Wellness offerings are on the rise in Singapore, with both globally recognised brands and a burgeoning eco-system of entrepreneurs bringing local and international health and fitness trends to the fore. As hundreds of delegates arrive in the Lion City for the 13th annual Global Wellness Summit, Compare Retreats has rounded up the best businesses, wellness practitioners, luxe gyms and health-conscious eateries in this essential wellness guide to Singapore. Read on for some of the top places to find your inner zen, move, heal and eat during your urban escape in the Island State.
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Singapore has been upping its fitness game of late, with an explosion of boutique studios as well as global players hitting the sweat scene. Feel the burn, stretch and move around the city at the best fitness classes and gyms.
Barry’s Bootcamp: Cardio and Strength Studio
Gym bunnies flock to celeb-fave cult bootcamp Barry’s in the Central Business District for some serious cardio and strength training in a dark, scarlet-lit room and high energy tunes. Barry’s Original class is a mix of running and weights and the Double Floor class is a sans treadmill option, but both are body sculpting and booty busting. Bring your A-game or don’t come at all.
Core Collective: Fitness and Wellness Centre
This one-stop-shop health and wellness co-working space hybrid answers all your needs under one roof. It works like this: Fitness professionals host regular classes at the snazzy, fully decked out studios so you can enjoy aerial arts, boxing, PT, bootcamp and more. You’ll also find a panoply of life-enhancing psychologists, coaches, bodyworkers and nutritionists available by appointment. They recently opened a second outlet in Dempsey that’s lovely for chilled out weekend training followed by brunch at one of the many nearby restaurants.
Exclusive health and fitness club that’ll cost you a pretty penny, but feels oh-so-spacious and uncrowded with all the usual top-notch equipment for doing your own thing or training with an instructor. Plus, there are ultra-small group classes like al fresco yoga and a jaw-dropping rooftop outdoor pool for leisurely lunchtime dips or serious swim squad #goals.
Cru Cycle: Cycling Studio
High-octane Chinatown spin studio for cardio fanatics cycling on steroids. Dark room, loud music and full body work-out with weights and core exercises. Hop on, strap in and get ready to feel the burn. Book in advance at peak times.
Ritual: HIIT Gym
Train smarter, not longer at the ‘30 minute gym’ which gets you in and out in no time. Workouts vary daily using free weights and body-weight movements in highly efficient (and addictive) 20 minute HIIT programmes that are adjusted according to your ability. There are never more than 10 people in a class, so you get personalised coaching to ensure proper form. As popular with beginners as it is with athletes, it’s safe, it’s effective and it works.
Barre 2 Barre: Barre Studio
It’s no-holds-barred at this boutique studio offering alignment-based sequences rooted in the BarreAmped® method. Intimate classes focus on anatomy and form alongside thigh-shaking workouts to tone and firm from top to toe. Try mixed-level barre, Pilates and yoga hybrid classes or BarreAmped BOUNCE, an intense routine on a trampoline.
Yoga, Tai Chi & Pilates
Not all movement means sweating it out in a HIIT class (though, we can’t guarantee that these classes won’t get your heart rate up). With boutique studios abound, these are the best places in Singapore to stretch, tone up and build your core.
The Yoga School: Yoga Studio
Quite possibly the prettiest studio in town, you’ll reach new heights (literally) at this sanctuary in the sky, immaculately outfitted in soothing dove grey and pink palettes, complete with VitaJuwel water and Aromatherapy Associates shower goodies. Over 30 classes per week (including Kundalini and Pilates) are held in two spacious studios with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the skyline to challenge your Drishti. The small student-to-teacher ratio is the cherry on top.
HOM Yoga: Yoga Studio
Passionate, knowledgeable teachers offer an array of styles such as Universal® Yoga, Dharma Yoga, Ashtanga and Sivananda, and the hot classes utilise far infra-red heat for a deeper and more comfortable sweat. There are also pre and postnatal plus Mum and Bubs classes for mini yogis. Check out the new eco-friendly River Valley location.
COMO Shambhala Urban Escape Singapore: Yoga & Pilates
Centrally located on Orchard Road, this studio and spa is the urban outpost for renowned wellness hospitality brand COMO Hotels & Resorts. Offering up a range of yoga, Pilates and Gyrotonic classes, this wellness centre welcomes both members and drop-ins. The aerial suspended Pilates class is a must if you’re looking to tone up and strengthen your core muscles, and make time to treat yourself in the spa after.
