The beds are supremely comfortable, but should travel-induced insomnia be a concern, the hotel’s TCM consultant can whip you up a tincture of snow chrysanthemum and marigold from his herbal dispensary.
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For Singapore-based hoteliers Satinder Garcha and Harpreet Bedi, choosing their friend Anouska Hempel to design their latest project, the Six Senses Duxton, was something of a no-brainer, the acclaimed British designer having already worked on their manse off Orchard Road. Indeed, the 49-room boutique hotel—set in a row of eight adjoining mid-19th-century shophouses in a charming fin de sièclestretch in Chinatown—is the perfect canvas for Hempel’s fondness for dramatic room-sets. Kudos, though, to architect Faye Moya for her sensitive spruce-up of the old Berjaya Hotel, which preserves the building’s period mix of Corinthian columns, Portuguese shutters, and timber fretwork. Inside, Hempel wields her palette brush with control as she mixes black-lacquered panels with bold yellow furnishings and lipstick-red accents.
No two rooms are alike, though tall guests will find the ceiling heights, even in the suites, something of a challenge. In-house restaurant Yellow Pot, meanwhile, has a wonderful Chinese menu that includes crispy Sichuan-style fried chicken and steamed red snapper. The beds are supremely comfortable, but should travel-induced insomnia be a concern, the hotel’s TCM consultant can whip you up a tincture of snow chrysanthemum and marigold from his herbal dispensary.
65/6914-1428, sixsenses.com; doubles from US$285.
This article originally appeared in the October/November 2018 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“The Luxe List 2018: Six Senses Duxton”).