Here are four of the coolest new hotels to rest the head.
The Patina, Capitol Singapore
Nestled in the iconic Capitol Building and its neighbouring Stamford House is The Patina, a luxurious 157-room property that ranks among The Leading Hotels of the World. The exterior has been artfully restored by Richard Meier, who in 1984 became the youngest architect to win the Pritzker Prize at the age of 49. Its interior, meanwhile, oozes an ethnic flourish courtesy of Jaya Ibrahim, the esteemed Indonesian designer who died last May. Creature comforts abound here, from the thoroughly pampering by the Patina 360° Concierge service to the very-personal in-room check-in. And to rejuvenate stressed-out senses and muscles, take a dip in Singapore’s first saltwater pool. Prices start at $888++ for the Magnolia room.
15 Stamford Road, Singapore 178906, 6715 680), www.patinahotels.com
The South Beach
What was once an armoury is now Singapore’s uber-coolest H.I.P (short for Highly Individualised People and Place) spot. Behind the three heritage structures are new twin towers built on ecological principles. Case in point: a giant louvered canopy that integrates the buildings draws in natural light but also provides shade. Philippe Starck did this, so expect modern touches fused with state-of-the-art technology throughout the hotel. Bespoke rooms such as Showcase Her come with amenities like a facial steamer, hair straightener and even a boyfriend’s shirt to pander to the taste for finer living. Oh, did we mention that Dimbulah Coffee’s newest outpost is only steps away from the hotel lobby? Prices start at $430++ for a Showcase Me room.
30 Beach Road, Singapore 189763, 6818 1888, www.thesouthbeach.com.sg
Kick back like a stylish Parisian at this boutique hotel designed by French architect and interior designer Jacques Garcia. Every room features an eclectic mix of deep textures, rich fabrications and dark wood, with pieces all handpicked by the master of deluxe spaces. Vagabond is also the first Singaporean hotel that supports the arts – its hallways are peppered with intriguing pieces from its Artist in Residency initiative. The thirsty can pop over to The Bar, dreamt up by homegrown award-winning drinks collective, Proof & Company, which serves handcrafted as well as artisanal potions. Otherwise, 5th Quarter is helmed by executive chef Drew Nocente (who’s trained with Gordon Ramsay and Jason Atherton), where premium meat is fired to perfection with binchotan charcoal and mesquite wood chips. Prices start at $196 for a classic room.
39 Syed Alwi Road, Singapore 207630, 6291 6677, www.hotelvagabondsingapore.com
Located in the heart of the warehouse and industrial district is Hotel Yan, with rustic design elements like high ceilings, washed concrete walls and exposed steel pipes that draw reference to the neighbourhood. For those with a sweet tooth, Antoinette by dessert maestro chef Pang Kok Keong is just a stone’s throw away. Prices start at $110++ for a premium single room.
162 Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore 207581, 6805 1955, www.hotel-yan.com