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The 26 best luxury five-star hotels in Singapore

Treat yourself to an indulgent staycation at these best luxury stays in the Lion City money can buy

Written by
Dewi Nurjuwita
&
Izza Sofia
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Alex Floyd-Douglass
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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 one of Singapore’s most iconic hotels, the city-state is home to numerous five-star hotels for the bougiest 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.

RECOMMENDED: The best hotels for a staycation in Singapore and the best boutique and shophouse hotels in Singapore

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  • Rochor

Get transported back in time when stepping into The Vagabond Club. The opulent property, set in Art Deco shophouses in Jalan Besar, offers a unique Parisian boutique hotel experience. What used to be an illegal dormitory and brothel in the yesteryears has since been transformed, under the hands of celebrated French designer Jacques Garcia, into the splendid location today that oozes old-world charm and sultry glamour. 

The place is decked out to impress; the renowned architect imbued within the walls of the hotel a touch of opulence: shiny, bold rhinoceros double up as reception desk, and stunning banyan trees (which collectively took some 100 craftsmen to construct and complete) branch out from the shophouse pillar and adorn the ceiling. 

Even the rooms, there are 41 of them, come drenched in luxury. The layout differs slightly between rooms and suites, but almost all come with bold wallpaper, stunning artworks, plush velvet seats, goose-down feather bed, and mahogany furniture. In-room facilities, thankfully, remain modern and up-to-date, and features a Nespresso coffee machine, minibar, and a Smart television that comes loaded with films curated by Jacques himself. 

Equally impressive is the hotel’s bar – The Whiskey Library. It plays home to some 1,000 bottles of fine dram, ranging from top-dollar varieties to award-winning ones, where you can sip, savour, and unwind with silky jazz tunes. Feeling peckish? Drop by Yellow Pot, an innovative Chinese restaurant previously located within the now-closed Six Senses. 

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Enclosed with the space of five restored heritage shophouses is Duxton Reserve, a boutique hotel dripping with old-world glamour. Clad in black and gold, designer Anouska Hempel (also an ex-Bond girl) imbued within the four walls of the property an eclectic East-meets-West aesthetic – with ornate French windows, Chinoiserie fixtures, and calligraphy wallpaper.

Black walls and gold accents dominate the hotel’s 49 guest rooms and suites. Lead-in rooms, however, are a minimalist haven dressed in monochromatic hues. For an opulent stay, consider the Skylight Executive Club Suite. The mood-lit interior features a spacious living area, low-slung furniture, and decorative frames. Anchoring the room is a grand four-poster bed fitted with organic mattress, pillows, and buttery cotton linen.

The glamourous property also plays home to Anouska’s Bar, named after the property's designer, and fine-dining Chinese restaurant Yellow Pot. 

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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. 

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This chic new hotel is the first property to debut under The Clan Hotel brand by Far East Hospitality. The hotel is wedged at the crossroads of culture and commerce within the Far East Square heritage precinct and Telok Ayer district and located within walking distance from Raffles Place and Tanjong Pagar; cultural sites around Chinatown; and iconic hangouts like Marina Bay and Gardens by the Bay. 

QIN Restaurant and Bar, an all-day dining concept by TungLok Group will also be located on Level 4 and 5 of the hotel. The cosmopolitan restaurant inspired by Asian cuisine serves up an array of reimagined classics with a modern touch, flanked by floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the busy Telok Ayer neighbourhood. Iconic dishes include Siphon Mushroom Tea, Chilled Crab Salad and ‘San Mein’. After which, head to the bar located within the mezzanine floor of the restaurant. There's a myriad of cocktails and over 60 wine selections to choose from. 

The hotel's Sky Pool and jacuzzi are probably its crowning glory, complete with a bird's eye view of the surrounding heritage district. Those working on their fitness can check out the Sky Gym on the same floor, fully equipped with modern equipment, complete with Fitness-on-Demand personal training for guests to book, as well as a traditional Wing Chun wooden dummy for a well-rounded workout.

The hotel is now running a new experiential stay package. Called The Clan Uncovers: Heritage & Craft Package, it includes a two-night stay in the Master Series Premier room, unique activities including a heritage tour on a trishaw and the opportunity to create your very own porcelain plate with Supermama, and a four-course dinner at QIN Restaurant and Bar. Available for bookings from now till 21 December 2022 on the official webpage.

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W Singapore - Sentosa Cove
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The W Singapore is a sexy hotel. A staycation here is like peeping into the lifestyles of Sentosa Cove’s rich and famous – so don’t forget your polo tee and bug-eyed sunnies. Surrounded by popular attractions like Universal Studios Singapore, Trick Eye Museum and the Siloso Beach, W Singapore is a great place to be with your kids. If you wish to lounge in, the hotel offers a large resort outdoor pool area surrounded by lush island landscapes.

