W Singapore Sentosa Cove
For many of us, hotels are simply a temporary lodging when we travel – most of us are satisfied with a reliable shower and a bed that is comfortable enough after a long day of shopping or seeking out cultural activities or hottest happenings. Very few would spend their entire day at the hotel (unless it is a staycation), even if the invitation of an infinity pool or an outdoor bar with panoramic city views beckon. So it is safe to say that when you find a hotel which entices you enough to abandon your shopping and cultural itinerary, it is a hotel worth raving about. Such a hotel happens to be W Singapore Sentosa Cove.
Glenn and I were spending 2 days in Singapore on our way back to Sydney (from Hong Kong) and under the influence of friends who held accolades for W Hotels, we decided to stay at W Singapore. We were glad we did. Unlike most hotels where you drop off your baggage and head on out, W Singapore Sentosa Cove is a contemporary resort playground where guests relax, recharge and daydream. It was a much needed recharge for us two after a hectic few months and we were ready to kick back for some sunshine and cocktails.
We stayed in the Marvelous Suite which boasts an expansive living area and separate bedroom and a balcony with a private plunge pool that overlooks the tranquil South China Sea. The finishes of the room are a mix of organic and modern where floral motifs decorate the wall, pattern carpets line the floor and quirky lampshades illuminate the room – in short deco and design details that match our vibrant and quirky panache. We got comfortable very quickly (ok we were crazily ecstatic for a good twenty minutes at the opulence that we had walked into) and were ready to soak in the W Experience.
The weather in Singapore was a tropical balmy warm, the kind where sipping cocktails by the idyllic pool would make perfect sense. We wasted no time in swapping our dapper attire for speedos and off we went into the main pool where we raced each other during our front crawl, water-bomb jumped (do we ever grow up?), lounged on the floating bean bag and enjoyed refreshing cocktails by the pool-side bar.
There is a W Insider in every W Hotel who is your go-to for all local tips – from where to shop and eat to where the coolest parties and events are. We had the pleasure of meeting the affable Cara Loh who gave us a tour of W Singapore, indulging our curiosity for the design aesthetic of the resort. Izaac Chan, W Singapore’s social media manager, was kind enough to invite us to the trendy Woobar to savour their high tea with a twist.
Featuring an array of delectable sweets and savouries, the treats were served in an inventive bird-cage that is a reflection of the the lobby’s urban jungle aesthetic. Like every other Woobar, the one at W Singapore comes alive at night with acclaimed DJ sets and this was also where Glenn and I pretended to be trendy travellers and enjoyed our Singapore Sling.
What sets the W Hotel chain apart from many others is their approach and success in merging art and design with luxury and sophistication. Each W Hotel works with artists and designers, including local ones, and brings their conceptual vision together to tie in with the hotel’s thematic direction. Every art piece has a story and is curated from findings around the world. You often have to take a second look to discover subtle details or quirky nature and understand how they fit in with the hotel’s design concept.
W Singapore’s theme around an urban jungle (a cascading waterfall of projected graphic patterns, pebbled walls made of 100 percent natural wood) is executed with such innovation and is a welcoming contemporary change to the hotel industry. The hospitality of the W Singapore staff is world-class – attentive, sincere and cool – and form an integral part of the glamorous W experience. It is easy to immerse yourself within the atmosphere of W Singapore and what it has to offer so plan another day or two there solely to relax and recharge (trust me, you would want to).