Singapore’s Mandarin Oriental hotel has re-opened to the public with a new look following a six-month transformation project.
The hotel, which has been in operation for over 36 years, has been “reborn” with colour and inspiration from Singapore’s distinctive Angsana trees, and architectural traditions such as Peranakan style architecture and black and white houses.
“As we reopen, we are excited to bring the soul of Singapore to life through our transformation, weaving together Mandarin Oriental’s legendary service and the rich tapestry of local culture, delivering an immersive Singapore experience to our guests,” said Mandarin Oriental, Singapore General Manager and Area Vice President Operations, Philipp Knuepfer.
The project, led by Design Wilkes Principal Designer, Jeffrey Wilkes, brings the outdoors in with its 510 rooms and suites taking design cues from the water of Marina Bay, the South China Sea and lush greenery outside.
“Every corner of the hotel tells a story, from Singapore’s lush landscapes to the intricate details found in traditional shophouses,” says Wilkes.
“We wanted guests not just to be visiting the city, but to feel a part of it.”
The hotel’s 42 luxury suites offer expansive balconies, spacious living and dining areas, and in the Penthouse, a fully equipped chef’s kitchen for private dinners. There are 45 residential suites on offer including a number of themed Residential Family Suites taking inspiration from outer space, life under the sea and a wild jungle escapade.
Above the lobby, which is bathed in natural light and bright colours, hangs crystal spheres of Vanda Joaquim orchids – a tribute to Singapore’s national flower. The transformed lounge, Haus 65, offers a sophisticated social space with exclusive privileges including a program of cultural, culinary and artistic events such as an expanded wine programme with daily tastings led by sommeliers and winemakers.
The hotel’s all-day dining concept has been reimagined as Embu, a garden-style space with a kids’ buffet and playground. Next to the lobby, a chic patisserie serves up pastries, artisan bread and chocolates, as well as afternoon tea. Award-winning Mo Bar returns with a new collection of innovative cocktails.