A royal induglent for nails at Royale Retreat

Royal Retreat Nail Spa

Last week, I was invited to Royale Retreat Nail Spa at Siglap Centre to review their manicure and pedicure services. Just from the name, I was expecting a really posh place with the best pampering service, but I was a tad disappointed that the spa’s facade was quite normal looking – just like any other nail salons. But once I stepped inside through the glass door, the vibes were completely different as I was greeted with a very cosy setting, which is somewhat resort like.

Focused on pampering and indulging the customers
I met with Vincent Oh, the director and owner of the nail salon. He explained that Royale Retreat is all about pampering the customers and letting them have an enjoyable and relaxing nail spa session. So just like boarding a flight to your vacation destination, first thing that greeted me was a warm towel to freshen up. And while having my nails being worked on, I was able to sip on a cup of hot tea and watched “The Devil Wears Prada”. I actually hadn’t realized that scent of lavender, tea tree and peppermint until Vincent highlighted that their store is always infused with blends of essential oils to help their customers stay relaxed.

Getting a full back massage
Actually, I was too busy playing with the OTO massage chair to notice. This was one of the things I liked about the place. Getting a full back massage while having my manicure and pedicure! That was to me, a total indulgent!

little details

Use of OPI Swiss Clean & Drip-Dry System
When it comes to the nail service, Royale Retreat is focused on providing top-notch sanitation standards. They’re not clinically clean like Polished that I reviewed previously, but at least, all their instruments are sterilized with the OPI Swiss Clean System and nail therapists are trained to sanitize the sink and give customers’ feet a quick spritz of alcohol before the start of the treatment. And instead of a blow-dryer which can pass on bacteria and viruses from one user to another, Royale Retreat invests in OPI Professional Drip-Dry System which helps to dry the top of the nails in 5 minutes, doubling up as a time saver.

Experienced and skilful nail consultants
There were two nail consultants who attended to me. Each apparently has had at least 5 years of experience with manicures and pedicures. Their skills are good and they’re very enthusiastic – so much so that I thought the filing of my heels was a little heavy handed. But I was happy that the nail polish on my fingernails stayed on for a week. Usually, they get chipped off by day 5!

wide selection of nail colors

More than 200 shades of nail colors available
In terms of nail polishes, Royale Retreat has more than 200 shades of O.P.I, Orly and Missha to cater to every mood. Well-heeled ladies can also choose from a selection of Chanel and Christian Dior nail lacquers. And apparently, mobile phones can also be adorned with Swarovski crystals at Royale Retreat.

Other treatments available
Besides manicure and pedicure which is at S$28 and S$39 respectively, the nail spa also offer a host of other extras like a range of aromatherapy sea salt soak, or moisturising lotion and milk soak infused with 100% Certified Pure essential oils for extra nourishing. I even learnt that I can easily have my calluses treated and dissolved for a smoother and prettier feet at $70.

Overall summary
Overall, I would rate Royale Retreat Nail Spa above average – good for an enjoyable session of manicure and pedicure. If you’re located at Siglap or in that area, you may want to give yourself a treat. Vincent assured me that their therapist do not push packages and that’s because they have a program which allows customers to accumulate their spending in exchange for some bonus later. Royale Retreat is located at 55 Siglap Road #02-23 Siglap Centre and you can call 6449 9939 for enquires or visit their website at www.royaleretreat.com.sg.


  1. Hazel says:

    Hihi! just wanna highlight a slight typo on this entry. “Getting a full BAD massage while getting my manicure and pedicure.”
    love the nail colour you used. what is the name of that colour?

  2. sesame says:

    Thanks Hazel for highlighting the typo. That’s for not wearing my glasses while typing… :p

    The color for my fingernails was No Spain No Gain from the new Espana collection.

  3. AtelierGal says:

    I felt that the color wasn’t painted on well, saw some smudging <- this coming from a perfectionist

  4. sesame says:

    No it’s not smudging…the picture was taken while they’ve just applied the drip dry. But there were some redness around my fingers…probably due to the cuticle pushing.

  5. AtelierGal says:

    Gosh, don’t remind me of the last unpleasant professional cuticle pushing service I had…I bled so much and no compensation was given.

    If the location is in town, I would flock right there for some Chanel polish ?

  6. sesame says:

    Bled? Woah…not good. Sometimes I think some of the therapists are too enthusiastic. I prefer using plastic pushes at home. Those metal ones are darn painful sometimes.

  7. Florence says:

    I love the OPI drip dry, I had one at home & is very good.And I ordered it online & is so so cheap

  8. Blovet Beauty says:

    Looks relaxing… I like to get pedis for my terrible feet.. Good to know they aren’t pushy too cause that can really irritate me ?

  9. prettybeautiful says:

    getting manicure done by professional is a really big pamper! i think most saloons still use mini-fan to blow dry. after all it’s a lot more cost effective than using the drip dry. this also reminded me that i havent road-test my OPI quick dip dry. hehehehe. btw, now I use both OPI base & top coat, and my manicure lasts good for a week or longer ? except the newly grown nail part of coz ?

  10. sesame says:

    Oh that’s a good idea. Maybe I should check it out too if it’s cheap.

    Hey, btw, I don’t like this new place they house Lavera products. I went there last evening about 7pm and it was closed. Very out of the way! ?

  11. sesame says:

    Ya, pushy tactics are annoying. I was told they have a rebate program so customers can have the freedom without have their money tied down. I like the idea!

  12. sesame says:

    Oh I look forward to reading your review on the drip dry. As for the top and base coat, I used to use them but don’t know why I grew to dislike it after a while. I prefer Mavala’s color fix which makes my nails more shiny looking.

  13. smilinggreenmom says:

    I have never seen a salon look so indulging! Oh my. I am jealous! I typically do not go to a salon unless a special occasion is on the horizon, but this totally fab. I love to have my feet pampered an when I do my own pedicures as home, I use essential oils, my favorite natural cream from Topricin foot cream and I am so refreshed. This helps my sore feet and I highly recommend this to anyone who can’t afford this kind of treatment. Of course, I always pumice and add a cute color! Thanks for the outrageous photos!

  14. Florence says:

    Hi sesame, ya, I do agree that the new place is quite out of place, I also forget to tell u that their time is 9am to 6pm,is like office hrs.

  15. sesame says:

    You’re welcome! ?

    Nice idea to use the essential oils. It’s definitely refreshing, not to mention good for the soul.

  16. sesame says:

    I wanted to call up but got lazy…thought I’ll just pop by. Anyway, I was looking at the directory at Stamford House and realized that this is directly retailed by their distributor now.

  17. Florence says:

    So means u didn’t manage to buy anything ?

  18. sesame says:

    Hey Florence: I managed to sneak to the shop just now to get a dozen of the face masks and some bath products. Feeling very satisfied now…haha…thanks so much for telling me about the sale. ?

  19. fwy says:

    I don’t drive, why would I want to go all the way to Siglap? The price isn’t that friendly either. I rather stay put at Orchard & pick a salon at Far East Plaza since there are so many to choose from.

  20. sesame says:

    Sure, I understand as it won’t make sense to head out to somewhere you hardly venture. Like I wrote, the place is good for those staying in Siglap or in that vicinity.

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