Le Meridien Singapore Sentosa facade

Le Méridien Hotels and Resorts, part of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, has announced an agreement with Treasure Resort Pte Ltd. for Le Méridien Singapore, Sentosa, following the renovation and conversion of the hotel.

The agreement marks the highly anticipated return of the Le Méridien brand to Singapore after nearly a decade.

“We are excited to welcome Le Méridien back to Singapore with a property that can truly represent the new direction of the brand,” said Stephen Ho, President, Asia Pacific, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

“Le Méridien’s mission is to expose the creative-minded traveler to the most unexpected and engaging experiences, inside and outside the hotel. We are confident that we will be able to offer this distinctively memorable experience at Le Méridien Singapore, Sentosa.”

Designed by DP Architects and Japanese studio Super Potato, Le Méridien Singapore, Sentosa provides a juxtaposition of the old and the new, offering a glimpse of Singapore’s vibrant past and present.

The hotel complex comprises a contemporary building and a pair of restored former barracks, which housed Southeast Asia’s first Malay artillery back in 1940.

The hotel features 191 contemporary guestrooms, including suites with Japanese outdoor private Onsen pool, and a duplex penthouse suite with its own rooftop garden and infinity pool.

Other facilities include a swimming pool and 243 square meters of versatile function space, with a 198 square meter pillar-less ballroom fitted with floor-to-ceiling windows.

“It is a thrill to bring a deluxe five-star brand Le Méridien back to Singapore, fully drawing out the richness of the destination through the brand’s unique vision,” said Rodney Tan, Chairman of Treasure Resort Pte Ltd.

“We’re looking forward to working with the conversion team, and hope to cultivate a long and successful partnership with Starwood.”

In the upcoming months, the hotel will undergo a renovation to feature two distinct restaurants and the brand’s signature bar.

In addition, Le Méridien Singapore, Sentosa will introduce Le Méridien Hub, which reinterprets the traditional hotel lobby into a social gathering place.

Building on the brand’s award-winning arrival experience and coffee culture, key features will include signature elements from the Paris-born brand such as a 24-hour soundtrack curated by French Bossa Nova band Nouvelle Vague, a variety of delectable éclairs, exclusive illy coffee prepared by Master Baristas, and sparkling cocktails inspired by Europe’s aperitif hour.

“Le Méridien has been experiencing phenomenal growth in the past few years, thanks to its distinctive new positioning as well as a conversion-friendly strategy,” said Rajit Sukumaran, Senior Vice President, Acquisition and Development, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Asia Pacific.

“Le Méridien continues to forge a presence in new and established markets worldwide; in 2015 alone, we opened eight hotels in Asia Pacific including the brand’s debuts in exciting destinations such as Thimpu and Paro in Bhutan, Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam and Dhaka in Bangladesh.”

Inspired by its European heritage and mid-century modern design, Le Méridien offers a unique experience at some of the world’s top travel destinations.

Since Starwood’s acquisition of the brand in 2005, Le Méridien boasts the strongest portfolio and performance levels in the brand’s history – increasing its footprint both in North America and Asia Pacific by 25 percent, and renovating more than half of the brand’s European and Middle Eastern hotels over the last three years.

With more than 100 hotels and resorts in 37 countries, Le Méridien is poised to open more than 30 hotels in the next four years.

Plans in Asia Pacific include the brand’s debut in Taiwan and further expansion in gateway cities in China, India and Malaysia.

James Wilkinson

Editor-In-Chief, Hotel Management