Caroline Gamble: Yoga Teacher
Those seeking a more soulful practice will love getting on the mat with Caroline. Schooled in Raja Yoga, she embodies the 8 limbs of yoga and integrates asana with pranayama and philosophic teachings. She’s totally under the radar, but those in the know who want to deepen their understanding of yoga beyond just asana should book privates or join her intimate group classes at the Botanic Gardens.
Caroline Gamble | +65 9111 7315 | [email protected]
Pascale Noel Jenart: Qigong and Tai Chi Teacher
Boost your vitality and get your chi going with Qigong and Tai Chi master Pascale, who hosts group and private classes in the Botanical Gardens. As relaxing as they are energising, her Qigong sessions are suitable for all levels, utilising gentle flow movements and breathwork to activate and rebalance your meridians. Weekly themes address areas of concern such as insomnia or self-confidence.
In a city as obsessed with food as Singapore, it’s surprisingly difficult to track down healthy fare; indulgence is the name of the game here. But with a growing awareness and interest in health and nutrition, The Lion City is full of surprises. Whether you’re after nutrient-rich clean cuisine in elegant environs, a superfood salad and matcha latte al fresco, wholesome comfort food or Ayurvedic-inspired juices, there’s something for everyone.
COMO Cuisine: Modern Contemporary Dining
Light and bright, ladies-who-lunch fave with signature COMO spa cuisine plus naughty options prepared by the Bhutanese head chef nestled in the peaceful greenery of Dempsey. Utilising sustainable and organic ingredients where possible, refined international plates appeal to carnivores and vegans alike. Linger in the gorgeous, minimalist dining room over breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Ega Juice Clinic: Juice Bar
Indian-owned Ayurvedic juice bar with the best cold-pressed green juices bursting with veggies and healing herbs and spices like amla, ginger and moringa. Great for an immunity boost when you need a hit of vitamins or a full cleanse, plus there’s an in-house Ayurvedic doc available for consults (by appointment) to balance your doshas. Multiple locations around town.
Little Farms: Organic Grocer
This neighbourhood grocer has the best selection of curated fresh produce and pantry items from ethically sourced brands and artisans for your wholesome home kitchen. It offers lots of organic and hard-to-find items like coconut kefir, fresh gluten-free sourdough, grass-fed beef, and much more, including the best avos in town. Sip green smoothies and tuck into salad plates at the lovely little café at the River Valley outlet.
Kitchen By Food Rebel: Café
A simple, no-frills wholesome ‘slow food’ daytime spot for health-conscious city workers looking for homemade meals prepared from scratch. It’s busy and buzzy at lunch with regulars tucking into their Buddha bowls, freshly made nut milk and stellar cakes whilst having a chat with the sweet staff.
Carrotsticks and Cravings: Café
Casual, kid-friendly café for Aussie-style brunching and lunching riverside or nestled in the Dempsey jungle. Expect Insta-worthy plating and plenty of gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free dishes plus probiotic drinks, keto cacao treats, and fun cooking classes. Excellent Melbourne coffee alongside the turmeric lattes too.
The Butcher’s Wife: Gluten-free Bistro
No gluten? No problem. Celiacs and non-celiacs alike love this completely gluten and dairy-free haven in a neighbourhood bistro setting that serves up creative, contemporary dishes. Come for a cosy dinner and tuck into incredibly moreish, warm focaccia made with fava bean, chickpea and potato flour before enjoying hearty mains and natural wines.
The Living Café: Store & Café
One of the OG’s on the clean eating scene, tuck into raw vegan bites and zesty salads at The Living Café. No dairy or red meat here, but you’ll find bone broth and gut-friendly homemade ferments like kimchi to nourish your belly. Nip upstairs to stock up on good quality supplements in the store.
With more spas than you can shake a stick at, it can be tough to weed out the good from the truly transformative. You get what you pay for in Singapore, and whilst many places have all the bells and whistles, it all comes down to skill and care of your therapists. These top picks have the whole package.
Six Senses Singapore Spa
This petite urban retreat consists of five new spa pods and two relaxation rooms complete with So-Sound Legato Healing Lounger to extend the experience. Lull yourself into a state of semi-conscious bliss at Six Senses Singapore with relaxing massages, Organic Pharmacy facials, or opt for a more holistic health ritual with the in-house Chinese Medicine practitioner.
Remède Spa by St. Regis
Decadent, fully tricked out spa with all the trimmings you’d expect — eucalyptus-scented steam chambers, Finnish sauna, aqua reflexology footpath and spa garden. Massages and facials are top-notch: don’t miss the Chi Nei Tsang abdominal massage, a traditional Taoist therapy for physical and emotional detoxification. Oh, and the best mani-pedi in town for talons in need of serious overhauls can be found at the Pedi:Mani:Cure Studio by Bastien Gonzalez.
