I’ve stayed in a lot of incredible hotels over the past few years, but for some reason I’ve always found that city centre hotels always seem to lack the charm and sometimes the beauty to be found at beachfront properties. This was not the case in Singapore!
The Fullerton Hotel in Singapore is the first hotel I’ve stayed at in a long that took my breath away from the moment our chauffeur driven Mercedes pulled up at their main entrance! This hotel seriously knows how to go all out for Christmas and their picture-perfect decorations made pulling up at this historic building all the more exciting.
Our first impressions of the building were how massive it was, and that we knew it simply had to have been a very important building in Singapore’s past. Our driver quickly explained that hotel was once the General Post Office of Singapore, and the lighthouse-turned-restaurant that sits in the rooftop was once a fully functioning lighthouse! Thanks to land reclamation and the growth of the city, by the 1960’s the lighthouse was no longer of use as it was no longer right on the bay!
Coming from Bali, where Christmas isn’t exactly celebrated and you’ll be lucky to find a fake tree in the fanciest of restaurants, it was exciting to walk into the grand foyer of The Fullerton Hotel and feast my eyes on what has to be one of the most spectacular decorative displays I’ve ever seen!
The grand, split staircase, which looked like it could be at home on The Titanic was adorned with hundreds of bright red, Poinsettias and there were sparkling fairy lights wrapped around the staircase enticing guests to take that perfect festive photo!
My friend Ian and I stayed in a room on two levels, with more high-tech accessories than the most robotic hotel in Japan! Even out toilet seat opened automatically upon walking into the bathroom and the hotel had provided us with a fully charged phone with internet so we could explore the city at our own pace and not get lost!
We were welcomed with a hand written card from the manager, a bowl of fruit and a complimentary bottle of wine – something that certainly put a big smile on my face given the poor choice of wine to be had in Indonesia! We were also told that anyone staying on our floor had access to The Straits Cub Lounge, where we could have complimentary Afternoon Tea and Evening Cocktails everyday – if you have the choice to stay on this floor, I highly recommend it!
Before I arrived on Singapore, I had made out a very long list of things I wanted to do and see and top photos spots for those all important Instagram shots! I though we would spend Saturday afternoon out exploring this amazing city, but in a real first for me, we discovered there was so much to see, do and learn about within out hotel that by the time we looked at our watches it was already 6pm – and who were we too miss a complimentary cocktail hour?!
Back in The Straits Quay Club we were welcomed with a glass of champagne and helped ourselves to some light canapés to tie us over until dinner – my favourite time if day in the food capital of the world! We finished the evening with a Singapore Sling, the one drink you can’t come to Singapore and not try.
To learn more about the hotels fascinating past, guests can sign up for a free Heritage Tour of the property and the surrounding area – a tour that will make you quickly realize that many big decisions in Singapore’s past were made in this very building and even the surrounding buildings all hold a lot of importance in Singapore’s history.
Even when sitting inside the hotels amazing infinity pool, backed by the high columns of the old GPO and looking out across the river at many of Singapore’s most famous skyscrapers, you just get that feeling that you’re in a very special place…a sort of tranquil spot right in the heart of the city. And it’s at that moment that you know you’ve found that charm that you’ve been searching for!
Ian and I were lucky enough to be treated to a 90 minute full body massage in the The Fullerton Hotel Spa and, as hard as it might be to believe (especially seeing as I currently live in Bali and get a massage once a week!), it really was one of the best massage treatments I’ve ever had. I loved the way the masseuse explained exactly wha she was going to do and how she was going to do, explained the various massage oils she was going to use and was very careful to only concentrate on the areas I needed the most work on.
I actually fell fast asleep for the last 20 minutes – guess I may have been a little too relaxed. While I didn’t try any of the other therapies, I highly recommend a spa session here if staying at the hotel. It will make you trip all that much more enjoyable and is just another great experience you can have without ever having to leave the building!
Following a delicious champagne breakfast (you don’t get them every day of the year!), we spent all day Sunday exploring Singapore, from the interactive ArtScience museum and the Gardens By The Bay to finding some hidden, and very colourful, laneways and residential streets that simply screamed “Photoshoot!”. I especially loved the colourful, pastel houses to be found on Koon Seng Road and the area around Arab Street and Haji Lane.
After a full morning of sightseeing, we headed back to the hotel for Afternoon tea – the perfect way to break up the day and chill out for an hour before planning our evenings activities.
While we only had 48 hours in Singapore, I feel like we did and saw so much! I think I ticked off most of my Singapore bucket list – including staying at one of the most luxurious hotels in the city! I can’t wait to plan my return trip and I hope my article (and Ian’s photos!) will help inspire others to visit this historic hotel.
Editors note: Special thanks to The Fullerton Hotel for hosting us for 2 nights while in Singapore. As always, all opinions are my own and I would live in this hotel if I could!! ;-)