The Mandarin Oriental Singapore in Marina Bay is the only property (I know of) designed in the shape of a fan – clearly a decision to represent the group’s renowned logo. You won’t see this as you approach the building from outside but from the fifth floor, where the restaurants and bars are, if you look up you’ll see the unmistakable configuration.
The hotel isn’t smack in the city centre, which is a good thing if it’s a view you’re looking for in this high-rise city. Opt for an Ocean View room or suite on a high floor and every time you glance out of the window you’ll have lots to look at – especially when you wake up jet-lagged in the middle of the night.
Getting around Singapore is a piece of cake. The hotel is only an easy 30-minute taxi ride, along one of the most verdant airport access roads I know, from Changi International Airport. It is next door to two MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) stations, and Chinatown and Orchard Road plus most tourist attractions are close by. Even better, it’s only a quick hop over to Singapore’s largest mall, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands (and the huge casino of 1,500 slot machines and more), where you’ll find everything you could desire (in terms of handbags and jewels). There are also lots of great restaurants of all styles and cuisines (try Daniel Boulud’s for its burgers, or Adrift by David Myers for modern Asian fare).
With so many five-star hotels in town, why choose this one? It’s a lovely property but the rooms could use a refresh. Yet for me it struck the right balance between value, service excellence, location, amenities and extras. The restaurant choices are abundant; the gym is modern and well equipped; the spa is superb; and the pool area is simply the best on the island – elegant with greenery all around and a poolside restaurant and bar with a gorgeous view. In the evening when the sun goes down, this is where you’ll want to be.
- Daily breakfast for two
- Buffet breakfast
- Room upgrade upon arrival
- Subject to availability
- Hotel experience
- Complimentary glass of champagne for two at Bay@5
- Afternoon Tea for two
- Afternoon Tea for two in Axis Lounge, once during stay
- Early check-in / Late check-out
- Subject to availability
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
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