapore's brand of
glamour puss is the thing for you, enjoy a languorous
afternoon at Estheva and cruise down to Marmalade Pantry
afterward for a tête-à-tête with
your girlfriends. Urban life does not get any better
Grand Estheva Spa
390 Orchard Rd. #03-06/09 & 11/13
Tel: 65 6733 9300
(Updated: 12/13/10 NW)