The Shangri-La name is a lofty one. While the Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa may not have the mystical aura from James Hilton's famous tale, it is an earthly paradise in its own right. It's a cheery beachfront resort, run by an equally gregarious and helpful hospitality team. Long walks by the beach, lazing by the pool, or watching the sun set behind the cliffs – there's no shortage of romantic moments. To get into the mood, spring for the Just the 2 of Us package (from $550, available long-term) which will have pretty much your entire stay sorted out: $150 dining credits, breakfast buffet, $100 spa credits, and also a welcome bottle of champagne to fuel late night chats by the balcony of your Panoramic Sea View Room.
There's no denying it. The rooms at the Ritz-Carlton are drop-dead gorgeous, not least because every single one of them commands a panorama – either of the Marina Bay and its surrounding skyscrapers, or the lush Kallang River precinct – from the bedroom as well as from the luxury of your marble bath. Even the cheapest Deluxe categories are so spacious you'd wonder if you were quietly given a complimentary upgrade. To really make your stay count, arm yourself with access to the Club Lounge. There's champagne and wines from morning till night – in addition to the all-day food programme – to keep you in good spirits. Plus there's complimentary limousine service within the area, so you can head out for a picnic at Gardens by the Bay in style. To cap things off on a decadent note, order a butler-drawn bubble bath which includes a bottle of champagne – of course.
Decked out in deluxe crimson velvet and adorned with gold details, the hotel flirts with decadent Parisian influences, making it a sensuous playground for the mischievous and high-spirited. Check in with bae and step into a realm of culture and creativity as you rub shoulders with the hotels artists-in-residence or immerse yourself in classy live Jazz music whilst sipping one of the bar's signature cocktails. Not that you'll be lacking of things to do but if you've got some spare time, embark on the Vagabond Vice and Nice tour – venturing through the surrounding ethnic enclaves of Kampong Glam and Little India, as you uncover the secret delights Singapore has to offer.
A royal indulgence – befitting the architectural grandeur of the colonial-era Fullerton Hotel – is in order. The romantic Spa Getaway (from $1,008, from Straits Club Courtyard Room, available until 30 December 2018) promises a full three hours of restorative therapy, starting with a presentation of thirteen different essential oil blends to whiff and choose from, before segueing into the 30-minute body scrub, 90-minute body massage and 60-minute facial. More pampering awaits at the The Straits Club – also part of the package – where you can further unwind over afternoon tea and evening cocktails.
When privacy is a priority, check yourselves into a Larkhill Terrace Suite at the Amara Sanctuary. Sitting in a separate block, this small handful of suites all boast their own private patio with an outdoor free-standing tub and day bed, and louvred doors that open to give direct access to a 50m lap pool (one of the largest on the property) that overlooks verdant foliage. Better yet, the lap pool, as well as the accompanying wading pool and whirlpool, are all exclusive to Larkhill Terrace Suites. There's relatively low light pollution on this stretch of Sentosa, which affords you some pool-side star-gazing opportunities on clear nights.
The Pool Terrace rooms at the Marriott are probably the best kept secret around Orchard Road. The sombre hues of the lobby may give the impression of a staid business hotel, but the Pool Terrace rooms will give many Balinese resorts a run for their money: Villa-style skylight, a stone feature wall, and an open-concept bathroom (yes, with a free-standing tub) that is separated from the bedroom via an Oriental-inspired sliding screen. The Romantic Getaway package (from $760, available until 31 December 2018) completes the idyllic resort vibes with a 3-course wine pairing dinner and 60-minute couple massage. Just leave enough time to head up to the Executive Lounge for the evening cocktails – it has one of the best selection of wines among club lounges! Psst, the hotel offers extra perks such as cakes and mirror art for guests who are celebrating special occasions.
To evoke the sense of home-away-from-home, the Intercontinental Singapore Robertson Quay specifically sought out an architecture firm, whose expertise lay in luxury residences. The rooms may be tiny by conventional standards, but they’re so tastefully appointed that you don't notice the small footprints and there's a palpable feeling of cosiness thanks to the generous use of brushed copper, slate and dark woods. If you've been eager to play house with bae, this residential-inspired hotel is ideal. Save your money and keep your alcohol quota for evening cocktails at the Club Intercontinental – the tipples here are hands-down the most solid cocktails we've tried at a club lounge. To clock in even more brownie points, have a go with the in-room cocktail kits. Designed by Proof & Co, the recipes are fool-proof yet very impressive.
If fun-in-the-sun is how you roll, the W Singapore is right up your alley for romantic escapes. The Wet Pool is iconic for its expansive size, its swim-up Wet Bar (complete with a whirlpool!), floating bean bag loungers, as well as Instagram-worthy hammock-inspired day beds around the deck. The soaking options continue at the spa (complimentary entry for hotel guests) which offers sauna, steam room, vitality pool and experiential showers. But if you’d rather skip the crowds, upgrade your stay to an Away room or suite to soak in the privacy of your own plunge pool. Pro-tip: All room categories include an open concept bath and bath bombs are available upon request.
First built to function as the Administration Building of the British Far East Command, Hotel Fort Canning has charm in spades. In its present incarnation, the magnificent colonial edifices have been retained, whereas the interiors bridge old-world glamour with modern aesthetics. No matter your room category, you'll have either the Fort Canning Park or the city skyline at your feet; free-standing baths (roomy enough for two!) and monsoon showers are likewise guaranteed. The Love Blossoms package (from $395) fulfils your bubbly-and-rose-petal-bath needs, or if you fancy traipsing around Fort Canning Park, consider the Picnics in the Park package (from $425) which will set you up with a picnic mat, finger food and wine.
For a romantic vacay without breaking the bank, look in the direction of Little India. It may seem a rather unlikely address, but One Farrer proves to be quite the hidden gem. It's considerably more affordably priced than other five-star hotels (with an Olympic-size pool to boot!) and on top of the usual gym and spa, hotel guests have complimentary access to the gender-segregated Onsen Relaxation Gardens with jacuzzi loungers, cold plunge pool and mineral pool. This being Little India, there's no lack of cheap-and-good eateries around the area, and the hotel is also surrounded by numerous eclectic options if you fancy a cafe-hopping date.
Live out your Soho envy at Studio M, where the entire hotel is dedicated to loft living. All four duplex categories are high-ceilinged with bay windows and a mezzanine level that separates the bedroom from the living space. It's a little cosy to navigate but that's the whole appeal of staying in a loft, right? (And really, just another excuse to snuggle up with your one-and-only.) But don't be mistaken, there's still plenty of facilities to hang around at, including a 25m lap pool, whirlpool and even an al fresco gym.