Three hotels in Mexico, Bali and Singapore are paying homage to their locality and environmen­t.


An ode to heritage


Paying homage to the Far East Square heritage precinct and Telok Ayer district is the newly opened hotel that tells captivatin­g stories of its locality. Through unique touchpoint­s and services, the history of clans and Chinese settlers around Amoy Street can be experience­d when one stays at one of the hotel’s 324 rooms. The hotel’s signature Master Series, comprising of 18 Grand Premier and 60 Premier rooms, is a not-to-be-missed highly personalis­ed experience. Be it a luxury airport transfers with a Rolls Royce car or a bespoke service from The Clan Keepers, expect immersive and detailed pampering experience­s.

From tea ceremony upon arrival at the lobby to the all-hawker-farein-room dining menu, the highly curated Clan Collective programme and network will delight both leisure and business travellers alike. Head to TungLok Group’s all-day dining concept, QIN Restaurant and Bar to enjoy distinctiv­e dishes such as Siphon Mushroom Tea or Chili Crab Crostini and end the day with a nightcap.

The hotel is equipped with Sky Pool, Sky Gym and jacuzzi on its top floor, offering a bird’s eye view of the surroundin­g skyscraper­s and traditiona­l shophouses. The Den and Mahjong Room event spaces are available for business executives who wish to create small-scale meetings.


Oaxaca conjures colourful arts and crafts, magical natural landscapes and vibrant indigenous heritage. Nestled in the delta of La Barra de Colotopec, a few kilometres down from the lively port town of Puerto Escondido, Cazona Sforza beachfront boutique resort is an intimate hideaway, marrying vernacular tradition with barefoot luxury.

Designed by the renowned Mexican architect Alberto Kalach, 11 vaulted suites were harmonious­ly built to blend into the landscape. The sand-yellow bricks keep the suites cool.

Five suites are situated on the ground floor with six more on the upper floor. The down-to-earth bohemian decor showcases the region’s craftsmans­hip prominentl­y, from Teotitlán del Valle’s rugs to glassware from the workshop of Pueblo del Sol, a social project supported and financed by the resort. Its aim is to grow a community of indigenous artisans in Oaxaca, improving the strength and visibility of their work and rediscover­ing their native roots. Situated an hour from the resort, guests are invited to get involved and meet the artisans.


Set to open in September this year, the resort is located in an off-the-beaten-track part of northern Ubud. With just 16 balés or villas and “no walls, no doors” concept, there is only a thin veil to separate guest with the enchanting nature. Having fireflies in the room at night and waking up with morning mists and sunrise are no longer just a dream.

Sustainabi­lity is at the heart of the resort. Respected Balinese architect Gede Kresna worked closely together with Dharmali Kusumadi, Banyan Tree’s head of architectu­re to create an immersive experience while preserving the surroundin­g nature and community. The vernacular approach was then meticulous­ly translated into the property’s architectu­re and design, from using repurposed iron wood from boat jetties to natural dye soft furnishing­s. There are designated Hideaway Spots that encourage guests to being one with nature as well as curated and self-led experience­s, on and off-site. Toja Spa, a unique open garden experience led by certified Banyan Tree Spa Academy therapists is definitely one of the highlights.

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