Turns out, you can live like a crazy rich Asian – well, at least for the weekend – at one of these swish hotels in Singapore
Ran out of annual leave from travelling around the region? It’s time for a swanky staycay in Singapore. We love our beautiful, design-centric boutique hotels but there’s nothing like a little pampering session of stellar hospitality, modern facilities, impeccable services, stunning city views and luxury spas. From Sentosa to Changi Airport, Marina Bay to Orchard Road, these swish hotels are worth spending that extra dough.
St. Regis Singapore
Crystal chandeliers, exquisite private art collections, lush red designer fabrics…it’s hard not to marvel in the St. Regis’ grandiose set up. It is after all, one of the key luxe hotels in Orchard Road. Even North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un couldn’t resist residing at St. Regis during his visit to the city. Of course, staying at the presidential suite might cost you an arm or leg but the grand deluxe room and penthouse stand on par. Oh, and the afternoon high-tea buffet at the Brasserie Les Saveurs (pictured above) is one of our personal favourites for a Sunday tea.
The St. Regis Singapore, 29 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247911
Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa
Staying at any hotel in Sentosa is like a mini vacay but Sofitel Sentosa Resort & Spa hits the spot with Parisian decor and touches of nature. The hotel is set atop a cliff above Tanjong Beach, so expect stunning 360-degree views of the South China Sea. Our pick: The Imperial Suite that’s strictly for the colour-inclined. Enjoy the east-meets-west interior, that doesn’t hold back on opulence.
Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa, 2 Bukit Manis Road Sentosa, Singapore 099891
Swissotel The Stamford Singapore
Swissotel has received accolades for its strategic location (don’t expect to find a room at the last minute during F1 season) and for being one of Southeast Asia’s tallest buildings (73 storeys, FYI). The rooms are a concoction of old-world charm and luxury, complete with a balcony to take in the beautiful harbour and sea views. Still not impressed? Maybe the 15 restaurants and bars, including the Michelin-starred JAAN (pictured above), Shanghai’s glamorous Bar Rouge and the newly opened contemporary grill, SKAI will pique your interest.
Swissotel The Stamford Singapore, 2 Stamford Road, Singapore 178882
Step into a world of luxury that’s right in the heart of the cultural enclaves of Bugis and Bras Basah. We’ve fallen hard for the Heritage Wing where the hotel has preserved the style of shophouses from the 1920s. Expect elements of Singapore’s Peranakan culture including, timber floorings, silk wall coverings and ornate furnishings. (Check out its new sister property in Robertson Quay if the Quayside district is your thing – read more below.)
InterContinental Singapore, 80 Middle Road, Singapore 188966
Sentosa Beach Villas
Word has it that Rihanna chose to stay at the Sentosa Beach Villas during her 2013 visit and we can see why. This idyllic retreat surrounded by tropical rainforests is located far away from the tourist-swarmed attractions so you have plenty of quiet time. We’ve got our eyes set on the beautiful free-form pool but of course, if you’re staying at the two-bedroom villa, have a splash in your personal lap pool. And psst, all beach villa guests can enjoy a pampering sesh at ESPA… for free.
Sentosa Beach Villas, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Beach Villas, Singapore 098269
Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel
Location, location, location! The Marriott Tang Plaza is perfect if you relate to the title, “Certified Shopaholic”. The iconic green pagoda roof and octagonal shape tower is also one of the hallmarks of Orchard Road. Inside, you’ll find luxurious rooms and suites, premium amenities and excellent services – alongside award-winning Cantonese and Western cuisine, exceptional Japanese treats and flavorful bespoke cocktails at Crossroads Cafe, Marriott Cafe, Ginza Sushi Ichi and The Other Room.
Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel, 320 Orchard Road, Singapore 238865
Goodwood Park Hotel
This heritage hotel gives us a major throwback to the 1900s by retaining its original beauty of fluted columns, delicate woodworks, graceful archways and of course, the historic tower which has been gazetted a national monument. Inside, the hotel continues to reinvent itself by adding contemporary touches to 233 rooms and suites. Relive the opulence of a colonial era, enjoy the high-tea buffet at L’espresso and try its famed fruit-based snowskin mooncakes.
Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Road, Singapore 228221
Andaz Singapore by Hyatt
Andaz’ two-tower building with a futuristic metallic honeycomb design (it’s hard not to miss) already won our hearts but there’s more inside. The first Andaz Hotel in Southeast Asia exudes an understated charm and draws inspiration from Singapore’s iconic shophouses. Also, expect killer views of the harbour or city skyline via floor-to-ceiling windows in all rooms. And you won’t go hungry at this hotel. Andaz has five restaurants, including Mr Stork, a rooftop bar on the 39th storey that has teepee huts for you to take off your shoes and unwind.
