From East Asia to Europe and Africa, brides-to-be scour the globe in the name of perfection. Drawing influences from different parts of the world, these treatments will prep you for your time in the spotlight.
Start your matrimonial journey on a clean slate with an invigorating Turkish hammam ritual from Espa at Resorts World Sentosa. This traditional Middle Eastern bath ritual is conducted in a Turkish-style steam chamber featuring oversized rain showers and a steam room, for a deep cleanse that will have you glowing from head to toe while relaxing your mind at the same time. The ritual, which is conducted by a trained therapist, comprises a full body scrub, marine mud body mask and head massage for a thorough cleanse. The therapist will also pour water on strategic pressure points on your body, which is said to stimulate circulation. The result: baby-soft and glowing skin, just for your big day.
Guests who book a treatment that is at least 60 minutes long are also welcome to enjoy Espa’s other facilities, including the outdoor vitality pools, crystal steam rooms and rock saunas at their leisure, making this an ideal getaway from wedding planning, even if it’s just for a few hours.
Japan: Ikebana-inspired treatment to melt stresses away
If your thoughts are more focused on floral arrangements and table seating charts instead of wedded bliss, it might be time to check yourself—and your other half— into a spa to rest and recalibrate. Check out the Ikebana Flower Ritual at the award-winning Ikeda Spa, a head-to-toe treatment featuring precise movements by the therapist inspired by the graceful art of Japanese floral arrangement.
Highlights of this experience include a carefully choreographed back massage using sesame essential oil for detoxification and a bamboo body polish to remove accumulated dead skin cells. The therapeutic hot stone facial massage is a well-loved traditional Japanese treatment featuring heated river stones placed over specific points on the face to melt away tension and fatigue. You’ll walk away from this pampering session feeling mentally and physically restored and balanced.
When there are too many tasks to complete as the clock ticks closer to the big day, the last thing you want to do is to spend hours at the gym. Check out the VisionBody Powersuit, a body toning suit created using cutting-edge German technology that stimulates the muscles in your body to juice up your workout. Powered with wireless Bluetooth technology so you can exercise without cables to impede your movements, the Powersuit delivers electrical pulses to activate blood circulation and cell metabolism, to tone muscles and eliminate fat cells. It is said that each 20-minute workout session while wearing the suit is equivalent to four hours of regular gym time. Powersuits are provided for fitness sessions at VisionGym, where trainers will control the intensity of the impulses depending on each person’s preference. All suits are thoroughly laundered after each session to ensure maximum hygiene.
Germany: Fat-freezing intelligence to sculpt and contour your body
Brides- and grooms-to-be who need a little extra assistance in ironing out stubborn pockets of fat that even regular exercise can’t seem to eliminate may want to consider Cryo-Lipolysis. This non-invasive fat-freezing aesthetic treatment, which is engineered with German technology, is particularly popular for causing minimal pain and no serious long-lasting side effects. During the treatment, an applicator is placed over targeted fat deposits to chill these areas, leading to the destruction of the fat cells before they are drained out naturally through the body’s lymphatic drainage system.
And if you’re gearing up for your honeymoon right after your nuptials, you will be pleased to know that this treatment, available at Prive Aesthetics, is also particularly effective at zapping cellulite by improving skin firmness, elasticity and collagen regeneration. Prepping for bikini season just got easier!
South Africa: Marula-based therapy for shiny locks
Don’t forget to provide your crowning glory with some pre-nuptial TLC too. The Express Revitalizing Supreme treatment at Chez Vous packs a deeply nourishing—and relaxing—hair spa into a speedy 45-minute session. At the heart of this treatment is its ultrasonic technology, which allows hair strands to absorb the active ingredients rapidly for visible improvement in hair texture and radiance. The secret here is marula oil, a traditional African beauty elixir. This lightweight oil helps to hydrate and smoothen hair cuticles for renewed bounce and gloss. The treatment also includes a revitalising head massage so you’ll step out of the salon feeling fresh and de-stressed.
You only have to watch a few minutes of the latest K-drama series to know that Koreans are masters at achieving a naturally radiant complexion. To restore the inner glow to your skin so you’ll look picture perfect during your wedding, there’s no better place to visit than Sulwhasoo, whose formulations are inspired by traditional Korean beauty ingredients.
Its excellent Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Treatment features skincare products from its popular anti-ageing ginseng range which the brand says helps to increase the skin’s ability to self-rejuvenate.
This 80-minute facial begins with a stimulating meridian point massage on the face before a jade ring applicator is used to lift the facial muscles while promoting absorption of the products applied to the face. The final step in this facial is the application of Capsulized Ginseng Fortifying Serum using a “finger massage” technique to boost lymphatic draining and to lift facial contours, for visibly brighter and firmer-looking skin.