The Over 40-Year-Old Shangri-La is Still One of Singapore's Best Hotels

From www.justluxe.com by Eric Rosen
The Over 40-Year-Old Shangri-La is Still One of Singapore's Best Hotels

Opened over 40 years ago, the Shangri-La Singapore was the luxury chain’s first property. When it initially welcomed guests to its location off Orchard Road, it was really just that…off a road that was lined by orchards and other agricultural ventures. Today, however, the district has become one of city-state’s most upscale and trendiest neighborhoods, and the hotel itself has grown alongside it.

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This stunning complex is set on 15 acres with the original Tower Wing taking pride of place on tony Orange Grove road. Its grand, two-story, chandelier-filled lobby has welcomed famous guests from all over the world and purveys a sense of grandeur over the whole scene.

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Outside, guests can lounge around the enormous pool while admiring the room balconies of the Garden Wing (which recently underwent a renovation to the tune of $68 million SDG) draped in fuchsia bougainvillea. Across the lush, rolling lawn is The West Tower, where you will find the 131 club-level rooms and suites, designed to host dignitaries and VIPs.

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This tower features its own private lobby complete with all-day bar and table service, and a special breakfast area called the Summit Room where a sumptuous buffet is complemented by à la carte items like western omelets as well as Singaporean savories such as Nasi lemak coconut-milk rice with sambal chili, hard-boiled egg, fried anchovy, peanut and grilled fish cake.

Like rooms in the rest of the hotel, these ones feature all-marble bathrooms with separate tubs and walk-in showers, as well as L’Occitaine products. Complimentary Wi-Fi is included throughout the hotel, a Shangri-La brand standard.

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The hotel is also home to Shangri-La’s partner CHI Spa, which focuses on treatments conveying a sense of place through specialized rituals and ingredients unique to the location. Treatments include the Tropical Treat, which begins with a green coconut body exfoliation followed by a soothing chamomile and coconut oil skin treatment for hydration and relaxation.

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Among the dining options are the Nadaman Japanese Restaurant, the Southern Italian-inspired Waterfall, the Rose Veranda for a lavish afternoon-tea (there are 164 blends to choose from) and the family-friendly, all-day Line eatery, where there are 16 food stations, each offering a different kind of international cuisine. For a good overview of the area, BLU is set on the hotel’s 24th floor and is currently home to a pop-up version of chef Massimo Bottura’s Michelin three-star Osteria Francescana. Just off the lobby in the Tower Wing, guests will also find the more formal Shang Palace—a Shangri-La fixture—serving its signature menu of items like dim sum and the famous Peking duck.

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The Shangri-La Singapore is relaxing destination in the heart of the city, and yet still a world away from the frenzy of the bustling metropolis. 

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