This, the St Regis Singapore, is the luxury Singapore hotel for really top CEOs. The gal was amazed to see at least half a dozen captains of industry breakfasting by 7.15. Over 25% of those staying at the 299-room hotel are from USA, and average stay is three nights. They undoubtedly stay here for product and service, and some for the Bentley Continental Flying Spur airport pickup. When they get here they do not find the club lounge of such sibling hotels as Ritz-Carlton but they do have 30 butlers, in full morning suits, on duty 24/7. They have a lobby-set finer eating venue, Les Saveurs, where they know they can meet, breakfast, lunch or dinner, for private tête-à-têtes without being heard by neighbouring tables that are fortunately quite far away.
Personally I think the artworks around the hotel must make top business people feel they are in the right place. Outside the main door is a ten-metre long crinkled ‘ribbon’, a scarlet metal sculpture by Anthony Poon,. There are two black Botero sculptures and a Botero look-alike outside on the seventh floor terrace, next to the pool: see it photographed above – it looks Botero but in fact is by Li Chen. There are authentic Chagall and Miró paintings. The hotel’s owner, Kwek Leng Beng, has well over a hundred significant hotels around the world and this is the one he always wanted to be seven-star (it will be interesting to see what happens when London’s one-time Britannia re-opens as it will be another top-tier hotel, re-named London Mayfair Biltmore, and launching not only Kwek’s Leng Collection but Hilton’s LXR portfolio in UK).
I also love the Rosa Serra sculpture of Weight Lifting – see the photo on the left (it is outside the gym, which of course is 24/7). The gym is on the seventh floor of this luxury hotel, overlooking the pool, as is the delightful casual Italian restaurant, ideal for dining Far From the Madding Crowd of CEOs and the like. I had a super supper there, burrata and wagyu and Greppone Mazzi 2013 Brunello di Montalcino, and when I went to bed I had a super night, especially after playing with electronic controls that made the bed’s base soften or harden as required. Sadly, there was no time to see Caroline’s Mansion, named for St Regis’ honorary patron of past days, Caroline Astor. The brains behind this luxury hotel realized its covered tennis court was barely used. Hey presto, what should have been used to hit balls is now available for balls and weddings and other special events: designed by Avalon Collective, the 370 sq m space, with ceilings nine metres high, was officially launched with several black-tie happenings, and a stunning bridal fair compèred by Anita Kapoor. The return on investment has apparently already been impressive.