Six Senses is breathing new life into two
special hotels as part of a
conservation project in Singapore.
Located in the heart of Chinatown, the Six Senses Duxton and Six Senses Maxwell
are the brand’s first city
a diverse mix of Chinese, Malay and European elements in the
buildings including neo-classical lion head motifs, Chinese porcelain-chip friezes co-existing with Malay timber fretwork,
French windows, Portuguese shutters and Corinthian pilasters.
Guests can make full use of all facilities and outstanding service
in both, as well as the rich local community in between. No matter
where you sleep, guests can sign for services at either hotel.
Six Senses Duxton is due to open in
April 2018, followed by Six Senses Maxwell three months later.
“Such unique properties do not come to market often and we are
delighted to be working with Satinder Garcha and Harpreet Bedi of
Garcha Hotels on this project,” said Six Senses Chief Executive
Officer, Neil Jacobs. “The buildings will be the last heritage
hotels of this quality to be developed in Singapore. Each building
has its own distinct personality, but what makes Six Senses
Singapore so special is that guests can enjoy all the offerings of
both locations plus the neighborhood when staying with us . It’s
all about community and being part of the rich, local culture of
Six Senses Duxton
With its colorful past,
Duxton Road in old Chinatown’s Tanjong Pagar, is also known as
Jinrickshaw Place named after the rickshaw pullers who used to
gather by the station.
In the not-so-recent-past, this colorful
section of town was home to opium and gambling dens and places of
even less reputable vices. Today the site features a row of
trading houses that have been sustainably restored under the
designer Anoushka Hempel, acclaimed for her Hempel and Blake’s
hotels in London.
In harmony with a rich Asian history, yet
still presenting her luminary vision, Anoushka has given each of
the 49 guestrooms and suites a unique individuality so that no two
are exactly the same.
Guests are in for an eccentric, elegant
surprise as they enter the hotel which includes large golden fans
and strong hues of black, gold and yellow, layered with Oriental
screens and calligraphy wallpaper from Anoushka’s personal
Gold takes center stage in the restaurant, which will
offer a fine dining menu of classic and innovative Chinese
cuisine. Adjacent is an antiquarian library themed lobby bar
serving up the hotel’s signature house cocktails.
A property highlight is the appointment of a
traditional Chinese doctor offering readings, health
recommendations and a medicinal herbal dispensary.
Maxwell Road was originally a nutmeg plantation
before 14 three and four-story colonial-style buildings were
constructed and later joined together as a single entity.
diverse characteristics have been carefully conserved and the
property features 138 guestrooms and suites, a Six Senses Spa,
outdoor lap pool, Champagne bar and lounge, whisky bar, boardroom
and club lounge.
A verandah lined with lush tropical foliage
follows the length of the building and will be the ideal spot to
meet for refreshments and alfresco dining.
design is by French architect and designer Jacques Garcia. It
reflects the authentic decor and furnishings of the era in which
it was built, but with a stylish modern twist. Jacques has infused
a Western sensibility along with a timeless ambience, as he has
done with La Mamounia in Marrakesh, Hotel Costes in Paris and
NoMad in New York.
His attention to detail is showcased
throughout the 50 unique room types, from the brass, lacquer and
marble mini bars to the handmade Lafroy Brooks bathroom fixtures.
All rooms feature handmade mattresses by Naturalmat and organic
bed linens to support Sleep With Six Senses, a key pillar of the
group’s integrated wellness philosophy.
Special looms were
constructed to hand weave 13 x 20-foot (4 x6-meter) silk rugs for
the public areas of the hotel. The interior spaces, which are all
different, meld together in respect of the architectural styles of
the original buildings and add to the hotel’s charm.
Colonial meets modern Europe in the restaurant, where the
menus represent the
brand’s approach to fresh, local and seasonal food and
drink: Eat With Six Senses.
Six Senses Spa will offer specialty
treatments while the external lap pool offers a refreshing escape
to complement Singapore’s tropical weather.
In addition to
the environmental considerations implemented in the redevelopment
of both properties, the hotel will also participate in a program
that will make them carbon-free after purchasing United
Nations-certified carbon credits, while standing to save up to 20%
in energy costs.