The tall, glassy building on Tanglin road could easily be mistaken for an expensive office block but don’t let the façade fool you. Contrary to the business-like exterior, what lies inside is quite a different story. The St Regis Singapore exudes an air of classic luxury and extravagance in the centre of the bustling city.
No sooner have you sat down at reception under the magnificent chandelier, of which there are many more, a member of staff is whisking you away to the upper floors of the hotel. It is there that you are welcomed into your room which can only be described as an exceptional affair. Forget new age luxury, minimalist designs, so called ‘less is more’ – at the St Regis, more is definitely more – and boy, do they pull it off. Hand-painted chinoiserie silk wallpaper, dark glossy wooden accents and traditional palatial panelling are but some of the characteristics of the timelessly elegant rooms and suites.
Whilst you lounge on the quilted sofa and nibble on a small plate of macaroons and sweet treats, the check-in process is quickly finished and you are introduced to your personal Butler. Yes, you read that correctly. Every guest is able to utilise the St Regis Butler Service which is at your disposal for the entirety of your stay. Perhaps you require a restaurant reservation? A hot chocolate at 3:45am? Or better yet, a rose petal bubble bath for when you return from dinner accompanied with chocolate truffles and a bottle of Ruinart champagne (would you have it any other way?). No matter what the need may be, your St Regis Butler is your personal concierge, assistant and key to the city. The service is truly faultless and is a discerning factor which differentiates the experience from so many of the others.
Alongside the service, another exemplary aspect of the hotel is the dining options which include Brasserie les Saveurs, Yan Ting and La Brezza. Breakfast is held in the Brasserie, a name which does not to the place justice. Floor to ceiling windows fill the opulent room with an abundance of sunshine, setting the perfect scene to indulge in the copious offering of pastries, meats, fruits and hot dishes. However, so as not to be sat in a table in the corner behind the service passage, do arrive early or ask your Butler to reserve you a table as it is a favourite of all hotel guests.
The hotel kindly lays on a small selection of snacks and drinks for SPG members at La Brezza in the afternoon which you can enjoy by the pool however, I would skip that and head to a long, sumptuous brunch at Yan Ting. Imagine, if you will, Wok-baked Boston Lobster, Shrimp Dumplings with Black Truffles and Deep-fried Live ‘Soon Hock’. Oh, and not forgetting the endless flow of Champagne. And believe me, it is quite literally that – you can sip until you’re teetering out of the restaurant (but staying at the St Regis, we’re hoping that’s not the look you’re going for). Read the full review here.
We were sad to leave the St Regis (well, no too sad as our Butler arranged a hotel Bentley to take us to our next destination…) but ultimately, it is a hotel like no other and a piece of tranquillity in the mist of one of the world’s most hectic financial hubs. The service, above all, is second to none and the ease of the stay makes this hotel a very special one in the Starwood brand.