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9. September 2021
by Varun Sharma
Singapore was often regarded as merely as brief stop-over "en-route to elsewhere". Now, with its superb hotels, fascinating tourist attractions, Michelin-starred restaurants and great shopping experiences, Singapore has been transformed into a must-visit holiday destination. So, embrace the tropical climate and innovative new architectural design; shop until you drop and then relax on the beach. With a reputation as one of the cleanest and lushest cities in the world, Singapore just goes from strength to strength.
Raffles Singapore - 10/10
Built in 1887, this classic heritage property has recently emerged from an extensive and respectful renovation. Declared a National Monument in 1987 this hotel is a world-famous icon of regal elegance nestled amongst a host of towering modern-day buildings. The hotel features 115 suites with Studio Suites as the lead category. These are a minimum of 46 square meters in area and feature a single king or two queen beds. Views from the veranda are of the Palm Garden and all guests benefit from the attentive and faultless services of the famous Raffles Butler.
Guest can choose from a superb selection of food and beverage outlets including Butcher’s Block - a vibrant steakhouse, La Dame de Pic – the debut Asian restaurant of three Michelin star chef Anne-Sophie, Osteria BBE by Alain Ducasse, The Grand Lobby offering the famous afternoon tea experience, Tiffin Room serving classic North Indian Cuisine and Yi by Jereme Leung. Head to The Long Bar - home to the famous Singapore Sling - or sit outside for alfresco dining in the palm fringed Courtyard. The hotel also offers a world-famous cookery school. The Raffles Spa is a holistic sanctuary that focuses on healing, meditation. There is also a delightful swimming pool.
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The Fullerton is a stunning hotel with 400 rooms and is located on the banks of Singapore River. The property was originally built in 1928 and was once home to the city`s General Post Office and the prestigious Singapore Club - making it part of the rich heritage of this nation. The Fullerton offers an extensive range of rooms & suites with a variety of views and floorplans. All are decorated in soft cream tones with dark wood accents and have bathrooms with separate bathtub and shower stall, a supply of BALMAIN collection bathroom amenities, a Nespresso coffee machine and complimentary Wi-Fi.
The smaller Straits Club Marina Bay and Quay Rooms have stunning panoramic views of Marina Bay and the river front. Straits Club privileges include the daily Chandon breakfast, afternoon tea, evening canapes and cocktails. Jade is open for lunch and dinner - where exquisite Chinese cuisine is served in an elegant colonial setting. Town Restaurant opens daily for breakfast and dinner and serves a popular Sunday brunch. Guests can enjoy lunch or afternoon tea in The Courtyard. Delicious cakes and pastries are served in the sunlit atrium of the North Courtyard at The Fullerton Cake Boutique. Located on the Mezzanine floor, The Fullerton Spa overlooks the outdoor infinity pool and offers traditional and modern holistic therapies using ESPA products.
The Marina Bay Sands is a towering example of modern engineering which boasts commanding views above both the Helix and Benjamin Shears Bridges. It is set on the shoreline of Marina Bay. An enormous property – consisting of 2561 rooms and suites across 15 categories - all feature floor to ceiling windows and choice of sky, city, garden, or harbour views. All guestrooms have complimentary Wi-Fi, interactive flatscreen television, lovely waffle bathrobes and luxury bathroom amenities. Hotel guests receive exclusive entry to the Fitness Club and Sandy SkyPark Infinity Pool; the world’s largest infinity pool with spectacular views from the 57th floor. Banyan Tree Spa features an Oriental water-garden setting and offers holistic treatments including massages and facials. The fitness club features treadmill, bike and elliptical equipment, a Kinesis Technogym wall, a hot pool, sauna, and steam room.
Within the property are 16 signature bars and restaurants including Spago and CUT - both by Wolfgang Puck, Bread Street Kitchen by Gordon Ramsay, and Chinoiserie Modern Asian by Justin Quek. The Club55 exclusive lounge and The Club at Renku on Lobby Level both offer complimentary breakfast, afternoon tea, evening drinks and canapes to Club Room category guests. The broader Marina Sands complex houses over 170 boutiques and stores, more than 80 restaurants and bars, the world’s first ArtScience Museum, theatres, and events centres.
