Guide: Luxury hotels in Singapore

Guide: Luxury hotels in Singapore
May 13 10:00 2016 Print This Article

It is impressive that Singapore has over a million hotel rooms, and even more so when we found out it runs at a constant occupancy rate of 85%. How does anyone choose a a hotel out of the many options? Luckily for you, we’ve compiled a guide so you can pick a luxury hotel most suited to your tastes.

Our city-state is expectedly filled with more luxury hotels than mid range or budget ones, with our high end options having the highest occupancy rates. Prices start at $450 a night, and are commonly found in prime locations or was one of Singapore’s many historical buildings. This city knows how to luxuriously entertain any visitor, and we’re going to help narrow it down for you.

Best luxury hotel in Singapore for a period stay: Raffles Hotel

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Raffles Hotel Singapore – by Yeowatzup

Raffles Hotel is a true Singaporean icon, and a 125 year old must-see. With a beautifully crafted exterior matching the ornate interior, Raffles Hotel luxuriously transports you to Singapore’s past. We were delighted with box-TV sets and noisy pipes, it reminded of the history this building comes with. Some of the excellent butlers have served for decades, and we couldn’t leave without doing some arcade shopping.

Before Singapore began reclaiming land, Raffles Hotel was located by the sea. Now, it sits in on the edge of the Central Business District, towards Bugis. Bugis is full of heritage and is close to Kampong Glam, an area full of culture and home to tourist attractions. There is much to do at Raffles Hotel, from trying the famous Singapore Sling to having a Tiffin brunch with Colonial Indian dishes. The experience justifies the high rate of over $600 a night, the highest in Singapore. The combination of history and warm hospitality makes Raffles Hotel worth an indulgent visit.

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Best luxury hotel in Singapore for an island getaway: The Capella

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The Capella – by Capella Hotels

The Capella will delight you with a balanced mix of traditional and modern. Old British army buildings surround the hotel, perched on a hill in Sentosa Island. The Capella is a modern retreat a mere 20 minutes from the city centre- but feels a world away. Villas and suites come with a spectacular view of the South China Sea, a fitting reminder that Singapore is the second largest container in the world. Peacocks strut majestically around the breakfast table, and multi-levelled infinity pools make you feel far from the bustle of the city. The Capella is perfect for anyone wanting to reconnect with nature.
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Best luxury hotel in Singapore for glitzy envy – Marina Bay Sands

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Marina Bay Sands Hotel – by Tri Nguyen

Marina Bay Sands is undoubtedly the largest hotel in Singapore. It’s home to a luxurious shopping mall, a casino, celebrity chef restaurants, a museum and a marina promenade. Of course, it hosts the world’s highest, 150m long infinity pool- a must for breathtaking views and memorable photos! Marina Bay Sands doesn’t necessarily feel like Singapore, its design can remind travellers of Las Vegas or Macau. But the constant buzz of activity is appealing, reflective of our city that never sleeps. Do check out Ce La Vie, their rooftop bar with an attractive Ladies Night offer- free flow drinks! Rooms either have a stunning city view, or face Gardens By the Bay which dazzles at night.

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Best luxury hotel in Singapore for sexy waterfront living – The Fullerton Bay

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Fullerton Bay – by Ken Doerr

This elegant glass building is known for its sophisticated rooftop bar Lantern, offering drinks with a panoramic view of the marina. Their pool is on the rooftop as well, perfect for an afternoon dip. Before our days as a bustling port terminal, boats would use the Singapore River and stop at the docks to sell their products. The Fullerton Bay is built over the Clifford Pier building, a heritage building. The Fullerton Bay offers a glimpse of old Singapore during their free walking tours of the Fullerton Heritage area. Rooms on the lower levels have balconies- those on the corner even have jacuzzis! The interior design is elegantly modern with dark wood and designer chairs made of leather.

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Best luxury hotel in Singapore for shophouse atmosphere – The Intercontinental Hotel

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InterContinental Singapore – by InterContinental

The Intercontinental Singapore is a one that feels comforting in a charmingly cultural fashion. The common areas display a mix of Chinese Straits heritage and shophouse inspired design. Shophouse rooms face Bugis Junction Mall, with checkered floor tiles and columns meticulously designed in true Singaporean style. We recommend splurging on an upgrade with Lounge access- a luxurious space to relax in with free drinks, canapés, cocktails and a lovely afternoon tea. The Lounge is furnished with dark wooden furniture that speaks of its Peranakan culture and our British colonial past.

