Singapore is one of the most fashionable holiday destinations in Asia. It's a vibrant, busy metropolis which is as popular with business people as it is with shoppers or with those just wishing to relax in luxury surroundings on a well-earned holiday. Of course you could choose to stay in one of the top chain hotels which all have a presence in Singapore but why not treat yourself to a break in a boutique hotel for a more individual experience?
Naumi is a well-known brand in Australia and New Zealand and although the 73 room Singapore hotel might be a touch on the large side for a boutique hotel, it certainly has all the luxuries. The hotel's location, jut off Beach Road around the corner from Raffles, is hard to beat. The hotel's design is modern with a minimalist style and natural colours used to contrast with the busy streets outside.
The stand-out feature of this hotel is its rooftop infinity pool and even if you don't swim it's worth taking a dip to experience the amazing views right over the business district. In the evening, take a drink at the rooftop bar for a night time perspective on the city. Rooms at Naumi have added touches of luxury with top of the range coffee makers and movie streaming through the smart TV. Overall, the Naumi hotel is a stylish haven for your stay in Singapore.
The Warehouse Hotel
If you prefer your hotels with a bit more history, then check into the riverside Warehouse Hotel on Robertson Quay. The Warehouse was built in 1895 and converted into a hotel in 2017. It's now a 37 bedroom hotel offering a combination of heritage and modernity, all with stunning river views.
Bedrooms in the Warehouse Hotel are modern, yet still retain original features such as the beams from the old warehouse structure. High speed Wi-Fi, luxury bathroom products and Bluetooth speakers are standard in all rooms and there is a rooftop infinity pool you can unwind in after a busy day seeing the sights in Singapore.
The problem with many modern boutique hotels is that the designer style is fairly international with not much in the way of local flavour. That's certainly not the case with Villa Samadhi, a colonial building dating from the 1920s. There are 20 rooms, all furnished in a modern colonial style with bespoke furniture and accessories.
The location of Villa Samadhi is what makes it really special. The hotel is situated right in the middle of the Labrador Nature Reserve, a 22 hectare green space by the coast. The reserve is home to many tropical bird species and you can stroll along the coastal boardwalks or take a guided tour through the area's ravishing landscape.
The Vagabond Club
It's not surprising that the big hotel brands are trying to muscle in on the boutique hotel market and the Vagabond Club is part of the multinational Marriott Group. Vagabond is about as far from a chain hotel as it gets and retains its own distinct character. The hotel's ethos is 'all things in excess' and the rooms are sumptuous Parisien-chic decorated in rich reds, velvets and original artwork ensuring that each bedroom is different.
All of the rooms at the Vagabon Club are well-appointed, with coffee machines, a king-sized bed, Egyptian cotton sheets, luxury bath products and high speed Wi-Fi as standard. There is a gym for anyone who wants to keep fit during their visit and, if you prefer to take things easier, pay a visit to gallery area which exhibits work by the hotel's artist in residence. The work displayed changes regularly, so check out the website to see what's happening during your visit. There is also the opportunity to meet the artist and chat to them about their work.
The Japanese capsule hotel concept is taken to the next level by The POD located on Beach Road in Singapore. The smallest rooms are single pods which sleep one and consist of a comfortable single bed and personal locker area beneath. It might be a budget option at around 55 Singapore dollars a night but you will still enjoy the luxury of 300 thread count sheets, fluffy duvets and a complimentary hot breakfast.
If you are travelling as a couple book into a larger POD suite, which has a larger bed and a separate working area in your capsule. The capsule hotel is a uniquely Asian concept and it would be a shame not to experience at least one night in this style of accommodation which combines luxury on a budget in such an innovative manner.