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SINGAPORE: Capella Hotel, Sensosa Island

The architects have ingeniously woven the best of old and new Singapore in an astonishing transformation. On arrival I was received by their hotel staff in two historic bungalows named Tanah Merah, or "red earth" in Malay.

AUTHOR & PHOTOGRAPHER: ©Shane Boocock 2012

It was raining ever so slightly as my driver turned into the lush driveway of what is one of the best Singapore hotel experiences you might just ever encounter. It was late in the evening as we rounded the road that delivers you into what seems like a colonial masterpiece from an era that has long since evaporated in this part of the world. This was the grand entrance to Capella Singapore, a masterpiece of design and opulence that sets a new standard for luxury hotels in this Asian city.

 

Developed amid 30 acres of rolling hills and lush rainforest on Sensosa (a Malay word meaning ‘peace and tranquility’) Island, the Capella Singapore Resort and Spa resides atop a grassy knoll with commanding views of the South China Sea. It encompasses a design that perspicaciously entwines Singapore’s rich colonial heritage with an architectural symphony of contemporary curves and modern design with high-tech in-room services.

 

The architects have ingeniously woven the best of old and new Singapore in an astonishing transformation. On arrival I was received by their hotel staff in two historic bungalows named Tanah Merah, or "red earth" in Malay. These former colonial buildings built in the 1880s by the British Military to host their galas form the centerpiece. Having been masterfully restored they perfectly complement the new hotel extension and opulent villas. The two-story bungalow is characterized by stunning white columns, open air verandahs and capped with a beautiful scarlet-tiled roof.

 

As I crossed the courtyard towards the inspired symmetry of my architecturally designed hotel room, the light rain had polished all the native plants that seemingly invited moments of introspection. This blend of the old and the new, the natural and the designed, infuses every corner and acre of Capella Singapore.

 

At Capella Singapore, guests are accommodated in some of Singapore’s most spacious rooms each integrated with hi-tech innovations as well as 46-inch flat screen televisions. The 112 guest rooms include 61 premier guest rooms and 11 suites, 38 villas featuring private outdoor showers and bathtubs and two colonial manors. In addition, Capella Singapore offers the opportunity to live in the hotel for as long as guests wish to with full access to the hotels facilities. These long-term offers will include 62 sea-facing suites, 10 three room penthouses and 9 manor manors with private plunge pools.

 

There are three choices of dining and relaxing in the hotel: Cassia is a Cantonese fine dining restaurant designed by Hong Kong’s famed Andre Fu with seating for 94 guests. The Knolls restaurant presents an authentic Mediterranean menu as well as a delectable Sunday brunch with seating for 72 guests indoors and 32 diners alfresco. The Knolls delivers sensational cuisine and views of cascading swimming pools and overlooks the South China Sea. Bob’s Bar invites guests out onto a spacious outdoor terrace with comfortable daybeds and sofas overlooking the cascading pools.

 

To compliment my stay at Capella Singapore I spent a relaxing 90 minutes in Auriga, a compelling new spa brand that has made its debut here. Named after the constellation whose brightest star is Capella, Auriga offers guests a new wellness philosophy based on the phases of the moon. It features nine experience rooms with private gardens for a distinct indoor/outdoor experience. The spa also features a vitality pool with an ice fountain and herbal steam bath.

 

Guests at Capella Singapore can also enjoy convenient access to neighbouring Sentosa Golf Club, one of Asia’s top championship golf destinations. For nautical enthusiasts ONE°Marina Club, situated in nearby Sentosa Cove offers berths for over 200 yachts and mega-yachts. For beach lovers there is easy access to the golden sands of Tanjong and Palawan. For the family Universal Studios is literally just five minutes drive away.

 

This exclusive yet inviting retreat is just outside the city centre, only 10 mintues from Singapore’s financial district and 25 minutes from Changi Airport.

 

 

Capella Singapore

1 The Knolls, Sentosa Island

T: +65 6377 8888

 

W: www.capellasingapore.com

 

 

 

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