Checking In: The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore

Art is at the heart of the 608-room property, which is home to 4,200 pieces of artwork and sculptures. 

The expressive, sun visor-inspired “Cornucopia” art sculpture.

The Look

At The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, you’ll be forgiven for thinking that you’ve stepped into a modern art museum — the palatial ceiling features over 10,000 square meters of chromafusion glass with a mother-of-pearl filter, creating a light and airy environment. Then, the eyes are inevitably led to the expressive, sun visor-inspired “Cornucopia” art sculpture in the main lobby, which signifies fire and vitality. Home to one of the largest contemporary art collections in Southeast Asia (4,200 pieces in total), the hotel makes a worthy pit stop for any art lover. Art aside, feng shui (Chinese geomancy) guides the rest of the design, from auspicious gold “metal” rail trimmings suspended in Colony and Chihuly Lounge to “wind” coming through the large main doors to symbolize luck. Designed by Pritzker prize-winning architect Kevin Roche, the property is replete with geometric lines and subtle Oriental details.

The Club Deluxe Marina.

The Rooms

Whether one fancies sweeping views of Marina Bay or the relaxing sight of Kallang river, there’s a room or suite for you. All rooms also come with full marble bathrooms, each one backdropped by a three-square-meter octagonal window. I stayed in the 51-square-meter Club Deluxe Marina, a spacious yet cozy room furnished with a plush feather bed, a walk-in closet, mood lighting, and more.

One of the world’s sexiest bathrooms.

The warm, woody hues of the room contrast beautifully with the sunlit bathroom, where I enjoyed a luxurious butler-drawn lavender bath. Asprey bath amenities were topped up on the daily to create a relaxing, spa-like ambient for guests, once again reinforcing why they’ve been voted one of the world’s sexiest bathrooms. During turndown service, a platter of artistically plated chocolates (splattered like paint, no less) awaited me, referencing the property’s dedication towards the arts.

Laksa with homemade lobster ball.

The Food

Staying in the Club Deluxe Marina meant that I had access to The Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge, located on the 32rd level with panoramic views of the city-state. Breakfast, mid-day snacks, afternoon tea, hors-d’oeuvres and cocktails, as well as chocolates, pralines and cordials were served daily, with must-tries like freshly made waffles and the very moreish Taiwanese braised pork rice. Meanwhile, the hotel’s all-day-dining restaurant Colony offers an extensive selection of Singapore’s heritage cuisines through seven live kitchens, including laksa with homemade lobster ball, Hainanese-style chicken rice, tender Hong Kong-style roast meats, and more. Alluding to the seafarious voyage that the British took in the late 18th century to the East Indies for trade and commerce, Colony is an elegant dining venue boasting high ceilings and an eclectic mix of bespoke and vintage furniture.

During the art tour, expect to discover prominent artworks around the property.

Don’t Miss

Make the most of your stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore by embarking on a complimentary art tour of the hotel, led by the concierge at 5 p.m. daily. During the tour, expect to discover prominent artworks around the property and their artists — don’t forget to have your cameras at the ready.

The celestial “crystal universe” exhibition.

Alternatively, head to the nearby ArtScience Museum to explore the Future World exhibition, created in collaboration with renowned interdisciplinary art collective teamLab. Highlights include cutting-edge digital installations such as an interactive nature zone that changes with the seasons, as well as the celestial “crystal universe”, an installation featuring over 170,000 LED lights.

From now until December 28, 2018, The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore is offering “A Canvas of Views” package, which includes overnight accommodation in a Club Deluxe Marina room or Club Premier Suite, daily club access for two, butler-drawn lavender bath, hotel art tour, a pair of tickets to the ArtScience Museum, and more. A minimum of two nights’ stay is required. Prices start from US$651.

More information here.

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