Sumptuous hotel suites, slick service, relaxing spa treatments, high-end restaurants and first-class facilities are all on offer at Singapore–s best hotels.

Singapore boasts a wealth of hotels to suit most wallets, but where the city really excels is in its luxury sector. The majority of the city’s top hotels can are located in the Marina Bay/Colonial District and Orchard Road areas, but those looking for some sun, sea, sand and casino action won't be disappointed on Sentosa either.

The hotels of the Marina Bay area are an excellent choice for both holiday-makers and corporate guests. They not only boast stunning views, but their central location means fantastic eating, shopping and entertainment choices are all on the doorstep. Our number one choice is the oh-so-stylish designer boutique Fullerton Bay Hotel, with its award-winning interior design, magnificent views and trendy rooftop swimming pool and bar.

Across the bay from here is the unmissable Marina Bay Sands hotel, which hogs the skyline with its three grand 55-storey towers and rooftop swimming pool, bar and restaurant complex. Also in the area you will find the grand colonial Fullerton Hotel, and international luxury favourite, the Mandarin Oriental. For those looking to escape the familiarity of international chains, then luxury boutique choice Naumi is worth checking into, while world famous Raffles Hotel needs no introduction.

Orchard Road, famed for its endless stretch of luxury shopping malls, is another epicentre for some of the best hotels in Singapore. The St Regis is the glitziest of all, with its crystal chandeliers, personal butler service and fleet of personalised Bentleys, or choose from international chain five-star favourites Four Seasons or Shangri-La.

Sentosa boasts several new high-end hotels, but Norman Foster-designed Capella is the jewel in the crown with its views out over the South China sea, faultless service and exceptional award-winning spa.


If you looking for boutique accommodation in Singapore but are not prepared to scrimp on luxury, then check into Naumi. This 40-room boutique hotel in the heart of the Colonial District (just a short hop from Raffles Hotel) sets the standards when it comes to boutique accommodation in Singapore. The in-room Nespresso machines, personalised service and rooftop infinity pool overlooking the skyline will all ensure a luxurious and comfortable stay and are equally suited from a business or leisure stay. Rooms on the Ladies floor, exclusively for female guests, feature satin room accessories, aromatherapy oils and a full range of Kiehl's skincare products, and are serviced by female staff only.

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Despite its proximity to Orchard Road, the Shangri-La Hotel provides a little oasis of calm, its beautifully landscaped gardens, complete with koi ponds and waterfalls, setting this hotel apart from its neighboring rivals. The 747 guestrooms and suites are housed within three distinctive wings: the contemporary Tower Wing, the relaxing Garden Wing with its open-air balconies and the exclusive Valley Wing, with its private entrance, luxurious amenities and personalized services. The leisure facilities here are second to none, its four floodlit tennis courts and large freeform outdoor pool, Jacuzzi and fountains making this hotel a great choice for a family holiday.

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The Four Seasons hotel is a fine example of understated luxury. A 1,500-piece collection of original Asian artwork is featured throughout the hotel public areas and within the 255 guestrooms and suites. The hotel features two fine-dining restaurants – the Cantonese Jiang-Nan Chun with its great value weekend brunch and One-Ninety dishing up a selection of meats and fish cooked on the fragrant Applewood grill. Other facilities include two outdoor and two indoor tennis courts, an award-winning luxury Spa and two swimming pools including the 20th storey family pool, which boasts panoramic views of the city from its tanning deck. Those in the mood for romance should check into the adults-only 11th floor, which features mood lighting, in-room candies, romantic music selection and a Bath Butler Menu.

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The Singapore Mandarin Oriental stays true to its luxurious brand name, providing first-class luxury accommodation in the heart of the Marina Bay district. The hotel underwent extensive renovation in 2004, its 527 rooms all upgraded to the luxury standards you would expect, their floor-to-ceiling windows boasting views out over Marina Bay or over the city. Five restaurants include the poolside Dolce Vita Italian restaurant, the renowned Cantonese Cherry Garden and buffet favorite Melt – The World Café. Undercover walkways and malls link the hotel to the Marina Square shopping mall, CityLink Mall and Raffles City shopping mall (and MRT station) and also to the Suntec City convention centre and exhibition hall.

