Summit venue picked for security reasons
US President Donald Trump’s administration, due to security reasons, has chosen a five-star secluded hotel on Singapore’s Sentosa Island for next week’s summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, a source familiar with the decision said Wednesday.
US security authorities have regarded the Capella Singapore hotel, sequestered by forest and sea, as an ideal location allowing complete control of access to and from it, the source said.
“Singapore never proposed (the venue), the Americans chose it,” said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The White House announced Tuesday the summit to discuss North Korea’s denuclearisation will be held at the hotel, which sits atop a small round hill on 30 acres of manicured grounds, with rainforest on one side and the South China Sea on the other.
The hotel, designed by British architect Norman Foster, is shaped like a figure 8 and is fronted by two beautifully preserved and restored old white colonial military buildings to welcome guests.
The hotel is owned by Pontiac Land Group, controlled by the Singaporean Kwee family. The source said as North Koreans do not trust major international hotel brands, ownership of the hotel was a key factor.
It has 112 guestrooms, with rates starting at about S$700 (K711,000/ US$525) a night.
The most expensive of them are the Colonial Manors villas, which are spacious villas coming with three bedrooms, a stately dining room, a study, lounge room and a mini lap-pool, and cost S$15,000 per night to stay in.
Kim and Trump are likely to stay in different five-star hotels in town, with sources telling Kyodo News that the US president will be using the Shangri-la Hotel. – Kyodo