By Beate Baldry
Singapore has certainly upped its game in recent years, so while you’ll need to spend at least one night here before your 7am pick up to Bawah, it’s worth tagging on a few extra days before or after your trip to check out all the exciting sights and sounds Click Hereof this little red dot if you can. Whether you choose to just use Singapore as your launch pad or are spending a few days in town, here is our shortlist of the best hotels in Singapore to suit every traveller. The great news is that Bawah has organised special rates at some of these hotels so get in touch here for more information.
Best For: Honeymooners & Families
Capella Singapore: Luxe Island Hideaway
Capella Singapore is on Sentosa Island – a small residential island linked to Singapore by bridge. The superbly grand Capella is set back from the beach on acres of lawn carefully landscaped to give the impression of being in the jungle. Relax at the hotel’s outdoor pool where peacocks roam (there are three levels of pools – one for adults only, and the other two for children, thus making the property equally suitable for honeymooners and families alike).
Play a game of tennis, or read a magazine in the library while you savour complimentary tea and snacks, followed by a massage at the renowned Auriga spa. Service is commendable and breakfast is in a category of its own with a delicious curated spread of treats. If you are in Singapore for more than a day, Capella offers the perfect buffer between the paradise of Bawah and going “back home”. As for Sentosa, there are beaches with casual cafes and free water play parks for the kids, a golf course, S.E.A Aquarium, bungy jumping and indoor sky diving, as well as Universal Studios Singapore to keep you busy. Further afield explore the rest of Singapore which is only a twenty minute drive away.
1 The Knolls Sentosa Island
Tel: (+65) 6377 8888
Best For: Romantics
Six Senses Duxton: Eccentric Boutique Chic
Located in hip Duxton on the edge of Chinatown is one of Singapore’s newest openings, boutique hotel Six Senses Duxton. Acclaimed British designer Anouska Hempel has sustainably restored the building using Chinese, Malay and European elements with none of the compact 49 rooms looking the same. The décor features strong hues of black, gold and yellow,
layered with oriental screens and calligraphy wallpaper from Anouska’s personal collection. A quirky addition to this property is the appointment of a reputable TCM physician with over 40 years of experience who will offer consultations and a medicinal herbal dispensary for guests. Other activities that Six Senses Duxton can organise include yoga, indoor cycling and the art of crafting artisanal coffee and appreciating Chinese teas. Families note that the Six Senses Maxwell is slated to open later in 2018 and is the more “kid- friendly” property of the two.
Six Senses Duxton
83 Duxton Road,
Tel: (+65) 6914 1428
Best For: Entrepreneurs and Foodies
InterContinental River Valley: Contemporary Sleek
The contemporary sleek InterContinental River Valley is located on the river at Robertson Quay. There are multiple upmarket restaurant at this hotel from Wolfgang’s, a New York premium steak house, to minimalist Japanese ISHI, and Publico an Italian restaurant that has a fantastic buzz in the evenings. Facilities here include a fitness centre, swimming pool and a chic 24-hour Club InterContinental Lounge. Some of the rooms take in the riverfront views with floor to ceiling glass windows and sport Bose soundbars, Nespresso machines and Wi-Fi throughout. After breakfast, saunter along the riverfront towards Clarke Quay – there are cafes along the way where you can sit alfresco and have a drink. Or hop on a public river taxi (5pm – 7pm and 8am-10am weekdays only, ticketed) and take a scenic ride all the way to Marina Bay Sands. At night there are countless restaurants to choose from, from chill crab dishes at Red House Seafood to Mexican at Super Loco – all with a waterfront view and within a two minute walk of your bed.
Robertson Quay, 1 Nanson Road,
Robertson Quay, 238909 Singapore
Tel: (+65) 6826 5000
Best For: For Trendsetters and Fashionistas
The Warehouse Hotel: Smoky Sexy
A relatively new comer to the Singapore hotel scene – but definitely one to check out. The Warehouse Hotel was built in 1895 along the Singapore River as part of the Straits of Malacca trade route. At that time, the area was a hotbed of secret societies, underground activity, and liquor distilleries. Today, while much of that history has disappeared, The Warehouse Hotel has been meticulously restored as a modern 37-room boutique hotel, focusing on heritage and local culture. Open as of January 2017, it delivers thoughtful hospitality with historically-detailed rooms, classic local dishes and craft cocktails in the vibrant neighbourhood of Robertson Quay.