Shangri-La Singapore – 9/10
Nestled amongst 15 acres of landscaped gardens the Shangri-La features 792 luxurious rooms and suites all spread across the Tower, Garden and Valley wings. They all with their own distinctive style. Garden Rooms offer a more nature-inspired location and interior; Tower Rooms are favoured by business travellers and those who enjoy more contemporary style furnishings; Valley accommodation has a more lavish décor and includes both a butler service and complimentary Champagne and evening canapes. All room types feature marble-clad bathroom, double sink, separate shower, and bathtub, with Premium Shangri-La toiletries, Wi-Fi access, satellite television and tea & coffee making facilities as standard. Family Rooms are available with a dedicated Concierge service, access to indoor playground and a complimentary timeslot at Splash Zone outdoor water playground.
Choose from a variety of 5 restaurants and 4 bars including Origin Grill serving Wagyu beef and line-caught seafood from the grill, Shang Palace serving elegant Cantonese Cuisine, The Line for International dishes, NAMI for authentic Japanese and the Waterfall Ristorante Italiano. Chi Spa at Shangri-La offers a broad range of services including signature Asian Massage, Himalayan Hot Stone treatments. The Health Club features state of the art gym facilities, an outdoor pool in lush tropical setting and 3 flood-lit tennis courts.
Located on the tree-lined Orchard Boulevard, the Four Seasons comes complete with panoramic views of the city and easy access to the many of the designer boutiques of Orchard Road - through a direct-access airconditioned walk-way. The property features 255 rooms and suites. The guestrooms are – as you can imagine – stylish … and restful - and decorated in neutral tones of mocha, beige, and ivory. Rooms feature a king or two queen beds with a choice of mattress topper and personal selection from the pillow menu, marble bathroom with double vanity sink, private bar, Lavazza coffee machine and complimentary Wi-Fi. A unique feature of this property are the Deluxe Hypoallergenic rooms with ionising air-conditioning, HEPA air purifier breathable walls and allergy-friendly furnishings.
Dining options include the Michelin star Jiang-Nan Chun serving superb Cantonese cuisine and One-Ninety Restaurant for Provençal cuisine with an Asian twist. Expect the very freshest meals - served on the al fresco terrace in Garden@One-Ninety. The Fitness Centre has a range of cardio and free weight training equipment and an outdoor lap-pool. A wonderful roof-top family swimming pool is also available. Tennis is on offer with two outdoor courts and two indoor air-conditioned courts - lessons are available from the hotel pros. A range of luxury and Signature treatments such as a Néroli & Orchidée body scrub and massage and the Premium Immortelle Divine Secret facial – all booked at the Spa.
Nestled between the business district and Chinatown, the PARKROYAL on Pickering is just a five-minute walk from the Waterfront. This 367-room hotel is designed along an innovative eco-friendly “hotel-in-a-garden” concept. The PARKROYAL on Pickering is regarded as one of the finest design hotels in Singapore.
Choose from Urban, Lifestyle and Signature rooms and suites with views overlooking Chinatown or Hong Lim Park. Rooms have king or twin beds, complimentary Wi-Fi, filtered drinking water, and tea and coffee making facilities. Bathrooms have separate shower and bath, bathrobe, and complimentary amenities. Lime serves a selection of Asian and International dishes from three open kitchens with a casual buffet; Lime Patisserie offers a cosy setting to indulge in both a Tiers of Joy afternoon tea and offers the chance to experience one of the signature desserts.
The hotel wellness floor incorporates an infinity pool, Jacuzzi, steam room, 300-metre garden walk, and colourful birdcage inspired poolside cabanas surrounded by lush-greenery. Overlooking the lush greenery is the fitness centre with an extensive range of cardio and weight-training equipment. Adjacent to that is St. Gregory Spa with access to a restful outdoor terrace. With a focus on restorative treatments the Spa specialises in both Elemis Well-Being and Tui Na Massage, Thalion Firm and Lift and OxyLife Nova Gleaming Facials. A comprehensive list of complimentary cooking, mixologist, yoga, and architecture classes is available to all guests.
Fullerton Bay Hotel is a modest six-storey 100-room property located on the waterfront of Marina Bay. It combines access to the best entertainment and dining that Marina Bay has to offer with a handy financial district location. Rooms benefit from ceiling to floor windows and balcony to take in the range of Customs House, city, and Marina views. All feature marble bathrooms with BALMAIN amenities, complimentary Wi-Fi, Harman Kardon Bluetooth speakers, individual temperature control and a selection from the pillow menu.
