Singapore is a destination that refuses to be pigeonholed. It’s at once an historic city brimming with colonial grandeur, a modern architectural wonderland where innovation is second nature, and a multicultural mecca uniting the best of Asia in one captivating package.
Whether you’re a business traveller on the move, a foodie looking to taste your way through Asia’s best restaurants, or just want to spend your days drinking cocktails in a cabana at an exclusive beach club, the Lion City has everything you need, want and more.
As you can imagine, luxury Singapore hotels are a cut above the rest, with a dizzying array of five star resorts, highrise hideaways and even a glamorous beach resort designed by the same architect behind Apple’s high-tech ‘spaceship’ HQ.
The best luxury hotels in Singapore
In no particular order, and by no means a definitive guide, these are some of the best hotels and resorts Singapore has to offer.
Raffles Singapore is the city’s most iconic hotel. When it first opened in 1887, it put Singapore on the map as a destination worthy of the six weeks it took to reach it from London at the time. And its allure has not diminished in the 135 years since.
Exquisitely restored just three years ago, the hotel is brimming with heritage charm and style, transporting guests to a time when famed writers such as Rudyard Kipling once roamed its courtyards. Yet it’s surprisingly modern too, with state-of-the-art technology in each of its 115 rooms and suites.
Lofty four-metre ceilings and polished teakwood floors set the scene, with 24-hour butler service and a myriad of delicious dining options adding to the indulgence. Stop for a Singapore Sling at the Long Bar, enjoy sumptuous steaks at Butcher’s Block, feast on North Indian cuisine at the Tiffin Room and more.
2. W Singapore Sentosa Cove
More than a city of history buffs, Singapore has plenty of contemporary offerings too. Take W Singapore, for example. Hidden on Sentosa Island, it’s about as outrageous as they come, with vivid interiors and flamboyant restaurants. There’s even a room with its own DJ booth!
Start each day with a buffet breakfast at The Kitchen Table, enjoy inventive cocktails or a locally-infused high tea at Woobar at midday, and then send your taste buds on an adventure with fresh seafood and perfectly-seasoned steaks at Skirt.
When you need to wind down, W has you covered too. Its Away Spa offers signature treatments such as a detox massage, while the Vitality Pool is a perfect spot to soak away your cares. Outside, the cabana-lined Wet Pool is a perfect escape from the balmy, tropical heat.
3. The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
Singapore is no stranger to architectural statements, yet The Fullerton Building – built in 1928 and once home to the city’s GPO, as well as an exclusive member’s only club where tycoons and civil servants made deals behind closed doors – leaves many in its wake.
A national landmark since 2015, the neoclassical marvel is known for its soaring doric columns and a barrel-vaulted coffered ceiling. Its reputation for grandeur continues as The Fullerton Hotel, with 400 spacious rooms and numerous dining options to whet your appetite.
Among its opulent abodes are the Palladian and Fullerton Suites, each with an enviable outlook to Marina Bay and the Singapore River; and The Loft Suite, a two-level duplex with original double-storey French doors leading to a balcony with views of the waterfront.
4. SO/ Singapore
Though not yet a household name, Sofitel’s fast-growing SO/ brand is definitely one to watch. In the heart of the Lion City, SO/ Singapore is a perfect blend of the old and new – a playful, fashion-forward hotel inspired by its location, with a delicious French twist.
Housed within a heritage-listed building in the central business district, the uniquely-styled hotel boasts 134 personality-filled guest rooms, each featuring bespoke ‘Versailles meets Vogue’ decor created by its ‘Signature Designer’ Karl Lagerfeld.
With names including Cosy, Lofty and VIP, a rooftop pool bar and whimsical all-dining restaurant dubbed ‘Xperience’, the SO/ Singapore has all the ingredients of a delicious city escape.
5. Mandarin Oriental Singapore
Singapore luxury hotels can be found throughout the island, yet few have a location as good as the Mandarin Oriental Singapore. Towering alongside the waters of Marina Bay, moments from the Esplanade and Concert Hall, it’s also a fantastic spot to view the F1 Grand Prix.
With its luxurious walls are seven fabulous bar and dining options, including Dolce Vita modern Italian, Cherry Garden Cantonese, and Teppan-Ya Japanese – which also affords a sensational outlook across Marina Bay and the iconic Marina Bay Sands building.
