When it comes to hotels in Singapore, The St. Regis Singapore has quite a few bragging rights. When it opened in 2008, it was the first new luxury hotel to open in the city in 11 years and the first St. Regis property to open in Southeast Asia. Since then, itâ€™s hosted royalty, heads of state, and numerous celebritiesâ€”and thatâ€™s not to mention its twoÂ St. Regis customized Continental Flying Spur Bentleys, impressive art collection, six dining concepts, and award-winning RemĂ¨de Spa. Here, we talked with the Director of Rooms, Cameron Cundle, about what sets the hotel apart and how to best enjoy its bespoke luxuries.
What makes the St. Regis unique among hotels in Singapore?
A big part of this is our location. Weâ€™re just around the corner from the Orchard Road shopping stretch in the more discreet embassy enclave of Tanglin Road. Weâ€™re also a short walk away from the Singapore Botanic Gardens, recently named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and more than half of our 299 rooms and suites have views of its grounds.
Whatâ€™s something few people know about the hotel?
We house one of the largest private art collections in the region with works from artists ranging from Old World Masters to pioneer Nanyang artists including Marc Chagall, Fernando Botero, Pablo Picasso, Chen Ke Zhan, Cheong Soo Pieng, and Georgette Chen.
The hotel has an impressive six dining concepts. What are some of your recommendations for foodies?
At LaBrezza, the Italian restaurant by our outdoor Tropical Spa Pool, I love the handmade pastas and live Boston lobster, which the chef can prepare to your preference. Yan Ting has won awards for its Cantonese cuisineâ€”I particularly like the abalone soup served in a teapot. And at the Astor Bar, you have to try the Chilli Padi Mary, our signature homage to the classic Bloody Mary, a cocktail that was first perfected at the very first St. Regis in New York, more than 80 years ago.
What makes the St. Regis Butler Service so renowned?
Our butler service was originally created by the St. Regisâ€™s founder Sir John Jacob Astor IV when St. Regis first opened in New YorkÂ in 1904. It was part of his vision to create the best hotel in the world. Each St. Regis Butler undergoes exacting training, from the way they unpack and pack guestsâ€™ luggage and press clothes to how they deliver a beverage. And in Singapore, weâ€™re actually the only property in the vicinity that extends this service to all guests.
What are some insider tips to enjoying the hotel?
Singapore can be unbearably humid at times, and the best thing to do is to stake out at one of our cabanas by the pool. Thereâ€™s also our RemĂ¨de Spa, which will immediately make you forget youâ€™re in the middle of a bustling city. Its hydro pool and eucalyptus-scented steam chambers are phenomenally rejuvenating. For those who like to start the day on an energetic note, I always suggest going for a morning run in the Botanic Gardens, and we also put together bespoke family picnics there as part of our Family Traditions at St. Regis program.
And what about enjoying the rooms?
Ask your butler to draw a bath, read all about the St. Regis legacy that is given as a turndown amenity while you wait, and then take an indulgent soak with the built-in television in your bathroom mirror and Laboratoire RemĂ¨de toiletries.
What does working at the St. Regis Singapore mean to you?
Luxury is all about taking the time to appreciate the finer things in life. Every day, Iâ€™m inspired to be part of a team and a legacy that is committed to providing this luxury for others.
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