Singapore, if you enjoy your staycations – and we know you do, according to this recent survey – you’re in for a treat.
Over the next three months, there will be three new properties where you can bed down for the night, the weekend, or, what the heck, the whole week.
The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore began operations on Oct 1, while Six Senses Maxwell will welcome its first guests on Dec 1. The third, as-yet-unnamed property will take the place of the former Naumi Liora on Keong Saik Road, and will open in Jan 2019.
All three hotels are located in the city centre, and are housed in heritage or conservation buildings. This gives them a unique, historic appeal as compared to a new build.
Capitol Kempinski, for instance, features design elements inspired by the Art Deco era of the early 20th century, when Capitol Building was built. With its Italian marble floors, high corniced ceilings, dramatic archways and grand windows with panoramic views of the skyline, it’s almost certain that a stay here will provide many Instagram-worthy moments.
Likewise for Six Senses Maxwell. The sister property to Six Senses Duxton, housed in a restored 19th century building on Murray Street, picked up an Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) Architectural Heritage Award in 2010. Among its more unique features are French windows that open out onto balconies overlooking Maxwell Road – pretty perches from which to have your morning cuppa or a sundowner.
On nearby Keong Saik Road, the unnamed hotel – which is currently under renovation – is owned by 8M Real Estate, a property development firm with a vested interest in conservation properties (they own 42 such properties in the CBD). The row of 10 shophouses, which has the second storey facade painted turquoise, has one tenant at the moment, restaurant-bar The Guild.
When the hotel opens in January, it will have 60 guestrooms, 8M founder Ashish Manchharam told CNA Lifestyle.
Meanwhile, Capitol Kempinski has 157 guestrooms and suites across eight room categories. Expect spacious living areas, luxurious bathrooms with freestanding bathtubs, Sonos audio systems and complimentary non-alcoholic drinks from the minibar.
Plus, guests in suites receive a complimentary daily gourmet breakfast, making the idea of an indulgent, vegging out weekend very tempting.
Foodies can also look forward to the December opening of a signature restaurant conceived by a three-starred Michelin chef. No further details are available as yet.
The property marks Geneva-based Kempinski Hotels’ first foray into Singapore, with opening rates starting at S$568++.
Over at the 120-room Six Senses Maxwell, guests can expect plush, eclectic interiors, courtesy of French architect and designer Jacques Garcia. Garcia is the man behind such projects as The Vagabond Club on Syed Alwi Road in Singapore; La Mamounia in Marrakech, Morocco; and Hotel Costes in Paris.
Playing up the heritage allure are the hotel’s F&B concepts. Murray Terrace, for instance, will offer classic brasserie cuisine, while Cook & Tras will showcase traditional Straits Chinese fare. Adding to the old world charm is spirits bar Garcha’s – named after hotel owner Satinder Garcha – where guests will be able to enjoy their spirits served tableside from an after-dinner drinks trolley.
Bookings can be made at the hotel’s website. Rates start at S$330++.