Whether you want to stay in the heart of the CBD, east of the river in Little India, or on beachy Sentosa Island, Mr & Mrs Smith have got your Singaporean lie-ins sorted…
Trust the inimitable Foster + Partners to create a resort that blends old-world colonial charm with contemporary chic, all with the turquoise backdrop of the South China Sea. Then there are the grounds at Capella Singapore: 30 acres of lush lawns dotted with age-old trees, roaming peacocks and artfully appointed sculptures, just steps from a family-friendly beach at the resort’s foot.
Don’t miss… Spa time in award-winning Auriga, where signature treatments match the moon’s phases. Linger in the wet area, with its herbal steam room, ice fountains and vitality pools in a garden setting.
Raffles Singapore needs no introduction: writers and film stars have kipped here, a wild tiger was shot here, and guests still flock here, thirsty for the sugary Singapore Slings first muddled in its Long Bar. The hotel’s had since 1887 to perfect its colonial charm; no wonder it’s got it down pat.
Don’t miss… A Singapore Sling – after all this is its birthplace. Pull up a cane chair between potted palms and beneath a ceiling fan in the legendary Long Bar to sip the sweetly sour combination of gin, Cointreau, cherry brandy, Bénédictine, Grenadine, Angostura bitters, pineapple and lime.
The Fullerton Bay Hotel
Super-centrally located in Singapore’s business and cultural district, The Fullerton Bay Hotel is a must for luxe lounging, offering elegant rooms, fine dining and boho Lantern rooftop bar and pool, all with bayside views to die for.
Don’t miss… Sunday brunch at Clifford – a decadent buffet spread that includes oysters, prawn, lobster, foie gras terrine, eggs, pasta, cheese and puddings. You’ll never look at cereal in the same way.
Ideally sited for sampling the gourmet goodies on offer in Singapore’s restaurant-packed business district, Naumi is a city retreat that promises unrestricted luxury and authentic aspects. Survey the skyline from the hidden 10th-floor pool deck, sample whiskies in the chill-out lounge bar, and relax in the knowledge that there’s a member of staff dedicated to providing everything you need.
Don’t miss… A dip in the the ‘secret’ 10th-floor pool (and a peek at the breath-nabbing skyline from the pool deck).
New Majestic Hotel
New Majestic Hotel
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 the New Majestic Hotel. Idiosyncratic in the extreme, it features rooms designed by the city’s biggest creative names, eccentric artworks in every nook, and a vast collection of vintage chairs in the gleaming terrazzo lobby.
Don’t miss…Modern Cantonese cuisine at the award-winning, apple-green Majestic Restaurant. Chef Yong Bing Ngen’s rack of lamb served with carrot cake has set many taste buds a-tingle.
© wanderlust singapore
Singapore’s boutique king Loh Lik Peng collaborated with four local design agencies to create Wanderlust hotel, and boy did they let their imaginations run wild. Since the hotel occupies a heritage-listed former school, little could be altered on the outside, but stepping inside is like tumbling into a vivid dreamscape.
Don’t miss… A drink with friends in Cocotte’s large, well-stocked bar, which is reminiscent of a French tabac (albeit a rather glamorous one). Admire the quirky lamps made from Campari bottles as you sip a Kronenburg 1664.