Singapore. – A place of secluded luxury ideal for beginning any journey.
Set in 15 acres of lush manicured gardens, the flagship Shangri-La Hotel Singapore offers a sanctuary from which to escape the city. One steeped in old school hospitality and tradition, with the correct relaxed ambiance and balance.
Regularly voted as one of the best in the world, this first hotel in the Shangri-La group is undeniably one of Singapore’s grandest, with 750 rooms spread over its three wings.
The Tower Wing was the first to open in 1971 and features a vast lobby with tall marble columns, a grand staircase and floor-to-ceiling mural depicting the Lost Horizon mountains of author James Hilton from which the name Shangri-La became synonymous with Paradise.
The Valley Wing which has become the choice for the more discerning traveller, including heads of states and royalty, a true epitome of exclusivity that extends to a private lobby.
I stayed in the Garden Wing which after an extensive renovation offers a homely welcome enhanced by the soothing sounds of cascading waterfalls, koi ponds and bougainvillea colad balconies from which to take in the Singapore skyline.
My suite offered space, a king size bed, large bathroom, all amenities and a view towards the pool and gardens. It delighted in every way, especially after a long flight. I settled in to enjoy a Nespresso, take a long shower and comfy nap before heading down for lunch.
There are plenty of choices in the food and drinks department including The Line, one of Singapore’s most sought after buffets. There is fine Cantonese at Shang Palace, Japanese at Nadaman and the recently-opened Waterfall Ristorante which offers authentic Southern Italian creations, this is where I enjoyed lunch with the charming marketing team.
For pampering CHI, The Spa is the place. There’s also a fitness centre and gym and leisurely laps to be enjoyed in the pool. The location in a high end neighbourhood just off Orchard Road with it’s enchanting roadside antique shops and glitzy designer shopping malls, couldn’t be improved on. It’s a good spot.
The opulent Asian-styled lobby. Pic supplied.
The doorman, pic provided.
View from my room across the Garden Wing and the Singapore skyline with a view of the balconies and rooftop gardens.
The pool which seemed to have people enjoying it every time I looked.
My luxury suite in the Garden Wing, chocolates, a delicate Chinese tea-set and all amenities catered for.
A stay here is a treat in every sense. If you’re watching your budget remember to check the price categories of the various rooms and wings to see which best suits you. Otherwise pop by for a meal and walk around the gardens while in Singapore, it does feel in that moment like the city disappears.
Children are welcome, weddings and conferences are offered.
For more on my time in Singapore, see here.
Leaving the hotel with the media team and Joleena Seah, Director of Communications and Josephine Tee Assistant Communications Manager. What an incredible team!