The Luxe List 2015

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The South Beach's Showcase Me Deluxe guest room.

The Luxe List 2015: The South Beach, Singapore

This tower soft-opened early September across the road from Raffles Hotel and has serious pedigree of its own—it was designed by Foster + Partners and Aedas, with interiors by Philippe Starck. The rippled glass facade curves like a billowing dhow sail that catches the wind and directs air to the street level, while a wave-like environmental canopy links the hotel to the South Beach office tower, with four heritage buildings in between. The 654-room property (of which only 100 rooms are currently open) is as much about theater as thread counts. Starck’s imprint on the conversation-starter furniture and decor is ubiquitous, hence high-legged Lucite chairs, aluminum rockers, antler chandeliers, and sofas that border on the surreal. The sole restaurant, ADHD (which stands for All Day Hotel Dining), is a dramatic rectangular space, while three bars include the boisterous, colorful Laugh and the more adult Prefix, characterized by wood, marble, chrome, and a working fireplace. The best roost, though, is at Floor, the 18th-story sky garden that, in addition to a gym, pool, table football, and table tennis, comes with fabulous wraparound city views.

65/6818-1888; The South Beach; doubles from US$320

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