We found this Tanjong Pagar property, designed by British society darling Anouska Hempel, to be a slice of old Singapore fitting for its turn-of-the- 20th-century Chinese- shophouse shell. Elements of Singapore’s Chinese heritage and surrounding Chinatown were incorporated into a unified design without it feeling too much like a folly. Rich, lush interiors– Hempel’s signature – were brought together in black-and-gold tones throughout the property, which effectively melded the old and the modern.
We found our Pearl Suite light, airy and efficient in its design, beating even Japanese properties on maximising the small square footage. Despite its relatively bijou footprint compared to other big-name Singapore hotels, the suite’s ingenious layout meant little luxuries were not sacrificed. We loved our concealed white-marble bathtub and fully equipped in-room bar cabinet. Guests who want more space should check into a Duxton Duplex Suite.
Having arrived on a direct flight from London, we found the Six Senses’ healing properties that ran throughout the hotel very welcome. In keeping with its DNA of wellness, we were treated to a gong-vibration experience before entering our room. Herbal jetlag potions were provided nightly in-room, along with lovely, local turndown touches, such as Tiger Balm and retro-Chinatown digestive medicines. We also had complimentary, one-on-one consultations with the in-house Chinese physician, who gave us ways to get our yin and yang back in balance.
We re-energised at the property’s fantastic Yellow Pot restaurant too, which serves the best roast duck and Shanghai greens we’ve ever tasted. The service was generally on point, although we waited longer than we’d expect for our first signature chrysanthemum-liqueur cocktail. A first-world problem indeed.
83 Duxton Road, Singapore, 089540 Singapore