Cascading down a hillside toward the South China Sea, the Capella Singapore has all the trimmings of a luxury resort with a grand, colonial twist. The Asian debut for the Capella group, a new chain of boutique properties headed by former Ritz-Carlton president Horst Schulze, the 111-room hotel occupies two 1880s buildings linked by a modern curvilinear structure in the shape of a figure eight. Sir Norman Foster was called upon to oversee the architecture, while Indonesiaâ€™s Jaya Ibrahim took the helm on interiorsâ€”think dark-wood floors, Burmese teak furniture, and thoughtfully selected modern art. In fact, over 900 artworks accent the property, from striking murals in the living roomâ€“ style lobby to larger-than-life sculptures nestled amid the hotelâ€™s 12 hectares of rain forest and heritage trees. Posh Chinese is on the menu at Cassia, but the highlight of any visit has to be sipping ginger beers at Bobâ€™s Bar, a semi-open space with views over three hillside swimming pools (1 The Knolls, 65/6377-8888; capellasingapore.com; doubles from US$382).
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