Suite life: InterContinental Singapore
By Katie Milton | Published #68, Summer 2017
Why stay here?
Occupying a prime position in the heart of the arts and heritage districts, and just a short walk from the central business district and the buzzing Marina Bay, Intercontinental Singapore is the perfect base for any luxury traveller. The five-star hotel has recently undergone a multi-million dollar refurbishment with upgrades to all 338 guestrooms and suites in the main tower. The result features elegantly opulent interiors, impeccable service and residential-style suites that feel more homely than a hotel.
Rise and shine breakfast time
Guests staying in the Premier Suite have access to Club Intercontinental where complimentary breakfast is served each morning. The à la carte menu offers Western breakfast options as well as Asian dishes like Chinese congee and Japanese bento. This is accompanied by an extensive buffet with everything from cereals, decadent pastries, cheeses and cold cuts to a self-service fridge with freshly bottled juices and assorted yoghurts. Alternately there is a buffet at European restaurant Ash & Elm where guests can walk into the open kitchen and request their egg order from the chefs.
What’s for dinner?
At the newly revamped Ash & Elm, European cuisine is prepared in three live culinary theatres; a charcuterie and cheese room, a wood-fired oven and an open charcoal-grill kitchen. Man Fu Yuan is the hotel’s long-established contemporary Chinese restaurant. Helmed by executive Chinese chef Kwan Yiu Kan, the rich menu features a tea-pairing service designed to complement the dining experience. Light meals and share plates are also served in Victoria Bar and the Lobby Lounge along with cocktails and live music.
While the hotel has no spa, the outdoor pool is perfect for escaping the sticky Singapore humidity. I spent a relaxing afternoon before my flight enjoying the complimentary high tea in the Intercontinental Lounge. I hear the Royal Heritage Afternoon Tea beneath the exquisite chandeliers in the Lobby Lounge – the showpiece of the hotel – is also delightful.
From the traditional shophouse living experience recreated in the Heritage Wing rooms to the digital-cut motifs of Peranakan-inspired prints in the carpet; the history of the Peranakan culture and the surrounding Bugis precinct is embedded into the design of the entire hotel. Most notable is the Concierge Lounge that has been modelled on the design of a Peranakan living room. This inviting extension of the concierge features plush lounges, a specially commissioned Danielle Solk artwork and cabinets filled with items that represent the history of the local area. For Intercontinental Singapore, just like the Peranakan people, this lounge is where the hotel’s hospitality begins.
I would like an upgrade
At 259 square metres, the Presidential Suite is the most luxurious lodging option at Intercontinental Singapore. Located on the 16th floor, the suite features high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, a study, grand dining room, in-room sauna and the option to expand to a two-bedroom residence.
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Weather to go
Throughout the year Singapore stays true to its tropical climate, with temperatures around and above 30 degrees Celsius and with sporadic rain showers at any time of day or the year. Peak season falls in the wide range of between December and June, although in the weeks leading up to the Chinese New Year it can be hard to even get a hotel in Singapore because of the tourist traffic.