There are over 400 hotels in Singapore to choose from including some of the most opulent, gloriously extravagant hotel suites in the world. Be prepared to be completely spoiled and indulged as we guide you through this luxurious holiday heaven. For our guide to the top 10 mind-blowing hotels in Singapore, read on.
The gorgeous juxtaposition of The Capella is that it has its finger firmly on the pulse of Singapore’s ‘urban chic’ lifestyle while remaining one of the last great bastions of the colonial era. Overlooking Palawan Beach and the South China Sea on Sentosa Island, the Sir Norman Foster-designed hotel keeps true to its heritage while catering for Singapore’s discerning moneyed classes.
Many of the 112 rooms including suites, one and two-bedroom garden villas and manors have private plunge pools and from the minute you arrive to the minute you leave, your personal PA will take care of your every need.
The stunning colonial buildings are set in 30 acres of lush rainforest and the hotel consistently ranks as one of Singapore’s best hotels.
The globally-recognised Raffles Hotel is one of the world’s last great 19th century hotels – it has even been given National Monument status by the Singaporean government. Each of the 103 suites has separate living and sleeping space and stays true to its heritage with high ceilings and beautiful, era-appropriate furnishings. This is colonial living at its opulent best.
When you stay at the Raffles, you are minutes away from the centre of Singapore close to some of the best examples of colonial architecture in Southeast Asia but the hotel is such a magnificent place to be, you’ll want to soak up everything you can from the grand old dame of the hotel world including ordering a Singapore Sling at the Long Bar, the very place where the most famous cocktail in the world was invented.
The domain of the rich and famous, if you are going to splash out when you come to Singapore, you’ll do a lot worse than doing it at the Raffles Hotel.
When you set foot in W, whether it’s through the front door or from mooring your super-yacht at the private berth, you’ll be forgiven for thinking you’re in the wrong place. Have you accidentally stepped into Singapore’s hottest club, the coolest restaurant in the Garden City or its funkiest hotel?
Make no mistake, this is one hip hotel. How can we be so sure? Their rooms aren’t called Singles, Doubles and Suites. They’re called Wonderful, Spectacular and Fabulous and they have plunge pools. The restaurants are called Woobar and Skirt and the website is black and pink. That’s how we know.
Located on the quieter eastern fringe of Sentosa Island, W gives you an immersive multi-sensory experience like very, very few hotels can. Throw in a 1,338m2 lagoon pool with underwater music, neon-glowing chairs and a lighthouse and we give you one of the best hotels in Singapore.
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St. Regis Hotel
It may look like the corporate HQ of a bank from the outside but when you step inside the door, you are surrounded by the type of opulence one expects from one of the very best five-star hotels in Singapore.
The St. Regis is very close to the beating heart of Orchard Road, Singapore’s premier shopping district. It’s just a few minutes’ walk to the action and notwithstanding the refined elegance and world-class hospitality, you’ll also find a staggeringly impressive collection of art from renowned local artists from all over Southeast Asia to the likes of Chagall and Picasso.
Crystal chandeliers adorn the ceilings, Regency-style furniture complement the rooms, a fleet of chauffeur-driven Bentleys are on hand at the entrance and the Remède Spa will take you away to a world of pure, unadulterated relaxation.
The St. Regis has been described as ‘an exquisite oasis in the heart of a bustling tropical island state’ and it’s hard to argue with that.
Swissôtel The Stamford
If you’re looking for one of the most spectacular views of Marina Bay and out into Malaysia and Indonesia, look no further than the Swissôtel The Stamford, one of the tallest hotels in Asia. With 1,261 rooms and suites, 15 restaurants and bars and 27 meeting rooms, the hotel caters for tourists, residents and business travellers alike in understated but obvious luxury.
Since the hotel is geared up predominantly as a business hotel, the rooms are beautifully-appointed and cosy without the opulence associated with its grander brothers and sisters. There are little reminders though, including a pillow menu and electronic in-room lighting controls.
It must be noted that Swissôtel The Stamford isn’t just a hotel for busy executives. It’s the perfect hotel for tourists who want to explore everything Singapore has to offer and if you’re here in September and on the right side of the hotel, you can watch the Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix from your room!
The name Ritz-Carlton is synonymous with luxury and the Millenia is no exception. It sits next to the grand prix circuit and is in the beating heart of downtown Singapore. Designed by award-winning architect Kevin Roche, each of the 608 rooms has beautiful views and design highlights include octagonal bathroom windows, a stunning 4,200-piece art collection including original works by Warhol and Hockney displayed throughout and the sumptuous Hirsh Bedner-designed grand lobby.
