Located almost within touching distance of the retail paradise that is Orchard Road, the Shangri-La offers a private urban sanctuary spread over three very different wings. Each of these provides a distinctive self-contained hotel-within-a-hotel atmosphere. The Garden Wing has a casual resort-style ambience perfect for a family break; Tower Wing is the place to get down to business, and in the Valley Wing you may rub shoulders with high rollers, royalty and visiting dignitaries, complete with eye-popping luxury comforts.
Surrounded by 15 acres of lush tropical greenery, it is easy to forget you are right in the heart of the city. Located on Orange Grove, it is just a 10-minute stroll east to the bright lights and swanky malls of Orchard Road, or by contrast, a little further in the opposite direction will bring you to Singapore’s scenic Botanic Gardens. The hotel provides a daily shuttle service to the Business District and the MRT underground stations of Newton and Orchard are no more than 15 minutes way on foot.
You get a dizzying array of room options at the Shangri-La; the business-focused Tower Wing offers smart, hi-tech contemporary studio rooms with a spacious corner to work and eye-catching marble-clad bathrooms. You also have all-day access to the Horizon Club business lounge. In the Garden Wing, the premier balcony suites catch the eye with huge wraparound balconies featuring private Jacuzzi and BBQ area. Across in the Valley Wing, the Shangri-La Suite really makes a statement – almost 400 square metres of opulence with walnut timber flooring, Italian silk bedding and even an in-bathroom plasma TV. You also get round-the-clock personalised butler service.
Bars and Restaurants
The Shangri-La offers in-room 24/7, along with stylish eateries catering to every mood and palate. Shang Palace serves up fine Chinese fare in fashionable surroundings – reminiscent of art-deco Shanghai or you can kick back in the cosy dinner party atmosphere of colonial-style Waterfall Café. After dark, BLU bar is the place to mingle with a mojito and take in the shimmering Singapore skyline. It is noted for a wide array of tapas style bites and premium wines and champagne by the glass.
There is a distinct Mediterranean resort-style look about the Shangri-La, with a sprawling lido swimming pool taking centre stage. Carefree days (or nights) can be spent with a leisurely workout in the 24-hour fitness centre, a game of tennis or be pampered among the palm trees at the open-air spa. You can take care of business easily with the help of a small army of secretarial support staff at the business centre. For the ultimate personal touch you can call on the services of your very own butler when staying in a suite room.
The hotel site covers a huge area and numbers 747 guestrooms but is far less impersonal than many of its contemporaries. This is due to its configuration of three separate wings, each with a distinct atmosphere all its own. In-house dining options are less abundant here than other comparable five-star properties but the prime location – invitingly close to the city’s best shopping and dining –makes up for it.