The Luxe List 2010, Singapore: Wanderlust, Little India



Thanks to the efforts of four separate creative teams commissioned by lawyer-turned-hotelier Loh Lik Peng, this former Little India schoolhouse has been whimsically restored to showcase a madcap, endearing mishmash of provocative and quirky designs. The lobby level offers a dash of postmodern glamour—think a handsome Frank Gehry sofa—juxtaposed against a gray-toned industrial space. Twenty-nine guest rooms are available in three themes: the petite “Pantone” rooms on level two, each done up in a different hue; level three’s paper-inspired “Mono” rooms, featuring either chirpy Pop Art installations or  origami-like ceilings; and, best of all, the “Whimsical” rooms perched on level four, with towering loft beds and flourishes like a floor-to-ceiling rocket. When you are done marveling at the interiors, check out Cocotte, where the comparatively subdued rustic decor takes a backseat to Chef Anthony Yeoh’s hearty French fare

2 Dickson Rd.; 65/6396-3322; wanderlusthotel.com; doubles from US$286

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