Dining options are never in short supply. Head down to Skirt for steak grilled on an open parilla or challenge the limits of your stomach with the buffet at The Kitchen Table. A skip and hop away from the hotel is Quayside Isle, home to 15 restaurants with views of the marina and its luxury yachts.

There are ten room categories, but even the smallest clocks in at a spacious 40 square metres and comes with a bathtub. If you want to ball hard, book out the Extreme WOW Suite. There’s a jacuzzi tub, a private lap pool and even a turntable with stacks of records to DJ your own bash. At more than ten grand a night, though, reserve this for a super special occasion. 

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After an extensive revamp, the former Mandarin Orchard has opened its doors as the new Hilton Orchard Singapore. The new Hilton flagship has over 1,000 refurbished rooms and suites across two towers with botanical-inspired interiors. Rooms on the higher floors will boast panoramic views of the city skyline – so you'll have views for days. 

There's a variety of amenities and services within the hotel including two 24-hour fully-equipped fitness centres, an outdoor pool, a newly established Executive Lounge and a direct connection to a four-storey luxury shopping gallery with a host of local and international fashion brands and signature cafes and restaurants. 

For dining, tuck into Chatterbox and fine-dining restaurant Shisen Hanten. Also look forward to three new dining concepts – Estate, Italian restaurant Osteria Mozza and Ginger Lily

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Set in Singapore, within 700 metres of Adventure Cove Waterpark and 800 metres of Wings Of Time, The Barracks Hotel Sentosa by Far East Hospitality (SG Clean) offers accommodation with a fitness centre and free WiFi as well as free private parking for guests who drive. This 5-star hotel offers a concierge service and luggage storage space. The accommodation features a 24-hour front desk, room service and currency exchange for guests. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms with a desk, a kettle, a fridge, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a bidet. The units will provide guests with a wardrobe and a coffee machine. Guests at The Barracks Hotel Sentosa by can enjoy a continental breakfast. S.E.A. Aquarium is 1.8 km from the accommodation, while Universal Studios Singapore is 1.9 km away.

Read about our staycation experience at The Barracks Hotel Sentosa here.

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In an erstwhile warehouse that sits along the old Straits of Malacca trade route and former epicentre of Singapore’s red-light district, the Warehouse Hotel whispers secrets of its illicit past: a spice trading hub at one point, an illegal distillery at another, even a reigning discotheque in the ’80s. But now, The Lo & Behold Group – the folks behind the 37-room boutique space – has taken the building’s 120-year history in its hands and spun it on the head. 

The hotel’s plush lounge faces the lobby bar, so if you’d rather relax away from the soft thumping beats and gentle chatter, the rooftop infinity pool – fitted with salmon pink tiles, no less – offers the reprieve you desire. The hotel has a limited capacity of 37 rooms, but each has been carefully designed to give you a unique experience each time you visit. For a loft-style upgrade, book out the River View Suite. The room overlooks the Singapore River from the uppermost floor of the triple-peaked heritage hotel. Natural light is key in the roomy 57 square metre space that’s set with earthy tones, raised ceilings, an open plan bathroom, plus the structure’s original masonry walls and beams.

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Nestled next to Millennia Walk, Conrad Centennial Singapore is a prime spot that welcomes staycation guests. The hotel has over 500 guest rooms that have been refurbished recently. Boasting modern contemporary decor, the rooms exude elegance with large rooms that give you the best views of Marina Bay promenade. For the whole gastronomic affair, check out the award-winning Golden Peony or buffet line Oscar’s. For those willing to splurge, opt for the spacious Two Bedroom Family Suite where you get privacy from the kids with a hallway that connects a Centennial Suite and an Executive Room. You can also book a stay in an executive guest room to enjoy access to the executive club lounge. This way, you get to relax, enjoy drinks and light bites with more privacy.

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Spread across lush greenery, Sofitel Singapore Resort & Spa offers luxurious resort-styled accommodation with sweeping views of the sunset at Sentosa Island's iconic Tanjong Beach.

Providing a variety of accommodation types that range from rooms to suites and even villas, each elegantly-designed guestroom is inspired by Paris’ Jardin du Luxembourg and fitted wooden parquet finishings with carpets in cerulean and orchid hues. All accommodation types are also equipped with high-definition televisions and high-speed WiFi.

The luxury rooms and suites offer Lanvin toiletries, while the villas boast exclusive Hermès products and access to So SPA’s outdoor garden facilities. The exquisite villas even feature an outdoor pool.

Encompassing 4 in-house restaurants, Kwee Zen, LeBar, The Garden and ilLido at The Cliff, Sofitel Singapore Resort & Spa offers exquisite Western and Asian delights, Magnifique patisseries and an unparalled wine list. Alternatively, guests may treat themselves to rejuvenating massages at So SPA, where ancient massage traditions meet latest French cosmetology. The Villa des Enfants offers a multitude of features that will appeal to all younger guests. Activities available include sports, dancing, storytelling and a variety of classes on weekends.