Pure Wellness Studio
Brand spanking new Chinatown sweat-spot to relax and detox through infra-red sauna therapy which penetrates the body at a cellular level. There are three saunas, including an option to lie down in 360° surround heat should you fancy a very warm nap.
Auriga Spa at Capella
Feel your blood pressure lower as soon as you pull into the driveway of this award-winning seaside oasis of serenity. Amidst South China Sea views, wandering peacocks and the rustling of palm trees, The Capella hotel on Sentosa is ideal for a weekend reboot, so check-in and tune out. If you’re into astrology, Signature Treatments are uniquely designed to complement the varying energies of the lunar cycles, such as focusing on cleansing and detoxifying therapies during the waning moon. The Kundalini Massage is also good for chakras in need of aligning.
ESPA at Resorts World Sentosa
Spanning an enormous 10,000 square feet, Asia’s flagship ESPA at Resorts World Sentosa is a veritable temple to pampering. With facilities second to none, the only problem is you won’t have time for everything, but do take a dip in the rocky onsen pools before settling in for an indulgent treatment. There’s also fitness and yoga so you can make a day of it, and the private spa beach villas overlooking the sea are great for couples.
Meditation & Healing
With mindfulness and meditation creeping towards the mainstream, Singapore is opening up to alternative forms of healing like reiki, all-night sound baths, shamanic journeying courses, tantric breathing and more. These are the crème de la crème of studios and practitioners for recentering yourself, whether you want to de-stress over a lunch break or deep dive into a longer workshop.
Dani Van De Velde: Meditation Teacher & Reiki Healer
Australian-born meditation teacher, Usui Reiki Master and shamanic practitioner Dani is the real deal. She draws from the techniques and wisdom of numerous world traditions as well as current research in neurology and cellular biology for her classes, courses and private sessions. Dani demystifies the more esoteric practices of intuitive energy work for advanced students and breaks down the basics of mindfulness for those new to meditation. Her private healing sessions are booked solid months in advance and highly transformative.
Space 2B: Meditation Studio
Busy urbanites flock to this tucked away shophouse in the Central Business District for some respite from the daily grind. A collective of passionate ‘mindfulness mentors’, the studio offers guided sessions in everything from Vipassana and dynamic meditation, to sound baths with a didgeridoo and therapy harp. Weekend workshops dive deeper into practices such as qi gong and tantric breathwork.
House of Ascend: Sound Healing Studio
Located in the hipster enclave of Tiong Bahru, good vibes abound at this sound temple with daily practices, monthly lunar rituals and live music sessions with sacred instruments. Gong Yin-Yang classes clear energetic blockages as you flow between postures, whilst Gong Yin is deeply restorative and nourishing. Overnight Sleepscape rituals combine these practices with chakra cleansing, Andean cacao tea and extended savasana.
Toby Ouvry: Meditation Teacher
Former Buddhist monk, author and artist Toby channels 20 years of deep knowledge in different schools of meditation into his teachings. A life coach and mindfulness trainer for INSEAD, he also pops up at various centres around Singapore. His signature ‘integral meditation’ brings together the benefits of physical health-centred Taoist traditions, mindfulness and contemporary neuroscientific and psychological self-reflection practices.
When you’re feeling creaky, make an appointment with one of these physiotherapy, osteopathy and therapeutic massage experts who will melt away knots and niggly pains. Rather than simply address the areas of weakness, they use their experience, knowledge and intuition to listen to your body in its entirety, and tailor a session or treatment plan to get you feeling good again.
COMO Shambhala Urban Escape Singapore: Massage Therapy
COMO’s wellness centre is home to skilled massage therapists who will take you to nirvana and back. The signature COMO Shambhala massage is always a winner, or you can opt for a more revitalising Thai Lanna massage. Keep an eye out for their rotating schedule of well-regarded visiting practitioners ranging from remedial bodyworkers, physiotherapists, osteopaths and other therapists well-versed in treating weary bodies.
Charlotte Robin: Osteopath
French osteopath Charlotte practices out of multidisciplinary clinic Body With Soul, set in a charming colonial house where you’ll instantly relax listening to the birds chirping as she works her hands over you. You’ll get sound lifestyle advice from this former teacher at the British College of Osteopathic Medicine, who locates and treats areas of imbalance that may have a knock-on effect on other parts of the body, whether internal or structural.
