A look at Singapore's wow-factor hotels
Singapore has reinvented itself as one of Southeast Asia’s most modern and dynamic cities with a raft of exciting places to stay to suit every style.
After a recent reconnaissance trip to the pint-sized city state, Personal Travel Designer, Stephanie Carthy, shares her insight on which hotel to choose.
For those who appreciate tradition, you can’t go wrong with grand dame Raffles Singapore, the most historic and iconic hotel in the city-state. Built in 1887 and having recently emerged from a two-year facelift, the colonial-era beauty is looking more fabulous than ever. After a long journey, it’s heaven to enjoy butler-service, the gorgeous rooftop pool for cooling off, and choosing a Palm Court room means a peaceful location with pretty views across the courtyard.
“Those interested in the hotel’s heritage should join the daily 10am historical tour and find out how personalities such as Rudyard Kipling, Elizabeth Taylor and Noel Coward were inspired by Raffles.”
The Tiffin Room serves an exquisite high tea between 12-6pm making it a good alternative to a late check out on your day of departure.
THE MODERN CHOICE
Clad entirely in glass and steel, the modern and contemporary Fullerton Bay makes the most of its riverside setting and surrounding views of the Marina Bay skyline. Chic accommodation with picture windows, fuse natural hues, rosewood lattice screens, and latest in-room technology. Choose the Bay View rooms which look onto the Marina Bay Waterfront and its shimmering waters. Situated at the historic Clifford Landing, the spot where visitors and new migrants arrived by water taxi 100 years ago, this super-central luxury hotel is the perfect bolthole for exploring all that Singapore has to offer.
“Those who want the classic waterfront experience in Singapore should choose Fullerton Bay – the best riverside setting and Marina Bay views in the city.”
Sit back and enjoy a cocktail at the Lantern Bar while the evening laser light show takes place across the water at Marina Bay Sands.
QUIRKY & COOL
This heritage building dates to 1895 when it first served as a spice warehouse and then an oil mill before becoming a renowned nightclub, and finally transforming into a 37-room boutique hotel in 2017. The lobby welcomes you with its double-volume ceilings and a bar which offers a cocktail menu that harks back to the building’s heritage past. Situated on the banks of the Singapore River, opposite the bustling Robertson Quay, it is well located to enjoy the art house, food and drink enclave.
“If you’re looking for somewhere different to stay The Warehouse is a hip and minimalist choice and being a smaller hotel means that service is intimate and personal.”
Choose a room on the upper floor to enjoy the voluminous ceilings and, if you prefer a window in your bedroom, avoid the Sanctuary rooms.
Perched atop Sentosa Island, with views across the South China Sea, this stylish residence is steeped in colonial elegance. The main reception once served as the officers’ mess of the British Royal Artillery, and this beautifully restored 1880s building connects the contemporary extension which houses the rooms and suites. Nestled within 30-acres of lush lawns, the property has a ‘staycation’ vibe with its relaxed, tropical resort setting, three tree-shaded swimming pools and beach access via a short walkway – perfect for families who are looking for a longer stay. The hustle and bustle of the city-centre is just a £10 taxi ride away and takes approximately 20 minutes.
“If you’re travelling as a family, Sentosa makes perfect sense to recover from the journey and get into holiday mode at this tropical resort with its sandy beaches, kids playgrounds and relaxed vibe.”
Don’t miss the complimentary afternoon tea at The Library between 2-5pm with its tempting mini-cakes and teeny sandwiches.
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