The guest list reads like a China’s Who’s Who and Conde Nast Traveler’s Hot List 2010. Of all Singapore hotels, the ultra-luxurious Capella Singapore is one that will impress with its blend of old and new.
But resort executives are reluctant to reveal which moguls are regular visitors although fans of Jackie Chan will recognise Capella’s tranquil cascading pool and sprawling grounds on his blog.
Capella Singapore is a unique fusion of colonial and contemporary. A private driveway leads to a white-columned colonial bungalow built in the 1880s for the British military to host gala balls. Connected to the colonial building, facing the South China Sea, is a curved contemporary extension designed by London firm Foster + Partners.
Where is it?
Capella’s location on Sentosa Island amidst 12ha of lush rainforest is just minutes from Singapore’s CBD. In the Malay language, “sentosa” means peaceful or tranquil. Here, you could easily imagine you’re in Bali or Koh Samui instead of frenetic Singapore.
What about the rooms?
One thing that sets Capella apart from other luxury Singapore hotels is its spacious guest rooms. There 112 rooms including two Colonial Manors, 38 villas and four Constellation rooms with private rooftop Jacuzzis.
Rooms are high tech and come with free wireless internet, flat-screen television sets, BOSE entertainment systems with iPod docking stations and touch-panel control systems for lights, air-con and drapes.
There are plenty of other luxurious touches such as bar fridges stocked with complimentary beverages that are replenished daily, Nespresso coffee machines and free pressing for up to five garments. Top of the range are the three-bedroom Colonial Manors. Each manor has an elegant dining room suitable for entertaining guests, a study, lounge room, chef’s kitchen and lap-pool.
There are separate wings for long-stay guests who have a choice of 72 sea-facing suites, penthouses and nine manors with private pools.
What about the food?
Dining options include Chinese fine dining at Cassia, all-day international and Asian cuisine at The Knolls, and drinks and tapas at Bob’s Bar overlooking the South China Sea.
What’s there to do?
There’s a long list of activities on offer including canoeing, cooking classes, cycling, golf, cocktail-making lessons, photography workshops, sailing, tea appreciation workshops, Singapore history tours and tours to local markets.
Take a picnic lunch down to Tanjong or Palawan beach near the resort. Or hit the jogging and walking trails around Sentosa Island. Golfing enthusiasts may enjoy a round of golf at Sentosa Golf Club and nautical enthusiasts can berth their yacht at ONEº15 Marina Club in nearby Sentosa Cove. A 15-minute walk away is the recently opened Universal Studios and Resorts World, a leisure precinct with retail shops, restaurants and casino.
What else is there?
There’s the Auriga spa, a fitness centre, meeting rooms and a business centre with two boardrooms and three cascading outdoor pools.
The Library is an atmospheric reading room with colonial touches like wicker chairs, tea served in bone China cups, an original copy of Noel Barber’s Tanah Mera and a helpful library assistant at your beck and call. The resort’s fleet of Mercedes limousines and a Rolls-Royce Phantom is also available to tour Singapore like a mogul or movie star.
What about the spa?
Auriga’s unique body therapies are based on the lunar cycle. The spa has nine treatment suites with tranquil bamboo gardens and a menu of programmes that combine techniques, products and scents to create experiences specific to each phase of the moon.
What’s the bottom line?
Premier garden view rooms from S$750 (HK4450) a night, a Colonial Manor is S$12,000 a night.
Capella Singapore, 1 The Knolls, Sentosa, tel: +65 6377 8888.