From the lush tropical gardens of Sentosa Island, to the frenetic alleys of Little India and its gastronomic pleasure palaces, Singapore has all the makings of a noodle-y, canoodle-y romantic retreat. Luxury travel connoisseurs Mr & Mrs Smith have found cracking deals on boutique stays that are sure to get your heart racing. Already planning your best Barry White playlist? We thought so.
Best for: An intimate urban escape
Style: Boutique indulgence
Setting: Vine-entwined street to skyline
Hidden down the side streets of Singapore’s bustling business district, Naumi is a slickly-designed urban escape promising unabashed luxury and serious style. Days are spent moseying between the posh-nosh eateries and chic boutiques neighbouring Naumi, before retreating to the hotel’s 10th floor for a dip in the infinity plunge pool with its awe-inspiring cityscape views.
On arrival, guests are assigned a personal Naumi aide, who can arrange wake-up calls, laundry and room-service – beware, you’ll want to take yours home with you. If you can pry yourself out of your rooms – complete with marshmallow-like mattresses, designer furnishings and Malin+Goetz kit – make for cream-and-black-hued Naumi Bar & Lounge: by day, a coffee lounge; by night, a sexy whisky bar boasting more than 17 labels to choose from. The famous Raffles Hotel is a just a street away – be sure to don your swankiest duds – and offers live music at the Long Bar and wicked adult libations.
Rates from HK$2,075.42 a night for a double room
SASSY SAVINGS: Book with Mr & Mrs Smith to receive a last-minute deal on a room for two, from now until 30 December 2014. You’ll enjoy daily breakfast, free WiFi, free local calls and a free minibar throughout your stay and the bonus Smith-exclusive: a welcome drink and fruit platter on arrival.
Best for: Bustling street strolls and authentic dining
Style: Witty wonderland
Setting: Vibrant Little India
Experimental design meets inner-city chic at Wanderlust, a hotel sure to coax out every traveller’s inner whimsy. Smack-bang in Little India, it’s time to don your pith helmet and khaki for some serious exploration; your Guest Experience Ambassador is also on hand to create a personalised schedule brimming with insider know-how, activities and dining recommendations.
Each level of the four floors has been designed by a different group. Level Two flaunts neon lights, a rainbow corridor and a bespoke mosaic-tiled Jacuzzi; on Level Three, you’ll find an entirely black corridor, stark white rooms and walls dressed with pop-art pieces. The lobby’s vibrant eatery, Cocotte, is helmed by chef Anthony Yeoh and dishes up rustic French cuisine; expect whole roasted sea bass, crépinettes and moules marinières.
Rates from HK$1,092.65 per night for a double room
SASSY SAVINGS: Save 10% on your stay at Wanderlust with an exclusive offer from Mr & Mrs Smith, available on bookings made more than 14 days before arrival. You’ll receive breakfast daily; Smith members receive a non-alcoholic welcome drink for two on arrival.
Best for: Spa days, lounging pool-side, city respite
Style: Contemporary colonial
Setting: Ravishing, relaxing island
Fancy a spot of retail therapy without skimping on the tranquility of an island escape? Capella Singapore boasts a stunning white façade and tropical green surrounds and is only a short drive away from the mainland. The design brainchild of Jaya Ibrahim, rooms and villas at this colonial compound ensconce guests in understated luxury with clean lines, natural materials and soothing earth tones; Constellation rooms come complete with capacious patios and outdoor Jacuzzis.
If you’re wishing to hunker down, seek out Auriga Spa for holistic therapies and nimble-knuckled therapists. The spa uses 100 per cent natural and organic products – sourced from the Organic Pharmacy – and offers a treatment menu including detox therapies, traditional massages and signature indulgences. Culture-vultures can buzz around the island’s attractions – Universal Studios Singapore, Images of Singapore and the sprawling Vivo City shopping complex – before returning for a sundowner at Bob’s Bar and fusion Cantonese cuisine at Cassia, the hotel’s swish fine-dining restaurant.
Rates from HK$4,639.17 per night for a double room
SASSY SAVINGS: Take advantage of Mr & Mrs Smith’s Capella experience: breakfast special, valid for stays until 31 December 2014. The exclusive offer includes daily breakfast, free WiFi and minibar, five pieces of laundry pressing per stay, personal assistant services and access to the library with all-day refreshments, books, games, magazines and DVDs.
New Majestic Hotel
Best for: Chinatown foodie feasts
Style: Boutique design playground
Setting: Shophouse party luxe
As Singapore’s first collaboratively designed hotel, New Majestic Hotel is an achingly cool cornucopia of artistic delights. More like a hipster-approved gallery than swanky boutique bolt hole, the hotel features eccentric artwork in every nook, a smattering of vintage chairs in the gleaming terrazzo lobby and rooms designed by the city’s biggest creative names. Expect rooms with suspended beds, deliberately scuffed ceilings, shed-loads of plywood and beautifully lacquered wood furniture.
Manned by acclaimed chef Yong Bing Ngen, the Majestic Restaurant serves up contemporary Cantonese fare – Boston lobster with stewed noodles, grilled lamb rack with pan-fried carrot cake, crispy durian ice-cream – from the glass-panelled show kitchen. Look up to catch a porthole-sized glimpse into the New Majestic’s lap pool, which sits in an open-air atrium above the restaurant. For intimate dining à deux, nab one of the romantic alcoves.
Rates from HK$1532.15 per night for a double room
SASSY SAVINGS: Enjoy 10% off stays booked before 31 December 2014; valid until 1 January 2015. This exclusive offer must be booked at least 14 days before arrival and includes breakfast.