Raffles Hotel Singapore Restoration

As Singapore’s most iconic hotel undergoes a significant restoration programme, artist Clare Haxby pays tribute to Raffles Hotel Singapore with a limited edition print depicting a typical day at the foyer of the hotel.

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Since first opening its doors in 1887, Raffles Hotel Singapore has become an icon that epitomises the romance of the Far East – an intoxicating blend of luxury, history and colonial design.

Named after Stanford Raffles the founder of modern Singapore and the East India Trading Company, this luxury five star hotel has embarked on a careful and sensitive restoration programme. Designed to retain what is so special about Raffles – the ambiance, the service, the charm and the heritage of the hotel – while staying relevant and distinctive by moving with the times and with its guests and adapting to the changing needs of the well-travelled and Singapore’s community.

While the elegant white colonial building is undergoing restorative work in three phases throughout 2017, Raffles Hotel will always remain the home of the world famous ‘Singapore Sling’ cocktail designed by the resident Barman at the Long Bar. With the Long Bar closed for restoration, the Singapore Sling will be served at Bar & Billiard Room until mid-December 2017.

Inspired by this noteworthy milestone in not only Raffles Hotel’s history, but also Singapore progression forward, artist Clare Haxby has created a limited edition print that depicts a typical day at the foyer of the Hotel with guests waiting for taxi aided by the much loved Raffles Doorman: one of the most photographed men in Singapore.

Colourful Boutique Hotels in Singapore

There’s something about designer boutique hotels that resonates with you even after the stay. Far from generic, these hotels stand out because of simple yet personal touches from the designers’ perspectives. From original designer pieces to inspiring homebred artworks, we bring you three colourful designer hotels in Singapore.

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Hotel Clover

Themed with unique creations and hand-painted murals by art students

A boutique hotel characterised by modern art and chic design, Hotel Clover The Arts is located in the heart of the buzzing Chinatown. Each room is individually themed with unique creations inspired by urban street art, retro, minimalist line art to manga inspired. Rooms at level two and three hand-painted by students from various art schools in acompetition prior to the hotel’s opening.

5 Hongkong St, Singapore 059648

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Hotel Clover The Arts | Colourful Boutique Hotels in Singapore | Travelshopa

Hotel Vagabond

A reimagined French salon that hits the mark

Co-founded by Harpreet Bedi and Satinder Garcha, Hotel Vagabond is the first hotel in Asia to be designed by the world-renowned French designer Jacques Garcia. Housed in a 1950s heritage Art Deco building, this luxurious boutique hotel’s interior is reminiscent of a French salon – heavily drenched in rich, bold colours, peculiar art pieces and inspiring artworks. The hotel also conducts artist-in-residence sessions where you can meet and mingle with resident artists over a beautifully crafted cocktail at the salon lounge.

39 Syed Alwi Road, Singapore, 207630

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What To Pack

Bold Print Silk Purse | Temples and Markets | Cool Designer Hotels in Singapore | Travelshopa

Temples and Markets

Bold Print Silk Purse

La Femme Dress | Mashup Collective | Cool Designer Hotels in Singapore | Travelshopa


La Femme Dress

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Naumi Hotel

Handpicked original designer pieces and artist-inspired rooms

A refuge from the predictable, Naumi Hotel invites sophisticated travellers to an unforgettable experience. Emerge in the elegant-appointed rooms with a huge selection of handpicked original design pieces – think B&B Italia, Poltrona Frau, Zanotta, Tom Dixon, Artemide – and specially commissioned art by local and international artists displayed throughout the hotel. Moreover, these rooms are inspired by creatives like Andy Warhol and Coco Chanel.

41 Seah St, Singapore 188396

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All White Boutique Hotels in Singapore

The all-white aesthetic has become such a phenomenon that it has even rubbed off the designs of many new boutique hotels in SINGAPORE. Interior designers are turning to the minimalist style, adding clever details and quirks along the way and creating some potential Instagram-worthy photos for your feed. Presenting to you, three all-white boutique hotels in Singapore that have created chic spaces with this monochromatic palette.

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Hotel Mono

Singapore’s first monochromatic boutique hotel

Finally, a boutique hotel for serious minimalists. Amongst the eccentric streets of Chinatown sits Hotel Mono, a boutique hotel that adopts a monochromatic theme throughout its interior and exterior spaces. A chic hideaway set in six historical shop houses of modern design, this 46-room hotel uses clean lines and neutral colours to enhance the minimalist beauty of each space. Designed for the discerning traveller, the Hotel Mono offers rooms for solo travellers and families.

