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Singapore’s Hotel Surge

October 12, 2012 By: Meagan Drillinger Travel Agent


W Singapore-Sentosa Cove
A lighthouse illuminates the pool at W Singapore-Sentosa Cove.

Singapore has been buzzing with activity this year, as a host of hotels have either opened or are on the brink of opening. If you have clients headed that way, here is a roundup of what’s new in the destination.

Tree Top Lofts

Resorts World Sentosa’s latest additions are two Tree Top Lofts, Angsana and Tembusu, which sit high in the jungle trees, 40 feet off the ground. Each loft covers 785 square feet and offers one bedroom, a large living room and a walk-in closet. Large sliding glass doors in the living room and bedroom open out to terraces. 

Resorts World Sentosa is Singapore’s first integrated resort, which opened in January 2010. Since then it has hosted over 15 million visitors. The property is home to a Universal Studios theme part, the Maritime Experiential Museum, a casino, six hotels, a convention center, celebrity chef restaurants, retail outlets and a destination spa. 

W Singapore

Last month, W Hotels made its first foray into Singapore with the opening of the W Singapore-Sentosa Cove. The property sits on the city’s most sought-after island, just minutes away from the downtown area.

The W Singapore-Sentosa Cove has 240 guest rooms and suites, two restaurants, a destination bar, the W Lounge experience, WET pool deck and bar, Away Spa and more. There are also 228 W-branded residences on the site.

On Sentosa Island, travelers will find rainforests, beaches, spas and a deep-water yachting marina. The hotel itself is adjacent to Quayside Isle, which is home to a retail complex with restaurants and shops.

We love the look of the property, which features a welcome waterfall, outdoor terrace, rock-shaped daybeds and a DJ console in the W Lounge carved out of natural stones.

Resorts World Sentosa’s Tree Top Lofts
Living room in one of Resorts World Sentosa’s Tree Top Lofts.


When it’s time to dine, be sure to visit SKIRT, the W’s first contemporary grill restaurant. Guests can cozy up to the slick bar to sample the long list of creative cocktails. The Kitchen Table features all-day dining with various live food stations, while WOOBAR, the destination nightclub serves up a tasty menu of elixirs created by the W mixologist. Guests can also unwind at WET Bar.

The hotel is home to an Away Spa, the W’s signature spa concept. Cool Touch: W Singapore offers nine Away guest rooms and suites, located on the spa level of the hotel and each featuring a private plunge pool.

Shangri-La Hotel

Following a $51.5 million renovation, the luxury Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore has unveiled a brand-new Garden Wing. The Garden Wing features 158 nature-inspired guest rooms and suites. Each room has its own balcony with views of the hotel’s gardens and pool.

The three Premier Balcony Suites feature outdoor Jacuzzis and private barbecues as well. The Wing also includes a new dining concept, Waterfall Garden Café, and Singapore’s first CHI, The Spa.

True to its name, the Garden Wing is home to waterfalls, a koi pond and sits on 15 acres of tropical landscaping.

Deluxe room in Shangri-La Singapore’s
Deluxe room in Shangri-La Singapore’s new Garden Wing.


Pan Pacific

Closed in April 2012 for a $64 million renovation, the Pan Pacific Singapore reopened in August and was fully operational as of September. The renovation included all 790 rooms, restaurants and the lobby. The highlight is the Pacific Club on Level 38, which offers a 360-degree view of Singapore. 

PARKROYAL on Pickering

Still in the works for later this year, the PARKROYAL on Pickering will debut at the end of November. With a $350 million investment, the hotel will feature 363 rooms, a wellness floor with a day spa, nature trails, pool terrace, a gym and more. 

The property will offer 160,000 square feet of skygardens, reflecting pools, waterfalls, planter terraces and green walls. Dining options will include a modern Asian brasserie, with a chef’s table at the center of the restaurant, which can be hired for special events.

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Meagan Drillinger
Meagan Drillinger has been with Luxury Travel Advisor and Travel Agent since 2009, covering both Asia and Mexico. A fan of both fabulous hotels and culturally immersive...

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