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Southeast Asia’s 7 Unique Luxury Hotels

Each year, I try to explore many parts of the world to see and experience the various types of their luxurious hotels. This year my interest falls into Southeast Asia region, from Singapore to the Indochina region such as Cambodia and Laos. For centuries, history has taken note that the region was home to some of the most opulent kingdoms in Asia. During my first visit to Siem Reap, Phnom Penh and Luang Prabang this year, I was impressed not only by their glorious historical past but also by the presence of the great luxury hotel establishments. Here is my selection list of seven unique luxury hotels in the region this year!

Singapore

Sofitel Singapore City Centre:
A Chic Urban Fusion

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As a new hotel that just opened its doors to the public at the end of 2017, Sofitel Singapore City Centre has recognised as one of the city’s luxury hotel elite due to its design uniqueness that marries Singapore’s rich cultural heritage with the sophistication of French flair. It is a hotel where culture and design are brought to life through an outstanding collection of custom-made furniture and artworks, including designer uniforms accentuated with floral prints, evoking the strong botanic theme that runs throughout the hotel. Nestled at the heart of historic Tanjong Pagar vicinity, this chic urban hotel is AccorHotels’ 800th property in Asia-Pacific.

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Sofitel Singapore City Centre takes its design inspiration from the rich green spaces of Singapore and the sublime geometry of traditional French garden, the hotel’s interiors elegantly juxtapose vibrant rose gold accents with striking design features and botanical motifs. The shimmering nine-metre chandelier called ‘Singapour Je T’aime’, designed by Jana Ruzickova and manufactured by Czech designer Lasvit, comprises 700 hand-blown glass crystals and is beautifully set at the lobby area as the main centrepiece. Furthermore, Lasvit’s French-inspired lighting fixtures that are merged with metropolitan flair and floral shapes and patterns can also be found in the guest-rooms as a tribute to a phrase famously used in regard to the ‘city of light’.Essay-Southeast-Asia's-7-Unique-Luxury-Hotels-Sofitel-Singapore-City-Centre-Rooms

The 223 well-appointed guest rooms and suites featuring floor-to-ceiling windows are spacious and adorned with the signature bedding concept by Sofitel MyBed and premium toiletries by Lanvin and Hermes. The highlight here comes from two hi-tech droids (aka robot) butlers aptly named Sophie and Xavier draped in matte bespoke blue uniforms with floral elements that will serve complimentary minibar service and F&B related services to the guest-rooms. In addition, the hotel also commissioned its own Artist-in-Residence, renowned Italian artist Arianna Caroli who created the inspiring Bouquet Magnifique as well as initiated the first partnership ever with Nespresso and Virgin Active.

Unique design pieces are everywhere in this hotel, from the designer beauty case, stationary box and book stand in the room to the frontline ambassadors designer uniforms which evoke botanical touch. Simply put, Sofitel Singapore City Centre is truly a celebration of everything design and the local arts.

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