Independence Stay – Hotels for National Day

Singapore celebrates 51 years on independence on 9 August, National Day; join the party by planning a stylish staycation. Spy on the fireworks from the comfort of a big boutique bed, toast the city poolside with lychee cocktails, or have a meal to remember at one of Singapore’s ravishing restaurants. Mr & Mrs Smith will get you in the holiday mood…

Capella Singapore

Capella Singapore

If South-China-Sea views, a family-friendly beach, a trio of swimming pools, an award-winning spa and 30 tropical acres – dotted with age-old trees, roaming peacocks and artfully appointed sculptures – don’t get you in a celebratory mood, we don’t know what will. All rooms have an urban vibe: smart and fuss-free, in soothing earth tones, devised by Indonesian designer Jaya Ibrahim; for a sumptuous home away from home, opt for a stately, three-bedroom Colonial Manor, which comes with a raft of extra privileges, including arriving and departing in style in a Rolls-Royce (Contemporary Manor guests also get the swish transfers). Don’t miss the tea bar and the duo of excellent restaurants.

Smith Extra English high tea for two at the Knolls

Hôtel Vagabond Singapore

Hôtel Vagabond Singapore

There’s nothing vagabondish about Hôtel Vagabond Singapore, which will make even the most restless nomad want to stay put. Designer Jacques Garcia’s theatrical colour-pop decor references Parisian salons: lashings of red here, lashings of gold there. The hotel also runs an artist-in-residence programme and boasts a curated art collection by British absurdist, Peter Millard. For perfectly lit Instagram snaps, go for a third-floor Junior Suite (the skylight windows let in the most light); water-babies should book the Vagabond Suite, which has the hotel’s only bathtub and a private entrance. Pass the golden baboon statue at the far left of the restaurant and you’ll find Bar Vagabond; try the Ashes and Snow cocktail: a mix of dark rum, charred pineapple and edible charcoal.

Smith Extra A cocktail each at Bar Vagabond

Naumi

Naumi

Feel your eyes widen with admiration at Naumi, whose charms include: breath-nabbing skyline views from the ‘secret’ 10th-floor pool deck and top-notch, personalised service. There’s a relaxed Lounge Bar that dishes up potent drinks and delicious salads and snacks; the hotel’s location also makes it ideal for sampling the gourmet goodies on offer in Singapore’s restaurant-packed business district. The leviathan Luxury Suite is the most decadent sleeping quarters, with indulgent perks such as the wine chiller, a mother-of-pearl coffee table and a private steam room. Lovebirds should flock to the Executive Patio Suite; the private high-walled patios, shrouded by foliage, give you your own little bower to canoodle in.

Smith Extra A welcome cocktail each in the lobby bar on arrival

New Majestic Hotel, Chinatown

New Majestic Hotel, Chinatown

Located in a Chinatown shophouse, New Majestic Hotel is idiosyncratic in the extreme. Rooms have been tricked out by Asia’s hottest artistic talent, with eccentric artworks and curios in every nook, plus an impressive collection of vintage chairs in the gleaming terrazzo lobby. Inspired by the film Raise the Red Lantern, Singaporean theatre director Glen Goei designed ‘Wayang’, a chinoiserie-packed boudoir with walls upholstered in rich burgundy silk and beautifully lacquered wood furniture. ‘Fluid’ is at the opposite end of the style spectrum, fashion designer Wykidd Song’s minimalist haven of sensual curves. Visit the restaurant for innovative Cantonese-fusion cuisine; there’s something pleasantly unusual about glancing up to see someone swimming over your head while you’re at dinner. In fact, there’s something pleasantly unusual about most aspects of New Majestic Hotel.

Smith Extra A Singapore Sling cocktail each

Wanderlust

Wanderlust

To step inside Wanderlust is to tumble, Alice-like, into a vivid dreamscape. Singapore’s hero hotelier Loh Lik Peng created this bonkers boutique hotel, in collaboration with four local design agencies. Take your pick of surreal themes: from Pantone colours to pop art, origami and childhood fantasies, no two rooms here are the same (or even similar). Wanderlust is bold and boundary-pushing; due to Peng’s finely honed approach to luxury, it’s also authentically bespoke. Relax at Cocotte restaurant and bar for bistro-style Gallic comfort food and fine wines. Discover the hotel’s neighbourhood, colourful Little India, which showcases yet another side to this cosmopolitan city.

Smith Extra A Singapore Sling cocktail each

Mr & Mrs Smith gets you the best rates, guaranteed, as well as a little something extra on arrival at every hotel. To book, call the Smith24 team toll-free on 800 905 326, or visit mrandmrssmith.com.

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