Singapore’s shaken its label as a gateway destination, and is now punching well above its weight with options for the luxury traveller.

Singapore may be small but it packs a huge punch when it comes to options for the luxury traveller, with everything from Michelin-starred restaurants, golf at the country club and the Singapore Grand Prix. And, as tourist interest grows in this small island nation, so do the luxury hotel options.

Arguably the most anticipated luxury hotel opening would have to be Raffles Singapore. The hotel closed its doors at the end of 2017 for renovation and has just started taking bookings, although it won’t open until August 2019. The arduous transformation included scraping off 37 layers of paint by hand.

The new Raffles will have 115 suites, including more options specifically for families, as well as ‘bodyguard’ accommodation for the presidential suite. A history gallery will be added to the Raffles Boutique, and there will be a new spa. New celebrity chef partnerships include Michelin-starred chef Alain Ducasse’s first Mediterranean sharing and grill concept, titled BBR by Alain Ducasse, as well as the Asian debut of French chef Anne-Sophie Pic, one of the world’s top female chefs with three Michelin stars.

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Meanwhile, after years of meticulous restoration, the Capitol Building and Stamford House recently reopened as Capitol Kempinski Hotel. The five-star hotel is in Singapore’s first integrated luxury lifestyle development Capitol Singapore, which includes a premium retail mall and the Capitol Theatre. Maintaining its colonial art deco heritage, the 157-roomed hotel has high-corniced ceilings, dramatic archways, piano rosewood lacquered finishes and Italian marble floors.

Late last year also saw the opening of Six Senses Maxwell in a colonial-style heritage building in Chinatown’s Tanjong Pagar district.

The design reflects the era, but with a modern twist, including ethically sourced, inch-thick African wenge hardwood floors, while other areas feature stone floors recycled from medieval churches and cathedrals in Italy. A historically significant collection of vintage property deeds are framed and feature in the hotel’s interior walkway, while its library restaurant and bar will feature a specially curated collection of titles that reflect the local neighbourhood.

Each of the 138 rooms has handmade mattresses, organic bed linens and crystal glassware, and the hotel will provide a traditional ice cream tricycle where complimentary Singaporean ice cream sandwiches will be served by an Uncle (Singapore elder). If that doesn’t cool you down, head to the 25-metre rooftop lap pool and bar, where you’ll also find the hotel’s edible garden.

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