Singapore’s vibrant hotel scene is steadily securing its stature internationally, with rooms and restaurants setting new standards of luxury. From newly polished landmarks and design-forward accommodations to innovatively integrated resorts and charming boutique hotels, a smart balance of traditional service and state-of-the-art amenities has become de rigueur in the far-flung gateway city — and couples on a Singapore honeymoon or romantic getaway are the beneficiaries of the best the city-nation has to offer.
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Set on acres of lush, orchid-bedecked grounds with a waterfall garden and koi pond, the romantic Shangri-La Hotel welcomes guests to its sanctuary with legendary Asian hospitality, fine art displays, and exquisite appointments. Relax poolside or be cosseted at its CHI spa, and dine at the Waterfall Cafe, The Line, Shang Palace, or Shangri-La’s fine Japanese eatery, Nadaman. Charming roadside antique shops, quaint noodle stalls, and posh designer shopping malls are all within a short distance.
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It’s easy imagining how the historic Raffles hotel must have looked a century ago when notables sat beneath unhurried paddle fans sipping Singapore Slings in the lobby bar. Today, following a careful renovation, this A-lister, old-world gravitas intact, has all the modern creature comforts and butlers who can be summoned at a snap. Verandas overlook sprawling lawns and colonial-style suites with vaulted ceilings are outfitted with carved furniture, Persian rugs, and baths equipped with fine spa toiletries. The standout Sarkies Suite beguiles with Blackwood cupboards, Tiffany flatware, and Bose audio systems. Raffles also offers easy access to most of the city’s top attractions.
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Shaped like its signature fan, Singapore’s Mandarin Oriental is set on Marina Bay. Close to major landmarks and Orchard Road as well as The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, the luxe hotel offers a choice of fabulous restaurants, entertainment, and contemporary accommodations, with floor-to-ceiling harbor, ocean, or city views. Sample Italian dishes in a relaxed poolside setting at Dolce Vita, authentic Cantonese at Cherry Garden, or Japanese dining with a California bent at Wasabi. Its sensual spa has two couples suites, a private relaxation lounge, yoga, and personal training sessions. Newlyweds who book the posh Oriental Club floor will be treated to champagne breakfasts, evening cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and dedicated concierge service.
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Likely it's Valentine’s Day all year round at this bold and flirtatious outpost. A short walk from Chinatown, The Scarlet hotel places its emphasis on plush and opulent décor with a rich palette, and dramatic textures and lighting. Housed in a preserved pre-war shophouse, there’s an outdoor Jacuzzi and boutique-style rooms with pillow menus that are suitable for royalty. Indulge in fresh seafood at its alfresco restaurant. Or, just steps away, numerous dining and nightlife options await along fashionable Club Street that’s lined with bars, cafés, and galleries.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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An architectural wonder that opened in 2012, Marina Bay Sands hotel is home to some of the best luxury accommodations in town. The five-star establishment presents guests with all the comforts expected from a hotel in its class. As part of the integrated resort, there’s a massive, standalone casino as well as dozens of dining options. MBS guests can also take advantage of a variety of on-premise recreational facilities, including a 500-foot-long rooftop infinity pool facing the city skyline that HuffPo calls one of the planet’s top ten. Banyan Tree presides over its spiffy fitness club and spa of mega-indulgences. And Presidential and Chairman suites take it to the limit with in-suite check in, two-bedroom balconies, his and hers bathrooms, dedicated butlers, complimentary afternoon teas, as well as cocktail and canapé hours.
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With the South China Sea for a backyard, Singapore’s luxurious Capella is an architectural fusion of the best of British colonialism and curvaceous modernity on Sentosa Island. Verdant courtyards invite introspection as waves gently lap against its shoreline. Having the largest land area of any hotel here, Capella Singapore’s 8,400-square-foot Grand Ballroom for 400 with a glass-dome skylight would make any wedding magical. The hotel also offers the bride her own dressing suite with a daybed, walk-in wardrobe, seven-foot tall three-way mirrors, and live-feeds of ballroom activity on a plasma screen so the lady of the hour can prepare her grand entrance.
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Twenty minutes from Changi International, Small Luxury’s intimate Naumi is a stylishly designed, state-of-the-art boutique hotel in Singapore’s Central Business District, close to many inner-city shopping centers. Consistently on Tripadvisor’s top-ten list and the recipient of numerous accolades for hospitality excellence, the hotel takes premium amenities and details to new heights. Personal “aides” anticipate guests' needs in Naumi’s spacious surroundings. A “Suitehearts” package is two nights of pure hedonism that serves canoodlers a buffet breakfast, a three-course dinner at Naumi Bar & Lounge, and a bottle of sparkling wine, which can be quaffed with dinner or enjoyed on the rooftop pool following dinner. Also included is a sixty-minute massage for two.
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Starwood’s five-star stunner in Singapore is also one of Asia’s very best. Located in the heart of downtown, the opulent St. Regis is a gleaming landmark of exquisite ambiance with one of Asia’s finest private art collections. Upon your arrival at Changi International a St. Regis Bentley awaits, signaling the memorable start of a luxury experience. Take pleasure in bespoke indulgences such as floral tea rituals with custom-blended teas, chilled Champagne, and artisanal chocolate bon-bons at Remède Spa, while enjoying an aqua reflex treatment, eucalyptus-scented steam chambers, pedicures to beat all others, and a mind-centering spa garden. Wine at Decanter or dine at Yan Ting, among other refined choices. Butler service is available anytime day or night and at a couple’s beck and call.