In 2018, I set out on an epic mission to stay at and write about every notable luxury hotel and resort in Singapore. Having had little experience with luxury hotels and hotel loyalty programmes, I was keen to understand the hospitality industry better, find out what sets different hotels and loyalty programmes apart from each other and discover the best hotels in Singapore.
When I embarked on this guide, I had neither the budget, manpower and public relations media support of a lifestyle/travel publication nor the advertorial-ready goodwill and mega-wattage page views of a mainstream blog (i.e. no access to streams of invitations for hotel stays in exchange for reviews). After two years, thousands of dollars spent as well as a rather whirlwind year experiencing some truly phenomenal new hotels in the region and publishing the Best New Hotels in Asia-Pacific: The 2019 Luxury List, I have finally completed my Singapore hotel journey.
The 2020 Ultimate Guide to Singapore Hotels is my love letter to the hospitality industry in Singapore, which I have since learnt to appreciate and understand more deeply. The guide is a culmination of observations, realisations and recommendations which I have amassed throughout the years, not just from my extensive local hotel experiences but also numerous conversations with hospitality industry stakeholders ranging from marketing directors and guest relations officers to even sales directors and general managers. In this guide, I share my favourite choices of hotels across various specific categories, from out-of-this-world escapist luxury experiences and the best complimentary spa facilities to executive lounges with champagne breakfast or the longest evening cocktail presentations. Whatever you look for in a hotel stay – from glorious bathtubs and guest rooms ideal for sexy-times to magnificent swimming pools and pampering bathroom amenities – you can be sure to find a property in Singapore which fulfils your specific need.
Through this guide (as well as its sister article, the 2020 Ultimate Guide to Singapore Hotel Loyalty Programmes), I hope to persuade readers that hotels are so much more than just a place to sleep at night – they are destinations for conducive business-related stays, venues for special celebrations, opportunities for laughter and joy with close friends, places for remarkable dining experiences and hours of alcohol-laden joyous frivolity, private settings for romance and more.
I hope the list provides a source of inspiration for your future Singapore hotel stays, and that you will enjoy the experiences as much as I did.
For the purposes of this guide, the following properties have been excluded from consideration, either because I have yet to stay there, because they are not luxury properties and are thus beyond the scope of this article, or (in the case of the Sentosa properties) because they may be more tourist-centric and thus do not cater to my personal use case:
Marina Bay Sands
The Vagabond Club
Le Méridien Singapore, Sentosa
Sheraton Towers Singapore
The Scarlet Singapore
The Barracks Hotel Sentosa
Resorts in Sentosa (excluding Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa, W Singapore and Capella Singapore)
*As of 31 May 2020, Six Senses Duxton and Six Senses Maxwell (collectively known as Six Senses Singapore) have ceased to be managed by Six Senses Hotels Resorts and Spas, and they are slated to reopen in 2021 under Marriott’s Autograph Collection and be renamed as The Duxton Reserve Hotel, Autograph Collection and The Maxwell Reserve Hotel, Autograph Collection respectively.
FOR THE BATHTUB
The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore plays home to the grand daddy of all bathtubs in Singapore, with all its guest bathrooms showcasing the hotel’s signature octagonal window next to the bathtub which forms the subject and backdrop of thousands of photographs across social media, ranging from reflective and celebratory to saucy and sexually-charged. Another notable window-side bathtub would be that in the Grand Deluxe Room in the Capitol Wing of The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore, which overlooks the outdoor dining arcade below and channels an art gallery scene, with a neoclassical backdrop beyond the bathroom windows as well as a seat next to the bathtub possibly for conservations between bather and watcher. Elsewhere, the Maxwell Studio at Six Senses Maxwell boasts a European-style bathroom with expensive-looking Lefroy Brooks 1900 Classic bathroom taps and accessories as well as a moody, dark marble backdrop for pensive, in-bathtub Instagram moments.
