Sentosa island is proof that Singapore is not just skyscrapers. A quiet retreat lies just twenty minutes by car from the city centre, and in contrast to the bustling metropolis, the Capella hotel feels like from another world, where the tranquillity of gardens is occasionally pierced by cries of exotic birds.
Twelve acres of lush rainforest surround the hotel. Colourful peacocks, lazily wandering about, dot the immaculate lawns. It’s a peaceful setting for two historic buildings with classic white facades, remembering late 1880s. Brought into the twenty-first century by the architect Norman Foster (together with leading designers Jaya Ibrahim, Andre Fu and Yasuhiro Koichi), this heritage site is today both contrasted with, and completed by, the modern, bold design of the new wing.
Both fuse into a harmonious whole, complemented by intense green of lawns and deep shades of ancient trees. Contemporary sculptures in the garden finish the successful Capella design.
Terraced infinity pools—edges meeting horizon of the Singapore Strait—are at the focal point of Capella. The best view of the pools and the sea stretches from the Bob’s Bar, which serves innovative tapas and cocktails—as well as ginger ale, made by the hotel.
For something more substantial hotel invites to Knolls, an elegant restaurant open all day. There is also Cassia, specializing in fine Chinese cuisine—the dim-sum are especially worth recommending. Finally, the tea bar, stocked with more than 30 varieties of tea, is the perfect place to relax after a meal.
Rooms and Auriga Spa
Among the several types of rooms are pool suites, detached garden villas, the great Colonial Manors, and Constellation, with a private hot tub on the roof. Regardless of category, all rooms are equipped with wireless internet, flat screen TV, iPod docking station, touch screens to control lighting and minibar. The bathrooms have double sinks and spacious showers.
At a hotel of this class, an excellent spa is almost a given, and Capella does not disappoint. Equipped with the herbal steam room, ice fountain and revitalizing pools, the spa provides massages matched with moon cycles, as well as hydrotherapy treatment.
Capella Singapore captivates with its tranquil atmosphere. The experience encapsulates the meaning of the word sentosa, which in Malay means “quiet and peaceful”.