Singapore has a long history of pushing its limits with its completely electrifying and energetic vibes. Measuring barely 700- sq km, this dynamic Southeast Asian metropolis consistently scores high marks for its enviable mix of warm tropical climate, peerless location with easy 24/7 connection to the world’s major hubs, and dazzling multi-ethnic attractions courtesy of its Malay, Chinese, Eurasian, and Indian residents.
Industry sources added that furthermore adding a lot of vibe to this exciting cultural melting pot is a talented cohort of local and international designers, chefs, and creative mavens who contribute to a world-class collection of buzzy culinary experiences, dusk-to-dawn nightlife and entertainment hotspots, a retail scene that is otherworldly in its depth and range, and a burgeoning arts scene.
The arrival of The Singapore EDITION raises the bar several notches higher by adding an unforgettable mix of distinct experiences and original concepts with a lifestyle and luxury quotient the city has never seen. It captures the essence of Singapore but is presented in a new and modern way, adding a unique twist.
Industry sources further added that exuding a fresh, sophisticated mood, it effortlessly captures the island-state’s incredible energy with a head-turning silhouette created by the renowned Safdie Architects led by Moshe Safdie and local studio DP Architects.
Masterminded and conceived by Ian Schrager, in collaboration with interior design firm Cap Atelier, the 204-room hotel is located just off the west end of Singapore’s iconic upper Orchard Road. This once bucolic country lane lined with fruit orchards and pepper and nutmeg plantations is today, transformed into a heaving stretch of restaurants, tree-shaded boulevards, and marbled emporia bustling with bold-faced named fashion and lifestyle brands.
Industry sources added that it is accessed from Cuscaden Road, the hotel’s main entrance with its cobbled stone driveway opens into a private, white-hued oasis that stands singularly apart from the bustle of upper Orchard Road.
Industry sources further add on that firmly rooted in the EDITION brand’s strong sense of refined, timeless design and style, The Singapore EDITION – the first Southeast Asia outpost in the stable – seamlessly blends the dynamism energy of a major metropolitan city with a warm-weather resort sensibility.
Ian Schrager shares, “It was a thrill for us to do a hotel in Singapore and to come up with a project as sophisticated and beautiful as the city itself.”
Industry sources further add that a seamless connection with nature is at the heart of The Singapore EDITION’s architecture and interiors, with unobstructed views and greenery throughout, including sky parks and lush sunken gardens, escaping Singapore’s bustling Orchard Road shopping district.
This explains the joy guests experience when they pass through the hotel’s bronze and glass facade and enter the white marble lobby, whose austere purity contrasts with the stunning domed ceiling covered in gold leaf. Here, floor-to-ceiling windows are covered by broad surfaces of plantation shutters, their broad slats gently evoking the tropics.
The eye is immediately drawn to the towering windows on the far wall, which house a long, light-filled greenhouse, and a towering wall of lush green. The long, curved glass roof brings views of the sky and outdoor greenery, a subtle nod to the hotel’s designers and architects who blurred the boundaries between indoor and outdoor spaces.
Each floor of The Singapore EDITION unfolds like a drama, taking on a different personality and providing guests with a unique experience. Each individual element is independent, but when combined together, one plus one is greater than two, creating a magical alchemy. The Lobby Bar, for example, is an eye-popping space swathed in pink velvet, with a rose Calcutta marble pool table and oversized pink backlit bar in the center. Leather chairs and lamps from Christian Liaigre accentuate the space, while the bar itself is styled with Lalique-inspired crystal decanters and sculptures.
The spacious guest rooms unfold over six light-filled floors. Here, every detail has been designed to ensure that the experience of spending the night or a longer stay is as seamless and soothing as it is sophisticated. Every detail has been considered to ensure a comfortable and serene haven that is both sophisticated and simple, appealing to the in-the-know guest.
In every guest room, warm white rugs clad the customized white oak-planked floors while decorative pots of orchids and thick drapes frame the broad bay windows. The rooms also feature deep-seated sofas, and hand-sewn damask throws that swathe the beds. Temperatures are kept cool, literally, with layers of curtain sheers, black-out shades, and white exterior louvers that can be electronically adjusted to filter the sun while providing both views and privacy.
Equally unforgettable is the second-floor spa whose mood-lit reception leads to seven treatment rooms, his-and-her changing suites that feature sunken vitality thermal pools, an ice fountain, a relaxation lounge, a sauna, and a steam room, alongside a gym furnished with high-performance weights and exercise equipment.
At the heart of the hotel’s elongated rectangular shape is an expansive timber-decked garden courtyard that is reminiscent of an ancient Chinese temple or Roman Villa. Framed by a perimeter of shallow, black-tiled pools and a lush green garden that brims with tropical foliage, this courtyard leads into the event spaces, making it an ideal venue for cocktails, product launches, and receptions.
Remarkably, the building wraps around the garden courtyard on all four of its internal sides which allows not just light to flood into the corridors and public spaces, but also provides Eden-esque vantage points from inside the lobby, restaurant and bars on the first floor; guest rooms on the upper levels; and events spaces and bar lounge on the courtyard’s level.
Also on this level is an 81-sq m boardroom which is adjacent to a stunning 340-guest events space whose sprawling 600-sq m pillar-less gallery can be divided into three smaller areas. Lit with diffused natural light, the spaces are equipped with state-of-the-art multi-media technology and floor-to-ceiling glass – ready at a moment’s notice to be transformed for every occasion from a high-octane society wedding to a more formal corporate shareholders’ meeting.
In a hotel already filled with so many unforgettable memories, The Singapore EDITION saves its bravura moment for the swimming pool and rooftop terrace. Accessible via The Roof bar, the pool is framed with languid day beds and stretches a full 43 m from tip-to-tip, seemingly floating like an all-white space vessel over the garden courtyard nine floors below. Here, vast swathes of stone and landscaping create a relaxed, one-of-a-kind outdoor oasis in the sky; though a further surprise awaits swimmers as they dive in and discover that the pool’s white-tiled base is embedded with a transparent acrylic oculus that provides them with surreal views into the garden courtyard far below.
Dressed in terracotta and shades of blue, The Roof, with its semi-al fresco setting, is the ideal venue to chill and catch the tropical breeze, whilst being enveloped on all sides by luxuriant greenery. All while snacking on Southeast Asian favorites in the comfort of either a sunbed or shaded dining area, and as the balmy tropical evenings descend, the mood shifts to classic cocktails infused with tropical notes.
By fusing the indulgent comfort and service of a luxury hotel that is synonymous with the EDITION brand, with the refined glamour and energy of the tropics, the highly anticipated arrival of The Singapore EDITION in the heart of the island state’s most iconic neighborhood signals a high-water mark of hospitality.