Singapore’s: Hotels. In a city filled with gleaming skyscrapers, designer stores and sophisticated travelers, Singapore’s luxury hotels have a lot to live up to.
But with rock-star bath tubs, private chefs and service fit for royalty, the Lion City’s most lavish definitely doesn’t disappoint.
Extreme Wow Suite, W Singapore Sentosa Cove
Who needs the hotel bar when you’ve a DJ booth in your suite?
The W Sentosa’s Extreme Wow Suite lives up to its name with an abundance of marble and purple furnishings.
And that’s just the start of it.
It’s filled with bold statements — from the eye-catching lighting and wall design, to the half-circle sofa and standalone bar.
Particularly stunning is the bathroom, where an elaborate chandelier hangs over a circular bath, plush daybed and designer exercise bike.
The overall feel is a cross between a nightclub and a playboy crash pad, right down to the DJ booth and inside and outside hot tubs.
Priced from SGD 12,000 ($8,430) a night, plus taxes.
Chairman Suite, Marina Bay Sands
Marina Bay Sands’ VIP guests (they’re not naming names, but we’re guessing celebrities and high-rollers visiting the adjacent casino) are put up in the Chairman Suite.
With two living rooms and four bedrooms and bathrooms — all with Jacuzzis — it’s a biggie.
As well as panoramic views over the bay and South China Sea, there’s more than enough to keep a seen-it-all celeb happy: a baby grand piano, media room and karaoke, plus a massage room, fitness room with steam and sauna facilities, and hair salon (perfect for those impending media appearances).
Unfortunately though, it’s only available by invitation.
Sarkies Suite, Raffles Singapore
All the rooms at Raffles are suites — there’s nothing so humdrum as a mere room — but not all suites are created equal.
Spiffiest of all is the Sarkies (U.K. royals William and Kate stayed there).
Named after the original owners, it’s in prime position in the main building, overlooking the famous driveway.
Inside is a 1930s handwoven Iranian carpet as well as Tiffany & Co silverware and china, for banqueting at the antique dining table.
The master bedroom’s vast veranda has a view of the gorgeous Palm Court, the hotel’s expansive garden lined with tall palm trees.
All in all, fit for a princess.
Rates from SGD 10,000 ($7,200) per night, plus taxes
Shangri-La Suite, Shangri-La Hotel Singapore
Not only do Shangri-La Suite guests arrive at the Valley Wing entrance — more exclusive than the main hotel lobby — they also have their own personal entryway.
Then it’s a private elevator ride to the vast Shangri-La suite.
His and hers dressing rooms, a gym and sauna await, as well as personalized bathrobes, pillow cases and stationery.
Butler service is available around the clock.
Want gourmet cuisine or hawker food (Singapore street food) served on fine china at the walnut dining table? No problem.
In addition to the master bedroom, there’s an en-suite twin — usually occupied by guests’ security detail.
From SGD 8,800 ($6,180) a night, plus taxes.
Presidential Suite, The St. Regis Singapore
St. Regis’s Beverly Hills-meets-Versailles vibe is writ large in its Presidential Suite.
Lavish furnishings include hand-painted silk panels and a wall fountain water feature.
There’s also a baby grand piano and original works by big-name artists.
Outside on the wraparound terrace a private chef will whip up dinner on the grill for guests, or — if they prefer — inside in the more genteel 12-seater dining area.
And to cap it off there’s the option of complimentary daily massages for two, in suite.
From SGD 12,450 ($8,745) a night.
Colonial Manor, Capella Singapore resort and spa
The two presidential suites at this luxury Sentosa Island hideaway are actually historic standalone houses.
The two-story, three-bed manors — all perfectly preserved white columns and shutters — are so special they have conservation status.
And while the houses look 19th-century colonial on the outside, they’ve been furnished with a mix of tasteful shades of greige (gray-beige, a hot trend in decor) and antique Asian artifacts.
Each manor also comes with its own private garden and swimming pool — and we’re not talking plunge-pool size.
In addition to human guests, Capella Singapore also has resident peacocks.
Guests are picked up from the airport by complimentary Mercedes.
From SGD 11,000 ($7,725) plus taxes.
Trekkingnew.com@By Gillian Rhys, for CNN