Two of Sin­ga­pore’s lat­est her­itage prop­er­ties; the up­dated Four Sea­sons Ho­tel New York; Hoshi­noya makes its de­but in Bali.

Old meets new at this pair of just-opened bou­tique ho­tels in Sin­ga­pore, each of which has a story to tell.


“Authen­tic­ity,” the buzz­word du jour in ho­tel cir­cles these days, is an ideal that’s been ad­mirably cap­tured by the 20-room Villa Sa­madhi. Tucked away in the midst of the jun­gle thick­ets of Labrador Na­ture Re­serve, the two-story pre­war pile was, at var­i­ous points in its life, an army gar­ri­son and a boys’ school. It took the Ital­ian-born and Malaysia-based restau­ra­teur and hote­lier Fed­erico Asaro six years to gen­tly re­ha­bil­i­tate the prop­erty, dress­ing the spa­ces with a shabby-chic mix of res­cued opium beds, an­tique ar­moires, bam­boo screens, sal­vaged tim­ber, and worn coolie chairs. The sub­waytiled bath­rooms of the up­per-cat­e­gory rooms fea­ture deep plunge pools, but the ho­tel’s great­est plea­sure is the sur­round­ing trop­i­cal green­ery, so dense and, in its un­ruly wild­ness, so evoca­tive of a scene straight out of a Som­er­set Maugham novella. A twist­ing tim­ber walk­way cuts through the jun­gle floor to a grand colo­nial bun­ga­low that’s now home to Tamarind Hill restau­rant, a Thai off-shoot of the pop­u­lar Kuala Lumpur flag­ship ( 20 Labrador Villa Rd.; 65/6270-1868; vil­; dou­bles from US$270).

The Ware­house Ho­tel

Since be­ing built in the late 19th-cen­tury, the trio of river­side godowns at Robert­son Quay has gone through var­i­ous in­car­na­tions—first as spice ware­houses, then as se­cret so­ci­ety nests and moon­shine dis­til­leries, and, for a brief shin­ing mo­ment in the mid-1980s, a wildly pop­u­lar disco. Now, af­ter a tip-to-toe makeover by ar­chi­tec­ture stu­dio Zarch and in­te­rior de­sign firm Asy­lum, the build­ings have been imag­i­na­tively re­fur­bished as a sexy 37-room bou­tique ho­tel. From the street, the peaked-roof ex­te­rior is some­what un­pre­pos­sess­ing, but the in­te­ri­ors open up TARDIS-like into a vast, mood­ily lit lobby of brass trims, ex­posed brick­work, and bev­elled stone wall pan­els. This is flanked by a sunken bar and Po, a restau­rant helmed by lo­cal chef Willin Low that serves up tra­di­tional fare like popiah, veg­e­tar­ian rolls laced with sweet sauce, gar­lic, and braised turnips. Up­stairs, the rooms are dressed in muted hues of rat­tan, raw con­crete and leather, but the big­gest treat is the elon­gated glass box of a swim­ming pool up on the rooftop ( 320 Have­lock Rd.; 65/6828-0000; the­ware­house ho­; dou­bles from US$205).

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