For some, Valentine’s Day is a grand occasion to showcase their admiration for their significant other to the world. They parade around with heart-shaped balloons, buy huge bouquets of lush red roses, and indulge in a romantic candle-lit dinner at the fanciest restaurant in town. Others prefer something more understated, like staying in with take-out or room service, drawing a comforting bubble bath and simply enjoying a glass of wine.
If you’re in the latter camp, maybe you can switch things up a little this year and surprise your partner with a staycation at the sexiest new hotels that have opened in Singapore the past two years. Whether you prefer a stunning boutique hotel housed in a row of restored shophouses or one in a state-of-the-art skyscraper, check out these new hotels in Singapore to check you and your plus one into this Valentine’s Day.
1. The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore
The 157-room Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore takes over two grand colonial-era buildings in the Civic District, marking the luxury brand’s debut in Singapore. This heritage hotel is located within walking distance to the Singapore Art Museum, the National Gallery, Asian Civilisations Museum and Victoria Theatre — making the perfect sanctuary for culture vultures.
2. Six Senses Duxton
The first of two Six Senses Singapore hotels, Six Senses Duxton is one of the Lion City’s hottest openings. The stunning, ultra-spacious Duplex suite stands out with its high ceilings, matte black shutters and furnishings, as well as a spiral staircase that connects the living area to the top loft. The suite’s mini-bar is one of the most impressive ones we’ve seen, with William Yeoward glassware, a curated lineup of spirits and tonics, and various local snacks such as The Golden Duck Co’s salted egg yolk crisps — so you can stay in complete luxury this Valentine’s Day.
3. Ann Siang House
The vibrant Ann Siang Hill district is home to this boutique property boasting spacious rooms and trendy food and beverage concepts, making its mark as a destination in its own right. Enjoy quality time by cooking together in the Culinary Studio or find your zen in the Well-being Suite before heading to The Other Roof, a rooftop bar spearheaded by famed bartender Dario Knox.
4. Andaz Singapore
For a staycation in the heritage-rich Kampong Glam precinct, you can never go wrong with Andaz Singapore. The luxury property is perched in Duo, a pair of state-of-the-art skyscrapers. It is home to 342 beautifully-designed rooms, art pieces from both international and regional artists, and four dining establishments — including Mr. Stork, a rooftop bar boasting 360-degree views of Singapore’s skyline.
5. Sofitel City Centre
Even if you’re busy this Valentine’s Day, you can still enjoy a staycation with your partner. The new Sofitel City Centre is a verdant oasis in the CBD, boasting close proximity to Tanjong Pagar and Chinatown. For a romantic dinner dinner, head to Racines, a chic French restaurant helmed by award-winning executive chef Jean-Charles Dubois.
This article first appeared on Lifestyle Asia