SOFITEL SIN­GA­PORE CITY CEN­TRE

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - TRAVEL & INDULGENCE -

Sofitel is hav­ing a very busy month, de­but­ing in Syd­ney’s Dar­ling Har­bour and open­ing Sofitel Sin­ga­pore City Cen­tre, in the heart of Tan­jong Pa­gar. The ho­tel of­fi­cially opened its doors on Mon­day, with el­e­gant, Frenchin­spired in­te­ri­ors threaded through with botan­i­cal mo­tifs. in­clud­ing de­signer staff uni­forms with flo­ral prints and a dra­matic, 9m-long lobby chan­de­lier of glass leaves that ap­pear to twirl in the breeze.

Light bathes the 223 pas­tel-hued gue­strooms and suites through floor-to­ceil­ing win­dows. Cus­tom fur­ni­ture, a sig­na­ture Sofitel MyBed, cof­fee ma­chine and mar­ble bath­rooms com­plete with tubs and sep­a­rate rain show­ers come along­side hi-tech know- how, in­clud­ing a Handy Phone pro­vid­ing free calls, Wi-Fi on the go and a mini­bar ser­viced by So­phie the “droid but­ler”. There are also meet­ing rooms, a gym and 30m out­door lap pool fringed by green­ery on the sixth floor.

Sofitel Sin­ga­pore City Cen­tre is the 13th prop­erty for French group Ac­cor in the Lion City and its 800th in the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion.

DON’T MISS: Try a Sofi­tini in the 1864 lobby bar, or see cham­pagne sabrage in ac­tion. High tea and tapas are avail­able dur­ing the day.

DIN­ING IN: Hail­ing from the Loire Val­ley and cut­ting his teeth at the Miche­lin-starred restau­rants of Paris, award-win­ning ex­ec­u­tive chef Jean-Charles Dubois over­sees the sig­na­ture restau­rant Racines, serv­ing French clas­sics along­side Chi­nese dishes pre­pared by two teams of chefs. Adrian Chan heads the French brigade while An­drew Ong helms the Chi­nese kitchen team. From a bistro-style menu, or­der the likes of frog’s legs with pink gar­lic and wild mush­room sauce, or black pep­per crab plus Aus­tralian abalone with sea urchin sauce along­side Nonya style stir-fried cala­mari. The restau­rant has panoramic ur­ban views and its own herb gar­den and bee­hives.

DIN­ING OUT: Nearby you’ll find Two Men Bagel House, Ra­men Keisuke Tori King, Ham­burg Steak Keisuke and a col­lec­tion of Korean eater­ies, in­clud­ing Guiga Korean BBQ Restau­rant and Soju Bang.

ASK THE CONCIERGE: Gavin De Mor­nay has a tip for those vis­ing this month: Sin­ga­pore’s In­dian com­mu­nity cel­e­brates the Di­wali fes­ti­val of lights on Oc­to­ber 18. Join the fun in Lit­tle In­dia.

CHECK­ING IN: From $S350 ($329) plus taxes. More: sofitel-sin­ga­pore-city­cen­tre.com.

ALSO TRY: Sofitel Syd­ney Dar­ling Har­bour; The St. Regis Kuala Lumpur; Raf­fles Jakarta.

CHRIS­TINE McCABE

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