Thu, 25 Jan 2018

Six Senses Breathes New Life into Two Special Hotels in Singapore

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 brandís first city hotels.

There is 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.

Six Senses Duxton. Click to enlarge.

 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.

ďSuch 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,Ē said Six Senses Chief Executive Officer, Neil Jacobs. ďThe 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 . Itís all about community and being part of the rich, local culture of Singapore.Ē

Six Senses Duxton

With its colorful past, Duxton Road in old Chinatownís 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 Blakeís 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 Anoushkaís personal collection.

 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 hotelís signature house cocktails.

A property highlight is the appointment of a traditional Chinese doctor offering readings, health recommendations and a medicinal herbal dispensary.

Six Senses Maxwell

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.

 The 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.

The interior 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 groupís 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 hotelís charm.

Colonial meets modern Europe in the restaurant, where the menus represent the brandís 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 Singaporeís 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.

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