A hotel room with the typical bed-and-white-walls formula is so sterile it borders on dull. You know you can count on the basics done well — prompt room service, daily refreshed toiletries, hot running water — but such rooms are so forgettable. Not this project at Duxton.
The Six Senses Duxton, by the Thai hospitality group behind some of the world’s most picture-perfect getaway destinations, is big on classic touches. It’s a city hotel with just 49 rooms, but it holds all the charm of a quaint pre-colonial shophouse, refurbished with all the comforts of a modern hotel
The interiors, for instance, are designed by former Bond girl Anouska Hempel (who also worked on the Hempel and Blake hotels in London). In the lounge, striped gold and black cushions on a glamorous banquette are as sexy as her on-screen character.
Bedrooms are decked with the same Oriental charm. A four-poster bed in the Opium Suite invites deep slumber. The invitation is made more alluring with the top-notch turndown service — besides fluffing pillows and neatly folding the sheets, staff throw in thoughtful gestures like a bag of knick-knacks designed to keep you away from the insomnia-inducing blue rays of your latest iPhone X.
And if these won’t do the trick, a nightly herbal elixir specially formulated by Traditional Chinese Medicine physician just across the road from the hotel, will.
Pearl Suites are for those who prefer bedtime to be, well, pristine. In here, the white walls gleam, as do the freshly-laundered sheets and the dressers inlaid with mother-of-pearl. There’s also the spacious two-story Duxton Duplex Suites which retains the shophouse’s original spiral staircase.
The location of the Six Senses Duxton is also well-considered. Tanjong Pagar, a once sleepy fishing village in central Singapore, is an eclectic mix of hangouts for locals. Think housewives shopping for groceries at a traditional wet market just a street away from trendy watering holes and Korean barbecue restaurants. This truly is as close as you’ll get to living like a local, with all the frills attached.