There are a few ways for spas to differentiate themselves in a highly competitive market. It could be location or design, and of course the range of exclusive products each uses.
The latest trend, though, is all about holistic healing, and several spas are banking on natural ingredients to boost the therapeutic benefits of their treatments.
Ultimate Crystal Healing
Time: 90 mins
Where: Spa Club at Beach Road
75 Beach Road, Fu Yuen Building #01-00/02-00
Opening hours: Monday through Sunday 11am to 2am
Crystals - and their supposed positive energy - are the gems of choice at Spa Club, adding to the arsenal of organic material that are used for massages such as jade wands and hot stones.
The spa's crystal healing programme promises a calming and uplifting effect, using the ILA range of products, winner of the Best Organic Product at Asiaspa Awards 2013.
The 90-minute facial's unique point is its reliance on stones and nourishing plants such as rose which raise the "vibrational energy" of the skin. The face scrub has micro-fine garnet in it, for example (for regeneration and stimulating circulation) while the jade face mask has cooling jade elements.
The highlight is the lengthy facial massage with warmed rose quartz crystals that supposedly relax the muscles and ease up stress lines. Rose quartz crystals have apparently been used for a long time for its anti-ageing qualities besides giving your face a soothing massage.
The therapist at Spa Club does thoroughly massage the face in an elaborate sequence of strokes and presses on acupressure points - a combination of meridian tapping and Tibetan techniques.
This releases tension in the face, and encourages healing with the crystal's energy.
Amazingly, even though the massage is intensive, you'll probably still head to noddy land, that's how relaxing it is.
One needs to dig just a bit deeper into one's pocket for an indulgent facial like this - since it's difficult to measure relaxation and age-defying claims, but if crystals are your thing, at least now you know where to go for some rebalancing R&R for the face and emerge glowing after it.
The luxuriously outfitted 10,000 square foot spa is a great addition to Beach Road, offering a full suite of top-to-toe services, especially as it operates until 2am daily, and it even offers limousine services to locations in the CBD area.