FOR A SEXY BEDROOM
Designed by British designer Anouska Hempel, the Opium Room at Six Senses Duxton plays it all sultry East Asian mystique – think ornate Oriental-inspired lampshades, black partitions with blinds, a dramatic gold and bumblebee colour scheme as well as an exotic calligraphy wallpaper, modelled after an 18th century property contract from Hempel’s private collection. Another option for those looking for a dash of kink in their bedrooms can go for the industrial-chic River View Room at The Warehouse Hotel Singapore which sports earthy concrete walls, frosted bathroom walls which only barely obscures the nude silhouettes of those in the shower as well as a very, very unique minibar (see the Minibar section below). For a more conventionally romantic version of sexy, the Palm Court Suite at Raffles Hotel Singapore boasts a four poster king bed, whirling ceiling fans, polished teakwood floors and a free-standing island bathtub in the bathroom for some serious colonial-style loving. If it was good enough for Rachel and Nick in Crazy Rich Asians…
FOR BREATHTAKING VIEWS
The floor-to-ceiling windows of the guest rooms at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore present some of the most panoramic and direct views of Marina Bay, with all bathtubs within the premises being strategically located next to the hotel’s iconic octagonal windows for a killer bath-time view. Those seeking a higher vantage point should go for the soaring 73-storey Swissotel The Stamford which offers some of the highest unobstructed harbour and sea views in the country from the guest rooms’ private balconies. Elsewhere, The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore probably offers the most frontal view of Marina Bay Sands from their bay view rooms, with the Premier Bay View Room with Jacuzzi being one of the most surreal experiences I have ever had in terms of the view and so, so many other aspects.
FOR THE INSTAGRAM SHOT
The SO VIP Suite at the Parisian-chic SO Sofitel Singapore is fabulously flamboyant, sumptuously ornate and castle-regal luxurious, featuring soaring ceilings, tall windows and bold splashes of colour from the cushions and sofas as well as a distinctive statement painting of Napoleon. Another eye-catching choice is the Caroline Astor Suite at the classic-regal The St. Regis Singapore, which has shades of stately gold and deep red (the red couch and draperies are ripe with Dynasty-esque drama) leading the colour narrative. Elsewhere, the Opium Room at the Oriental-sexy Six Senses Duxton come in dramatic bumblebee and red/black colour schemes.
FOR THE BATHROOM AMENITIES
Capella Singapore offers the most luxurious bathroom amenities, with deeply-rejuvenating Aesop products featuring in all its guest rooms. Elsewhere, Singapore Tang Marriott Plaza Hotel provides spa-luxe bathroom amenities from popular Thai wellness brand Thann which make you feel like you just waltzed out from a spa treatment. For posher bathroom amenities, Sofitel Singapore City Centre offers orange-scented Hermès products to its suite guests (non-suite rooms provide Lanvin, which aren’t too shabby either).
FOR THE MINIBAR
Paying homage to the property’s former history of vices, the rooms at The Warehouse Hotel Singapore offer the most interesting minibar experience – its in-room “Minibar of Vices” menu actually offers…urm…gentlemen’s vibrating rings, peacock feathers, organic lubricant, BDSM paddles and Okamoto Maximum Sensation condoms (“Lust”) alongside functional items like multi-purpose ointment, sunscreen and mosquito repellent spray (“Vanity”), with some of the above-mentioned products stocked casually alongside other minibar food items within the pantry area itself. Shiver me timbers. For those looking for a less horny minibar, Six Senses Duxton (and Six Senses Maxwell) has one of the most visually impressive minibar setups I’ve ever seen, with the stunning William Yeoward glassware catching and reflecting the minibar illumination in a most glorious manner. (It is almost criminal not to commence grape juice consumption just so you can make use of the glassware.) Beer lovers and other degenerates would enjoy the minibar at Andaz Singapore, which provides complimentary beers (including their own Andaz Pale Ale) and beverages in the fridge while also offering (non-complimentary) bottled spirits such as The Botanist gin and Johnnie Walker Black Label whisky for those seeking a harder time.
