Set in the striking honeycombed Duo towers, but a slipper’s toss from Kampong Glam and Little India, Andaz Singapore is a perfectly posi’d biz-meets-p-leisure stay replete with city views, outdoor dips and sky-high sips.
Choose from one of 342 rooms, or nab a suite for floor-to-ceiling vistas of the Singapore skyline; design maven Andre Fu’s dreamy interiors feature local-inspired textiles, decorative details and furny which further reflect the location. It being part of the Hyatt stable, there’s a bevvy of eat n’ drink options on tap from casual street eats at Alley on 25, to sizzling zi char siren Auntie’s Wok and Steam, and steak and sustainable seafood at pano-glama 665°F. Tropi-luxe rooftop bar Mr Stork has been adopted as the local after-work go-to – be sure to rock up early to nab a coveted sunset spot.
Andaz Singapore, 5 Fraser St, hyatt.com
Nearby Kampong Glam aka Singapore’s Arab Quarter is an incense-fused labyrinth of shop houses repping fabric stores, halal eateries, street art and shisha joints, and is where Singapore’s youth come out to play. For a by-the-hand walking itinerary, grab a copy of the LUXE Singapore guide. Here are three of our top picks to whet your appetite.
Think Asian furny is all rosewood and rattan? Jessica Wong and Pamela Tin go against type with their marvellous stash of original contempo home decor, aptly showcased in a reno’d shophouse. Snap up sublime, leathery rancher chairs, rainbow-hued cabinets and quirksome cushions emblazoned with local deco landmarks. 283 Beach Rd, shop.sceneshang.com
Located a few doors down is this hub-n-wife run emporium of souvenirs you actually want to take home with you. Offbeat, objects, spanning porcelain, glass and lacquer homeware and gifts, have been sourced from designers and artisans in Singapore and Japan. Shop shop! 265 Beach Rd supermamastore.com
Step inside this scentsational, dim-lit ode to an olfactory high where perfumes are off the shelf or bespoke. Make an appt for a custom blend, or stock up on soy wax candles, essential oils and ethical incense. Their antique flacons are divine. 42 Arab St, sifr.sg
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