Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas will finally reach our shores, with not one but two new properties: Six Senses Duxton and Six Senses Maxwell.
Synonymous with barefoot Robinson Crusoe-type luxury, Six Senses’ first forays into the city centre sphere lands itself in two spunky Singapore neighbourhoods. Duxton Road and Maxwell Road are home to plenty of low-slung traditional shophouses that’s got it all, from food and drinks to clothes and provisions. Though bordered by soaring skyscrapers and men in suits, the quiet anomaly of both enclaves seemed the perfect set-up for a heritage hotel — or two.
We give you a sneak peek of what to expect at Six Senses Duxton and Six Senses Maxwell, the former to open in April 2018, and the latter three months after that.
1. Reigniting Singapore’s kampung spirit
Though split across two buildings, about a 10-minute walk apart, the two hotels are essential one.
Neil Jacobs, CEO of Six Senses, says, “Each heritage building has its own distinct personality, but what makes Six Senses Singapore so special is that guests can enjoy all the offerings of both locations plus the neighborhood when staying with us. It’s all about community and being part of the rich, local culture of Singapore.”
This definitely reminds us of the good old days when neighbourhoods used to be like big families, and people would congregate at public pavilions or community halls instead of hiding in their homes all day.
2. Trade on Asian history and Bond girl beauty
The row of old buildings now housing Six Senses Duxton was a former Straits Chinese trading house, and most recently the face of The Duxton Hotel. It’s been put through a top-to-toe restoration and refurbishment under the direction of London-based designer-actress Anouska Hempel.
Hempel, who worked with Australian actor George Lazenby as James Bond in the 1969 film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, has decked the hotel in large golden fans. Also, expect strong hues of black, gold and yellow, layered with oriental screens and calligraphy wallpaper from Hempel’s personal collection. Hempel has designed the space so that no two of the 49 guestrooms and suites are exactly the same.
3. Check in for a check-up
Six Senses Duxton will apparently house a medicinal herbal dispensary, with an in-house doctor that specialises in traditional Chinese medicine, no less.
Guests can make an appointment with the TCM physician, who will offer readings and recommendations of herbal therapies to treat or prevent health problems.
4. The mattress matters
Six Senses Maxwell will notably feature handmade mattresses by Naturalmat in all 138 of the urban hotel’s rooms.
The UK brand of mattress’ unique selling point is its use of only organic fibres harvested from the husks of ripe coconuts. The result? A more breathable and self-ventilating product for a healthier and comfier snooze.
5. How will the food fare?
The opening of new luxury hotels means a selection of new restaurant and bar offerings. At Six Senses Duxton, the oriental theme continues with a gold-drenched restaurant that will offer a fine dining menu of classic and innovative Chinese cuisine. Adjacent is an antiquarian library-themed lobby bar, serving signature house cocktails.
Nearby Six Senses Maxwell is set to offer a “colonial-meets-modern Europe”-esque restaurant with a healthy menu, featuring fresh local and seasonal ingredients. Other refreshments can be had at the champagne lounge and whiskey bar.
6. It wouldn’t be a Six Senses hotel without a spa
Unfortunately, there will only be one Six Senses Spa in Singapore, and it’ll be at the bigger Maxwell property. Other facilities, also to be found at Maxwell, will include an outdoor lap pool, club lounge and boardroom.
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