The Best Luxury Resorts to Book in Singapore

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Marco Ferrarese

A tropical city-state and global financial powerhouse with attractions galore, Singapore retains a position as one of the most forward-thinking, stylish destinations in Asia, if not the world. That has enticed a throng of well-heeled travellers eager to dine on Michelin-star cuisine, explore Peranakan (Straits Chinese) culture, take the kids to the incomparable Singapore Zoo, shop at high-end malls along Orchard Road and – perhaps – go local with a visit to one of many hawker markets. Here is our pick of luxury resorts in Singapore, each swanky enough to please the most discerning of travellers – all bookable with Culture Trip.

1. Oasia Resort Sentosa, for proximity to Sentosa Island’s many attractions

Resort

Airy, minimalist guest room in white and beige with pale wood furnishings and floor-to-ceiling windows at Oasia Resort Sentosa
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Located right across the street from the Merlion gondola station and a short walk from such Sentosa Island attractions as Madame Tussauds, iFly simulated skydiving and Palawan Beach, this Singapore luxury hotel seamlessly combines sensitively restored British-colonial architecture with thoroughly contemporary interiors. Rooms are all clean lines and earthy tones, while concrete-walled bathrooms come equipped with deep soaking tubs. In addition to award-winning cuisine at Bedrock Origin, spa “journey” packages and self-guided meditation exercises courtesy of Re:Well Rebels are among Oasia’s many charms.

2. Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore, for ample on-site amenities near Changi Airport

Resort, Luxury

Upscale double room in neutral tones with traditional art panel and floor-to-ceiling views of pool at Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore
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With a curvaceous glass edifice flanked by one of Singapore’s largest swimming pools and surrounded by acres of greenery on the outskirts of the city, near Changi International Airport, this five-star Singapore hotel is an ideal place for those who prefer not to stray far from their luxurious lodgings during their holiday. There’s certainly plenty on-site to keep you occupied: a world-class golf course, “funshops” that include activities for kids and cooking classes for their parents, signature massages and five dining venues – plus neutral-toned, minimalist rooms to retreat to at the end of an action-packed day.

3. Resorts World Sentosa – Equarius Hotel, for a jungle retreat on Sentosa Island

Luxury, Resort

Exterior of multi-story, contemporary-design Resorts World Sentosa – Equarius Hotel, Singapore, lit up at night with lawn in front
Courtesy of Resorts World Sentosa – Equarius Hotel / Expedia

Experience luxury on the edge of a tropical rainforest at Equarius Hotel, a Singapore resort that will appeal to both nature lovers and eco-minded travellers. Suites and deluxe rooms have balconies with views of either the Straits or the jungle and bathrooms with two vanity areas, and some suites come with private pools. You’re within easy reach of Sentosa Island’s various attractions, from Universal Studios Singapore to an assortment of beaches, and, if water fun is what you need, book a beach villa with direct access to a swanky freeform pool surrounded by lush vegetation.

4. Swissotel Merchant Court, for a Swiss-style spa in Clarke Quay

Luxury, Resort

A couple of diners enjoy a meal on the lush deck in front of the infinity pool at sunset at Swissotel Merchant Court, Singapore
Courtesy of Swissotel Merchant Court / Expedia

This Singapore hotel resides in the centre of the city, on the banks of the Singapore River, next to popular Clarke Quay, where you can bar-hop, get fired out of a giant bungee catapult or take a boat tour of Marina Bay. Swissotel Merchant Court has wings that flank a swimming pool with waterslides, a children’s pool and an outdoor jacuzzi. If the swanky rooms, nearby food courts and buzzy nightlife do not provide sufficient relaxation, try a treatment at Purovel, the first Swiss-style spa in the region.

5. The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, for art lovers in Marina Bay

Resort, Luxury

Luxury room in tan hues with wood furnishings, plush rug over wood floors and city views at the Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore
Courtesy of the Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore / Expedia
The Singapore branch of this flagship luxury hotel brand stands tall above the attractions of Marina Bay. When you’re done exploring, go for a nightcap with unparalleled views at the luxe Club Lounge, set on the 32nd floor of the hotel and with views across the bay. Culture vultures can browse the in-house art collection, home to 4,200 museum-quality pieces, and end up at the Michelin-star restaurant Summer Pavilion for works of art of the edible kind.

