W Singapore

When I asked South African concert pianist extraordinaire, Malika Omar, about one of her favourite hotels in the world, she came back to me with the W Singapore Sentosa Cove and I can see why it resonates with her. Just like Malika, the W Singapore is quirky, full of class, and it stands out in the crowd.

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Hello beautiful Malika!

The W Singapore Sentosa Cove is an exclusive address, located on its very own island, a short drive away from shopping and nightlife in the heart of southern Singapore. Like all W hotels, this one takes 5 star luxury up a notch with an out-of-this-world take on design and a serious attention to detail.

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Always a party in this hotel lobby

Sweet Suite

With names like WOW Suite and Fabulous Suite, they’re setting you up to be impressed… and there’s no room for disappointment. From music that plays the moment you step foot into the room to funky lighting, there’s already something to write home about before you’ve done anything.

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WOW Suite living room… wow indeed!

 

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WOW room with THE view

 

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Art on the headboard

There’s even mood lighting – feeling flirty, anyone?

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The fun continues in the bathrooms, with marble finishing, standalone bathtubs, and airy views.

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Best part? You’re handed flowers every time you walk in:

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For me? Aw… you shouldn’t have 😀

Fun in the Sun

Sentosa Cove offers an exclusive escape from the bustling city. W Singapore is all shimmering pools and sunlight streaming through greenery. So relaxing.

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No stay at the W Singapore is complete without a dip in the WET pool and a sojourn at the swim-up pool bar, which has a great range of fresh juices.

Food-tastic

Calling all carnivores! Revel in a variety of grills at the super stylish SKIRT restaurant – the food is yummy enough to tear your attention away from the beautiful interior decoration:

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Indoor fairytale at SKIRT Restaurant

Malika also loved the breakfast served at Kitchen Table in the mornings.

Spa-mazing

The spas at W hotels worldwide are always futuristic and quite different from the mellow, expected atmosphere we associate with spas. Doesn’t this look like the interior of a UFO:

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Your therapist, Cyborg, will be in shortly… 😀

Malika Says

The W Singapore – Sentosa Cove Hotel was probably one of my most favourite hotel destinations in the world. The property is trendy and spacious with quirky touches as per the W Hotels brand. Considering the hotel is on Sentosa Island (Singapore’s renowned resort island), it’s close to all the fun attractions. Check out the pool for a session of tanning and relaxation amongst greenery and The Kitchen Table for a delicious breakfast before taking on Singapore’s hottest tourist spots!

What to Pack

Here’s some inspiration to Get Malika’s glam look for a stylish stay at the W Singapore!

 

W Singapore - Get Malika's Look

 


Precis Petite midi dress
240 AED – johnlewis.com

Gianvito Rossi red shoes
1,725 AED – farfetch.com

Lele Sadoughi pearl jewelry
920 AED – halsbrook.com

Summer hat
26 AED – amazon.com

Dolce Gabbana dolce gabbana lipstick
135 AED – sephora.com
Guest Post by Rupert Wright of Ashbright
Welcome
 
Paris holds no terrors for well-heeled travellers, who can check into one of the city’s eleven palaces such as ­ the Georges V, Plaza Athénée, Le Bristol or my favourite, Le Meurice. But for those on any kind of budget, finding a decent place to stay in the French capital can be a challenge. Bedrooms smaller than a bathroom, bathrooms smaller than a bidet, we’ve all stayed at one of them and lived to regret it. So, it’s with great pleasure that I have found almost the perfect Parisian hotel – and you don’t need to be a tech billionaire to afford it. The Bedford has been family owned and run for more than a hundred years, combining Swiss roots, French flair and English tradition. It benefits from strong leadership, attention to detail, and a staff eager to look after you. With just 140 rooms, it is large enough to intimate, but not so large that you are anonymous. It’s a 4 star, but deserves more.
 
The rooms
 
Parquet flooring; high ceilings; comfortable beds and pillows; keys rather than plastic cards; and best of all, real switches, that turn the lights on and off. The Bedford has sensibly ignored many of the technical traps that can make staying in a hotel room more challenging than setting up your own satellite transmission site. The result is a place that combines understated elegance with modern touches and old school service. Some rooms overlook the rue de l’Arcade, others look over a courtyard, but all are a decent size and a muted colour. There is air-conditioning too, which is a relief when the summer strikes.
 
Eating
 
Breakfast is a buffet in a glorious belle époque room, boasting stucco reliefs and a glass roof. Dinner happens here too, French cuisine and fairly formal. There’s also a relaxed bistro/bar that serves meals and cocktails.
 
 
Location
 
A stone’s throw from the Place de la Madeleine, the Place de la Concorde and the Tuileries Gardens, and the Opera, this is one of the best areas to stay in Paris. (Marcel Proust used to live just around the corner). It is a lively area, with great boutiques, wine bars and an eclectic mix of restaurants, Japanese, Italian, Chinese, Korean, Lebanese and French too.
 
Don’t miss
 
The Bedford knows that many people like to travel with their pets, so they are allowed to stay too.
 
 
HOTEL BEDFORD, 17, RUE DE L’ARCADE 75008 PARIS Tel. : +33 (0)1 44 94 77 77 Fax : +33 (0)1 44 94 77 97 More information at www.hotel-bedford.com
 
Rooms from €250; Suites from €450

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Sara Hamdan

Welcome to a magazine editor’s guide to luxury hotels and what to wear when you’re there! My work has appeared in: The International New York Times, Rolling Stone, Variety and CNN Travel. I’ve held editorial roles at VIVA Magazine, Dubai Magazine and Stylist Arabia.  Now, I freelance for the likes of Google, CNN and Savoir Flair!

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