A 1-hour full body massage is undeniably a blissful experience, but when compared to the experiences on offer at these unique day spas, the massage does seem a little less memorable. From wine baths to a healing bath in an abandoned brewery, these are some of the world’s day spas you just have to see to believe.
Singapore’s Raffles, Marina Bay Sands, and Fullerton Bay hotels may have the name and reputation, but what these luxe stays have in class, they don’t quite have in ‘fun factor’. Brighten up your Singaporean sojourn with a stay at one of these playful and quirky boutique hotels.
Naumi Singapore is where modernism, minimalism, and designer living collide. Situated right in the heart of the city (conveniently across from The Raffles), the hotel was designed with the discerning luxury traveller in mind. Everything is finished to perfection, but not without a fun twist. Working off a clean, bright, and white base, Naumi Singapore has built six unique room types; the two most intriguing being the Coco Chanel inspired ‘Gabrielle and Camelia’ rooms and the Andy Warhol pop-art inspired ‘Eden and Nirwana’ rooms. Details such as graffiti rugs, Gaetano Pesce’s ‘Donna’ chairs, freestanding tubs, and camellia art walls, take this hotel from standard to striking.
The Warehouse Hotel Singapore
It wouldn’t be out of place in Brooklyn, but for Singapore, The Warehouse Hotel is considered cutting-edge. Once an important part of the Straits of Malacca trade route on the Singapore River, and right at the heart of the red light district of it’s time, the ‘godown’ is now a meticulously remodelled, 37-room boutique hotel on Robertson Quay. In keeping with the warehouse theme, the hotel favours a modern industrial interior style. From the vaulted ceilings, cog-like sculptures, and single suspension lights in the lobby and bar, to the concrete walls and metal finishings in the rooms, every last detail tells the story of heritage and local culture.
M Social Singapore
Designed by the acclaimed French architect Philippe Starck, the quirky M Social Singapore at Robertson Quay has two distinct personalities. Communal areas appeal to the millennial traveller with bold murals, Singapore’s eclectic ‘Moroccan’ tiles, and even lava lamps, but the rooms take on a completely different feel. Architecturally, the two styles of rooms - loft and alcove - are stunning. Described as ‘snuggish’, they’re stripped of the colour of the common areas and instead finished with a palette of neutrals, wood, concrete, and mirrors. Though they’re less chromatic, the rooms’ personalities are no less fun than the lobby and eatery.
Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong
IHG’s Indigo brand is known around the world for it’s colourful, fun, and distinctly regional style. Each hotel is considered as individual as its surrounds. At Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong, colourful touches inspired by the local Peranakan culture complement that well-known, bright and playful Indigo style. Throughout the hotel, Singapore’s iconic Peranakan tiles (also referred to as ‘Moroccan tiles’) bring a kaleidoscope of colour to the floors and walls. There are multi-coloured lanterns adding interest to the ceiling, Singer sewing machine stands to dress up the bathroom vanities, and circular, dragon-embossed tubs in select rooms of the 131-room strong hotel.
Singapore’s KēSa House is located at the heart of the buzzing Chinatown precinct, an area renowned for its vibrant food and bar scene. It’s also known for its heritage architecture; a visual that KēSa House didn’t want to disturb when entering the neighbourhood. Rather than announcing their presence in the precinct with an imposing, glass-clad high rise, this boutique hotel maintained the soul of Chinatown by refurbishing a row of ‘Late Style’ Chinese, Malaysian, and European influenced shophouses on Keong Saik Road. The ‘Sky Rooms’ on the top floor of the 60-room hotel are some of the most unique, featuring large glass panels in the ceiling for plenty of natural light and unobstructed views of the night sky. Though perfect for shorter stays, KēSa House also has medium-term guests in mind with shared guest access to a state of the art kitchen, laundry room, and stylish lounge.