After a tiring eight-hour shift, housekeeping attendant Jalilah Jantan sinks with relief into a massage chair. As her cares are kneaded away, fishes darting in an aquarium in front of her provide a calming view.

While this may sound like Madam Jalilah's personal pad, it is actually the $70,000 Chillax Lounge in the hotel where she works - Royal Plaza on Scotts.

Launched just over a month ago, the dimly lit lounge also has a mini-theatre system, a reading corner and four computer terminals.

"When I go home, I also have to do housework, so it's good that I can relax first," says Madam Jalilah, 42, while enjoying the staff-only lounge.

To keep employees happy, some companies here are going beyond the common-place workplace gym, and installing posh or unusual recreational facilities in offices.

These include high-speed Internet terminals, spas, air hockey and foosball tables, karaoke rooms and even a jackpot room for staff members.

Telecommunications company SingTel, has a 24-machine jackpot room, which draws crowds of seven to 15 people during lunchtime, says club assistant Balachandran Somusudram, 50.

Just last week, a staff member won $900 from one of the machines, but he declined to speak to SundayLife!.

Mr Balachandran says that in his 29 years of service at SingTel, the highest payout he has seen is $7,000.

The SingTel Recreational Club, in the basement of SingTel's Comcentre building in Exeter Road, also features an independently run spa, pool tables, dart boards, a games room with two mahjong tables, and two game machines which have puzzles and Sudoku on them.

The club was set up in 1972 and renovated in 2005. Slot machines have been part of the club for at least 30 years.

A SingTel spokesman says the facilities help staff "achieve good work-life balance" and aim to promote fitness, wellness and social cohesion.

Staff in the local and multi-national company offices SundayLife! visited say they use the recreational facilities to keep healthy, de-stress and bond with their fellow colleagues.

Computer terminals with high-speed Internet, for example, help Mr Tanwani Bhavesh, a waiter at the Marriott Hotel in Orchard Road, unwind and keep in touch with news.

"I'm here every break time," the 20-year-old says. He spends 15 minutes of his dinner break eating, and the remaining half hour on the computer.

"It's very comfortable, it's open 24 hours and the Internet speed is faster than at home," he adds.

The hotel says it spent $1.15 million from 2007 to 2010 on the staff cafe, lounge and gym.

Since 2010, data storage company Equinix has put in an air hockey and a foosball table in its office in Pioneer Walk, in addition to the gym that is almost de rigueur in today's corporate culture.

The company would not disclose the total cost of these facilities but says the running cost of the gym, including the rented gym equipment, is about $5,000 monthly.

Mr Clement Goh, 42, Equinix's managing director for South Asia, says the air hockey and foosball tables and gym were requested by staff in their annual staff survey.

At Google's office in Marina View, the staff massages are heavily subsidised - they cost less than $10 for half an hour as opposed to $50 or more for a comparable session outside.

Senior communications associate at Google Sana Rahman, 28, says she signs up for a massage almost every week. "I usually get them on weekday mornings before lunch, which is a great way to start a day," she says.

Google also has a games area, a karaoke room and a library area.

Meanwhile, all staff at technology company Muvee can start their day with a splash - in the company's spa shower which has a rain shower, 360-degree shower jets and steam bath.

After a relaxing shower, they can then head to Auntie's Diner at the office entrance for a free cup of coffee or a glass of Ribena.

The diner, meant for staff, business associates and family members of staff, boasts red booth seats, white swivel high chairs, a mini radio jukebox and black-and-white tiled floors.

To add to the fun, part of the floor of the 2,000 sq ft recreational space is covered with fake grass.

Ask why the entrance to the office has a diner theme and Muvee founder Terence Swee, 40, says he felt it was "fun and colourful and brings vibrancy to the office".

He adds: "Our key customers are from the United States, so it's good to bring some Americana into our office."

More than $50,000 were spent on the diner and spa, including the shower, a recliner and a massage chair.

As everyone has to walk through the diner to get to his or her desk, he says, it serves as a "strategic cluster to foster interaction, discussion and collaboration" among staff and visitors.

Similarly, Google's recreational facilities serve a dual purpose: to help employees de-stress as well as get their creative juices flowing.

The Google spokesman says that "areas where Googlers can relax and have fun" are a very important part of creating an innovative work environment.

In a nod to the labour shortage faced by the hospitality industry here, Royal Plaza on Scotts general manager Patrick Fiat, 60, says his Chillax Lounge's purpose is to "raise the happiness index" among his existing staff. He says: "Instead of using our resources to attract talent, Royal Plaza on Scotts has a different move, that is, to retain our current pool of employees."

And it seems to have worked.

Guest service executive Marcus Tan, 26, who watches movies in the Chillax Lounge every day, has only praise for the new facilities. Mr Tan, who has worked in the hotel for 21/2 years, says of the staff benefits and welfare: "That's part of the reason I would stay with the company."