Jill Burns: Physiotherapist & BodyTalk
Yogini and physio Jill is also a STOTT Pilates instructor and assesses each client carefully beyond just localised issues, looking at their lifestyle and state of emotional well-being in addition to mechanical issues. She incorporates BodyTalk into her therapy sessions, tapping into the body’s innate ability to heal itself. The centre is also home to skilled osteopaths and naturopaths.
Seeking a relatable TCM doctor with a modern mindset, or a naturopath that also delves into your emotional wellbeing? These expert healthcare practitioners, from medical doctors to personal trainers, all use different modalities, but share a caring, out-of-the-box approach and dedication to optimising health and wellness for their patients and clients.
Dr Katrina Gisbert-Tay: Medical Doctor, Psychologist, Wellness & Executive Coach
Brimming with positive energy, Katrina is a medical doctor with a background in psychology. She trained as an ontological coach and is a certified Integrative Health Coach through Duke Integrative Medicine and a Nationally Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach. Patient and knowledgeable, she works with individuals and corporations to develop a game plan and support you in becoming the best, healthiest version of you.
Dr Melanie Phuah: Medical Doctor
When you’ve hit a brick wall, you see Dr Phuah. A highly recommended General Practitioner, she combines modern medicine with her background in nutrition and psychology to think outside of the box. Her practical and empathetic approach focuses on sorting out the root of the matter—she will investigate à la Dr House to figure things out and get you well.
Dr Mark Chern: TCM Physician
A skilled TCM doctor, Dr Chern’s magic needles and herbs work for simple tune-ups or to address pain and chronic conditions. With a calming, gentle bedside manner, he is especially good with women’s health. As co-founder of integrated health centre Soma Clinic, Mark and his partner Natalia also specialise in trauma-informed care, working with the systemic nervous system dysregulation that accompanies many complex health conditions. The clinic also includes brilliant practitioners in physiotherapy, craniosacral healing and myofascial release.
Amanda Lim: Personal Trainer & Nutritionist
Peppy California import Amanda is a sought-after PT, nutritionist, corporate wellness consultant and published writer. Her speciality is weight loss and prenatal/postpartum corrective fitness, but her diverse clientele ranges from marathon runners to brand-newbies and Pilates pros. Bespoke, evidence-based protocols and a sunny but firm disposition have earned her rave reviews around town.
Jennifer Eisenecker: Naturopath
German certified Naturopath Jennifer uses a holistic approach underpinned by Western medicine and nutritional philosophy. Her speciality is treating the underlying, unresolved emotions that often cause an imbalance in the body which may show in many ways including sleepless nights, digestive disorders, skin problems and hormonal issues. Jennifer’s hands on-treatment also includes the use of herbs, food, lifestyle, and essential oils.
Despite its density and skyscrapers, Singapore is a true garden city and a pleasure for running, if you can bear the heat and humidity. There are lots of places to pound the pavement around town, but if you have the time, it’s worth getting out into the jungle for a respite from the traffic and noise.
Singapore Botanic Gardens
The picture-perfect Botanical Gardens are inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offer scenic green runs from 5am to midnight, perfect for those that like to enjoy the cooler hours. Set off from Tanglin Gate and traverse the length of the park over 4-kilometres to Bukit Timah and back again. For a more leisurely experience, take a detour and explore The Orchid Garden and The Healing Garden, showcasing over 400 medicinal plants over 2.5 hectares.
MacRitchie Reservoir & TreeTop Walk
Hugely popular with nature lovers and runners alike, this trail gets very busy so go early to enjoy the entire 6.5-kilometre loop. It takes you around various spots by the reservoir, golf course and the famous aerial suspension bridge which connects the two highest spots in the park. Just watch out for cheeky monkeys ready to steal your water bottle. Note that TreeTop Walk is closed on Mondays, and its last admission is at 4:45 p.m.
MacRitchie Reservoir Park, Singapore 298717 | Drop off point at Venus Drive carpark | nparks.gov.sg
Clarke Quay & Marina Bay
Pedestrianised and water-side, this is the perfect morning run—you’ll want to be out there early to skip the tourists. From Coleman Bridge, run along the Singapore River towards Marina Bay, where a footpath circles around the harbour, across Helix Bridge, and back to Clarke Quay. The 5.5-kilometre route takes runners past some of Singapore’s top sights, like the Merlion Park, Marina Bay Sands, and the Raffle’s Landing Point monument.
Eu Tong Sen Street, Coleman Bridge, Singapore