The Most Sensational Hotels To Consider For Your Next Singapore Stay
When the Raffles Hotel first opened in 1887, it put Singapore on the map as a destination worthy of the six weeks it took to reach from London at the time. Rudyard Kipling and Somerset Maughan were among early notable guests, cementing the hotel’s reputation for quality and, in turn, helping it to grow from humble origins to the grand icon it is today.
More than 130 years later, that tradition is alive and well, with a new breed of luxury hotels not only transforming the face of Singapore but upping the sophistication levels even further.
From the Anouska Hempel-designed Six Senses Duxton to The Capitol Kempinski, a striking celebration of the old and new, here’s where to stay in Singapore.
Six Senses Duxton
Situated in trendy Tanjong Pagar, close to Singapore’s central business district, Six Senses Duxton is a true one-of-a-kind boutique hotel. Though the Six Senses brand is better known for luxury hotels in exotic, remote locations, the Duxton marks their first foray in the urban hotel scene – yet it still retains the DNA at the heart of the Six Senses experience.
Housed within a row of eight superbly refurbished 19th century shophouses, no two of the hotel’s 49 guestrooms are alike. With interiors designed by British style icon, and former Bond girl, Anouska Hempel, a chic restaurant furnished in vibrant shades of yellow, and one of the most spectacular facades in all of Singapore, there is no other hotel quite like this.
Crazy Rich Asians may have been a work of fiction, but it wasn’t entirely made up. Though exaggerated for effect, there are plenty of real-life locations where you can experience a taste of that lavish, over-the-top lifestyle for yourself. W Singapore is one of them.
Located on Sentosa Island, home to Universal Studios and uber-trendy Tanjong Beach Club, W Singapore boasts 240 glamorous guestrooms and suites, two ultra-stylish restaurants and a glamorous cocktail bar, plus one of the largest – and sexiest – pool areas on the island.
If you’re out to impress, the hotel’s Extreme Wow Suite is definitely the one to book. As the name suggests, it’s a room with the wow factor: velvet-clad walls, impressive chandeliers, a grand four-poster bed, DJ booth, bar and one of the hottest bathrooms in the city. It’s crazy.
Though it may be 132 years young, Raffles Hotel is not ready to hang up its hat just yet. Like a butterfly emerging from its chrysalis, the grand old dame is preparing to spread its wings after a monumental two-year restoration project – some of which can be enjoyed right now.
Due to re-open in August, the hotel will feature refreshed dining concepts and celebrity chef collaborations, as well as three stylish new suite categories joining its impressive stable of room options. Think lofty four-metre ceilings, polished teakwood floors, and ultra-luxe bathrooms, all topped off with state-of-the-art technology and 24-hour butler service.
PARKROYAL on Pickering
Designed by WOHA, a leading Singaporean and Australian design firm, PARKROYAL on Pickering is one of the most enchanting buildings in Singapore. Described as a hotel in a garden, the 16-storey facade is a symphony of glass, green vegetation and concrete.
More than 50 varieties of plants swathe the building in lush greenery, which is reflected in numerous pools and ornamental waterfalls. The infinity pool on level five is its crowning jewel, and a fantastic place to take a breath and enjoy the sunset over the city skyline.
Guestrooms are Scandinavian in feel, yet still offer all the mod cons. Really though, you won’t spend much time in the room with so many beautiful areas of the hotel to enjoy.
The Capitol Kempinski
Opened less than six months ago, The Capitol Kempinski follows the current trend for renovation and restoration. Clever design has brought the early 20th century building well and truly into the digital age, giving it a new lease on life with plenty of nods to the past.
In place of extravagance, The Capitol Kempinski has gone for understated elegance. High corniced ceilings, dramatic archways and grand windows offer sweeping views of the city, while travertine limestone columns and lacquer-finish rosewood recall a golden age.
Though best known for shopping, seafood and Singapore Slings, the Lion City of Singapore is luxurious in all the right places. These five properties are just the start.
With so many incredible hotels to choose from, not to mention diverse culture and nightlife to discover, it’s almost worth setting up an offshore office just as an excuse to try them all.
(Lead image: PARKROYAL on Pickering / image: supplied)
Published 14 March, 2019