At the Ritz Suite, artworks by Andry Warhol and Damien Hirst set the mood for the penthouse life and the complimentary, fully-stocked bar attests to the hotel's hospitality. The money shot at Ritz-Carlton has always been of the marble en-suites, with the skyline framed through octagonal windows. The Ritz Suite takes that to a breath-taking extreme, boasting a two-metre-long jacuzzi bath that overlooks the Marina Bay. Suite or not, the club privileges are worth the upgrade. The lounge – which includes a Drawing Room alcove where guests can leisurely sketch the panorama – runs a full-day culinary programme that starts with champagne breakfast and culminates in evening cocktails and post-dinner desserts. Club guests are also entitled to complimentary pressing and limousine service around the precinct.
Palatial opulence awaits at the St Regis, with a personal butler to attend to you round-the-clock – no matter your room category. Need help packing your shopping haul? But of course. A bubble bath and music to wind down with? Done. The Presidential Suite, of course, is the height of luxury: Cascading crystal chandelier and a baby grand piano in the living room; a fully-stocked bar; a private gym; and jacuzzi and steam chamber in the master bathroom. To complete the pampering, suite guests are also invited to a 60-minute spa treatment daily.
For the cool kids who want luxury living with a contemporary edginess, the JW Marriott is right up your alley. It's a design hotel through and through. Guests are greeted by a psychedelic interactive video wall, the buzzy effervescence continues with interiors that carry Philippe Starck's trademark snazziness and the outdoor pool decks present two different but equally Instagram-worthy views of downtown Singapore. The JW Marriott is also notable for going the extra mile for female guests: all rooms on the women-only floor are thoughtfully equipped with amenities such as hair straightener, facial steamer, manicure and pedicure sets and even boyfriend shirt-inspired loungewear.
Discreet luxury is the proposition. After all, the Valley Wing, the most exclusive of Singapore-La Hotel’s three accommodation wings, has played host to a good number of heads-of-state and movers and shakers. It has its own lobby, and there's also a private elevator especially for Speciality Suite guests. The elegant furnishings – all rooms and suites include marble baths and double vanities – are befitting of the high-flying guests and Valley Wing perks are just as impressive to match: butler service, personalised stationery, complimentary English afternoon tea and cocktail hour, and all-day complimentary bubbly and wines at the Champagne Bar.
The Contemporary Manor at Capella Singapore blows the competition out of the water. We're not just talking suites and villas – this is a proper, full-fledged mansion: two floors, 391 square metres, three bedrooms (all with en-suites), a designer kitchen, living and dining areas, and a lap pool with a spacious terrace. To top that off, the hotel's long-running Manor Experience package comes with hefty F&B credits, complimentary treatments at the Auriga Spa, your choice of breakfast at The Knolls or in-manor dining, limousine transfer and a private car for your personal use. It's your own patch of heaven, but we still suggest checking out the rest of the grounds, if only for Capella's bucolic cascading pools.
Polished service is the bare minimum when you're paying top dollar but the staff at Pan Pacific makes it truly your home-away-from-home with genuine warmth. You're always welcome at the stunning Pacific Club and you'll find the staff always eager to feed you and keep your glasses topped up. By your second visit to the club, you'll find they have your preferences down pat. The Presidential Suite is as plush as they come, with floor-to-ceiling windows that provide a dramatic tableau of the Marina Bay, a whirlpool bath and a steam shower. But frankly, the service makes the grandeur at the suite just the icing on the cake.
The Intercontinental Singapore takes its design cues from Singapore's heritage, bridging the splendour of Peranakan aesthetics with the comforts of the modern world. The best way to take it all in is to opt for a stay in a Heritage Suite. It's styled after shophouses of old, with louvred doors that open to natural daylight, pastel-hued brocades, and ornate porcelain ware. The bathroom harks back to the present day, resplendent in white marble and kitted out with a deep-soak tub. Besides the customary evening canapes, Club InterContinental also holds interactive painting sessions on weekends with an artist-in-residence.
For the busy, jet-setting dealmakers, The Westin Singapore is the perfect setup. It's smack in the financial district (making the morning commute obsolete) but step into the infinity pool to take in the vista of the South China Sea and you'll feel as though you've cast aside the weight of the daily grind. For further de-stressing, the in-house spa offers complimentary access to the whirlpool and steam room, and of course, there's always the open bar at the Westin Executive Club Lounge's cocktail hour to ease your spirit.
Clifford Pier, one of Fullerton Bay Hotel’s two heritage wings, was once the landing point for immigrants to Singapore, so it is fitting that the hotel pays homage to that history by dedicating its suites to showcase each of Singapore's cultural identities. The Robinson Suite, for instance, is chinoiserie chic with silk panels and throws, and Ming era-inspired vases. Bottega Veneta amenities, goose down pillows and quality Egyptian linens continue the theme of luxury. The pool life is looking good too, since guests have access to both the rooftop pool – overlooking the Marina Bay – at Fullerton Bay Hotel, as well as Fullerton Hotel's infinity pool that hangs above the Civic District.
The Sofitel Singapore City Centre is the hotel parallel of a casual fine-diner. It eschews ostentatiousness and grand gestures, preferring understated elegance and thoughtful, attentive service. Like bath salts (Hermes amenities if you're in the Prestige Suite) and a tray for your book and wine glass by the bathtub. Or turndown amenities of pralines and caffeine-free tea. Wellness is another priority. The outdoor infinity pool resembles a garden oasis - never mind that you're in the CBD - and club floor guests also have the option of hitting the adjacent Virgin Active gym to take advantage of workout classes and the high altitude room.
There's no way we would miss the Raffles Hotel from this list. The grand dame of luxury abodes – mind you, it's a national monument – may be temporarily shuttered for restoration, but the Raffles hospitality is legendary and the old world charm of its 19th-century colonial architecture is much too iconic to miss. The project promises to stay mindful of The Raffle's storied past while updating the facilities and spaces to appeal to the savvy, modern traveller. Slated to re-open by mid-2018, the hotel will unveil three new suite categories, a new spa sanctuary, and immersive gourmet and cultural experiences. We can't wait.