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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.