The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore
The journey says it all: arrive in style via the historic Clifford Pier – once a landing point for the country’s early settlers since 1933 – past the dazzling marble mosaic-paved Landing Point into the hush of the soaring grand reception, where an imposing gilded chandelier hangs. Indeed, this is a hotel to be seen in, but also one to see, as it is entirely clad in steel and glass – all the better to take in the surrounding views of the Marina Bay skyline. Floor-to-ceiling windows in the bedrooms make the most of the hotel’s waterfront perch – 50 per cent of rooms have views of the triple-decked Marina Bay Sands.
The bucolic confines of the hotel sprawled across 30 acres of cascading hillside facing the South China Sea offer a respite from the city’s hectic pace. This is a stylish residence steeped in colonial elegance, yet completely stripped of ostentation. The reception rests in a restored 1880s colonial building with red-tiled roof – which used to serve as the officers’ mess of the British Royal Artillery – and this connects to rooms and suites housed in a contemporary extension clad in red louvres. The ultra-spacious villas and manor houses – Capella Singapore’s pride and joy – fan out towards the sea, as does the triple-tiered cascading pool.
Marina Bay Sand
The triple-towered, 55-storey Moshe Safdie-designed mega property fronting the Marina Bay is reportedly the most expensive standalone integrated resort property ever built – at a cost of eight billion Singapore Dollars. From the 57th floor infinity pool and the sprawling Banyan Tree Spa on the 55th floor to the three levels of gaming floor space and more than 300 retail stores at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, there is something to keep everyone occupied. There are more than 80 restaurants in the complex including 10 celebrity chef restaurants ranging from Waku Ghin by Tetsuya Wakuda, to CUT by Wolfgang Puck and Bread Street Kitchen by Gordon Ramsay.
The ST Regist Singapore
If it’s opulence you seek, look no further. At first glance, St Regis’ metal and glass-clad façade may be mistaken for an office tower, but the fleet of gleaming Bentleys parked at the hotel’s entrance gives a glimpse of what to expect indoors at this luxury-laced city hotel. Butlers are assigned to all rooms to attend to your every need. The well-appointed Art Deco-style rooms are spacious and feature sumptuous leather-bound bed headrests against silk panelled walls, fuchsia glass bubble table lamps and luxurious French marble-clad bathrooms. There are six food and beverage outlets. For top-notch sushi, head to the one Michelin-starred Shinji by Kanesaka, helmed by chef Kikuchi Shunsuke.
Mandarain Oriental Singapore
Its austere 28-year-old concrete façade may look dated relative to the city’s cadre of towering glass and steel-clad skyscrapers, but this quietly confident luxury hotel still draws a strong following. Inside is the dim-lit lobby decked with art installations and a soaring lift landing atrium overhung with a 15-metre-long crystal chandelier. From the spa, swimming pool, and business centre to the gymnasium, fitness centre and outdoor yoga patio, there is no lack of facilities in the hotel. Bedrooms are treated to a postcard-perfect view of either the ocean (by far my favourite), the bay or the city. Don’t miss the weekend buffet brunch with free-flowing champagne at Dolce Vita.