Hotels We Love: Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore + Insider City Tips
The Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore is the first hotel in the Shangri-La hotels group and is a true oasis located in the heart of an urban jungle. The hotel recently revamped its Tower Wing with the help of Japanese interior studio, Bond Design and the results are simply breathtaking. Three wings offer a style for every type of traveler: the elegant and timeless Valley Wing, the lush Garden Wing and the modern Tower Wing, which is where we had the pleasure of staying.
From the moment we walked into the lobby of the Tower Wing, we immediately felt the tranquil and serene atmosphere thanks to its nature-inspired art. The design is modeled after five key elements: wind, which is found in the whimsical art installation hanging from the ceiling, water, inspired by the unique sculptures and infinity pool in the middle of the lobby, wood found on the accents of the furniture and walls and finally, stone on the lobby’s grand centerpiece facade located at the bar, measuring 9 x 6 meters and made out of 350kg of basalt stone flown in from Australia.
We had the pleasure of staying in the brand new Horizon Grand Premier Room and it was an absolute dream. Expansive, sleek, modern, yet still comfortable, the room was larger than my NYC apartment! It also had stunning views from both the living room and the desk view which can also be admired from the bed. This particular room is great for a larger party or families as it has a small kitchenette and dining table.
The newly renovated club lounge is such a convenient pleasure to have access to with complimentary breakfast, afternoon tea, cocktails & canapes, coffee, teas, juices and more served on a daily basis. It also offers stunning views overlooking the hotel’s grounds and the city of Singapore on both sides of the lounge. My favorite part of the day was heading up to the lounge before dinner to have wine, cheese and crackers as we watched the sun set over the city.
The grounds are made up of 15 acres of lush gardens, exotic flowers, plants, herbs and ponds that house over 200 Japanese koi fish! The hotel even has its own orchid hybrid, the Dendrobium by Shangri-La, Singapore which can be found inside the newly built Orchid structure, a greenhouse that towers 22 feet above ground.
Shangri-La restaurants are known to be some of the best in the hotel scene and the dining at Shangri-La, Singapore is no exception.
The Lobby Lounge
Our lunch experience was one of my favorites as the restaurant offers authentic Singapore hawker style dishes inspired by the long time heritage street food dishes such as Bak Chor Mee (chef’s favorite), Hainanese Chicken Rice, Laksa and more.
The resort offers an all-day casual dining experience for guests, equipped with 16 kitchens offering a variety of cuisines for every taste.
The Waterfall Ristorante Italiano
Another favorite of mine was The Waterfall Italian restaurant led by Chef Marco from Napoli. Chef Marco’s passion for cooking shines through, so much so that he even makes his own pasta, available for purchase at the restaurant!
NAMI Restaurant & Bar
Overlooking the city from the 24th floor, NAMI, which means “wave” in Japanese, this fine art dining experience is a sushi lovers dream.
The hotel’s Chinese fine dining experience offers authentic Cantonese cuisine and is one not to miss.
CHI provides a variety of services from Swedish and aromatherapy massages to specialized facials using local ingredients.
The hotel is located in the heart of the city and there is so much to do in the surrounding area but one of the highlights during our stay was the Bespoke Heartland tour conducted by the hotel‘s Chef Concierge, Rajkumar. The four hour tour gave us an in depth look into local life beyond the highlights that most tourists stick to. We learned so much during this tour and it left us appreciating the great country of Singapore even more than we did coming into it. Outlined below are some of the highlights we experienced during the tour:
We started the morning off by receiving blessings from Rajkumar’s family Hindu temple, Sri Veeramakaliamman as we learned about the Hindu faith.
We walked the colorful streets of Joo Chiat and had lunch with local Zizi at Kway Guan Huat. Zizi carries out her father’s 70 year long tradition of making the most authentic (and delicious) handmade popiahs in Singapore. The shop is located in a modest storefront where everything is made fresh. We learned how to stuff the popiahs and were taught how important it is to roll the skin with love and prayers during the process to pass on blessings to the person you make them for.
We made our way to the Chinese Heritage Centre in Chinatown where we learned about Singapore’s early pioneers and discovered the personal stories of people who made Chinatown their home.
Toa Payoh Estate
Rajkumar also took us to visit this diverse community living in harmony in a place where Singapore’s first MRT station, first bus terminal, first supermarket and police post are located. It’s also a place where citizens in Singapore go to plan their public housing plans and to establish their housing and development plans.
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