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Best Hotel Suites in Singapore

Presidential Suite at the St Regis Singapore

Presidential Suite at the St Regis Singapore

Best for All-Out Luxury:
Presidential Suite, St Regis
The hotel’s Beverly Hills meets Versailles vibe is writ large in its Presidential Suite. Lavish furnishings include painted silk panels, custom made crystal chandeliers and a water wall feature. There’s also a baby grand piano and original works by big name artists.

From the wraparound terrace there’s a panoramic view of the Botanic Gardens – and a hand polished brass swing from which to enjoy it. A private chef will whip up dinner on the grill out there for guests or inside in the more genteel, 12 seater dining area if they prefer.

Presidential Suite, St Regis Singapore

Presidential Suite, St Regis Singapore

As well as a gym there’s a Jacuzzi, jet shower, and marble steam chamber. Plus the option of complimentary daily massages for two in suite.
From SG$12,450

Sarkies Suite at Raffles Singapore

Sarkies Suite at Raffles Singapore

Best For Pure Class:
Sarkies Suite, Raffles
All the guest rooms at Raffles are suites – there’s nothing so hum drum as a mere room – but all the suites are not created equal. Spiffiest is the Sarkies (William and Kate stayed there). Named after the original owners, it’s housed in the prime position of the main building and overlooks the famous driveway.

Sarkies Suite, Raffles Singapore

Sarkies Suite, Raffles Singapore

Inside is an historic, hand woven Iranian carpet and Tiffany & Co silverware and china for banqueting at the antique dining table. The bed room has a four poster and a vast veranda overlooking the pretty Palm Court. All in all, fit for a princess.
Rates from SG$10,000 per night plus taxes

Shangri La Suite Singapore

Shangri La Suite Singapore

Best For Visiting Dignitaries:
Shangri-La Suite, Shangri La
Not only will Shangri-La Suite guests arrive at the Valley Wing entrance – more exclusive than the main hotel lobby – they’ll also have their own personal entrance there. Then it’s a private elevator ride to the vast Shangri-La suite.

His ‘n hers dressing rooms, a gym and sauna await as well as personalized bathrobes, pillow cases and stationery. Butler service is available around the clock. Want gourmet cuisine or hawker food served on fine china at the walnut dining table? No problem. As well as the master bedroom, there’s an ensuite twin – usually utilized by guest’s security detail.
From SG$8,800 plus taxes

Colonial Manor, Capella Singapore

Colonial Manor, Capella Singapore

Best For a Mix of Old and New:
Colonial Manor, The Capella
The two presidential suites at this luxury Sentosa island hideaway (guests are picked up by from the airport by complimentary Merc) are actually standalone, historic houses. The two storey, three bedder manors – all perfectly preserved white columns and shutters – and are so special they have conservation status.

Colonial Manor, Capella Singapore

Colonial Manor, Capella Singapore

And while the houses look 19th century colonial on the outside they’ve been furnished with a mix of tasteful shades of greige mod and antique Asian artifacts.
Each manor also comes with the luxury of its own private garden and swimming pool (and we’re not talking plunge pool size). Watch out for the resident peacocks.
From $SG $11,000 plus taxes

Extreme Wow Suite, W Singapore

Extreme Wow Suite, W Singapore

Best For Super-Star DJs:
Extreme Wow Suite, W Sentosa
The W’s Extreme Wow suite lives up to its name with an abundance of marble and purple furnishings. And that’s just the start of it. All the pieces fall under the category of statement from the eye catching lighting and wall designs to the semi circular sofa and the standalone bar.

Extreme Wow Suite, W Singapore

Extreme Wow Suite, W Singapore

Particularly stunning is the bathroom with a striking chandelier hanging over a circular bath, plush day bed and designer exercise bike.
The overall feel is a cross between a nightclub and a playboy crash pad, right down to the DJ booth and inside and outside hot tubs.

There’s also a pretty nice marina view for anyone who can tear their eyes away from the interiors.
From SG12,000 plus taxes

Chairman Suite at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Chairman Suite at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Best For Celebrity Spotting:
Chairman Suite, Marina Bay Sands
Marina Bay Sands’ VIP Guests (they’re keeping schtum but we read that as celebrities and high rollers at the adjacent casino) are put up in the The Chairman’s suite.
With four bedrooms and bathrooms (all with Jacuzzis) and two living rooms it’s a biggie. As well as a sky scrapper view of the bay and South China Sea, there’s more than enough to keep an attention deficit celeb happy: a baby grand piano, media room and Karaoke plus gym, steam and sauna, massage room and hair salon (perfect for those impending media appearances).
Unfortunately though it’s only available by invitation.
Rates: Priceless

It takes a village – to make an exclusive resort

Monks at Amanfayun, Hangzhou

Monks at Amanfayun, Hangzhou

 

What’s the story?
Exclusive hotel group, Aman, have got their hands on a traditional Chinese village near Hangzhou and turned it into a five star resort – definitely in a good way. Each of the village buildings has been cleverly transformed into the usual high end hotel staples – a reception area, library, guest bedrooms, several restaurants and a spa – but the result is remarkably unhotel like. It all blends in perfectly with the bucolic surroundings of tea bushes, woodland and bamboo groves.

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A Room with an Exclusive Brew: Aman Tokyo

Aman Tokyo guest room

Aman Tokyo guest room

In the mini bar at the recently opened Aman Tokyo hotel is an exquisitely designed bottle of sake. Inside guests will discover the Aman Tokyo blend, created especially for the rarefied hotel group by the ancient brewers Masumi.

For Aman has chosen the award-winning brewers as the house sake for its first foray into Japan. There’s also a range of Masumi’s premium and super premium sakes at Aman Tokyo’s Restaurant and Bar; the newly opened Café, where locals queue for at least an hour for a taste of the Aman experience, serves a much in demand sparkling sake and any day now they’ll take delivery of a seasonal sake.

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Lovely Luscious Langkawi

Adult Quiet Pool Pic: Ken Seet

Adult Quiet Pool Pic: Ken Seet

 

Set between a white sandy beach and soaring limestone cliffs synonymous with the Malaysia archipelago, the Fours Seasons Langkawi has the luxury of never feeling crowded. Within 48 acres of luscious, landscaped grounds there are just 91 rooms. And cleverly, families are booked into one side of the resort (close to the children’s swimming pool and kid’s club) and couples into the other – near the adult’s only pool and a delightful bar where the best spot is a swing seat overlooking the beach.

 

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Life is Sweet

Two bedroom overwater villa

Two bedroom overwater villa

Song Saa is not your run-of-the-mill exclusive private island. Where it has become fashionable for upscale hotels to tout sustainable and eco friendly credentials (just as seasonal and local have become a mantra for restaurants), the husband and wife team behind Cambodia’s first luxury coastal resort walks the walk as well as talks the talk.

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