Nestled within the leafy colonial-era So SPA complex is The Garden Restaurant, which serves wholesome Mediterranean cuisine to complement the spa’s wellness treatments offered at the 14 indoor treatment rooms and six outdoor pavilions. The Garden’s menu centres around salads, juices and dishes that are made with minimally processed ingredients.
The signature dish is Salad Construction — diners can build their salad bowl with greens, grains, legumes, fruits, nuts, cheeses and salad dressing. For those who fancy a heavier bite, opt for the Thai-Style Capellini, which is spiced up with tom yam paste, extra virgin olive oil, semi-dried tomato, zucchini and grilled tiger prawns. If you are a fan of Japanese flavours, the Glazed Chilean Sea Bass will be right up your alley as the fish is seasoned with Japanese lemon and shoyu broth.
2. Capella Singapore
The award-winning Auriga spa, which is housed in the idyllic hotel in Sentosa, is renowned for its nine spa suites and facilities such as its herbal steam room, ice fountain and vitality pools. After an invigorating spa day out, head to the all-day Mediterranean seafront restaurant, The Knolls, for a light and wholesome meal.
For lunch, pique your appetite with starters such as red fruit gazpacho with quail egg and olive oil, and watermelon "horiatiki", which is a feather-light assemblage of feta cheese, pickled red onions and greens. For mains, lighter mains include the mushroom risotto and burratina, which is composed of creamy mozzarella, eggplant caponata, capers, tomatoes and holy basil.
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Tangerine restaurant in Resorts World Sentosa is the nearest dining option for visitors of ESPA, the integrated resort’s sprawling 10,000-square-metre wellness facility, which is a stone’s throw from Hotel Equarius. After relaxing in facilities such as the Turkish hammam (bath), forest-inspired onsen-style pools and rock sauna, fuel up at Tangerine, which has shifted its focus from spa cuisine to a Thai-style farm-to-table concept helmed by Thai celebrity chef Ian Kittichai. The dishes lean heavily on whole grains, fresh fruit, vegetables and spices that are harvested from the restaurant’s gardens.
For the upcoming National Day celebrations, Kittichai has crafted a four-course crab-themed menu that includes Pomelo Crab Salad, Salted Egg Crab With Thai Coconut Milk And Red Miso; Seared Barramundi And Crab Curry With Thai Curry, Rice Noodle And Betel Leaves and Thai Tea Panna Cotta.
4. Four Seasons Singapore
The luxe spa at the Four Seasons Singapore is known for its orchid-scented Neroli and Orchidee skin and body treatments, which are offered in partnership with French skincare company, L'Occitane, which is from Provence. Visitors can extend their Provençal experience at the hotel’s modern Asian brasserie, One-Ninety. The restaurant, which underwent a botanical transformation earlier this year, serves wholesome Provençal cuisine with an Asian twist. Signature main dishes by chef Kamarl John include the Snapper Bouillabaisse (left) With Spicy Daikon And Lemongrass, Steamed Atlantic Cod With Prawns, Clams, and Grilled Blue Lobster With Yuzu Kosho Butter.
5. Mandarin Oriental Singapore
The ornate spa at the Mandarin Oriental Singapore is known for its tailor-made spa programmes and treatments, such as the Digital Wellness Escape, which comprises massages that ease the stress and strains from the frequent use of digital devices. The hotel’s pool-side Italian restaurant, Dolce Vita, which has received a MICHELIN Plate offers a three-course menu. It comprises oven-baked beetroots with goat cheese, walnut and aged balsamic, poached cod fish with cauliflower, lemon kale and almond velouté, and marinated strawberries with rhubarb candy.
Complied by Kenneth Goh