Rooms are as elegant as you’d imagine, with calming decor and floor-to-ceiling windows. Guests staying in Club rooms also enjoy access to the Oriental Club on level 19, with champagne breakfast, afternoon tea, and evening cocktails all part of the deal.
6. The Capitol Kempinski
What’s better than one historic building? Two historic buildings! The Capitol Kempinski is a masterclass in timeless elegance, breathing new life into both the 1930s neoclassical-style Capitol Building and Venetian Renaissance-style Stamford House, built from 1904.
The 155-room luxury Singapore hotel is a multi-sensory adventure, from its grand lobby sure to leave you speechless to highly-textured interior furnishings and classically-inspired bar and restaurant options dishing up fare which smells and tastes as good as it looks.
And its location? Right in Singapore’s civic and cultural heart, rubbing shoulders with fellow architectural gems including the National Gallery, the Capitol Theatre, and Armenian Church.
7. Shangri-La Hotel Singapore
It may not be the newest or the flashiest in town, yet Shangri-La Hotel near Orchard Road never fails to be mentioned among the city’s best. Spread across three distinct wings, each of its 792 guest rooms is a haven of serenity.
Tower Wing is ever-popular with families, the Garden Wing perfect for couples seeking a tropical escape, and the Valley Wing a staple choice for dignitaries and business travellers. Though all quite different, they each share the same rich DNA and fondness for chandeliers.
Set within 15 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, the hotel is home to a plethora of dining choices and the pampering Chi, The Spa. For a special treat, you can enjoy a dinner curated by master chefs, set amid an enchanting, seven-metre tall open air orchid greenhouse.
8. Capella Singapore
Capella Singapore has been regularly named among the country’s best hotels since opening 13 years ago. And yet, somehow, it still manages to fly under the radar for many travellers. Its exclusive location could be a good reason for that.
Hidden on the lush island of Sentosa, between Palawan Beach and Serapong Golf Course, the five star hotel blends two historic 1800s bungalows with a sweeping contemporary addition.
Designed by Norman Foster, the acclaimed British architect behind Apple’s high tech Apple Park in Cupertino, its 112 manors, suites and guest rooms are classically refined. Views of lush gardens and out across the South China Sea are just the icing on the cake.
9. Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore
Location, location. You’d be hard pressed to find a better one than Ritz-Carlton Millenia. Boasting uninterrupted views of Marina Bay, Singapore Flyer and the glittering city skyline, backed up by serious luxury within, it’s one of the city’s most celebrated getaways.
For a hotel with a 4,200-piece art collection, including works by Andy Warhol and the glass artist Dale Chihuly, decor in its 608 guest rooms is surprisingly restrained, with a neutral palette and architecture that does the heavy lifting. Restaurants are a different story, however.
Republic Bar takes a ‘more is more’ approach, with brass, glass, leather, and mirrors used with abandon. Michelin-starred Summer Pavilion and international restaurant Colony are equally playful, dishing up both a treat for the eyes and a feast for the stomach.
10. Andaz Singapore
Andaz is the free-spirited sibling of the Hyatt family, a luxury brand where arts and culture are at the forefront of each property. Andaz Singapore has taken that brief and run with it, resulting in a fun and fresh hotel with cool bars, quirky fixtures and even tee-pees on its rooftop.
In addition to 342 beautifully designed rooms, it boasts a sun-drenched rooftop swimming pool, refined Cantonese flavours at 5 ON 25 restaurant, prime cuts and sustainable seafood at 665°F, and a sleek cocktail bar perfect for drinking in Singapore’s dramatic sunsets.
Kampong Glam (Little Arabia) and its colourful street art mecca of Haji Lane are located nearby, while the incredible Gardens by the Bay is only a short stroll or taxi ride away.
11. Hilton Orchard Singapore
Hilton Singapore on Orchard Road has been a staple for high-flying business travellers for some five decades. But you may want to double check the address next time you visit – it’s moved.
Now located at 333 Orchard Road, and with a shiny new name, Hilton Orchard Singapore is the brand’s new Asian flagship. And it’s worthy of that honour, with more than 1000 guest rooms furnished in a subtle botanical theme, a call out to the fruit-growing past of its location.
On the dining front, it features five vibrant restaurants, including all-day buffet venue, Estate. US chef and former winner of the James Beard Foundation Outstanding Chef Award, Nancy Silverton, has also replicated her heralded New York Italian pizzeria, Osteria Mozza.