Capella Singapore

I’m sitting in my favourite room at Capella Singapore, the Library. It’s a colonial delight, lashings of rich cedar and aged rattan mixed with beige tones and delicate Wedgwood china filled with a Pearl of the Orient Jasmine Green Tea. Unfortunately I just checked out, leaving my palatial Garden Villa, but not before taking a final dip in the private plunge pool and making the most of the Aesop amenities in the outdoor shower.

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Fresh in my mind I thought I’d bust out this article immediately. What an impressive stay it was! From the moment I arrived I was hooked, stepping through the doors into the elegant lobby space with a gentle aroma of something delightful in the air.

Instantly I was greeted by a Capella personal assistant who informed me that they will be available for anything I might need, restaurant and spa bookings, activities planning, transportation. Check in was swift and my luggage was loaded onto a buggy before being escorted to my Villa by another friendly staff member eager to show me the extensive features of my room.

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The Garden Villa is incredible. The 133 square metre space is divided into five areas, an entry living room, adjoining bedroom and bathroom with twin vanities and walk in wardrobe, plus two out door spaces, a large patio with plunge pool and a secluded space off the bathroom with an outdoor shower and bath. 133sqm is colossal, putting it in perspective, an average new build two bedroom apartment in Sydney is around 85sqm. Suffice to say there’s a lot of space, and with it comes this sense of lavishness, almost verging on gluttony, not that I was feeling guilty about it.

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The rooms are appointed better than any hotel I’ve ever been in. Complimentary mini bar, Aesop soaps, mosquito repellent if required, full toiletries kit in a bag you could take home, automated blinds and black out curtains, bedside table touch pad to control all lighting, curtains, alarms and Do Not Disturb function. Wifi is free, fast and without any access codes or passwords. Turn down service is impeccable, robes are brought out of the wardrobe and hung on his and hers hooks in the bathroom, every towel you used in the day is replaced, mini bar is restocked, bins are emptied, slippers brought out, water and glasses on the bedside table. I could keep going but my fingers are running out of breath. Every detail has been considered including the bedroom television, which had been angled towards the bed, ready for me to hop in and flick it on. I was truly blown away.

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The hotel’s common areas are equally as impressive as the rooms. The colonial architecture of the main building is complemented by a contemporary wing on each side accommodating a vast offering of facilities and function spaces. The property is set over four levels stepping down from the main building to numerous dining locations, gym and spa and the picturesque tiered pools surrounded by more villas. Following a dip in the pool I headed to The Knolls restaurant for lunch, sampling a delicious Nasi Goreng. Breakfast at The Knolls was also a standout, endless buffet options and a solid eggs Benedict with light fluffy hollandaise. After some work in the Villa I headed to the gym for a short workout, had a swim in the adults only pool and then headed to Bob’s Bar for a Sloe Gin Fizz. Before I retreated to my room for the evening I also snuck in a tea at the library while brushing up on ‘tips to buying a private jet’ in Billionaire magazine. Along the way I was constantly greeted and served by smiling staff, some of whom, surprisingly, knew my name.

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Capella Singapore is a phenomenal hotel and if I was writing a review from Expedia or Trip Advisor it would be impossible not to give it 5 stars. However, I thought I would note the presence of children because there were a lot, something I really wasn’t expecting from such a luxury resort. Of course it can be avoided while in your room but a screaming child in the Library while you’re trying to relax isn’t ideal (more the fault of the parent I know).

What is so fascinating about Capella is its proximity to the city, while there you feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere, enchanted by an island paradise, but realistically you’re a 20min cab from the centre of town, ready to hit Ion Orchard or lunch at Corner House in the Botanical Gardens. For traveller’s like myself this is especially appealing, I can pop into the city for a night with friends and then escape back to the resort with a $14 cab. You truly get the best of both worlds at Capella and there is no doubt in my mind that I will be back.

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James is the Founder and Editor of The Versatile Gent.

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