Weekend at the W

PHRASES such as "urban oasis" and "island glamour" are being splashed around Singapore as W Hotels Worldwide announced the opening of its first hotel there. W Singapore — Sentosa Cove is located on the glamorous island of Sentosa but London-based architect WATG and design firm Rockwell Group have drawn on the buzz of the nearby central business district to create a new glitz in the marina lifestyle haven.

Check into any of the hotel's 240 rooms and suites to enjoy the 1,300 sq m pool with 24 underwater speakers at the WET Bar one sunny weekend, or while away an afternoon in the Away Spa. The brand's signature spa is fashioned in rainforest-inspired decor and offers exclusive iLa products.

Guest rooms are the last word in comfort with signature W Beds, well-stocked Munchie Boxes, 40in LED HD TVs, state-of-the-art surround sound systems and Bliss amenities in bathrooms for pampering wind-downs. Be sure to take advantage of the Whatever/Whenever service philosophy that ensures your every whim is catered for "as long as it's legal".

You need not be a guest to savour Singapore's new gourmet scene. SKIRT, the W brand's first contemporary grill restaurant, debuts a slick bar and ageing cabinets housing the finest meats, while The Kitchen Table offers all-day dining and live cooking stations. Contributing to the party scene is nightclub Woobar with innovative cocktails courtesy of the in-house mixologist and thumping beats set by a resident DJ on a natural stone console.

Reflecting the tropical paradise conjured by native rainforests and sandy beaches, W Singapore welcomes the jaded and the jet set to unwind in sumptuous luxury, combining the tranquillity of outdoor terraces and over-scaled rock gardens with trendy hot spots and happenings. Be among the first on the scene with the Island Glamour Welcome, which includes accommodation in the Wonderful guest room, breakfast for two at The Kitchen Table and cocktails. The package starts at S$388++. More details can be found at www.whotels.com/singapore.

This story appeared in The Edge on Oct 8, 2012.

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