18 Mosque St, Singapore 059498

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Porcelain Hotel

Rich traditional Chinese porcelain designs

Nestled in one of Chinatown’s best historical lanes, Porcelain Hotel takes you on a cultural high with its rich traditional Chinese porcelain designs and old-world charm. The white building embellished with an intricate chinoiserie pattern is hard not to miss, fetching many curious onlookers. Inside, all rooms are adorned with recurring porcelain patterns but the Theme Suite is where you’d want to rest your head in. Layers of white sit harmoniously with hints of blue creating a calming space away from the frenzy of Chinatown.

48 Mosque St, Singapore 059526

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What To Pack

Square Neck Sweater Dress | a.oei studio | All-White Boutique Hotels in Singapore | Travelshopa

a.oei studio

Square Neck Sweater Dress

Code DeCo Blanc One | The Wishlane | All-White Boutique Hotels in Singapore | Travelshopa

The Wishlane

Code DeCo Blanc One

Akela Flare Sleeves Top | Salient Label | All-White Boutique Hotels in Singapore | Travelshopa

Salient Label

Akela Flare Sleeves Top

Wanderlust Hotel

Mono-themed rooms with stenciled art installations and special lighting systems

One may be familiar with Wanderlust Hotel’s eccentric and thematic hotel rooms – the result of groundbreaking works of award-winning design agencies Asylum, :Phunk Studio and fFurious. Four different themes lie in each storey including eight Mono Rooms on Level 3. Using origami as inspiration, discover different animated scenes of stencilled art installations with special lighting systems that allow you to choose via a click-wheel.

2 Dickson Rd, Singapore 209494

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Stunning Hotels in Singapore

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Capella Singapore

Singapore may be a modern metropolis and a haven for all shopaholics but inside this bustling little city is also a variety of fabulous stays.

Are you the type of traveller that lives for the under-the-radar boutique hotels or the type that would rather splurge in a luxurious villa complete with a private pool and a personal butler?

These 3 stunning hotels in Singapore promise an unforgettable stay be it by the sea, in town or in an up and coming ‘hood.



Capella Singapore

1 The Knolls, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098297

Located in Sentosa, an island resort, just 20 minutes away from the city, Capella welcomes you to a seaside escape from the urban city. Created by Foster + Partners, the resort is a blend of old-world colonial charm with contemporary chic, with the glistening South China Sea as their backyard.

A buggy ride takes you to luxurious rooms, ranging from premier rooms to colonial manors. For an unforgettable stay, pick one of the villas to enjoy butler services, private plunge pools, outdoor showers and bathtubs.

Perfect For:

A seaside escape from the urban city

Noteworthy Spot:

All three serene swimming pools

Worth getting out for:

Universal Studios Singapore

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Lloyd’s Inn

2 Lloyd Road Singapore 239091

Ever since its revamp in 2014, Lloyd’s Inn has transformed into an urban hideaway, attracting nature seekers into this quaint boutique hotel. Conveniently located in Orchard Road, Lloyd’s Inn offers a touch of greenery and nature with minimalistic elegance and raw architecture.

All 34 rooms adopt a minimalist style – think white home accessories and walls juxtaposed with bare concrete floors. Bigger rooms like the patio and the big skyroom offer an outdoor bathtub and outdoor dining area.

Perfect for:

The minimalist traveller

Noteworthy Spot:

Garden deck and dipping pool

Worth getting out for:

Shopping on Orchard Road

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The Fullerton Hotel

1 Fullerton Square, Singapore 049178

The Fullerton Hotel has it all – a prime location in the heart of the CBD, swoon-worthy rooms, world-class amenities and plays a pivotal role in Singapore’s history. Once home to Singapore’s General Post Office (a national monument), the Neoclassical landmark is now a stunning heritage hotel.

All 400 rooms are decked in warm, contemporary interiors of rich brown and cream hues, spacious bathrooms and views of the sunlit atrium lobby, the city skyline, Singapore River or Marina Bay waterfront.

Perfect for:

A luxurious refuge in the nexus of Singapore

Noteworthy Spot:

The Straits Club

Worth getting out for:

A stretch of dining and shopping options just outside the hotel

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Stunning hotels in Singapore

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