FOR THE SHOWER
For a private outdoor shower experience, the villas at Capella Singapore allow for a naturist cleansing session in the daytime or, if you prefer, an atmosphere-laden shower experience in the dimly-illuminated space after dark, made particularly more thrilling if you happen to look up into the trees above your shower area and are familiar with Sentosa Island’s rich history. The sexy marble bathrooms in the recently-refurbished Lamborghini-esque rooms at Fairmont Singapore (not their Peranakan-style rooms) offer spacious rainfall shower areas, a single vanity with light-framed mirror and one of the best uses of relaxed lighting in a bathroom that I’ve come across, which makes the usual full lighting option feel harsh and wholly unnecessary. Elsewhere, the bathrooms at JW Marriott Singapore South Beach (and The St. Regis Singapore) are equipped with multiple vertical jets in the shower which give your obscure, hard-to-reach spots a glorious, spa-style hydro-prod.
FOR A RESTFUL HIDEAWAY
Every guest room at the tranquil and colonial garden-style Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa (and indeed,Sofitel Singapore City Centre and SO Sofitel Singapore) boasts the French hotel brand’s signature Sofitel MyBed, which isn’t so much a bed as it is a soft wing which receives your body into its angelic embrace. Guests can spend a day of relaxation in the 33m swimming pool overlooking the South China Sea, or visit the complimentary fish spa for some nibbly feet rejuvenation. Another (surprisingly) tranquil destination would be The Westin Singapore – despite its CBD setting, the hotel’s various spaces are cloaked in a perceptible quiet as well as bathed in calming cool hues courtesy of the abundance of floor-to-ceiling glass windows on all sides of the coast-side property, making the space a popular destination for exclusive and dignified birthday celebrations as well as restful weekend staycations. Elsewhere, the guest rooms at Six Senses Maxwell (and Six Senses Duxton) have on their television opening screens a looping Six Senses advertisement with a soothing soundtrack which quickly lulls you into a sense of calm.
FOR COLONIAL ROMANCE
Even after its recent restoration exercise, the Grand Dame of colonial romance, Raffles Hotel Singapore, retains the key elements of yesteryear which have made the hotel a Singapore icon – breathtaking neoclassical architectural features, a rich historical narrative, its very own shade of “Raffles-white” across the various colonial-style spaces and even the hotel’s distinctive Sikh doormen in their white uniforms and turbans. If you visit the Grand Lobby during Raffles Afternoon Tea, you might catch the lady who plays her harp with a certain world-weary resignation and agitated anguish. One does feel like a character from Pride and Prejudice traversing its hallways and adjusting one’s imaginary breeches (or bodice/corset, whichever applies) amidst the baroque music and posh colonial stylings.
In the same neighbourhood is The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore, a more European-style endeavour set within two carefully restored historic neoclassical buildings Capitol Building and Stamford House. The hotel pairs decidedly Victorian sensibilities with a certain fondness of geometric shapes, tessellations and grand archways, with The Shining-esque labyrinthine passageways and turns lending a high degree of privacy to your comings and goings. Colours are generally muted, warm and creamy, with generous splashes of Italian marble and leather amping up the luxury factor.
Taking on a more Peranakan slant to its colonial stylings is InterContinental Singapore, whose Heritage Wing preserves and incorporates some of the Bugis district’s former 1920s Straits Chinese shophouses into the hotel’s structure and design. The property’s general aesthetic draws heavily from its Peranakan heritage, with various spaces incorporating Straits Chinese-influenced flourishes such as the recurring brightly-coloured Peranakan ceramic tile design featured around the premises as well as the Peranakan ornaments displayed in the hotel’s executive lounge Club InterContinental.
FOR RESIDENTIAL FEELS
In contrast with the classic grandeur stylings of its sister property InterContinental Singapore, the waterfront InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay instead offers a luxury condominium/service apartment-style experience, pairing plush textures with industrial touches and contemporary, residential-style finishes. Another residential-style choice would be the newly-refurbished Tower Wing rooms at Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore. Overlooking the city beyond the Orchard shopping district, the spacious and newly-refurbished 67sqm Horizon Club Junior Suite channels a contemporary service apartment with a full-on kitchenette which features both an induction stove as well as a microwave oven. Elsewhere, the modern and comfortable 46sqm One Bedroom Executive Apartment at service apartment-turned-hotel Oakwood Premier AMTD Singapore features a well-equipped kitchen with state-of-the-art appliances from brands like Smeg which take care of your every conceivable kitchen need – think a gargantuan fridge, stove, kettle, rice-cooker, toaster, dishwasher, oven, washing machine, Nespresso machine as well as an impressive collection of cutlery, plates, glassware and wine glasses, pots and pans.