Andaz Singapore, 5 Fraser Street, Singapore 189354
InterContinental Robertson Quay
One of the new kids on the block, the swanky InterContinental oozes class with small touches like floor-to-ceiling glass panels that bring in ample natural light and chic accents that remind you of a penthouse in NYC. Too lazy to step out for dinner? The Publico Ristorante serves Italian cuisine with a contemporary twist and if you’re in need of tipples, Marcello, Singapore’s first Italian vintage craft cocktail bar will serve you just right.
InterContinental Robertson Quay, 1 Nanson Road, Singapore 238909
Life’s a beach, and sometimes you need the sun, sand and sea with a bit of luxury lovin’. Spanning across 30-acres of luscious greenery, the stunning 5-star hotel in Sentosa successfully synthesises colonial charm with modern sophistication. With three pools and Palawan beach just a walk away, you’ll definitely want to be seen lounging in your bikinis all day with your pooch. Yes, your furry friends are welcome here too!
Capella Singapore, 1 The Knolls, Sentosa Island
The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore
Kick back, relax and enjoy this room with a view. The Ritz-Carlton offers a suite escape with its range of spacious rooms, built with windows flaunting a picturesque view of Singapore’s Marina Bay skyline. Enjoy a bubble bath in its marble bathroom that boasts a palatial tub; we’re certain you’ll be soaking in for some time. Plus, you’ve probably seen those money shots with the famous window over the tub on your Instagram feed. And to top it off, have a delectable buffet breakfast at the glitzy hotel restaurant, Colony, catch the morning sun and snap away!
The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, 7 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039799
The Fullerton Hotel
The heritage property’s reputation is unparalleled, and we don’t just mean its magnificent prominence on the Singapore skyline. We recommend a stay in one of the suites if you’re splurging – our top pick is the Loft Suite. These palatial two-storey duplexes boast high ceilings, generous living and dining areas, as well as an expansive balcony with gorgeous bay views.
The Fullerton Hotel, 1 Fullerton Square, Singapore 049178
Marina Bay Sands
MBS comes in at the top of our list for the IT factor and the location. Its famous infinity pool at Marina Bay Sands Hotel has seen countless celebrities frolicking in it. Perched 57 floors atop the iconic building, it feels like you’re swimming on the edge of the world. If you prefer to party while you’re at it, head up to the SkyPark where you’ll find Ce La Vi, a nightclub-slash-restaurant that serves up a great array of cocktails and music.
Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956
PARKROYAL On Pickering
PARKROYAL on Pickering has plenty of eco-features, including greenery-lined open-air walkways as you approach your room, which offers stunning 360-degree vistas. If your aim is to relax and truly enjoy the property, the spacious Orchid Club rooms have fantastic views. They even serve Champagne breakfast, high tea, and a cocktail happy hour, with a buffet of tasty snacks all as part of your room booking. The spa is located just next to the pool, but once you enter, you’re enveloped by the rich wooden décor and lovely aromatic smells.
PARKROYAL on Pickering, 3 Upper Pickering Street, Singapore 058289
Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore
In case you haven’t noticed, the luxurious Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore has been undergoing a major makeover, and now, they’re even better than ever! All about the interiors, the new accommodations are freshly painted with soothing hues and decked out with modern furnishings and luxurious amenities. Also, feast your eyes on the stunning Peranakan-inspired embellishments of the lift lobby and the magnificent ceiling art installation of intricate leaves by Japanese designer, Hirotoshi Sawada, as you enter the hotel lobby.
Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore, 22 Orange Grove Road, Singapore 258350
Raffles Hotel Singapore
There’s no disputing this: Raffles Hotel is a legend. Old-world romance meets intoxicating luxury at this colonial-style icon, that has greeted some of the world’s biggest celebrities and personalities, including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Only suites are available here, with each offering elegant period furnishings, 14-feet ceilings and views of lush tropical gardens within the vicinity. Wander hand-in-hand with your staycay date around some of City Hall’s most historic landmarks, like the National Museum and CHIJMES, before retiring to the hotel’s courtyard for a candlelit dinner.
Raffles Hotel, 1 Beach Road, Singapore 189673
Crowne Plaza Hotel
Unobstructed views of…the airport runway? If you’ve got a thing for plane spotting, Crowne Plaza Hotel takes it to the next level with views of airplanes taking off and landing at the comfort of your room. This sure would rank up those likes on your Instagram post. The hotel also has everything you need for that board meeting to a leisurely swim at the fully landscaped tropical pool. It’s no wonder this place has been voted the world’s best airport hotel for four consecutive years and counting.
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Changi Airport Terminal 3, #01-01, 75 Airport Boulevard, Singapore 819664