If it’s ultra-luxury you crave, look no further than this glistening tower on Tanglin Road.
While it could be mistaken for an office building from its glass-clad façade, The St Regis Singapore oozes opulence – and the Bentley’s and Ferrari’s parked outside are just a small indicator of this.
Step into the gilded foyer to be greeted by exceptionally friendly staff who are there to escort you to the Art deco-style rooms adorned with plush sofas, exquisite artworks, huge beds with leather-bound headboards and totally insta-worthy French marble bathrooms.
Although the hotel is bustling with international guests travelling for both business and pleasure due to the plethora of facilities offered, there’s a warming touch to the chaos as the cordial doormen seem to remember every guest who comes through their doors.
One thing I absolutely love about Asian hospitality is their approach to ‘relaxed check-in’. No standing around, sweating like a camel while carrying your excessive amount of baggage – instead, you’re welcomed to sit, relax, enjoy some cold refreshments while you’re checked in and your bags are escorted to your room. This method of check-in ensures that once you arrive at The St Regis, Singapore you enter a world of calm – entirely different to the city that lives outside the hotel.
Once wowed by the welcome, concierge escort you to your room, where your bags are waiting alongside more beautiful refreshments. A short while after you’ll hear a knock on your door – each room at The St Regis has their own personal butler. Cue my eyes welling up with excitement as someone offered to hang my clothes for me. However, I’m incredibly awkward about this kind of thing, so politely declined, but I was assured by other guests that the butler service is exemplary, so maybe next time I’ll be a little braver!
There are eight different room categories, starting with Executive Deluxe and Grand Deluxe rooms (50 to 52 square metres), up to the King Cole suite (135 square metres) and the Presidential suite (335 square metres).
The hotel boasts several restaurants, ensuring that all guests’ tastes are met, including a dim sum restaurant, Yan Ting, and the incredibly popular LaBrezza, where guests can indulge in the most luxurious BBQ known to man on a Friday night. Thinking free-flowing champagne and lobster! We dined at Yan Ting for their famous Dim Dum brunch. It was a formal affair within a room that unfortunately had little ambience, however this may have been deliberate in order to spotlight the food. Helmed by the St. Regis team of master chefs, Yan Ting showcases exquisite yet hearty Cantonese fine dining that will allure palates to satisfy even the most discerning gastronomes, presenting cuisine that are faithful to the traditional cooking techniques of Cantonese cuisine characterised by the immense diversity of ingredients used and the philosophy of bringing out the natural flavours of the freshest ingredients. I ordered the mouth-watering Steamed Pork and Shrimp Dumpling with Black Truffle three times.
LaBrezza was an entirely different affair and it was hard to believe that the two restaurants existed under the same roof. LaBrezza is an Italian restaurant that takes classic Italian nuances and blends them seamlessly with modern nuances. The restaurant pours out onto the poolside patio of the hotel, under twinkling high-rises and shrouded by beautifully dense foliage, making it a tranquil corner of one of the world’s busiest cities. From refined à la carte gastronomic delights to handmade pastas and pizzas, served with fine Italian wines, LaBrezza is an ideal choice for a casual lunch or an intimate evening. However, if you’re celebrating, or indeed just feeling a little bit special, treat yourself to their Friday night BBQ – enjoy a tantalising spread of fresh seafood grilled to your preference à la minute, accompanied by a buffet filled with delights, a towering 3-tier crustacean centrepiece and more champagne than is available in France!
Once fed, it’s time to explore. The St Regis is also conveniently located a 5-minute walk from Singapore Botanic Garden and Orchard Road – one of the city’s greatest shopping streets. While Gardens by the Bay draw most tourists to its Sky Walk, you have the Singapore Botanic Gardens – equally as spectacular – right on your doorstep. You can even see the Botanic Gardens from some of the hotels more premium suites. Should you feel the need to visit Gardens by the Bay, the Singapore City Sightseeing Tour Bus stops right across from the hotel.
If you’d rather stay off your feet, book yourself into their award-winning Remède Spa for their signature Hot Stone Massage. This was my first time having this kind of treatment, and while nervous at first, the therapist was incredibly welcoming and helpful, ensuring that the stones were the right temperature for my skin and that the treatment was entirely tailored to my needs. The spa facilities are open to all guests, regardless of whether or not you book a treatment, offering a serene oasis for those who’ve packed out their day with seeing all that Singapore has to offer. Or you know, chill out in the most decadent suites in all of Singapore!
A tour of the hotel is an absolute must, if you get a chance. It’s not hard to notice that the walls are adorned with exquisite art pieces, of which the hotel houses a collection worth over £5 million. Exhibiting the hotels passion for international culture, the artworks include paintings by the likes of Picasso and sculptures by Fernando Botero and Jenkell Laurence. If art makes you tick, reserve a space on the hotel’s daily art tour at 6pm.
While I often opt for smaller, boutique hotels, I was drawn to The St Regis Singapore because of its distinct characteristics, differing from that of other hotels in the portfolio. Perhaps it’s the influence of the people and the way of life in the Lion City, but The St Regis Singapore made me view luxury, big name hotels in a completely different way. I’ll certainly return someday!
For more information, please visit The St Regis, Singapore.