A staycation at the JW Marriott Singapore South Beach

A staycation at the JW Marriott Singapore South Beach
April 26 13:43 2017

Formerly the South Beach Hotel, the newly rebranded JW Marriott Singapore South Beach has maintained some of the original unique and funky elements while bringing a sense of international uniformity from the luxury brand.

With architecture by Norman Foster and interiors by Philippe Starck, the hotel has sleek and refined feel. The buzzing South Beach area provides a mix of shops, bars, restaurants and office space. After officially re-opening in March 2017, the Marriott shines with new accents, particularly in the dining and the common spaces. The rooms have remained largely the same, including the 10th female floor which features pampering elements like a face steamer and soft, pink, bunny-ear slippers. The property is filled with over 30 art pieces and installations valued at millions of dollars.




Arrival and check-in at the JW Marriott Singapore South Beach

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Entrance of the JW Marriott Singapore South Beach

As you enter the Marriott South Beach you will be hypnotised by the hotels’ main entrance with a floor to ceiling interactive video wall by South Korean artist Lee Lee Nam. The video display is surrounded by dark rustic oak tables with Starck’s signature chairs, and there is also an impressive library housed with artifacts and a tall ladder to reach them. The reception area is a world apart from Singapore’s traditional luxury hotels as it is much richer in design. Surrounding the reception area are shiny silver stools, an LED candle installation floating in the air and comfortable leather armchairs to read or relax. If you book an Executive room you can make use of the Executive Lounge’s amenities, such as afternoon tea or evening snacks.

The rooms at the JW Marriott Singapore South Beach

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The bright, white rooms are both large and spacious. The bed is comfortable and huge, two people can sleep all night without brushing bodies. Contrasted with both minimalistic and loud elements, there are touches of colour including a palette of greys, neon yellow and white. The flooring is a combination of chaotic carpet patterns and grey marble. The room also included other design elements such as Starck’s swinging silver metallic desk chair and the neon yellow irregular mirrors. There are USB charging slots and plugs by the bedside. There is also a closet right by the door that is hidden by the same wall paper and used by housekeeping to drop off or take items without having to enter the room. These are just some examples of the intelligent design placed around the Marriott.

The Women Floor has a few added elements that make it the perfect girl’s or pampering stay. There is a Panasonic Facial Steamer useful as a primer before make-up to plump up the skin. The slippers are very soft and decorated by a small pink pair of bunny ears. There is a very large walk-in shower, a free-standing, luscious and enormous white bathtub and a Japanese-style toilet. The staff can heat up a set of three warmers for you which you can place on your neck, eyes and back. There is also a hair dryer and hair straightener and manicure and pedicure sets. There is a minibar fridge discreetly placed and plenty of mirrors everywhere. Each room has distinct artwork.

Dining at the JW Marriott Singapore South Beach

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The Brilliant Beach Road Kitchen at the Entrance of the JW Marriott Singapore South Beach

There are plans for 9 dining outlets to be opened at the hotel’s two towers and heritage buildings. The initial phase included Beach Road Kitchen, where breakfast, lunch and dinner is served buffet style. There are various stations to choose from, including a wood oven pizza, a Chinese noodle bar, or a waffle and pancake stall. The buffet spread, as well as the quality, is remarkable at all services and prices are equally attractive with dinner served for SGD78++ including fresh lobster and oysters. The second restaurant open is Akira Back, a Japanese restaurant with Korean influences by the renowned chef of the same name.

Media Bar is a gastropub that aims to be the place to meet for a football game, to watch world news unfold or simply enjoy a bit of time with friends. Tonic Bar offers a large selection of the said drink in various flavors sourced from East Imperial which can be combined with one of the gins in the long list. Other spirits are also available. An additional cocktail bar is housed in the Court Martial building and named after it. The bar staff pours perfect drinks and cocktails in a cozy environment. Work is underway to open four more outlets in the Non-Commissioned Officers Club which will now be open to the public.

If you are staying in one of the Executive rooms, this provides additional dining options, such as breakfast in the Executive lounge. From 2,30pm on there are snack and drinks available and the choice, quality and range of food and drinks is impressive. From 2,30 to 5pm tea is served. Accompanying the drinks there are warm scones and clotted cream, finger sandwiches, cakes and juices. From 5,30 to 7,30pm food options range from cold cuts, smoked salmon and marinated vegetables to breads, meats, cheeses, cakes and sweets. There are also juices, spirits, beers, champagne and wines on unlimited supply and in self-service mode. From 7,30pm on, the food is stored away but the drinks are available until 9,30pm. The value provided at the lounge is well worth the extra money just because of the drinks, which are very pricey in Singapore. The lounge space is also designer friendly with views over the heritage building. Children are not allowed from 5,30pm onwards.




The facilities at the JW Marriott Singapore South Beach

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When staying at the JW Marriott Singapore South Beach, be sure to check out both the two towers as well as the heritage buildings to not miss any of the great elements. The pool on the 18th level provides some of the most incredible views over the city including sunsets to die for. However, as it is located between two floors, there is no sunlight so it is not the place to come for a suntan but rather to avoid the sunlight and enjoy breathtaking views. Its rectangular and long shape is perfect for morning laps and there are several sofas around the gardens to relax and read a book. Floor 18 also has a well equipped gym with the latest equipment including a boxing corner and several weights. The gym is a great place to exercise even if you are used to top notch gyms. The same floor also has a table tennis and a foosball table with Philippe Starck’s signature silver metal design and great views to match.

Once it opens, the spa will have several single and couple rooms and will sure be a great way to end the day. It is located on the second floor of the office tower, where the lounge and Beach Road Kitchen are too. Besides the main feature, the hotel also has a dining hall destined to house some of the most whimsical weddings in Singapore thanks to the beautiful Forest of Lights installation with over 11,500 lights floating from the ceiling.

 The service at the JW Marriott Singapore South Beach

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The gin bar at the JW Marriott Singapore South Beach

The JW Marriott Singapore South Beach has a do-it-yourself hipster approach to service levels that gave us a start-up feel. This mentality, while unexpected, did fit in well with the swanky, modern design. We liked this younger mindset which was a better more suitable take on the traditional approach to over the top service usually expected at luxury hotels.

The main drawback was the lack of information on the room, as some of the amenities and elements were not obvious, and which we had to discover as if we were on a treasure hunt. Although this did add to the fun. 

JW Marriott Singapore South Beach review – The verdict

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We enjoyed our stay at the hotel and found the female rooms to be the perfect couple and girl’s getaway. The hotel’s design and aesthetics were exquisite and fun, giving it a designer look that contrasts with Singapore’s long standing traditional take on hospitality. When the additional F&B outlets and the spa open up this will be one of the best hotels in town and offer the best value for money luxury city rooms for those with lounge access. Whether you decide to have your staycation in Singapore with a partner, send your clients there while on business, or just getaway for a while as a young family, the hotel caters well to everyone’s needs. Even if you are not staying at the Marriott, Beach Road Kitchen is worth a visit, if only for the oyster and seafood buffet and their amazing desserts.

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