The Luxe List 2011, Singapore: Hotel Fort Canning

Since Hotel Fort Canning debuted on the grounds of the historic Fort Canning Park, just five minutes by taxi from Orchard Road and the financial district, it has been possible to bed down in lush tropical surrounds without stepping out of the city. Housed in a 1920s building that once served as offices of the British Far East Command, Hotel Fort Canning has been carefully restored over a three-year period to the grandeur of a colonial mansion, with much of the original architecture—including the colonnaded facade—kept intact.

All 86 neutral-toned guest rooms sport lofty ceilings, spacious marble-clad bathrooms, 400-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets, and silk-swathed headboards. The ground-floor rooms come with private patios and outdoor daybeds; but for views of Fort Canning’s foliage, book a park-facing room on the upper floors. The guest lounge serves complimentary Nespresso coffee and TWG teas throughout the day, with a free flow of wines thrown in at dusk. For dinner, don’t miss the “Sicilian sashimi” at Gattopardo.

11 Canning Walk; 65/6559-6770;; doubles from US$255

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