Centrally located in the heart of ‘new’ Singapore, the swanky Ritz-Carlton Millenia boasts killer views of Marina Bay. Only minutes away from all the local attractions, this über luxe hotel takes living to a whole new level of opulence and high-end sophistication.
Designed by Pritzker award-winning architect Kevin Roche, the Ritz-Carlton has been built on reclaimed land, purposefully constructed 37 meters above ground so that every room has a jaw-dropping view. The hotel has been built on stilt-like ‘legs’, making the main entrance the third floor of the building! Another marvel is the winding stairs that lead down from the lobby level onto the lower floors – having no pillars holding them up; they are completely suspended and self-supporting.
Art buffs will rejoice as the hotel has one of the finest corporate modern art collections in Singapore and Southeast Asia, comprising of 4200 pieces valued at a staggering S$5 million. Self-guided iPod tours direct art aficionados through 30 key works. On display are Andy Warhol and David Hockney’s exuberant colours, Rainer Gross’s geometric compositions, Henry Moore’s restrained monochromatics, the lush botanicals of Robert Zakanitch, including 350 major museum quality pieces that have been mindfully placed throughout the hotel to enhance its distinctive contemporary architectural design.
One has to only look up in the lobby to marvel at a specially commissioned piece called Cornucopia that hangs from the ceiling. This massive three-ton Frank Stella installation at the entrance and the pair of Dale Chihuly crystal glass sculptures that anchor both wings of the building are only some of the highlights in this stunning collection.
Designed by Burega Farnell Pte Ltd, The Ritz completed an extensive renovation of its rooms and suites in early 2011. The interiors are warm with accents of light teak wood, combined with strategically placed mirror panels giving the feel of airy spaciousness.
Situated on level 32, the Ritz-Carlton Suite has been designed by Hirsch Bedner and Associates. Offering breathtaking views of the vibrant Bay, a timeless décor permeates through the design. The contemporary interiors are softened by the use of light timbre finishes and Oriental woven carpets.
The luxuriously appointed master bedroom is a haven of tranquility with an adjoining marbled bathroom and Jacuzzi bathtub. The bathrooms of all 608 rooms and suites are characterised by octagonal windows (to boost the Feng Shui of the hotel as eight is a lucky number for the Chinese), breathlessly overhanging Marina Bay.
Re-launched in August 2013, the Club Lounge has also been designed by Burega Farnell, offering privileged guests exclusive access within a unique drawing room setting.
A private library and alcove forms the vantage point where guests can sketch the panoramic views or simply enjoy a taste of the champagne and caviar life. Bespoke furniture and hand-woven carpets complement Indonesian teakwood floors and Italian marble, while wooden paneling and shimmering crystal design features contribute to the overall elegant aesthetic.
Dining options at the Ritz include The Summer Pavilion. Set in a Suzhou rock garden amidst picturesque greenery, this restaurant is set apart by floor-to-ceiling glass windows that filter in natural light, with a refined interior that uses soft fabrics, leather and gold accents to complete the look.
Guests can also relax in the lounge named after famed American glass artist Dale Chihuly. Covered by an iridescent glass-domed roof and an awe-inspiring glass sculpture by the artist, Chihuly Lounge exudes a warmth with its plush sofas and delicately designed tables of rich woods.
Whether you are lucky enough to be a guest or merely passing through, the Ritz Carlton is where the Singapore swish-set enjoy a champagne breakfast, high-tea, hand-crafted cocktails or simply watch the world go by.
Text By Natalie Pedder-Bajaj
Photographs Courtesy Ritz-Carlton Millenia