The Luxe List 2010, Singapore: Fullerton Bay Hotel, Marina Bay

Built on pilings above the water, this glass-wrapped gem looks across the harbor to the triplet towers of Marina Bay Sands—as arresting a vision as any in Singapore these days. But while that hotel is all pomp and glam, Fullerton Bay is a finely crafted jewel box that makes clever use of its historic location. A striking crystal chandelier greets guests in a wide, curve-ceilinged entrance area, which occupies the refurbished Clifford Pier—a 1933 Art Deco structure that once welcomed immigrants to the former British colony. Beyond the concierge desk is the Landing Point, a glittering mosaic-paved lounge by Hong Kong designer Andre Fu, which leads in turn to Clifford, also by Fu, where views of the bay through soaring picture windows provide the backdrop to fine French dining. Making the most of their waterfront perch, the 106 elegant rooms and suites (each with goose-down bedding, Nespresso coffee machines, and bespoke toiletries) feature floor-to-ceiling windows too, as well as balconies. But the vistas are perhaps better appreciated from the panoramic rooftop Lantern bar, where evening crowds gather around a 25-meter pool to sip mojitos and nibble from the tapas menu.

80 Collyer Quay; 65/6333-8388;; doubles from US$377

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