Six Senses has made a splash in Singapore with the upscale hospitality brand debuting its very first urban property. Situated in the central Chinatown district of Tanjong Pagar, Six Senses Duxton occupies a row of historic row houses that were restored by British designer Anouska Hempel, celebrated for Hempel and Blake’s hotels in London (and other talked-about projects further afield). Duxton Road has a colorful past, also known as Jinrickshaw Place (so called because of the rickshaw pullers who used to hang out by the station), as the area used to be dotted with gambling and opium dens.
The original building showcases diverse architectural elements from China, Malaysia and Europe. Hempel has safeguarded this heritage with design details that include Oriental screens, calligraphy wallpaper and a black-gold color palette. Each of the 49 guestrooms are individually decorated; the suites include the Opium Suite, the Pearl Suite, the Duxton Duplex, the Skylight Suite, and—the largest of all—the Montgomerie suite. Room amenities include Naturalmat organic mattresses, bath products by The Organic Pharmacy, IDD phones and Bose Bluetooth speakers.
What’s acn you expect? The Golden Pot restaurant serves Cantonese cuisine, while the lobby bar—taking its inspiration from an antiquarian library—shows off a signature cocktail concocted with hot whiskey, brandy and absinthe, adorned with a yellow chrysanthemum. Complimentary yoga sessions are offered twice a week at a nearby park. In residence will be a traditional Chinese doctor offering health consultations and an herbal dispensary. Guests can learn more about Traditional Chinese Medicine through acupuncture, massage, exercise and diet.
The opening of Six Senses Duxton will be followed by the Six Senses Maxwell three months later. These two Singapore hotels will represent Six Senses’ successful completion of a large conservation project in the bustling island city-state. Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas currently operates 11 resorts and 30 spas in 20 countries under the brand names Six Senses, Evason and Six Senses Spas.