From the moment you pull up in front of the Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, you have that slightly nostalgic feeling of a child being treated to a grand day out. Shrug off the velvety embrace of humidity and bask in the cool, welcoming triple-height vestibule bathed in gorgeous natural light.
Located with spectacular views over the ever-improving Marina, the Ritz-Carlton is within easy reach of the airport and an effortless cab ride to the business and shopping districts. Limo service is available on a first come, first served basis to drop you off at the nearby Marina Bay Sands complex.
This well established doyenne of five star luxury on the Singapore landscape keeps it fresh with their spectacular works of art; 4,200 paintings, sculptures and works of art are positioned all over the hotel and a curated art tour is available on request. It really is a bonus to view the gigantic installations on the ground floor. The Venetian glass chandeliers and decorations are inspired and make sure you seek out the pieces by Frank Stella, Andy Warhol and Dale Chihuly.
With 608 generous rooms and suites on its 32 floors, this is a haven of refined, aesthetically pleasing comfort. The caramel coloured decor is luxurious without being ostentatious and the beds and sheets are divine. International powerpoints are abundant and well positioned so you can easily charge all your digital equipment without scrabbling around for adaptors – the bane of the international traveller. Enter the bathroom and you enter the world of James Bond – indulge in a bubble bath whilst gazing through the iconic octagon window at the panoramic marina vista, preferably with a martini in hand.
The 32nd floor offers club privileges such as all-day dining, complimentary cocktail hour drinks and canapes, and offers exceptional sunset views. The 25-metre pool, tucked into a tropical enclave, is inviting and family-friendly. The La Mer affiliated spa is fashioned like a stone vault – cool, calming and soothingly dark. Let go of the world outside and relax… couples rooms with romantic baths beckon you in.
One Michelin star Summer Pavilion, famed for their ducks, is a favourite spot for Malaysian visitors. Breakfast is served at Colony, the all-day dining restaurant located on the ground floor. It has been quirkily designed with an eye to Singapore’s British colonial past interwoven with all things Peranakan and Chinese.
For such a big space, it feels cosy and intimate and is a great place for brunch even if you are not staying at the hotel. Make sure you come with a good appetite to graze through the foods of the region. Afternoon tea is served at the Chihuly lounge. Don’t worry, the fitness centre is open 24 hours for those who want to try it all!
The staff are attentive yet discreet in this well-oiled grand hotel. The overall feel is harmonious and refined. It has all you would expect in a Ritz-Carlton – delivered with finesse.