As Singapore goes into event overdrive this September, the luxurious tropical setting and to-sigh-for spa treatments at Capella Singapore boutique hotel offer the perfect antidote to the super-charged city centre.
Style Clash of the centuries
Setting Southern Sentosa Island
Why this week? Always stylish Singapore has something for everyone this September. Formula 1’s finest roar into town on 25 September for the 2011 Singapore Grand Prix. If you prefer cutting-edge art to fast cars, ARTSingapore, Asia’s longest running contemporary art fair, runs from 29 September to 3 October. Artists and aficionados alike arrive in droves for a sneak peek at the art world’s up-and-comers and works that are sure to swing art market trends. Whether you’re in Singapore for cars or canvases, Capella Singapore, with its current stay three nights, pay for two offer is the perfect place to bed down, pamper up and bliss out. Dance fans should start planning an end-of-year stay, as the ZoukOut festival comes to town on 10 December.
Our favourite bits Secluded away on Sentosa Island, Capella Singapore blends old-world colonial charm with contemporary chic. The grounds of the Norman Foster-designed property are jaw-dropping, featuring 30 acres of rolling lawns dotted with ancient trees, prancing peacocks and artfully appointed sculptures all just metres away from the South China Sea. At award-winning Auriga spa, try one of the four signature treatments themed around the different cycles of the moon, or just soak up the garden setting from one of the soothing vitality pools. Smith members can enjoy all the more indulgence, thanks to a free high tea for two at Capella’s Knolls cafe.
Mr & Mrs Smith say ‘Driving up to the neo-colonial-meets-futuristic digs that are the Capella Hotel on Sentosa Island, Mrs Smith and I feel like we’ve left Singapore behind and stumbled onto the set of some dark, devious but deliciously decadent spy thriller. I half expect to be handed a dirty martini upon stepping out of the car. Of course, if we were in a Bond film, this fabulous place would undoubtedly be the lavishly decked-out hideaway of the movie’s villain, most likely some Eurasian drug lord with a penchant for contemporary art, rather than Singapore’s only true luxury resort.
Mrs Smith and I check into our large, comfortable and very well equipped Premier Sea View room. Designed by modern-tropical interiors whiz Jaya Ibrahim, it is tasteful and minimal, with a neutral colour palette and a nice use of natural materials, namely wood and marble. After plugging in our iPod, unpacking and playing with the remote-control panel that adjusts the room’s lighting to one of four different moods, we get down to some serious decisions: where to eat and what spa treatments to book.’
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