By Dian Hasan | December 10, 2009
Singapore, a city-state that already is home to some of the finest luxury hotels in the world, welcomes its first genuine ultra luxury resort, Capella. Not along her world-renowned version of Rodeo Drive, on Orchard Road, but on Sentosa Island, where the second Integrated Resort – Resorts World – is being built. It will feature Southeast Asia’s only Universal Studios Theme Park, a Casino, Convention Facilities, and several hotels.
Sentosa Island, is reachable by road, tram and airtrain. Big name design firm, UK-based Foster + Partners are the brains behind the design. A series of low rise wings spread across a lush tropical rain forest setting, built around a main colonial-era building now housing the reception area. Curvaceous would be an apt description of the resort.
Capella is perched on a hill with a sweeping sea view that is framed by oversized wall-to-wall windows in guest rooms. The interior is a blissful sanctuary of sophisticated chic, with neutral tones, integrated remote panel that controlled the lighting, climate, window shades and blinds, and personalized service at a push of a button.
The resort’s two restaurants, fine dining Chinese restaurant, Cassia, and Knolls for all-day dining completes the experience. But the highlight would definitely Capella’s signature: Auriga Spa. With experienced therapists providing therapeutic massage, in addition to a herbally-infused steam room, featuring an LED-embedded ceiling that shifted colors and patterns. Soaking pools, an ice bath and temperature controlled rain showers, and of course there’s the wonderful pool… or make that a series of pools that cascade down, blending seamlessly into the natural greenery.
Inspiration: Diane Pernet