Must Stay - The Fullerton Bay in Singapore

Too often I step into a new Asian luxury hotel only to feel: I’ve seen it all before: the brown-beige colour scheme–check, the occasional ethnic cushions or throw – check, the nice bathroom with a glass wall – check, check. All very nice, but feels sooo déjà-vu and dated early 2000. So I was pleasantly surprised with the rooms of the just-opened Fullerton Bay hotel. Yes, the brown and beige are there, along with the other usual suspects, but the use of polished rosewood throughout the room (from the wardrobe doors to the desk), along with some interesting leather details like the handles of drawers, make the design very “now” and fresh. The rooms are surprisingly spacious for Singapore and have balconies. Of course the best (and most expansive) rooms are the ones facing the Marina Bay Sands, but the side rooms still offer some interesting views. I love the Molton amenities in the bathroom, with a few unusual surprises like a hair brush (not a comb) and mouth wash baby bottle. My only complaint – while they have the usual chichi espresso coffee machine, they’re not storing my Singaporean favourite brand! Luxury hotels should serve luxury teas.