Time and time again, Singapore is dubbed one of the richest cities in the world. No thanks to a particular Kevin Kwan novel depicting the country’s wealthiest made-up families, wrapped up by a scene filmed on the rooftop of the Marina Bay Sands. But of course.
Other than Singapore’s most iconic hotel, the city-state is home to numerous five-star hotels for the most bougie of travellers or loved-up locals planning a surprise staycation.
Some people call it over-indulgence. We say, “why the heck not?” Besides, certain occasions just call for a treat yo’self day. Whoever said money can’t buy you happiness probably hasn't had breakfast served while basking in a private pool.
Check into these hotels and enjoy the finer things in life — butler service, in-room jacuzzi tubs and luxurious spas included.
Four Seasons Hotel Singapore is an oasis of calm amidst bustling Singapore. Perched on the 19th floor high above Orchard Road, you'll find the elegant Four Seasons Presidential Suite, offering plenty of room for intimate dinner parties, business meetings, and all-out relaxation.
All decked out in elegant furnishing surrounded by Asian antiques, this suite is a tranquil space along the tree-lined Orchard Boulevard – complete with an incredible view of the city skyline.
Time travel to 1930s Singapore at The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore, located right in the heart of the civic district. Architectural buffs will love the grand neoclassical-style Capitol Building from 1930 and the Venetian Renaissance-style Stamford House from 1904, both restored by acclaimed Pritzker Architecture Prize winner Richard Meier.
If you’re up for a gastronomic adventure, the hotel’s 15 Stamford by Alvin Leung is helmed by renowned three-Michelin-star-chef Alvin Leong. Alternatively, tuck into German fare at Frieda, which presents a reinterpretation of traditional German favourites with Austrian influences (think pork knuckles and schnitzel), set against a botanical-themed setting.
Palatial opulence awaits at The St. Regis Singapore, especially with a personal butler to attend to you round-the-clock – no matter your room category. Need help packing your shopping haul? No problem. A bubble bath with classical music serenading you to oblivion? Done.
The hotel's crowning glory, of course, is the Presidential Suite on the penthouse floor. Think: Cascading crystal chandelier and a baby grand piano in the living room, a fully-stocked bar, a private gym, and a jacuzzi and steam chamber in the master bathroom. If that's not enough, suite guests are also invited to a 60-minute spa treatment daily.
It's been said to death, but we'll repeat it. Live like a crazy rich Asian at Marina Bay Sands – for one night, at least. Located in one a Moshe Safdie designed building overlooking the South China Sea, the hotel has established itself as an icon in its own right.
The stately Chairman Suite, located on the uppermost floors, is the pinnacle of luxury, spanning 600 square meters and flanked by floor-to-ceiling windows. It offers four luxurious bedrooms, four spacious bathrooms and three private balconies, where you can wine and dine high above the glittering city.
For the cool kids on the block who don't want to compromise on luxury, the JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach should be the first on your radar. It is a design-centric hotel from start to finish.
Entering the hotel, guests are greeted by a psychedelic interactive video wall. The whole shebang then continues with interiors all jazzed up with Philippe Starck's trademark snazziness. Looking to take photos for your Instagram feed? The outdoor pool decks present two different but equally breathtaking views of downtown Singapore. Solo female travellers can feel at ease by requesting for rooms on the women-only floor, which are all thoughtfully equipped with amenities such as hair straightener, facial steamer, manicure and pedicure sets, and even designer loungewear.
This list would be incomplete without the mention of the Raffles Hotel. Singapore's grande dame is not only a five-star hotel, but it is also a national monument.
Raffles Hotel is reopening this August after an extensive but careful restoration, unveiling three new suite categories, a new spa sanctuary, and immersive gourmet and cultural experiences. So book a stay at the legendary hotel and experience its old-world charm for yourself.
A common misconception is that all luxury hotels are old-school and stuffy. Hyatt Hotels Corporation challenges that notion with its boutique spin-off, Andaz Singapore. This five-star hotel is catered towards a different breed of travellers: free-spirited, open-minded, and well-travelled.
The first Andaz in Southeast Asia is perched on the top floors of the DUO Tower, nestled between the vibrant districts of Kampung Glam and Bugis. It’s complete with six dining establishments, from all-day dining venue Alley on 25 to premium steak house 665°F.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re probably aware that Andaz Singapore overlooks one of the best views in the city. Take the lift 39 floors up to rooftop bar Mr Stork, which boasts a 360-degree view of Singapore. Whether it’s a first date or National Day staycation with your friends, Andaz Singapore is great for every celebration.
Set within 15 acres of lush greenery just minutes away from the vibrant Orchard Road shopping belt is the Shangri-La Hotel. This tranquil and sophisticated urban retreat features 792 guestrooms and suites across three distinct wings.
In fact, the hotel has played host to a good number of heads-of-state, movers and shakers. The oldest section of the property, the Tower Wing, was recently given a facelift – and now boasts a modern, resort feel to it.
Escape from the city centre and head to Capella Singapore, a lush retreat on Sentosa Island. The resort is housed in two restored Tanah Merah colonial bungalows dating back to the 1880s, which have been given a new life by esteemed architects Foster + Partners.
If you're surprising your significant other to a romantic staycation, we definitely suggest booking one of the 38 villas for a serene escape. Each villa features an outdoor terrace complete with a private plunge pool. Now all you need is to order room service.
Nestled in the eclectic heart of Chinatown is this stunning hotel housed in a row of restored shophouses. The intimate property is home to 49 guest rooms, ensuring a luxurious stay with personalised touches.
We're obsessed with the Duxton Duplex Suite, a two-storey loft with a magnificent living space on the first floor and a spiral staircase leading to the bedroom on the second. Alternatively, the Pearl Suite is an all-white suite named after the mother of pearl chests that flank the bed. While you're there, sign up for a Chinese tea workshop, nature discovering walking tour or a traditional Chinese medicine consultation by an experienced TCM master.
An elegant heritage hotel in the heart of Singapore's cultural district, InterContinental Singapore is the perfect option if you want to be within walking distance of the city's nightlife.
The hotel takes its design cues from Singapore's heritage, bridging the splendour of Peranakan aesthetics with the comforts of the modern world. Take it all in and stay for a night (or two) at the Heritage Suite, which was inspired by old shophouses, with louvred doors that open to natural daylight, pastel-hued brocades, and ornate porcelain ware.
We'll start this off with an interesting fact. Clifford Pier, one of Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore's two heritage wings was once the landing point for immigrants to Singapore. So it's fitting, then, that the hotel pays homage to that history by dedicating its suites to showcase each of Singapore's cultural identities.
The Robinson Suite is chinoiserie chic, all decked with silk panels and throws, and decorated with Ming era-inspired vases. Did we mention the Bottega Veneta amenities, goose down pillows and quality Egyptian linens?