The Mandarin Oriental in Singapore is ideally located along buzzing Marina Bay, a stone’s throw away from the heart of the Central Business District. With easy access to Marina Square Mall, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, The Singapore Flyer and Esplanade, the MO is the perfect pick for both business and leisure.
Opened in 1987, the Mandarin Oriental in Singapore was built by US architect John Portman who also conceptualised the design for the novel fan-shaped atrium lobby – the fan being the chain’s characteristic insignia. In 2004, H.L. Lim the renowned interior designer of LTW Design Works (who handled the refurbishment of The Oriental in Bangkok) was responsible for transforming the hotel into a modern landmark.
With a multi-million dollar renovation that included the redesign of all 527 guestrooms and suites, public areas, dining and meeting facilities the hotel was re-launched in May 2005; post the overhaul, the hotel has become an epitome of luxury mixed with unparalleled service.
Ranging from 62 to 242 square-meters, guests can choose from five über luxe suites – Harbour, City, Premier, Oriental and The Presidential Suite. The décor echoing the beauty of nature has a neutral and soft colour palette as its base.
Natural elements can be seen everywhere, from the polished wood panel behind the bed and the twig motif on the bedspread to the textured ivory fabric on the walls. Pan-Asian influences are speckled in the details with an ode to Singapore’s multi-cultural heritage – the overall effect whispering of modern sophistication.
Clean lines follow through in the bathrooms, which are clad in sleek granite and dark timber with floor-to-ceiling wooden blinds covering the glass panel separating the bathroom from the living space.
Guests staying in the 106-room Club floor can enjoy ultimate privacy and exclusive access to the Oriental Club Lounge. Boasting panoramic views of the city skyline, this 481 square meter lounge was re-designed in a contemporary style mixed seamlessly with Oriental design accents.
Located on the 5th floor of the hotel, the swimming pool area has also been re-designed by renowned hospitality interior design firm Buz Design and St Legere Design International of Hong Kong.
Surrounded by lush tropical foliage it has been ingeniously laid out in split-levels to accentuate the breathtaking city views. Peppered on the upper deck are five private cabanas, each outfitted with controlled lighting, a ceiling fan, iPod dock, Wi-Fi connectivity and an on-call button for food and beverage service.
The 25-metre swimming pool itself is beautiful with its Italian glass mosaic designs in tones of lilac, blue and purple, glittering at night with fiber optic lighting.
The underwater benches, hand-sculpted sandstone water features and wet deck, coupled with designer Frank Gehry’s stunning lounge furniture, steep this modern oasis in unfettered indulgence.
Situated by the pool is Dolce Vita oozing Italian charm with its open kitchen, floor-to-ceiling glass windows, stone-flagged floor, wooden dining chairs and panels in vivid Mediterranean colours.
The Cherry Garden on the other hand is the ultimate in Chinois chic. Styled like a modern Oriental residence, walls are adorned with a combination of sheer ivory voile and charcoaled teak panels, wooden tables and plush chairs, while pearly-shelled lighting fixtures create an intimate evening ambience.
Jaw-droppings views enhance the post-modern interiors in the Axis Bar and Lounge. Bold reds, silver and black are mixed with luxurious materials like leather, ebony and metal bathing this late night lounge in a sensuous, almost sexy vibe.
Designed by the award-winning firm AB Concept, the spa has been inspired by Singapore’s heritage, suffused in a natural palette of warm earth tones with splashes of purples and reds.
Peaceful cloud silhouettes are lit from below, while lacquered panels line the walls. Natural wood finishes and mosaic tiles are juxtaposed against glass screens and mother-of-pearl accents, creating a delicate landscape of contrasting textures.
The Mandarin Oriental in Singapore represents the very best accommodation Marina Bay has to offer and is among the most sought after places to stay in the city. Attracting the more discerning guest, it more than lives up to the luxurious service and attention to detail expected from such an iconic group.
Text By Natalie Pedder-Bajaj
Photos Courtesy The Hotel