FOR RELIABLE HOSPITALITY
InterContinental Singapore was one of my earliest luxury hotel experiences. While it may not be the most luxurious or fashionable brand around, InterContinental’s dedication to delivering warm, personalised attention and high service standards remains an unassailable strength. From a Front Desk staff assisting me with placing a call overseas to rectify a wrong crediting of nights and firmly conquering various roadblocks to get the problem resolved to the gracious offer of a room upgrade by a Club Manager over a mere dead battery in my room’s television remote control, I have nothing but pleasant memories of the hotel’s commendable service standards. I would unreservedly recommend this property.
I would also have to commend the service standards at Grand Hyatt Singapore. I had absent-mindedly left a pouch at the Grand Club the night before I checked out, and when I contacted the hotel to enquire about it and left my contact information, a staff member Shane personally reached out to me and assured me that the pouch would be left safely at the concierge for my ease of collection. However, when I arrived, I was very impressed (and honestly felt quite bad) to see that Shane was actually waiting at the concierge for me to arrive. If this was a Korean drama and I were a girl who had stayed at the Grand Hyatt Singapore with my rogue and douchey boyfriend in an unloving relationship, this may have been the start of an incredible chapter. (This Shane possesses a winsome, almost sheepish boyishness to him that almost makes me want to advise single girls who enjoy Korean dramas to leave their own pouches at the Grand Club.)
Another hotel with stellar hospitality standards is Hilton Singapore. Across my visits, I am usually greeted by name and with a warm smile each time whenever I visited the Executive Lounge. When I was preparing for my visit to the Waldorf Astoria Bangkok prior to their opening, I mentioned to some of the staff at the Executive Lounge that I may require some assistance contacting the hotel in relation to my upcoming reservation, and they were very helpful in offering to contact the overseas property directly on my behalf to sort my stay out. Bless.
FOR REFURBISHED ROOMS
Of all the older hotels which recently renovated their guest rooms, the Fairmont Singapore impressed the most. Located in the South Tower and boasting city views and two private balconies, the Signature Gold King Suite meshes masculine dark woods with cool marble and leather accents. My favourite features were their filtered water dispenser capable of filling your glass with either hot or cold water as well as their sexy marble bathroom (see the Shower section above). Other notable updated rooms in relatively vintage properties include the Four Seasons Hotel Singapore and the Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore. In the former, the 75sqm Four Seasons Executive Suite plays it all earthy tones and glacial blue hues, with a distinctly local sense of place brought by elements such as the mural wall comprising traditional Peranakan shuriken star-esque tiles. Aside from being capable of keeping the sleeping area in total darkness for a night of restful sleep, the white colonial-style bedroom doors with plantation shutters give the space laid-back, hazy summer day feels. In the latter, the 67sqm Horizon Club Junior Suite eschews the old-world sumptuous grandeur of its home grounds, instead playing it all contemporary service apartment functional in its understated stylings.
FOR AN EXCELLENT LOCATION
Part of the fun in doing a leisure hotel stay in Singapore is the ability to stock up on nearby snacks and drinks for lazy holiday-style consumption in your hotel room. On that front, Fairmont Singapore (and Swissotel The Stamford) offers convenient access to the Raffles City shopping mall and its food basement comprising the Market Place by Jasons supermarket as well as a wide range of dining and takeaway choices; Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel is enviably located in the heart of Orchard Road with sheltered connections to ION Orchard, Ngee Ann City and its Takashimaya department stall and Isetan Scotts for endless possibilities in terms of shopping, food and drink; and InterContinental Singapore offers direct access to Bugis Junction and its bustling dining and supermarket basement level, with Bugis+ across the road and the vibrant Haji Lane/Kampong Glam area a short walk away.