The Warehouse Hotel: Smoky Sexy
320 Havelock Road, Robertson Quay,
Tel: (+65) 6828 0000
Best for: City Eco Warriors
Park Royal Pickering: Eco- Hotel-in-a Garden
Those with an interest in eco-friendly destinations can look to Park Royal Pickering for their Singapore stay. Although it is set bang in the central business district, Park Royal Pickering stands out with its green foliage cascading from every corner. Their sky-gardens are landscaped with tropical plants and frangipani while palm trees flourish at every fourth level. Eco- friendly features abound here, from solar powered systems to rain harvesting in order to save water. Being green at Park Royal Pickering doesn’t mean taking the luxe out of your stay though. There’s a state-of-the-art fitness centre, the award winning St. Gregory spa and an outdoor infinity pool complete with Instagrammable birdcage-inspired cabanas that afford spectacular views through the green foliage of Singapore’s stunning skyline.
PARKROYAL on Pickering
3 Upper Pickering Street,
Tel: (+65) 6809 8888
Toll-Free: 1800 2557 795,
Best for: History Buffs
The Fullerton Hotel: Iconic Grandeur
Located in a grand 1928 neoclassical landmark (which once housed Singapore’s General Post Office), The Fullerton Hotel is a 400 room hotel located on the Singapore River. This central location gives you the perfect launch pad to explore central Singapore, with Raffles Place, Boat Quay, the Merlion and Marina Bay all within walking distance. Rooms are smartly decorated (ask for a room with a river view), and have spacious marble bathrooms with all the mod cons you would expect from a five star property (blue tooth speakers, flat screens, and Nespresso machines). There are three restaurants in the hotel – a good breakfast is served in Town restaurant where you can sit alfresco for lovely river views. Don’t miss a drink at sunset at the Lighthouse rooftop bar which provides great views over Marina Bay.
The Fullerton Hotel
1 Fullerton Square, Singapore,
Tel: (+65) 6733 8388
Best For: Sophisticats
The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore: Glitz and Glamour
The Fullerton Bay Hotel is an impressive luxury hotel with excellent commanding views of the Marina Bay waterfront. It is located at Collyer Quay, a coveted spot for those looking to sightsee (with the Merlion, ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands and Gardens by the Bay all nearby). Service is paramount and decor is stunning throughout the 100 room hotel. Ask for a bay room for the best waterfront views and the prime position to watch the nightly light show at 8pm at Marina Bay Sands. The Fullerton Bay goes the extra mile with complimentary cultural tours, free Wi-Fi throughout, and use of a free internet enabled mobile phone during your stay. A definite must-do during your stay is drinks at the hotel’s roof top Lantern Bar. Embellished with a stunning 25 metre pool and two jacuzzis, this lower level roof top bar is the jewel in the Fullerton Bay Hotel’s crown, offering a different yet equally impressive angle to the sky-high views from other notable rooftop bars. Dining at Bawah Reserve.
The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore
80 Collyer Quay, Marina Bay,
Tel: (+65) 6333 8388,
Best for: Couples Seeking Peace and Quiet
Villa Samadhi Singapore by Samadhi: Colonial Charm
Set in lush greenery this 20 room boutique hotel in a converted black and white property exudes colonial charm and quiet luxury. Villa Samadhi’s location in the jungle of Labrador Park gives it a tranquil tropical feel – offering peaceful respite from the hustle and bustle of central Singapore (a mere twenty minute taxi ride away). If you need a break from city life and are not looking to be in the thick of the action this is the spot for you. The extra touches (four poster beds, wooden bathtubs, and rain showers coupled with all the mod cons of flatscreens and Wi-Fi) plus the excellent service at Villa Samadhi set it apart from corporate hotels. You’ll have afternoon tea brought to your room while you read on the veranda followed by a refreshing dip in your private plunge pool. Come evening, it’s only a short walk to Tamarind Hill restaurant (one of the only restaurants nearby) where complimentary sundowner cocktails are served followed by a delicious Thai dinner.
Note: Small children cannot be accommodated at this hotel (over 13 yrs olds only).
Villa Samadhi Singapore by Samadhi
Labrador Villa Road,