The hotel’s three restaurants including the signature Summer Pavilion serve exquisite Southeast Asian food and across the board, the attention to even the minutest detail is obvious.
Landscaped gardens full of tropical plants circle the swimming pool and the hot and cold plunge pools and the spa promises to ‘replace worldly concerns with a world of comfort.’ The Ritz-Carlton Millenia is one of the best hotels in Singapore and is equally perfect for business travellers and tourists.
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The Fullerton Hotel
Not to be confused with the equally stunning Fullerton Bay Hotel, the Fullerton is one of the most mesmerizingly beautiful buildings in Singapore and as a testament to its heritage, it was gazetted as Singapore’s 71st national monument in December 2015. Believe it or not it used to be a post office but it has been transformed to the tune of a S$300m restoration into neo-classical masterpiece that sits peacefully yet imposingly at the mouth of the Singapore River.
The rooms are as luxurious as they are reflective of the hotel’s heritage. You’ll find high ceiling verandas, Shanghai plaster panels and even the window housings were restored to their original timber frames for architectural authenticity. Guests are afforded unlimited gym access, free wi-fi and the jewel in the crown, the picturesque infinity pool overlooking the river in one direction and the hotel’s Doric columns in another.
The Fullerton is without question one of Singapore’s best hotels and even if you don’t stay here, you really ought to come and see it for yourself.
The InterContinental is a classic old-meet-new hotel in the Bras Basah Bugis shopping and cultural quarter and has stayed true to its proud Peranakan (Straits Chinese) heritage with a new wing of 65 rooms and suites created from a row of 1920s shop houses. There are ornate wood carvings and wooden louvred windows as well as a wonderful collection of Peranakan art permeating the public spaces of the hotel.
You’re 10 minutes from the excitement and thrills of Sentosa Island and each of the 403 rooms are all beautifully decorated (some with Peranakan influences and styles) as well as all mod-cons one expects. There are three restaurants including the Cantonese Man Fu Yuan and the grand Lobby Lounge for afternoon tea and later on for cocktails.
The InterContinental is a subtle mix of Peranakan, British and Oriental colonial styles and you are perfectly located to explore the bustling creative arts scene on your doorstep.
The Conrad Centennial is an award-winning luxury hotel in Marina Bay offering superb views of the bay and beyond, including, from the right angle by the swimming pool, perhaps the best view of the Singapore Flyer.
Renowned for exceptional service, the Conrad gives guests direct access to over 1,000 shops and 300 restaurants as well as Asia’s largest casino and the fabulous Theatres on the Bay complex. There are 507 stunningly furnished rooms equipped with everything the modern traveller could wish for and each one has panoramic vistas of the Singapore skyline. Twenty-four hour room service, four restaurants including the Golden Peony, a sophisticated and highly-regarded Cantonese restaurant; Oscar’s, an international buffet open through the night at weekends and the Lobby Lounge where you can indulge in fine cigars, liqueurs and live jazz with a relaxed, comfortable vibe.
Marble bathrooms and the obligatory pillow menu top off the luxurious setting of the Conrad Centennial, one of the best hotels in Singapore.
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The name alone conjures up images of unrivalled elegance and you won’t be disappointed at the Four Season Singapore. Located a stone’s throw from Orchard Road – Singapore’s version of Regent Street or Fifth Avenue – the tranquil hotel has recently undergone a major programme of renovation and each of the 255 rooms and suites is beautifully decorated in a contemporary style with just a subtle hint of ‘chinoiserie’ to top it off.
Like many of Singapore’s heritage hotels, the Four Seasons has the air of a grand private home and guests can choose from a selection of outstanding restaurants including One-Ninety: Wood-Fired Steaks and Seafood; Jiang-Nan Chun, a Cantonese dining room serving chef Alan Chan’s signature double-boiled soups and after dinner you can try the Four Seasons’ signature Singapore Sangria. Please note Jiang-Nan Chun is closed for ‘revitalisation’ and will be open again in February 2016.
Don’t forget a dip in the rooftop pool and you can also have a set or two at the country’s only air-conditioned tennis courts. The Four Seasons doesn’t disappoint and we’ll go as far as saying that you’ll remember your stay for a long time after you check out.
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