FOR FITNESS JUNKIES
Guests staying in a Luxury Premium Room and all higher categories at Sofitel Singapore City Centre enjoy complimentary access to the Virgin Active gym outlet located within the same complex with its aerial twirling on cloths, sleeping pods, Krankcycles and Skillmills, European hairy sweatiness and exotic blue-tinged ice rooms. Aside from its suite of fitness facilities ranging from the spa facilities at Heavenly Spa by Westin to the WestinWORKOUT Fitness Studio and their infinity pool, The Westin Singapore has a dedicated RunWESTIN™ programme which organises runs around the Marina Bay area on selected mornings each week, with New Balance workout attire and shoes available for rental during your stay for a small fee. In comparison, Fairmont Singapore offers complimentary rental of Reebok sports attire and shoes as part of their Fairmont Fit programme.
FOR THE SWIMMING POOL
The one key reason anybody should stay at Sentosa’s W Singapore would be for their amazing pool – the 1,338 sqm WET® pool is one of Singapore’s largest and best outdoor pools, with the lush, stemmed greenery and proximity to the marina and yachts giving the space a wonderful resort feel. During my stay, as I laid afloat on the swimming bed, the sun’s passionate rays caressing my skin whilst underwater speakers blast out summery tunes accompanied by the laughter and splashing sounds of frolicking ang moh kids, my eyes scanned the pre-dominantly Caucasian pool crowd with a fairly even distribution of families and couples, and for a fleeting moment I genuinely forgot I was still in Singapore.
Sentosa boasts another notable swimming destination – Capella Singapore. The resort boasts not one but three swimming pools which trail the natural contours and cascading tiers of the knolls on which the resorts sits on, set within a lush, tropical landscape. Each pool is intended for adults, families and lap swimming respectively in order of elevation.
Those seeking a resort-style pool experience closer to home can consider Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel – its swimming pool is fitted with jacuzzi jets along one end and surrounded by private cabanas, sun loungers and the various Pool Terrace rooms in manner of idyllic resort or similar (right smack in the heart of Orchard Road, no less). The experience of sunbathing along the shallow edge of the pool with my eyes closed as I let myself get lost in the resort calm of it all was glorious – not since my stay at Raffles Hotel Singapore have I encountered a Singapore swimming pool which offered such a rejuvenating city oasis experience.
FOR COMPLIMENTARY SPA FACILITIES
Some spa facilities in hotels are not for general guest use, and require an existing spa reservation before access is granted. However, there are three hotels which offer commendable complimentary spa facilities to all house guests: the Heavenly Spa by Westin at The Westin Singapore offers facilities such as the Experience Shower, Aromatherapy Steam Bath and the gorgeously day-lit marble-walled and green-tiled Whirlpool; Remède Spa at The St. Regis Singapore houses a Wet Lounge with facilities such as the Finnish sauna, ice fountain, steam chambers – where notably eucalyptus is regularly spritzed onto the walls such that you feel your almost-naked body is luxuriating within a life-sized diffuser – as well as the outdoor spa garden with a piping hot jacuzzi for moments when you want to experience being (mightily relaxed) human stew; and Damai Spa & Fitness Centre at Grand Hyatt Singapore provides spa facilities such as steam room, dry sauna, a jacuzzi as well as a cold plunge pool in an industrial, Hostel 2-esque setting.
FOR MIMOSAS DURING BUFFET BREAKFAST
Shangri-La Hotel Singapore and Four Seasons Hotel Singapore serve mimosas at breakfast restaurants The Line and One-Ninety respectively, while 15 Stamford by Alvin Leung at The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore serves mimosas with a dash of strawberry juice.
FOR SINGAPOREAN BREAKFAST
Colony at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore sets the gold standard for a hotel Singaporean breakfast experience, with delicious local dishes such Egg Prata, Kaya Toast, Nasi Lemak, Carrot Cake, Yong Tau Foo, Png Kueh (rice cake), Kueh Lapis, Soya Bean Pudding and Ondeh Ondeh (glutinous rice balls) making appearances during the buffet breakfast presentation. Another hotel restaurant which places a strong emphasis on local cuisine during breakfast service is 15 Stamford by Alvin Leung at The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore – buffet offerings range from Singapore Breakfast (toasted or steamed bread, kaya, cold butter, soft boiled eggs), Indian Roti Prata and Soya Bean with You Tiao (deep-fried dough fritters) to Prawn Noodle Soup and Fried Carrot Cake. For those seeking an innovative twist on local flavours during breakfast, Six Senses Duxton‘s Yellow Pot serves a mean Chilli Crab Omelette which possessed a banshee-esque, swagger-laden spice that I definitely did not see coming.
