Naumi Review – A luxury boutique hotel in Singapore

Naumi Review – A luxury boutique hotel in Singapore
June 04 06:07 2017 Print This Article

Cool, chic and slightly naughty, Naumi Hotel has a refreshing take on boutique accommodation. And it works. Located at the edge of Singapore’s Business District, far enough not to be engulfed in the chaos of the suit-wearing masses, but close enough that you can see the towering buildings from the infinity pool, Naumi serves accommodation with a side of fun. So get ready to indulge.


Naumi Review – Arrival and check-in

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Detail at Naumi 

Naumi is located right behind a Singaporean institution, the Raffles Hotel. Slightly hidden behind a wall of overgrown greenery, Naumi is compact and cozy. Check-in is done at the ground level, by the lobby bar and restaurant and within minutes you are on your way up to the bright rooms.

Naumi Review – The rooms

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 Habitat room at Naumi

As you walk through the corridors of the hotel, moving artwork and messages left on the walls will welcome you into the world of Naumi. Naumi has four different types of rooms. The Habitat room, where we stayed, is their entry level room and a cozy and comfortable one. Then there are the patio rooms which have, you guessed it, a small outdoor space where you can chill. The next category up is the Oasis, which has a bathtub to soak in. Then there are two suites. The Eden and Nirwana suite is Andy Warhol-inspired and has colourful and funky furniture and decor. The Gabrielle & Camellia one is inspired by Coco Chanel and is all in black and white and named after Coco’s favourite flower.

Our stay in the Habitat room was great. We loved the large windows that allowed for a lot of sunlight. The details around the room showed a touch of character and great design ideas. Although there was some great design, the room didn’t feel cluttered. All the amenities were placed conveniently in a fun, yet slightly naughty way. The hair drier, for example, was there to “Blow you” and the controller needed to be “Turned on”.

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Naumi Andy Warhol-inspired suite 

The sink bar was filled with goodies from (MALIN + GOETZ), the sensitive skin and natural ingredient cosmetics company that is based in and operates from Chelsea, NYC. The fully stocked minibar and the snacks in the pull-out shelf were all complimentary. The shower was also a whole lot of cheeky fun where you could either shower with the glass partition or frost it up with the switch of a button.


 Naumi Review – The food

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 Breakfast at Naumi

Naumi has an olden-day dining restaurant, Table, managed by four-decade old refined Indian dining legacy Rang Mahal. Table serves breakfast, lunch and a more formal Indian dinner.

The funnest part about having breakfast at Naumi were the hangover remedies. As the minibar was complimentary this could definitely come in handy. Another mischievous addition were collagen shots from Re-Juvenate, something we have not seen anywhere else before. The shots are made of marine collagen, acai, hyaluronic acid, minerals and vitamin C, which is said to be the best potion for your skin. Protein shakes are also available after a quick workout in the gym. There is a selection of superfoods, dry fruits, nuts and other nourishing ingredients. Or you can just have a warm pastry and a glass of champagne!

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Breakfast at Naumi 

Our favourite thing to do was to zip up the Staircase to Heaven for rooftop sunset drinks by the infinity pool called Cloud Nine. We sipped on amazing Frozen Strawberry Margaritas and Singapore Slings as the sun set behind the Singaporean horizon. Naumi opened the first infinity pool in Singapore, until others followed, and it has lovely expansive views all the way to the Marina.

Because Naumi is in Bugis, a very central neighbourhood, you are very close to all of the city’s hawker center goodness, late night indulgence, afternoon tea havens and shopping. We particularly love Haji Lane for quirky local designers and finds.

Naumi Review – The facilities

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Naumi infinity rooftop pool at sunset 

There is a very secretive meeting room at Naumi, a cross of the Swiss Alps and a James Bond dungeon. Choose to meet at the mountain hut area or the formal meeting room, or both! You can then relax on those sink-in Poltrona Frau leather sofas in between meeting room conversations and feel the casual touch of creativity.

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Cocktails at Cloud Nine Naumi rooftop pool

The gym is nice for a quick workout, but lacks fancier and more modern equipment for the hardcore lifters and Crossfitters. The Marina is also a few minutes away, so you can go for a quick run if you choose. Or you can stroll up to the pool for some sunrise laps or yoga on the deck.

Naumi Review – The Verdict

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Detail at Naumi 

Naumi is our kind of hotel. It is classy and playful with a dash of boldness and a measure of kinkiness. It is not flashy, but is covered in eccentricities. The large infinity pool on the 67th level, the colonial architecture, and the 130 years of history all add to its attractiveness. It was not an island resort getaway and didn’t have Michelin-starred chefs at the doorstep or the global brand cache, but it was a staycation beauty!  Go to Naumi for a little bit of naughty but nice.

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