The Six Senses Duxton Has a Bond Girl's Touch

See the hospitality project built with colonial charm


The Six Senses Duxton Has a Bond Girl's Touch
Hotels April 20th, 2018

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 


Now you can experience staying in a pre-colonial shophouse at the newly opened hotel, Six Senses Duxton, in the bustling enclave of Tanjong Pagar. All photos courtesy of Six Senses Duxton 


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. 

Acclaimed British designer Anouska Hempel decorated the reception are with items from her personal collection – golden fans, Chinese screens and calligraphy wallpaper


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. 


Pick from 49 rooms and suites of varying designs. The Opium Room and Suites is draped in dramatic black, from the walls to the four-poster bed.


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.


Celebrating the heritage of the shophouse, original elements such as the spiral staircase were retained in the Duxton Duplex Suites.


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.



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