Spotlight: The Unlimited Collection by Oakwood

A trio of heritage properties in Singapore marks the arrival of a new brand from the leading hospitality brand and pioneer of serviced apartments, Oakwood.

The facade of Ann Siang House, slated to open this June. (All photos courtesy of Oakwood)

Singapore-based staycationers seeking out boutique lodgings with personality should look to The Unlimited Collection by Oakwood, a newly launched hospitality brand that celebrates individualism with a zest for life. Its intimate hideaways are the perfect choice for independent travelers in search of unforgettable experiences while getting to know a new place (or reacquainting themselves with a familiar one) through immersive stays that tap into the spirit of the destination.

The Unlimited Collection by Oakwood is a growing portfolio of unique properties, each with their own distinct character. This collection will incorporate a diverse range of locations for work and play, whether that might be a chic, intimate base in a bustling city or a laid-back seaside resort. Backed by Oakwood’s world-renowned hospitality excellence and its global network, these properties will adhere to operational standards and programs, such as Oakwood Clean360, to deliver a consistent Oakwood experience that guests know and love. The first three outposts of the brand are located in Singapore; all express the innate charms of the Lion City’s vibrant historic neighborhoods.

A Studio Loft at Wanderlust, a charming property in Little India.

The exterior of the 29-room boutique hotel.

Housed inside a 1920s Art Deco building on a quiet street in Little India, Wanderlust made its debut on March 1. Here, just 29 thoughtfully appointed rooms and suites blend classic comforts with modern charms, redefining how urban stays are experienced and perceived. A case in point? The charming two-story Studio Lofts that feature a separate living space with a well-equipped open kitchen. Wanderlust enjoys an enviable position close to the city center yet feels wonderfully off the beaten track; the property is located just a few paces from Jalan Besar MRT station and an easy 10-minute walk from Bugis and Kampong Glam.

The latest addition to one of Chinatown’s hottest precincts, KēSa House offers a flexible living concept suited for both short stays and longer sojourns. The boutique 60-room property only opened on March 17; it occupies a row of 10 restored shophouses on trendy Keong Saik Road, with an eclectic selection of six restaurants and bars on the ground floor. Guests will feel instantly at home through the intuitively designed rooms and cozy communal spaces ideal for mingling with other like-minded individuals. The pick of the lot are the 29-square-meter Studio Premier rooms, which each have a fully stocked kitchenette and extra living space; you’ll even get to choose between a private landscaped patio or an extra sofa that doubles as a pull-out bed.

The private terrace of a Studio Premier room at KēSa House.

KēSa House occupies a striking row of 10 conservation shophouses on Keong Saik Road.

Elsewhere in Chinatown, Ann Siang House — the brand’s third outpost — is now undergoing an extensive refurbishment ahead of its opening in June. Guests here will bed down in 20 smart and sophisticated rooms that are characterized by an exquisite blend of history and contemporary design, featuring the latest conveniences and comforts one would expect of an Oakwood property.

Over the coming years, The Unlimited Collection by Oakwood will further expand its footprint globally.

Planning a Singapore staycation? The opening offers for Wanderlust and KēSa House are valid for stays until June 1, 2021, with discounts of 25 percent on best available rates. A one-night stay at Wanderlust is priced from S$135++ per room per night, including a set of local welcome amenities with heritage snacks and a gift. Rates at KēSa House start at S$152++ per room per night; guests will also receive a limited-edition KēSa House collectible tote bag at check in.

To make things even more memorable, staycationers have the option of adding on curated experiences such as a guided two-hour culinary exploration of the properties’ respective neighborhoods — led by independent tour company Singabites — and 90-minute kombucha-making workshops with Le Vyr, a local small-batch brewery, every penultimate Sunday of the month.

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Deluxe Rooms at KēSa House feature vaulted roofs and skylights.

This article was brought to you by Oakwood.

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