Business travelers may utilise the state-of-the-art business venue, set against a backdrop of the South China Sea, and equipped with the latest technologies and facilities.

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The former Hilton Singapore has been rebranded to Voco Orchard. Taking over a 51-year-old iconic property, it continues to offer 423 guestrooms with four well-loved restaurants and bars – Opus Bar & Grill, D9 Cakery, il Cielo and Iggy’s, a rooftop swimming pool, a 24-hour gym and over 1,850sqm of meeting and social event spaces.

voco Orchard Singapore celebrates the rich history of the land on which it stands – all whilst calling together and invitingn guests to a playful, thoughtful and dependably charming space that offers meaningful, authentic connections. 

Accommodation ranges from Deluxe Rooms to the Premium rooms boasting city views, as well as plush suites with walk-in rain showers. The Presidential Suite, on the other hand, has separate living and dining areas. Each of the rooms are outfitted with eco-friendly touches like beds made with recycled plastic bottles, sustainably-harvested cotton and sustainable bathroom amenities from Apotheke.

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Known for its luxurious yet timeless design, The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia remains a hot pick for couples out there. It is located in the heart of Marina Bay, a 5-minute walk from Marina Square Shopping Centre. Luxuriously decorated with a contemporary art collection, it features free Wi-Fi access, a spa and an outdoor pool amongst landscaped gardens.

The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, is a 5-minute walk from the Singapore Flyer and a 10-minute walk to Marina Bay Sands, ArtScience Museum, Gardens by the Bay and The Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay. Changi International Airport is a 20-minute drive from the hotel. Spacious rooms offer views of Marina Bay or the city's skyline, with most featuring 46-inch wall-mounted flat-screen TVs. Walk-in closets and bathrooms with bathtubs are included.

The Spa features exclusive La Mer facials and relaxing massage treatments, a mineral pool, Jacuzzis, saunas and steam rooms. The One Michelin Star Summer Pavilion serves sumptuous Cantonese dishes. An award-winning Sunday Vintage Champagne brunch is served at Colony Restaurant.

Book a room and have an Instagram moment at the hotel’s signature octagonal bathroom window or have a bubble bath in the room’s luxurious tub.

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Situated in Singapore’s Central Business District, The Westin Singapore boasts spacious and luxurious rooms. The hotel is features an outdoor infinity pool at level 35, overlooking the distinctive views of Marina Bay area and Singapore's south coast. Guests can enjoy meals from the in-house restaurants or have a drink at the bar. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. The Westin Singapore is 350 metres from Lau Pa Sat and Downtown MRT Station, while Marina Bay MRT Station is 550 metres away. Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum is 1 km from The Westin Singapore. The culturally-rich district of Chinatown and The Shoppes @ Marina Bay Sands are within 1.6 km from the property. Changi Airport Singapore is 19.8 km away.

Each air-conditioned room also features signature Westin bath amenities. A flat-screen cable TV, iPod dock, safe and minibar are included in all rooms. Other facilities at the property include a sauna room and a fitness centre. Relaxing massages and signature body treatments are available at Heavenly Spa. Guests can approach the 24-hour front desk for currency exchange, concierge services and luggage storage. Seasonal Tastes, located on Level 32, is the hotel’s signature dining venue, offering Asian to international cuisine. Cook & Brew, located on Level 33, is a gastro bar serving local and international comfort food, paired with a carefully curated selection of craft beers, wine and cocktails. Other dining options include Daily Treats and Lobby Lounge.

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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 knuckle and schnitzel), set against a botanical-themed setting.

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Four Seasons Hotel Singapore
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  • Orchard

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.

The St. Regis Singapore
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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. 

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One of Singapore's oldest – and most sophisticated – hotels, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore is a classic choice for those looking to live the suite life. The building, which has borne witness to some important events in Singapore's history, is a heritage structure that has been carefully preserved. With opulent guest rooms and suites, stellar dining establishments and a stunning pool overlooking the city skyline, do you need any other reason to book a staycay at this grande dame? 

Raffles Hotel Singapore
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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.

The luxury hotel officially reopened late last year 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. 

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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.

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Taking over the classic Marina Mandarin Singapore, PARKROYAL COLLECTION Marina Bay has just opened its doors after undergoing an intensive transformation. Located in the heart of the CBD, the "garden-in-a-hotel" concept is the first of its kind in Singapore, in line with the hotel brand's ode to sustainability and wellness.

John Portman's iconic cinematic architecture for the former Marina Mandarin Singapore has been refreshed with lush, landscaped walls, bringing guests a one-of-a-kind experience. Aiming to resonate with conscious and mindful travellers, the hotel evokes stylish and contemporary vibes brought to life through iconic architecture, eco-friendliness and lifestyle experiences. 

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