The Best Luxury Resorts in Singapore
Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resorts & Spa is a luxurious paradise in Sentosa, Singapore | Courtesy of Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa / Expedia
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-starred cuisine, swig cocktails at Marina Bay Sands, and – perhaps – go local with a visit to a hawker’s market. They stay in a hearty selection of luxury resorts, swanky enough to please even the most discerning of traveller.
Resorts World Sentosa – Equarius Hotel
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Experience luxury on the edge of a tropical rainforest at Equarius Hotel, a 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 rainforest, bathrooms with two vanity areas, and some have private pools. And, if water fun is what you need, book a Beach Villa with direct access to a swanky freeform pool surrounded by nature.
D'Resort at Downtown East
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One of the first nature-themed resorts in Singapore surprises with an integrated waterpark filled with waterslides and pools that children will love. And, if that’s not enough, the surrounding nature of the Pasir Ris Park, set right next to the namesake beach, offers all the extra thrills you need for that perfect family adventure. It’s only 10km (6mi) from Changi Airport – and truth be told, it’s not so close to downtown – but D’ Resort makes up for it with a six-hall cineplex, urban farming areas, cycling lanes and more than a hundred food and drink outlets.
Swissotel Merchant Court
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In the centre of town, on the banks of the Singapore River and next to popular Clarke Quay, Swissotel Merchant Court has wings that rise around a swimming pool with waterslides, a children’s pool and an outdoor Jacuzzi. If the swanky rooms, central food courts and nightlife are not enough for you, try a treatment at Purovel, the first Swiss-style spa in the region.
The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore
4.6/5 (996 Reviews)
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The Singapore branch of this flagship 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-starred restaurant Summer Pavilion for more tongue-tickling works of art.
ParkRoyal on Beach Road
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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, watching 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.
Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa
Resort, Hotel, Villa
3.7/5 (990 Reviews)
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Boasting a rustic feel, Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa is a five-star boutique resort that sits atop Palawan Beach, housing 140 award-winning guest rooms, suites and villas. Surrounding the resort are four swimming pools, including an infinity pool with breathtaking views of the South China Sea. Pamper yourself at the Spa Luna, or indulge in some retail therapy at 100 AM Mall, where you’ll receive discounts at certain stores with your hotel keycard.
Resort, Suite Hotel, Business Hotel
4.6/5 (487 Reviews)
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With easy access to Singapore’s financial and shopping districts, 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 onsite, or reserve the tailored afternoon tea.
Shangri-La's Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa
Resort, Spa Hotel, Hotel
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Singapore’s only beachfront resort, Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa features a balcony in each room for you to enjoy views of the 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 a 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.
Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa
Resort, Spa Hotel
4.2/5 (990 Reviews)
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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 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 SoSPA in the world, which spans across 6,000 square metres (2,317sqmi). Relax with a deep tissue massage in one of the outdoor treatment pavilions while the kids enjoy face painting and tent building.
Beach Villas, Sentosa Island
4.3/5 (93 Reviews)
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On the western point of Resorts World Sentosa, you’ll find the Beach Villas, set amidst lush gardens with a panoramic view of the harbour and Labrador Park. These five-star 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 its four bedrooms, egyptian cotton bed linen and freestanding bathtubs, which can accommodate 16.
Sadali Mawi contributed additional reporting to this article.
These recommendations were updated on March 4, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.