FOR FOOD AT THE EXECUTIVE LOUNGE
The Ritz-Carlton Club at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore offers five culinary presentations per day: breakfast, midday snack, afternoon tea, evening hors d’oeuvres and cocktails as well as desserts and cordials. Local and regional flavours feature prominently across the various culinary presentations to impressive effect – Bak Kut Teh, Korean Glass Noodles, Japanese Sushi Handrolls and Jumbo Siew Mai made appearances during the day-time sessions, while the hors d’oeuvres and cocktails presentations served up a formidable cast of stars such as Tandoori Chicken, Chicken Rendang, Ngoh Hiang, Yam Pastry with Char Siew Chicken Filling, Sin Chow Fried Beehoon, Sayur Lodeh, Soba with Sesame Dressing as well as Crab Meat with Ikura.
Another commendable lounge for good lounge food would be the Straits Club at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, which offers high-quality fare across its various food presentations, from Asian and local fare such as Lontong Sayur, Pan-fried Turnip Cake, Slow-baked Seafood and Sardine Puffs, Chinese Crystal Dumplings, Japanese-Style Takoyaki and Kueh Lapis to crazy rich indulgences such as Russian Vodka Scrambled Eggs with Caviar (?!) for breakfast.
Elsewhere, the recently-renovated Fairmont Gold Lounge at Fairmont Singapore pairs Laurent-Perrier champagne with an evening food presentation that is extensive, substantial and of an impressive quality, with the offerings ranging from Italian (Gorgonzola and Spinach Stuffed Mushroom, Garlic Prawns with Olives) and Japanese (Kagoshima Fish Cake, Deep Fried Cod with Cheddar and Bacon Bits) to Szechuan Chinese (Spicy Szechuan Broth with Sliced Beef and Rice Cracker), mirroring the cuisine served at the hotel’s various food outlets.
FOR QUANTITY DRINKING AT THE EXECUTIVE LOUNGE
The M Club at Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel serves a variety of red and white wines, with La Gioiosa Tradizone Brut prosecco being the bubbly of choice. The bar also serves free-flow cocktails, with the choices available being fairly extensive for a club lounge menu – think Singapore Sling, Gin Martini, Cosmopolitan, Whisky Sour, Manhattan, Old Fashioned, Margarita and Vodka Martini. The evening cocktails presentation lasts from 5.30pm – 9.30pm, meaning alcohol is served for a whopping four hours. Along with JW Marriott Singapore South Beach, the Marriott hotel has the distinction of offering the longest evening cocktails presentation in the country.
For those who want to guzzle but are too shy to request for so many glasses during evening cocktails, the Club Millésime at Sofitel Singapore City Centre boasts an impressive Enomatic wine dispensing system giving guests self-service and unlimited access to eight different bottles of wine, which should provide guests with ample time to get sufficient grape nutrition for the night.
For the most hardcore of degenerates, the Ritz-Carlton Club at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore offers wines as well as the hotel’s very own Champagne Barons de Rothschild Ritz Reserve (both brut and rosé) to enjoy across all culinary presentations. Yes, from breakfast at 6.30am all the way to night-time desserts and cordials which ends at 11.30pm. The liver cheereth.
FOR QUALITY DRINKING AT THE EXECUTIVE LOUNGE
A distinctive feature of the Regent Club Lounge at Regent Singapore is that the lounge serves a daily special cocktail – curated by the hotel’s award-winning Manhattan Bar – which rotates regularly and usually involves more premium spirits. The cocktail served during my visit was a Brass Lion Negroni, which uses local Brass Lion gin, Campari and Mancino Vermouth. The club staff were also able to accommodate bespoke requests for cocktails using Brass Lion gin such as a Brass Lion G&T, which was much appreciated.
