Five urban escapes at Orchard to ease your restlessness

These places and activities will surely bring some relaxation and adventure back into your week.

Marielle Descalsota

Published: 6 October 2020, 2:40 PM

Whether you’re looking to spend your downtime relaxing or on an adventure, Orchard has got some surprising gems.

Although Phase 3 of reopening was announced to be in the works, traveling for leisure overseas still remains an uncertainty.

If you’re looking for an urban escape that makes you forget about your travel woes, here are five exciting spots to hit for a fun day out in the city.

1. Treat yourself to a soothing massage

While John Mayer probably wasn’t referring to a full-body massage at a spa retreat in the city when he sang ‘Your Body is a Wonderland’, you definitely deserve one.

Natureland Spa at Orchard Point has everything from body therapy ($64.20 for one hour) to guasha, an ancient Chinese healing technique ($26.75).

And if you’re looking for some privacy, they also do home massage services too.

2. Jump your way to a unique workout

If your idea of an escape is a fun workout, then this trampoline park might just be for you. At BOUNCE (Cineleisure Orchard), you can be just like Zach LeVine and Blake Griffin and play some ball at their Slam Dunk area.

It feels like you’re jumping on the moon. PHOTO CREDIT: BOUNCE


Or if your idea of a challenge is Ninja Warrior, their adventure challenge course X-Park is a great place to test your skills.

Bring three of your friends along and save some cash with their Awesome 4Some bundle at $75 for one hour.

3. Transport to another world with VR

If salons and spas aren’t your thing, try virtual reality at SANDBOX VR. The VR gaming centre offers an hour and 15 minutes of immersive action-packed adventure at Orchard Central.

Ever wondered what it’s like to be a gladiator? Their game UFL virtually equips players with weapons like tridents and claws. Choose from five games to battle with or against your friends for an other-worldly experience.

4. Channel your inner artist with a cup of tea

Want to paint your pain away? Take some time off work or school and enjoy an afternoon of painting at boutique tea house Arteastiq.

They have branches for you to create your very own artwork at three prime locations: Mandarin Gallery, Plaza Singapura, and Jewel Changi Airport.

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If you love painting and tea, this is your dream come true. PHOTO CREDIT: ARTEASTIQ


At their Art Jam ($48 per session), you can create a work of art in the comfort of their uber-modern studios. Not only that, but their extensive selection of gourmet teas will be sure to ease you into your creative process.

5. Get your hair and nails beautified at a garden cafe

Feeling hangry and having a bad hair day from work? Indulge in a relaxing time at Korean salon-cafe Walking on Sunshine.

Located at Orchard Central, the garden-themed space is perfect for a full makeover: they do hair, nails, and care treatments all in one place.

Best of all, its cozy sister cafe next door can satisfy your Korean-fusion fix.

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From steak to pizza to spicy chicken, this cafe’s Korean fusion food is top-notch. PHOTO CREDIT: MARIELLE DESCALSOTA


If you’re into pasta, try my personal favourite, the Bulgogi Beef Cream Fettuccine ($19.50).

While we might get a bit restless without our yearly ritual of vacations and jet-setting, there are really some cool things we can do right here in the city. Remember to social distance while out and about, and stay safe!


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