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The Fullerton Hotel is one of Singapore's best-loved hotels. The stunning colonial building was completed in 1928, and was named after Robert Fullerton, the first Governor of the Straits Settlements. The Fullerton Building used to house the General Post Office and opened as a hotel in 2001. Its magnificent lobby and atrium lead the way to 400 luxurious rooms and suites, three fabulous fine-dining restaurants (Jade, Town Restaurant and The Lighthouse) and a stunning roof-top swimming pool, which peers over the Singapore River to the surrounding neo-classical buildings of the Colonial District. The juxtaposition of the hotel's Doric columns and the towering skyscrapers of the financial district provide a uniquely Singaporean backdrop.

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The Marina Bay Sands hotel cannot be missed, hogging Singapore's skyline with its three grand 55-storey towers and boat-like roof structure that presides over the Marina Bay area. The three staggering hotel towers house 2,500 guestrooms and suites, and are linked to convention and exhibition facilities, theaters, a casino, an enormous shopping mall and numerous restaurants. But what really impresses visitors is the 150m rooftop infinity pool on the 57th floor, its skyline views providing some of the best photo opportunities anywhere in Singapore. Also on the roof you will find the trendy Ku De Ta bar, restaurant and nightclub complex, celebrity chef Justin Quek's Sky on 57 modern Asian restaurant, and the SkyPark public observation deck.

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The St Regis hotel is one of Singapore's most luxurious hotels, located at the top of Orchard Road, Singapore's shopping thoroughfare with its endless stretch of luxury shopping malls and designer boutiques. Setting itself apart from the rest of the Orchard Road hotels, the St Regis boasts personal butler service, one of Asia's finest private art collections, and a fleet of personalized Bentleys awaiting you at the door. Its 299 elegantly appointed guestrooms and suites provide luxurious surroundings, from the silk-shaded chandeliers to the bespoke furniture, lush fabrics and French marble bathrooms with oversized freestanding bathtubs. Luxury facilities include an indoor tennis court, tropical spa pool and the fabulous Remede Spa.

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Raffles Hotel, Singapore's "Grand Dame", remains the city's most famous landmark despite the astonishing rate of development and modernisation of Singapore. While tourists flock here in their hundreds to sample a Singapore Sling in the hotel's Long Bar, a stay in the hotel makes for a memorable experience. The breezy verandas and palm-filled courtyards whisk you back to a forgotten era of colonial elegance, when its rich and famous guests, included Noel Coward and Charlie Chaplin. This all-suite hotel oozes charm and sophistication and with 18 food and beverage outlets and 65 specialty shops, you may never want to leave to explore the modern side of the city.

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The spectacular Capella hotel in the heart of Sentosa Island is one of Singapore's most luxurious hotels. Designed by renowned British architecture firm Foster + Partners, this exlusive hotel combines the best of old and new Singapore, incorporating curved, modern structures with two 19th century colonial buildings. Many of the 112 guest rooms, suites, villas, and manors boast views out over the South China Sea and some have private plunge pools with outdoor bathing facilities. The four cascading pools set amongst the rainforest allow for relaxing afternoons, Bob's Bar is the perfect spot for sundowners and the luxurious Auriga spa is one of Singapore's very best and is an experience not to be missed.

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The Fullerton Bay Hotel is situated on the Marina Bay waterfront and is one of Singapore's most luxurious five-star hotels. This study in luxury boasts award-winning interior design, magnificent views of Marina Bay and the Singapore Skyline and a trendy rooftop swimming pool and bar. Shimmering mosaic floor tiles, glittering chandeliers and the drifting scent of lilies all greet you as you enter this stunning design hotel, and this attention to detail continues throughout its 100 guest rooms and suites. The roof top swimming pool and bar are not to be missed. Strategically placed in-pool loungers, private Jacuzzis and the über-cool poolside Lantern bar encourage seriously cool lounging with cocktail in hand.

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