Ten Feet Tall
Time Out gets inside the new 'foot spa' at the L Place
Ten Feet Tall ain’t your ordinary foot spa. In fact, it’s vastly different from your average walk-in venue. Firstly, its décor is impressive and almost feels like a five-star hotel. The reception area is spacious and has neutral colours, and there’s a giant reception desk complete with designer chairs and stools. Secondly, it’s an 8,000ft space separated on two floors, comprised of single, couple and communal rooms. Thirdly, even though Ten Feet Tall is billed as a ‘foot spa’, it offers a full service menu. There are en-suite rooms with beds where you can enjoy full body massages (pressure point body massage from $328/50mins and aromatic oil body massage from $388/50mins). You can also have your nails done (from $148). Last but not least, its operation is almost like a chain karaoke venue – staff communicate with walkie-talkies and, as your masseuse works on your tense muscles, a waitress brings your tea or frozen yoghurt.
The majority of the rooms are fitted with reclinable settees – some are as big as a double sofa bed – and they are all lined with disposable covers for hygiene reasons. We think it’s very considerate of them to put in battery chargers for smartphones and have sinks installed in each room (the therapist washes their hands in front of you. Nice). Every room is fitted with an iPod dock so for those who are allergic to spa music, they can pump up their dub-step or electro rock. And there’s a giant LCD TV in every room, complete with iCable and Now TV.
As for the massage itself, it’s… nice. There’s nothing extraordinary about it. We go for a foot massage and the masseuse asks if we’d like our neck and shoulders massaged as well. That’s the weird part. Most foot spas arrange their sofas away from the wall so the masseuse can get behind you without having to move you. But not here. After getting comfy on the sofa, we have to shift ourselves to a foot stool in front of us – and we don’t really know where to place our arms (we have them dangling to the side). But the actual neck and shoulder massage is pretty good – the therapist spends a lot of time unknotting every single tense muscle as well as arms and hands.
The most unique feature of this place is that they have a juice bar on site and there’s a room-service menu where you can order freshly squeezed juices, Chinese herbal teas and… frozen yoghurt! While the yoghurt on the market can be heavily sweetened, we love that Ten Feet Tall’s version tastes quite natural and you can choose a variety of toppings to go with it. The room-service menu starts at around $20 per item.
Ten Feet Tall’s central location makes for great lunch hour or happy hour relaxation. And if you’re organising your next birthday/hen/stag do, they have a big room complete with a ceiling projector so that your friends can watch DVDs, have their nails done, eat frozen yoghurt and get massaged all at the same time. Perfect… KK Townsend
Ten Feet Tall 20-21/F, The L Place, 139 Queen’s Rd Central, 2971 1010. Opens 11am-1am daily.