A modern Sentosa hideaway

169 Rooms / 15 Suites

Colonial history gets a modern, sleek rewrite at Capella Singapore. The Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel located on the Singaporean satellite island of Sentosa combines exquisite old-colonial style with contemporary luxuries in stunning fashion.

The gateways to this luxury hotel are its restored, white-washed bungalows, which have histories dating back to the late 1800s when the buildings were used as barracks and common areas for members of the British military and their families. Today housing the main lobby and other key facilities like The Library — a beautiful guest-only space stocked with reading materials and complimentary refreshments — the bungalows feature swirled-white-marble appointments, masculine dark-walnut furnishings and striking pieces of art from the hotel’s private collection. Capella Singapore’s adjacent contemporary building, with its uniquely curved architecture and open-air spaces, is every bit as beauteous.

The Singapore hotel’s 112 accommodations range from well-appointed guest rooms with garden views to opulent three-bedroom manors with private kitchen, small lap pool and study. Our favorites, the Constellation Rooms, fall somewhere in between, spacious 828-square-foot havens of luxury with a king-sized bed dressed in imported Italian linens, an oversized bathroom with walk-in rain shower fashioned from exposed stone, a 46-inch flat-screen television, a booming Bose sound system and a large outdoor balcony with private Jacuzzi and views over the South China Sea and/or the hotel’s gorgeous grounds.

Capella Singapore offers two restaurants — contemporary all-day dining venue The Knolls and upscale Cantonese eatery Cassia — a bar with open-air seating on plush daybeds and 24-hour room service of an excellent international menu. Other standout facilities include three outdoor pools set in cascading fashion along a hill teeming with verdant tropical foliage, as well as the Five-Star Auriga Spa — book well in advance because you definitely don’t want to risk missing out.