With five food and beverage locations guests can choose between La Brasserie for all-day dining including French bistro favourites and international dishes, The Clifford Pier for Dim Sum brunch, and The Landing Point for afternoon tea. Choose from a selection of over 200 different gins served al fresco at The Gin Parlour or head up to the rooftop bar Lantern for a cocktail and enjoy the panoramic views of the waterfront and city skyline. The hotel gym is equipped with state-of-the-art fitness TechnoGym equipment and has an outdoor deck for yoga, Pilates and stretching. Also outside and located on the rooftop are a 25-metre lap-pool and two glass-framed Jacuzzi’s. A comprehensive range of Asian inspired Spa treatments are available at The Fullerton Spa – which is located just a short walk away - at the sister property – The Fullerton (see above).
Located in lush gardens near Marina Bay the architecture of the Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore showcases a 4,200-piece contemporary art collection featuring work by Andy Warhol, Dale Chihuly and Frank Stella. The 608 guestrooms and suites have unrivalled views of the Bay, Singapore Flyer and Kallang River precinct. At 51 square metres, these are some of the largest entry-level rooms in the city. All benefit from a feather bed with Sealy mattress, Nespresso coffee machine, dual mood lighting system, marble bathtub, walk-in rain shower complimentary Asprey bathroom amenities and Wi-Fi. Club Level privileges include a series of complimentary dining options throughout the day. Colony the all-day restaurant serves a range of Asian, Malay, and Western dishes and the hotel’s crown jewel - the Summer Pavilion - a Michelin star winning restaurant - serves Cantonese cuisine in a Chinese-garden inspired setting.
The Spa brings the essence of the ocean to its treatments featuring both ESPA and La Mer products including The La Mer Miracle Broth Facial - the crème de la crème of facials. The gym is open round the clock and has a selection of cardio and weight, High Intensity Interval Training (HITT) and TRX Suspension Training equipment. Relax outside by the swimming pool where a selection of sun loungers and private cabanas are available - drinks and snacks served at the pool bar and outdoor grill.
Mandarin Oriental, Singapore – 9/10
Famously located at the front of Turn 16 and 17 on the Formula One Singapore Grand Prix racetrack, the property was designed along the lines of a theatre concept so that anywhere in the atrium guests might enjoy unobstructed panoramic views. Room décor in all 527 rooms and suites combines contemporary touches such as a marble topped desk with quirky features like Swarovski crystal studded headboards to create a stylish look – while still being comfortable. Granite bathrooms feature a walk-in shower and a stand-alone bath.
A broad selection of dining options at the hotel includes Cherry Garden – that serves authentic Cantonese cuisine, Teppan-Ya for contemporary Japanese, Morton’s for Steak and seafood, Dolce Vita for Italian dishes – which can be enjoyed in a relaxed pool-side setting. The Melt Café showcases international dishes, whilst cocktails and afternoon tea are served at MO Bar. The Spa has four treatment rooms and two couple suites and offers a range of holistic, body, massage, and beauty treatments. The Fitness Centre is equipped with new generation Technogym equipment and TRX Suspension Trainer, Lifestyle & Fitness consultations and yoga classes are available. There is a 25-metre outdoor swimming pool and separate children’s pool with a bubble-jet water feature.
Capella Singapore - 9/10
Located in 30 acres of landscaped gardens on Sentosa island – this property comprises of 112 rooms, suites, and villas. From the presence of a resident Culturist team to The Living Room venue for cakes and afternoon tea, Capella seek to share the classic colonial heritage of the neighbourhood. All rooms feature king or twin beds with Sealy Posturepedic mattress and Rivolta Carmignani linen. Bathrooms have a bath tub and separate rainforest shower, twin washbasins, and lovely Aesop bathroom toiletries. Touch-panels control lighting, air-conditioning and curtains and blinds, there is a Nespresso coffee machine and complimentary in-room treats are replenished daily. The introductory category Premier Rooms all have expansive balconies, some with private jacuzzi.
Cassia serves a menu focusing on the tastes and flavours of historic Chinese trade routes, the Knolls serves Mediterranean inspired food by the seafront both are open for lunch and dinner. Take in the sunset with a cocktail outside at Bob’s Bar. Chef’s Table and private dining experiences are also available to be pre-booked. Auriga spa offers a truly relaxing retreat built into the lush rainforest and focusing on treatments that use natural techniques and organic ingredients. The Fitness centre located on the first floor has state of the art Technogym equipment.
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