Singapore is more than a stopover destination. There's plenty here to lure you into uncovering more of the Lion City—particularly when you get the opportunity to hole up in one of its top-notch hotels.
Brimming with next-level luxury, no matter if you opt for Michelin-starred Japanese dining on your doorstep, unwinding in Forbes Five-Star spa indulgence, or checking in at the number-one-rated hotel in the country, your perfect luxury stay awaits. Keep scrolling for Urban List's pick of the finest luxury hotels in Singapore.
Marina Bay Sands
10 Bayfront Avenue
An icon of the Singapore cityscape with its gravity-defying architecture, Marina Bay Sands is a destination within itself: a luxury shopping mall, observation deck, and countless restaurants, bars, and nightclubs mean there is (almost) no need to leave. Embark on a culinary odyssey from Gordon Ramsay’s waterfront restaurant to sexy rooftop bars, celebrity chef-helmed kitchens and even Starbucks’ boutique offshoot, Starbucks Reserve, which serves single-origin coffees sourced from around the world.
Each room takes advantage of the hotel’s location and has views over the Singapore skyline, Marina Bay Sands, or Gardens by the Bay. For ultimate relaxation, the world's largest rooftop infinity pool awaits, plus the award-winning Banyan Tree Spa if pampering not paddling is more your style.
80 Middle Road
A luxury five-star hotel set in the heart of Bugis, InterContinental Singapore seamlessly blends modern touches with subtle Peranakan undertones. If you’re looking for a more authentic experience, the Classic Rooms located in the Heritage Wing are reminiscent of shophouse living and feature design inspirations from the Peranakan culture alongside timber floorings and ornate furnishings, while the King Corner City View Rooms offer a semi-partitioned bedroom and a seating and study area—perfect for those who need a little more space.
But if you're looking to go all out, we suggest booking one of the One-Bedroom Suites, Royal Suites, Ambassadors Suites or Presidential Suite which come with Intercontinental Singapore's Signature Butler Service. Designed to cater to your every need, their Butler services offer a hyper-personalised, end-to-end experience that begins even before you arrive. From a personalised welcome to a private off-site dining experience, their team can handle any request with grace and efficiency.
With a multitude of dining options onsite you’ll be spoilt for choice. Man Fu Yuan is known for its authentic Chinese cuisine, Chikuyotei offers up a wide variety of modern Japanese dishes and LUCE by Davide Giacomelli is the place to go for traditional Italian cuisine. The Lobby Lounge is a must visit for afternoon tea, bespoke wines and handcrafted cocktails. There are also live music performances every Friday and Saturday nights.
The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore
15 Stamford Road
Spanning two heritage buildings in the City Hall area, The Capitol Kempinski Hotel is a testament to melding the old with the new – much like Singapore itself. A stay here rewards with prime access to seven restaurants and bars, from a German deli and beer garden to upscale Italian and brunch buffets laden with lobster, oysters, and Wagyu cuts (The Capitol Kempinski Hotel has earned a loyal following for its breakfasts and brunches, so early risers should take note.)
The rooms are modern with crisp white linens and sparkling double-vanity ensuites. Standout hotel facilities are the wellness spa and saltwater relaxation pool—perfect for when your Vitamin D store needs a top-up.
Mandarin Oriental Singapore
5 Raffles Avenue
With countless accolades including 10 years of Forbes Five-Star Ratings for its hotel and spa, the legendary Mandarin Oriental Singapore is worthy of a splurge. Seven dining and drinking venues are at your whim, each with a view trumping the last. Tickle your tastebuds at MO BAR with curated cocktails, twirl pasta by the pool at Dolce Vita or savour Cantonese cuisine at Cherry Garden.
The award-winning spa is a wellness haven with nimble-knuckled therapists promising to knead knots, soothe with sound healing, and buff nails to manicured perfection. Cool off after a busy day exploring the sights of Singapore by making a beeline for a luxe cabana by the rooftop pool – sundowner optional, but recommended.
Capella Hotel Singapore
1 The Knolls, Sentosa Island
The pinnacle of the city’s luxury accommodation is Capella Hotel Singapore, recently named the number one hotel in the country in the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2023 and Conde Nast Awards Traveler Readers’ Choice 2022. So, what makes it so special? A team of ‘Capella Culturalists’ curating want-for-nothing accommodation (including Jacuzzi suites and two self-contained 19th-century bungalows nicknamed ‘manors’), local experiences, and conceptual dining.
It would be easy to spend all of your time here in the Forbes Five-Star-Rated Auriga spa, soaking up the benefits of the Vitality Pool or a signature moon ritual. When refreshment does call though, swing by Bob’s Bar for a cocktail or sit down to cuisine inspired by China’s historic spice routes at Cassia.
1 Beach Road
Raffles Singapore is emblematic of the city’s luxury stays. This icon may only be a hop and skip from the city centre but it is in a world of its own; one where suited-and-booted doormen welcome you to sink into free-standing bathtubs, snooze in elegant four-poster beds and lazily paddle about in the sparkling rooftop pool.
The perfect refreshment after your swim? A Singapore Sling, naturally. There is no better place to sample this famous tipple than at the Long Bar, but other dining options at Raffles Singapore include a drink at the Writers Bar or an afternoon tea at the legendary Tiffin Room.
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22 Orange Grove Road
Shangri-La Singapore sits on 15 acres of tropical gardens but is also just a stone’s throw from the action of Orchard Road. The hotel’s rooms and suites are separated into three wings: Garden, Valley and Tower. Look to the Garden Wing for lush sanctuary and suites with outdoor whirlpool baths and koi ponds. The private lounge and champagne bar of the exclusive Valley Wing may have you rubbing shoulders with the A-list, while the original Tower Wing is great for families.
Five restaurants offer a globetrotting selection of cuisines from Italian to Chinese, European and Japanese. The latter includes Zeniya, the sister restaurant of the same-name Michelin-starred outlet in Kanazawa, Japan.
The St. Regis Singapore
29 Tanglin Road
The St. Regis Singapore is unbeatable for old-world glamour. Think crystal chandeliers, gilded trimmings, and marble bathrooms with free-standing tubs—this is Regency-era opulence, the Singaporean way.
With one of the finest private art collections in Asia, it’s not unusual to pass a Picasso or Chagall en route to one of the five dining venues, which includes Michelin-starred restaurant Shinji. Here, the cocktail menus are works of art in their own right, featuring ingredients like Chinese plum vodka. The hotel’s Orchard Road location means you can shop upscale boutiques between sessions at the hotel spa or follow up retail therapy with laps in the rooftop pool.
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Image credit: InterContinental Singapore | Supplied
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