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Rich Heritage, Impressive Architecture, Designer Rooms: JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach
The old and the new blend together seamlessly at the luxurious JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach (formerly The South Beach).
The 634-room luxury hotel occupies two new buildings and three 1930s art deco army blocks of the former Beach Road Camp, all brought to life by award-winning British architectural design firm Foster + Partners and global design firm Aedas.
Boasting a central downtown location, in the heart of Singapore’s business and cultural district, the hotel is connected underground to the Esplanade MRT station and a short walk away from the City Hall MRT station.
Ladies who are travelling alone or with their female friends or family members will be pleased to know that the 21-storey hotel has dedicated ladies’ rooms. These pink-themed rooms are equipped with very thoughtful and pampering amenities such as facial steamers, hair straighteners, manicure and pedicure set, boyfriend shirts, pink bedroom slippers, and white and blue-stripped robes.
7 Things We ♥ About The Hotel
1. Amazing Artworks & Installations
The hotel has an impressive multi-million dollar collection of over 30 artworks and installations displayed in its lobby as well as other public spaces, and two have captured our hearts.
Video wall by Lee Lee Nam
Photo: C. Leong
We were mesmerised by the floor-to-ceiling video wall installation by South Korean artist Lee Lee Nam which combines art with technology and uses LED monitors as a canvas to create an artistic symphony. We were also pretty smitten by the “Gorilla” sculpture by British artist Iain Nutting, made from reclaimed scrap metal, sitting at the entrance of the hotel.
2. Artistic Experience In The Lifts
We find ourselves taking the lifts pretty often and wishing that the ride could be longer. It’s like we’ve entered a surreal underwater world where sea creatures like fish, jellyfish and octopus come to life when the lighting alternates between red, green and blue.
Photo: C. Leong
Renowned French designer Philippe Starck came up with the artistic experience of time and travel through the clever use of RBG wallpaper to pay homage to the beach area where the hotel is located before it was reclaimed, while the graffiti and aquatic designs are the handiwork of Milan-based art and design duo Carnovsky.
3. High Tech, Designer Rooms
Club Premier Room
With so much sensory stimulation around the hotel, we were delighted to retreat to our bright (thanks in part to the multitude of mirrors), white and spacious room, though we were slightly distracted by the graffiti patterns on the wall and carpets!
We simply adore Starck’s polished stainless steel rocking chair. Too bad there’s only one in the room.
A neat feature of the room is the butler door, just next to the door, where the housekeeping staff can drop off your requested items without entering your room.
Smart technology features come in the form of the Interactive Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) system which also electronically controls the curtains, blinds, air-condition and lights; a Wi-Fi phone; and an electronic bidet.
4. 48 Hours “Sanchoku” Short Rib
We’re addicted to the 48 Hours “Sanchoku” Short Rib served at the eponymous restaurant of Korean-born, Aspen-raised and Japanese-trained celebrity chef Akira Back who used to be a professional snowboarder.
As its name suggests, the Australian beef (a type of Japanese wagyu cattle) is braised for 48 hours till it is meltingly tender, yet retaining all its glorious juiciness. We also lapped up every bit of the braising jus plus the root veggies that came with the beef.
Meanwhile, our eyes are captivated by the artistic creations on the specially commissioned Bernardaud porcelain charger plates as well as the colourful paintings by Chef Akira’s mother adorning the walls.
Photo: C. Leong
5. Past Relics At Court Martial Bar
We’re impressed at how elements from the bar’s past as a military garage have been cleverly incorporated into the space. These include the vehicle maintenance pit (protected by a transparent perspex floor), refurbished mirrors and spare engine parts recycled as utensil holders.
Be sure to try the Negroni and Rum Ol’Fashioned, made with spirits aged in the bar’s American oak barrels between two to four weeks; as well as The Heritage Sling and South Beach Sour, classics that been been given a local spin.
6. Fun Social Spaces At Flow18
When we’re not in our rooms, we are chilling out at this breezy social space on the 18th floor. There are plenty of comfy sofas, chairs and even rocking chairs for reading and hanging out.
Overlooking Marina Bay and the Central Business District, the two infinity pools are possibly the best spots in the hotel to catch the sunset and soak in captivating city views.
Our favourite activity was playing table tennis on a polished stainless steel table that reminded us of the rocking chair in our room.
There’s also a foosball table and a well-equipped fitness centre with a large screen featuring workout videos.
7. Multi-Sensory Pampering At SPA by JW
Time-starved folks will like the spa’s express treatments – 12-, 25- and 40-minute services – for dry hands, aching feet, tense shoulders or tired eyes. These treatments are performed in express spa suites equipped with state-of-the-art massage pods which combine chromatherapy, aromatherapy and audio-visual therapies to deliver maximum results in minimal time.
Express treatment room
We will gladly make time for the spa’s Signature Massage (50 or 80 minutes), which is personalised to focus on our muscle knots and troubled spots.
Don’t leave without kicking back and enjoying a soothing back massage on the zero-gravity inversion therapy chair at the Relaxation Lounge. When fully reclined, the chair helps to relieve spinal tension and provides a relaxing sense of weightlessness.
Rates start from $370++ for a Standard room.
There’s a New Year’s Eve promotion from $350++ for a Standard room that comes with breakfast on New Year’s Day at Beach Road Kitchen for two persons.
Photos courtesy of JW Marriott Singapore South Beach