Driving up in a cab, there is no mistaking where you’ve arrived, with a giant sparkly white W in the middle of the hotel driveway. Walking into the lobby, you go up a flight of stairs to the main reception and W lounge, with floor-to-ceiling glass windows overlooking the garden and pool area. Aside from the phone booths, there’s some interesting art just past reception, and a sharp left takes you to the elevator bank.
Rooms come in various sizes, from “Wonderful” to “Extreme Wow”. These definitely aren’t your typical cookie-cutter hotel rooms, with quirky design features, ambient lighting, and the heaviest of black-out curtains to ensure you can sleep off that, uhm, jetlag.
Away Rooms and Suites – linked to the spa – feature hardwood floors and terraces with plunge pools on the ground floor. Fantastic Suites also have plunge pools on balconies higher up. The Extreme Wow Suite even comes with a DJ booth on the balcony. That says enough we think.
Those hanging tables can be found in all-day dining venue The Kitchen Table, which allows you to choose a la carte or explore across different live cooking stations. Start with sushi, move on to dim sum, a bit of Italian pizza, and a sample of Indian tandoori, before a chocolate dessert? It’s all possible. Chefs are trying out new things constantly, so don’t be surprised if a taste of something shows up at your table unannounced.
If all the partying is getting to you, the AWAY spa lets you, well, get away from it all. The patterned mosaic tiling with sparkly LEDs and overall mood lighting definitely gave a sense of being far away from the scorching sun outside. Treatment rooms are again heavy on the design, with extensive relaxation facilities, a vitality pool, and Vichy showers.
Want to check it out for yourself? A Wonderful Room at W Sentosa Cove starts at S$480 ($380) on a weekend late July.
[Photos: JasonD for HotelChatter]