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The Landing Point, where it all begins
The Fullerton Bay is already one of the more sprawling hotels in Singapore – low of rise but long of spread. Afternoon tea in the Landing Point lounge/hallway is already hugely popular, but the Belle Époque takes things several steps further, with a 60-meter brunch buffet spread all the way across the Landing Point, the waterfront terraces, three “floating event pods” usually reserved for meeting spaces, and restaurant La Brasserie and its outside deck.
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It feels like we’ve already waited too long for the 24-hour stays, possible calligraphy classes and six full stars of the Patina Singapore, but the wait is nearly over – because they’ve now set August 1 as the opening date.
At least, that’s what they say on the Leading Hotels of the World website (there’s still no info on Patina Hotels’ own site). But should you try to book, you’ll find reservations are only open from September 1. Perhaps they’re hoping to open up the August rooms nearer the time. Perhaps they’re playing it safe. Or perhaps they enjoy making us wait longer.
Either way, there’s a nice surprise – a really nice surprise – with the rates.
It’s like clockwork: the annual Skytrax awards for best airport come around, and Singapore’s Changi Airport wins. So it did last month, for the third year running, and no US airport even made the top ten.
If flying in and out of Singapore is nice and award-worthy at the moment, wait until their next project is going to be completed. Called Jewel Changi Airport, it is an enormous mixed-use complex that should be ready by the end of 2018, and includes lots of things, like a new Yotel, but we have to start with the above: the 40-metre high Rain Vortex, the world’s tallest indoor waterfall that will be at the heart of the complex. Just take in that rendering – can you imagine something like that greeting you at, say, Newark?
Are you hitting the gym everyday? Restricting your intake of carbs? Drinking lots of cold-pressed juice? No? Well you better get started on that since swimsuit season is practically here. #Ugh #No #Winterbutt.
Speaking of swimsuits, The Mandarin Oriental Singapore is helping guests ease into bathing suit season with their new Swim in Style package. The offer includes accommodations in the Ocean Grand room overlooking the city and the and the South China Sea, along with a private yoga class, a spa cuisine meal for two, new blends of "Refresh, Renew, Revitalise" coconut water and a therapeutic thai massage in a pool cabana.
But it also includes two swim sets from the eco-friendlyFINCH designs (shown below), a Shanghai-based company. We suggest these suits on at the end of your stay, you know, after the coconut water, yoga class and massage.
The package will be offered from April 1 to August 31 with rates starting at SGD 1,450 a night for double occupancy. A two-night minimum stay is required. Regular room rates for an Ocean Grand room start at SGD 590.
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Having just processed the scale and design of the future home of Andaz Singapore, here we are with more on Philippe Starck’s entry into the city’s hotel / mega development game. Part of the gigantic South Beach development, we have some up to date construction shots, but we also stumbled upon these renderings on the hotel website, so far just called The South Beach.
First: the “unveil the future” isn’t our imagination running away with us; keep reading, and you see this bold statement plastered along the construction site - which is not so much down the road from the iconic Raffles Hotel, as the Andaz is, but directly opposite the front entrance.
Second: whoa, that’s a lot of things in one rendering. White walls, ceiling, and bed. Black/grey/white camouflage flooring, which bleeds into the furniture (see the nightstands and the legs of the table). Mirror and artwork behind the bed. TV on a wooden stand. A bathroom clad in mirrors. A lighting fixture in the form of a metal tube coming down from the ceiling. Discuss.
Between its inspiration being a “virtual persona” and the oxygenated water we found in our room, we had little doubt about the millennial roots of Hotel Jen. But what is it like to spend the night? Does Jen give us enough of the things we like about millennial hotels (e.g. free and no fuss WiFi) without some of the trends we’d rather see end yesterday?
The WiFi question we can only answer with a resounding yes. Not only was the WiFi free at Hotel Jen Orchardgateway in Singapore, fast, and reliable, it had no limitations on the number of devices. We found ourselves with no less than five on us during our stay, so being able to go beyond the more common maximum of three was very welcome.
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Having learned about new brand Patina Hotels and its flagship The Patina, Capitol in Singapore four months ago, we strolled down Stamford Road to see how far along the transformation of the classic Capitol Building and Stamford House has come.
Above the view from the corner of North Bridge and Stamford Road towards the Capitol building – for an aerial view of the entire development go here. On the left you can just make out the modern addition that will house the Eden Residences Capitol, a series of apartments with views over Marina Bay and, in the example you can see by clicking that link, views from a private pool. Rather than an April completion (which seemed very soon to us), the Leading Hotels of the World website now lists “mid 2015” for opening.
With the news that Andaz Hotels was heading to Singapore dropping into our inbox just days before we would be in town, we naturally had to include a stop in the Ophir-Rochor district on our itinerary to check out what we’ll be looking at come opening in 2017.
We’ll get to construction shots in a second, but first, here it is: the dual-towered DUO development Andaz will be part of, designed by Ole Scheeren, the architect also behind Bangkok’s Mahanakhon Tower. Curving along a half-moon base, the exterior of the two towers is covered in hexagons, with extensive gardens and at least one pool on the roof. Read on for much more.
In the wave of millennial hotels we greeted in 2014, Shangri-La Hotels decided to join in by throwing out its business-oriented Traders Hotels and repurposing the properties into Hotel Jen, “inspired by virtual persona Jen, a professional hotelier who loves life, travel and the adventure of discovering new places”.
In case we had any doubt about its millennial nature after that description when we checked into Hotel Jen Orchardgateway in Singapore, they were put to rest when we found an orange post-it on the bathroom mirror jauntily telling us to check out the minibar, in which we found two bottles of (complimentary) oxygenated water. Fits right in with things like a focus social spaces and acting impressed over artisanal olive oil, don’t you think?
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Here are the details on the newest place to have an Andazsm:
The sleek and gigantic South Beach development takes up a city block, featuring two angular towers with sky gardens and a wavy canopy covering a retail promenade. The hotel will share the tower in the foreground with residential apartments.
If you celebrated the New Year in downtown Singapore, you may have noticed a couple of striking high-rise buildings in the works. This is South Beach, a seriously “green” mixed-use development in the heart of the business district and yeah, there’s a hotel planned. The 654-room “luxury concept hotel” does not yet have a confirmed operator or a firm opening date but it’s got an interior designer we can get excited about – Philippe Starck.
Imagine this, with a Singapore map on the wall
But it turns out we’ve underestimated Premier Inn. They’re not just UK and Ireland anymore. They’ve gone global.
In Singapore the other week, we stumbled on this story about Premier Inn’s plans to open its first hotel in Singapore. How exciting! Except now we realize there are already Premier Inns in India and the Arabian Gulf. You guys!
Anyway, Premier Inn Singapore Beach Road will have 300 rooms with rates at the SGD $160-190 rate ($127-152), which is good-to-standard for the more budget end of the market (although Singapore has lots of beautiful budget hotels, which it’ll have to compete with). It’s currently being built on Beach Road, near Arab Street, and is gunning for an mid 2016 opening. There will be a pool, fitness center and meeting rooms, too.