In overcrowded Singapore, abundant space is not to be taken for granted and at the Ritz-Carlton, you get more than most. This begins with an impressive 200 feet driveway, a huge tropical garden and high atrium-style ceilings throughout. Indoors, functionality sits comfortably with artistic flair – this is award-winning interior design that also showcases a permanent art collection from the likes of Andy Warhol.
The Ritz Carlton nestles among a host of other international chain hotels in the Millenia Walk area of Marina Bay, yet offers unrestricted views over the water. With the exception of the one-of-a-kind design of nearby Marina Bay Sands, this is the most eye-catching modern hotel around – a whitewashed post-modernist structure soaring to 32 floors.
There are two MRT underground stations within a 10-minute stroll and unsurprisingly, you will have no problem finding somewhere to spend money; there are two huge malls just minutes away. For late night socialising, a 20-minute walk across the bay will bring you to numerous waterfront bars.
You get the quintessential Ritz-Carlton touch with clean lines and elegant furnishings, illuminated with subtle mood lighting in the 608 rooms. Best of all, you can expect more space for your money than most other five-star hotels in the city – typically an extra 25%. Basic deluxe rooms offer a very generous 50 square metres up to the cavernous Ritz Carlton Suite which can almost accommodate a small army. This suite comes with no less than three huge plasma TVs and a spacious eight-person dining room. In all accommodation, a standout feature is the bathroom, complete with floor-to-ceiling marble, a separate walk-in rain shower and panoramic views of the skyline.
Dining and Bars
The Summer Pavilion is the hotel’s signature eatery, surrounded by lush landscaping and featuring top notch Cantonese fare. Greenhouse, the all-day dining spot, is a less formal affair with international buffets, a la carte bites and a renowned Champagne Sunday Brunch. Late night loungers head to chic Chihuly Bar for cool evening cocktails and live lounge music. It also does a mean Afternoon Tea.
The Ritz-Carlton has all the requisite amenities you can expect of an upscale five-star hotel, but there are a couple of surprising gems which really stand out. Firstly it boasts lush tropical landscaping with waterfalls and rock pools which is as impressive as any of the city’s public gardens. Another eye-opener is the hotel’s 4,000 strong collection of modern art. You’ll glimpse works by luminaries such as Dale Chihuly and Andy Warhol. Elsewhere, there is an attractive day spa, swimming pool, fitness centre and top floor private Club Lounge complete with panoramic cityscape views.
The hotel has a fairly business-like atmosphere with amenities tailored more towards doing business than a fun family break. However, the acclaimed interior design and the permanent art collection on display give it a unique quality. Best of all, guestroom space is some of the most generous in Singapore.