Singapore: The lion sleeps tonight

Sep 18, 2008


Many first-timers to Singapore are surprised by the sheer range of hotels the tiny island state has tucked up its sleeve.

Ranging from chic backpacker hostels and boutique properties all the way to plush, five-star, marbled lobby land, somewhere on the island there’s a room to fit every budget, taste and occasion. Most of the big hitters like the Ritz-Carlton, Four Seasons, St Regis and Marriott are conveniently clustered around the shopping malls of Orchard Road and Marina Bay. These are always safe bets, but it pays to step a little off the beaten path as in recent years a number of interesting boutique properties have opened on the fringes of the city.

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Amara Sanctuary Resort
1 Larkhill Road, Sentosa.
The all-white Amara Sanctuary Resort is perched on the edge of Sentosa’s Palawan Beach...

Changi Village Hotel
1 Netheravon Road.
Kissed by cool sea breezes and imbued with village charm, Changi has long been favoured as the perfect antidote to all that frantic shopping and sightseeing...

Copthorne King’s Hotel
403 Havelock Road.
The Copthorne makes the most of its location with lovely evening views of the nearby river from its renovated rooms...

The Elizabeth Hotel
24 Mount Elizabeth.
Tucked away near the end of a cul-de-sac just off Orchard Road, The Elizabeth has the advantage of being mere minutes from fabulous shopping...

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Four Seasons
190 Orchard Boulevard.
It’s everything you need from a Four Seasons: the service is, as you’d expect, superlative, the bar lit just so and the rooftop swimming pool picture perfect...

581 Orchard Road.
A long-time favourite of Indonesian fashionistas, the Hilton is located right on the edge of Orchard Road...

Hotel 1929
50 Keong Saik Road.
The low room rates combined with the hotel’s sterling collection of funky furniture and its bohemian location make this a bona fide hip hotel...

Mandarin Oriental
5 Raffles Avenue.
The Mandarin Oriental remains a favourite with visiting celebrities and high-flyers...

Marina Mandarin
6 Raffles Boulevard.
If you’re in town for business, the Marina Mandarin has pulled out all stops to pamper your inner road warrior...

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41 Seah Street.
Because there are only 40 suites – each kitted out with Aesop products and decorated in Poltrona Frau, Artemide and Zanotta furniture – your privacy and a sense of exclusivity are assured...

New Majestic
31-37 Bukit Pasoh Road.
The sister property to the nearby Hotel 1929, the New Majestic makes its mark with quirky, spacious rooms...

Raffles Hotel
1 Beach Road.
Refurbished in the 1990s, Raffles can still comfortably hold claim to being one of the most luxurious (and expensive) hotels in Singapore...

The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore
7 Raffles Avenue.
We’re sold just on the enormous moon-gate at the hotel entrance that frames a piece of green paradise and, just beyond, a slice of the bay...

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Royal Plaza on Scotts
25 Scotts Road.
The Royal Plaza’s spacious rooms are lined with bright, glass-walled bathrooms and generous work spaces for the business traveller...

The Scarlet
33 Erskine Road.
With its gaudy, in-your-face decor – think gold wallpaper, crystal wall sconces, bright red lounges and shimmering Bisazza-tiled water features – The Scarlet looks like a set straight out of Moulin Rouge...

Sentosa Resort & Spa
2 Bukit Manis Road, Sentosa Island.
After a hard day’s workout at the spa’s mud pools, settle back on the deckchair with a chilled cocktail in hand and watch the sun set over the tree-lined horizon...

Source: Qantas The Australian Way December 2007
Updated: July 2008

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