6. ParkRoyal on Beach Road, for proximity to Arab Street and Little India in Bugis

Luxury, Resort

Luxury king room with recessed lighting, wood floors and balcony with view of ferris wheel at ParkRoyal on Beach Road, Singapore
Courtesy of ParkRoyal on Beach Road / Expedia

Super-central ParkRoyal soars in the midst of the vibrant artsy quarter of Bugis, near Arab Street and its Malay Heritage Center and mosques and right next to the seductive colours of Little India. Once you are done with your shopping and traipsing, take a dip in the half-Olympic-sized outdoor swimming pool at the hotel, and soak until sunset, surveying downtown and the Singapore Flyer giant Ferris wheel against the horizon. Or you may want to let the masseuses of St Gregory Spa pamper you with one of their exclusive treatments.

7. Capella Singapore, for intimate Chef's Table dinners on Sentosa Island

Resort, Suite Hotel, Business Hotel

Exterior of luxury white villa with pool, plush tan loungers and parasols surrounded by lush greenery at the Knolls, Capella Singapore
Courtesy of Capella Singapore / Expedia

With easy access to Singapore’s financial and shopping districts, not to mention the beaches and sights of the island itself, Capella Singapore offers a luxurious escape on Sentosa Island. Among its many guest rooms and suites are two opulent Colonial Manors, which are stand-alone houses, complete with king-sized beds, garden views, an outdoor terrace and a plunge pool. For the ultimate culinary experience, book the Chef’s Table in the home-style kitchen on site, or opt for the tailored afternoon tea.

8. Shangri-La's Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa, for beach access on Sentosa Island

Resort, Spa Hotel, Hotel

Spacious luxury suite with leaf-patterned carpet, pale green seating and large sea-view deck at Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa, Singapore
Courtesy of Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa, Singapore / Booking.com

The only beachfront resort in Singapore, Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa features a balcony in each room for you to enjoy views of nearby Siloso Beach. Couples will enjoy the privacy of their own outdoor jacuzzi in the deluxe seaview suite, while families with children should opt for the spacious pool view room. There’s also kayak and stand-up paddleboard rental, plus the Nestopia outdoor playground. Rotate between the resort’s six restaurants, which include a noodle house and Italian wood-fired pizzeria.

9. Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa, for a superb spa on Sentosa Island

Resort, Spa Hotel

Stylish bar space with recessed gold ceiling, white columns and velvet armchairs at Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort and Spa
Courtesy of Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort and Spa / Expedia

Inspired by the Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris, Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resorts & Spa is a luxurious paradise at the top of Tanjong Beach in Sentosa. The five-star Singapore resort features 215 rooms and suites, as well as four luxurious villas with a private pool and an open deck. It’s also home to the largest So SPA in the world, which spans 6,000sqm (64,500sqft). Relax with a deep tissue massage in one of the outdoor treatment pavilions while the kids enjoy face painting and tent building.

10. Resort World Sentosa Beach Villas, for private butler service on Sentosa Island

Hotel

Seafront pool with dark-blue tiles, flanked by wood deck, lawn and palm trees at Resort World Sentosa Beach Villas, Singapore
Courtesy of Resort World Sentosa Beach Villas / Expedia

You’ll find the beach villas on the western point of Resorts World Sentosa, set amidst lush gardens with a panoramic view of the harbour and Labrador Park. These resort accommodations include a private pool and personal butler service at each of the one-, two- and three-bedroom villas. Alternatively, book the aptly named Palace Villa, with four bedrooms, Egyptian cotton bed linen and freestanding bathtubs, which can accommodate 16.

Extend your holiday in Asia by crossing the Malaysian border and staying in Johor Bahru, a mere 35-minute drive away from Singapore. See the best hotels in Johor Bahru and book with Culture Trip.

Sadali Mawi and Georgia Platman contributed additional reporting to this article.

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