The South Beach
30 Beach Road
If the Lama Scooter and the Juicy Salif lemon squeezer is your idea of cool, then this Beach Road establishment, which had its soft launch in September, is overloaded with it. That’s because Philippe Starck, the Frenchman behind the afore-mentioned designs, is also the mastermind of the interior and decor of this 654-room hotel, peppering every corner with his playful-modern aesthetic.
Take for instance the floating bed (or at least the illusion of one) in the various rooms, a ceiling full of floating candles in the lobby, and the two sky gardens which come with a 360-degree view of downtown, sleigh benches and a ping-pong table that’s fully mirrored. From $450 a night
39 Syed Alwi Road
If Shanghai has its Swatch Art Peace Hotel and Paris has its Hotel Costes, this month-old hotel in the heart of Little India is the hybrid of those two locations. Designed by celebrity French designer Jacques Garcia, the 41-room hotel bears the theatrical trademark of Garcia’s works, with opulent velvet red curtains and bold gold furnishings.
The hotel also holds the first artist residency programme of its kind here. Just like the Swatch hotel, the artistic crowd from writers, poets to musicians from all over the world can apply for residencies ranging from a week to three months.
Proof that they take their art seriously: The eye-catching installations and displays around the hotel. Just consider the brass rhino reception desk from Rajasthan, a video installation by Marco Brambilla in the elevator and photos by Julia Calfee who documented the residents of New York’s famed Chelsea Hotel. From $300 per night
28 Ann Siang Road
Housed in three conservation buildings from the 1900s, the recently revamped The Club nails that contemporary European hospitality to a T. Every room is inviting with its bright natural lighting, calming colours and sleek Mad Men-esque furniture.
Over 120 artworks around the swanky interiors of the 20-room hotel has been curated by Singapore-based design agency The Distillery. Among them are pieces by David Hockney and Alexander Calder as well as a commission by emerging Australian artist Chrysa Koukoura.
Foodies will also be spoilt for choice here: Popular Dempsey Hill gastrobar The Disgruntled Chef has opened its second and fine-dining outpost here, while the rooftop is home to Peruvian bar and grill Tiger’s Milk, which boasts its own ceviche bar serving South American fare like tiraditos and causas. From $280 per night