Singapore is an amazing place to visit. Whether you seek great food (both street food and fine dining), great shopping or wonderful places to explore, Singapore has it all. The Asian city-state is also more accessible than ever for North American travelers as now two airlines offer direct flights. United flies from San Francisco and Singapore Air just launched direct flights from Newark. The city offers a lot of hotel options, here are five of the best luxury hotels in Singapore.
Marina Bay Sands
The world’s most expensive hotel ($8 billion in land acquisition and construction costs) is a truly amazing place to visit or stay. The Marina Bay Sands has three towers, topped with their SkyPark, an aircraft carrier-sized recreation space on top of the three towers. The SkyPark features the hotel’s famous infinity pool (for guests only) along with a park and several bars and restaurants (all open to the public). The hotel itself is a large casino resort and includes a huge, super-luxury shopping mall along with a concert venue.
This luxury hotel first opened in 1972 and was the luxury hotel brand’s first property anywhere in the world (they now have over 130 hotels and resorts). The Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore is now a full urban resort, sitting on 15 acres of private green space right on busy Orchard Road. There are three wings, the Tower Wing, Garden Wing and the Valley Wing. The Valley Wing is my favorite as it’s an entire VIP wing. Instead of just a club floor, the hotel has a whole club building with exclusive amenities. If you’re looking for more of a beach resort experience, there’s also Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa. It’s on the resort island of Sentosa, a short drive from downtown Singapore.
The InterContinental Singapore may be my favorite luxury option as it puts you in the heart of the city, in a neighborhood called Bugis. You can walk out the front door and in minutes be in a street market or hawker center (food hall). The hotel even does free walking tours of the neighborhood. The accommodations are beautiful, especially the shophouse-style Heritage Rooms and Suites located in the Heritage Wing. They re-create the historic residences above shops, as found across Singapore. The InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay is a new riverside property that’s part of an entertainment district located on the river, close to the CBD and Marina Bay.
The Ritz-Carlton Millenia
This luxury hotel is also located in the Marina Bay area, on a peninsula near the city’s large Singapore Flyer giant ferris wheel. The rooms and suites at The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore have beautiful, sweeping views of Marina Bay. The luxury hotel has a few dining options, my favorite being Colony, what might be the world’s best buffet. It celebrates the different cultures that make up Singapore: Malay, Indian, Chinese and British, with delicious food from each region. It’s a large property, with over 600 rooms and suites and is central to every part of the city. It’s also filled with art, the hotel boasts a public collection of over 4,000 art pieces including a few Warhols. All the rooms and suites have views of Marina Bay and the city skyline as well as having what are considered the world’s sexiest bathrooms (really). The large spa-like spaces also boast incredible views along with large soaking tubs and acres of marble.
The Fullerton Hotel
Located on the river, near the CBD and Marina Bay, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore is unique in that it’s housed within a historic building. Truth be told, I’ve stayed at all the other hotels on this list except the Fullerton, but I have visited the lobby. The hotel hosted the North Korean leader during his recent summit with President Trump, so that stamp of approval is good enough for me. The luxury hotel opened in 2001 in what was the city’s main post office.