In a similar vein, while Beefeater Gin is a constant in the spirits selection of the Executive Lounge at Conrad Centennial Singapore, the lounge regularly draws from their gin-centric Lobby Lounge‘s variety of premium gins and showcases a different gin at the lounge at any given time as an alternative gin for your G&T and Negroni purposes.
The Club InterContinental at InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay offers a cocktail menu comprising options such as Quayside Sling, Negroni, Espresso Martini, Gimlet and Dry Gin Martini, with outdoor terrace seats allowing guests to enjoy wonderful ombre shades of sunset in the distance.
FOR CHAMPAGNE BREAKFAST AT THE EXECUTIVE LOUNGE
Not counting The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore which serves wines and champagnes from dawn til dusk, the following executive lounges serve champagne or sparkling wine during breakfast: the elegant Oriental Club Lounge at Mandarin Oriental, Singapore serves free-flow Ruinart champagne to accompany your Eggs Benedict, Open-faced Vegetable Omelette, French Toast, Fluffy Waffles and Singapore Wanton Noodle Soup orders; the Pacific Club at the Pan Pacific Singapore serves Taittinger Brut Champagne and Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé to go with a la minute creations such as Scrambled Eggs and French Toast; and the COLLECTION Club Lounge at PARKROYAL COLLECTION Pickering, Singapore serves Piper-Heidsieck champagne to enjoy along with the selection of pastries, Western breakfast sides and Asian dishes from the buffet line.
FOR A FAMILY-FRIENDLY EXECUTIVE LOUNGE
The Horizon Club at Shangri-La Hotel Singapore has its own dedicated Family Designated Lounge equipped with a selection of toys for the young ‘uns. Conrad Centennial Singapore has two executive lounges within the property which offer substantially similar food and beverage offerings, with the airy and spacious Lounge by the Pool on the 4th level catering to families with children while the more private and hushed Executive Lounge on 31st floor accommodates corporate schmoozing and couple canoodling. While the Executive Lounge at JW Marriott Singapore South Beach does not have a designated lounge for families, it does offer staggered timings during cocktail hours which allows children to access the lounge between 5.30pm and 7.30pm, after which the space becomes strictly adults-only.
One of my most memorable ultra-luxury experiences is my stay at the Premier Bay View Room with Jacuzzi at The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore, which stands on concrete stilts by the waterfront. The room’s major draw is the ensuite private jacuzzi on the outdoor sundeck, which lies just inches above the bay waters and directly faces the soaring Marina Bay Sands. Aside from feeling like I was Kanye West, Jennifer Lopez or similar as I waved at camera a-clickin’ tourists on their boats as they passed my sundeck (I really should have brought suntan lotion and some chainz had I known about the volume of traffic on the bay), I had the tremendous good fortune of catching the National Day Parade rehearsal fireworks at night while sipping on my Pio Cesare in the jacuzzi, and it must be said that the sheer directness of view and proximity to the fireworks made me feel like the whole spectacle was my own private fireworks display. It was surreal, and majestic.
Occupying 30 acres of knolls overlooking the South China Sea on Sentosa Island, Capella Singapore is one of Singapore’s most luxurious (and expensive) addresses. Aside from its historical legacy – the property used to serve as the Officers’ Mess for the British Royal Artillery in the 1880s and is best known for being the venue of the historic Trump-Kim summit in 2018 – the resort offers one of the most pampering stay experiences on Sentosa Island, with Aesop bathroom amenities in its guest rooms, easy access to the very popular Tanjong Beach Club nearby as well as impressive triple-tiered cascading pools, with each pool intended for adults, families and lap swimming respectively in order of elevation.
Gazetted as a national monument in 1995, the Raffles Hotel Singapore needs no introduction as one of the country’s most esteemed luxury addresses, especially after its feature in the Hollywood smash hit Crazy Rich Asians and the Japanese blockbuster animation film Detective Conan: Fist of Blue Sapphire. Notable former guests at the hotel include personalities such as Rudyard Kipling, Charlie Chaplin, Michael Jackson, Bill Clinton and Queen Elizabeth II.