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Best luxury hotel in Singapore free flow champagne – The Shangri-la Hotel

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Shangri-La Singapore – by Andrew Mitchell

A spacious hotel with two wings, the Shangri-La is favoured by businessmen and famous officials for the safety their Valley Wing is known for. The Valley Wing has packages with free-flow champagne, canapés, afternoon tea and various snacks to munch on. The thoughtfully designed room is filled with amenities catered to provide a supremely comfortable experience.

Chinese watercolour paintings and Renaissance architecture made the room feel like one of the best we’ve seen. The Valley Wing provides a fantastic breakfast in a grand banquet hall, complete with high ceilings and wrap around curtains with a view of the hotel’s gardens. The Shangri-La is conveniently located in the heart of Orchard Road, with vast gardens and a large pool ideal for families.
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Best luxury hotel in Singapore for yachters and party-goers – W Sentosa

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W Singapore – by W Singapore

The W brand is known for being cool, and Singapore doesn’t disappoint. W Resort Sentosa is nestled in the exclusively luxurious Sentosa Cove, looking over the many yachts that fill One 15 Marina. The spacious pool area often hosts DJ parties and events, their energy complimenting the funky interior design. Selected rooms on the ground floor have personal private pools, and the bars along the resort at Quayside Aisle makes for a relaxing afternoon. W Resort Sentosa definitely appeals to the young and beautiful!
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Best luxury hotel in Singapore for Business travelers – Mandarin Oriental

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Mandarin Oriental – by Mandarin Oriental

The Mandarin Oriental is the best for those in Singapore for business. The best of Asian hospitality is demonstrated in their attention to detail and luxurious reliability. The pool overlooks the bay, complete with poolside cabanas and a delicious Italian brunch. The variety of top notch restaurants and bars will leave you satisfied within the hotel’s boundaries, whether you’re hosting a formal dinner or business meeting. We recommend the steak house’s private dining rooms if you’d like to hold a large confidential meeting, and the spa as a perfect way to recharge. You will be treated well at the Mandarin Oriental Singapore.
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Best luxury hotel in Singapore for Neoclassic river views – The Fullerton Hotel

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Fullerton Hotel – by Nicolas Lannuzel

The Fullerton Hotel was originally Singapore’s post office. After renovations and the addition of a rooftop jacuzzi, the Fullerton Hotel has become a landmark between the central business district and the mouth of the river. Its eye catching exterior wouldn’t look out of place in Paris, and the rooms are an earthly beige decorated with marble. White washed windows open into balconies, and the mezzanine levelled pool offers a view of Boat Quay. The hotel offers free tours of the area, which includes The Fullerton Bay, the Clifford Room, the port, and various room viewings. Don’t miss a meal at The Lighthouse, located in the hotel’s tower. In the 18th Century, it used to be an actual lighthouse guiding ships to port. We also recommend upgrading your room to one with access to The Straits Club, the champagne breakfast is excellent.

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Best luxury hotel in Singapore for green avant-garde design – Parkroyal on Pickering

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Parkroyal on Pickering – by Erwin Soo

Singapore is abundant in greenery, but Parkroyal on Pickering hotel takes the garden concept to another level. Reflective pools, open spaces and glass windows create a balance between urban city and nature. Corridors look like verandahs, leading to bright rooms that are designed with function in mind. The swimming pool is uniquely decorated with bird cage cabanas and have become an icon of the Parkroyal on Pickering. Chefs get their ingredients fresh from their own vegetable and herb garden as well! With vertical gardens, a 300m garden walk, the Parkroyal on Pickering is truly one of a kind.

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Best luxury hotel in Singapore for families – Resorts World Sentosa

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Resorts World Sentosa – Wikimedia Commons

Resorts World is Singapore’s ultimate entertainment hub guaranteed to brighten up your day. A mere 20 minutes from the city gets you an Aquarium, Hard Rock Cafe, a Michael Jackson hotel, Madame Tussauds, a Trick Eye Museum, a Dolphin Island, Adventure Cove Waterpark, Universal Studios, huge retail spaces, celebrity restaurants, shows, concerts and even a replica of the Merlion. Need we say more? Resorts World Sentosa is ideal for visitors of any age, and you’re spoilt for choice with 6 hotels to choose from. The Hard Rock Hotel, the Michael Hotel, The Festive Hotel, The Equarius Hotel, the exclusive by-invitation only Crockfords Tower, and the Beach Villas. The Beach Villas offer Ocean Suites by the Aquarium and Treetop Lofts by the canopy trees. Each hotel is themed differently and will provide a memorable experience. If you’re tired from the endless attractions, Resorts World also has an ESPA spa. Perfect!

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Beach Villas, Michael Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel, The Equarius Hotel, The Festive Hotel and The Crockford Tower

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