Six Senses Duxton

An upscale boutique stay in Chinatown

As the brand’s first city hotel, Six Senses Duxton sets the tone for its urban blueprint moving forward: a highly central location in Singapore, conversation-starting rooms and multiple wellness and eco touches, so even the most harried business traveler feels like she is sneaking in a quick getaway.

Housed in a row of refurbished heritage shophouses, the location of the 49-room Chinatown hotel means it’s surrounded by a hive of activity, including restaurants, cocktail bars, karaoke joints and hawker centers. Surprisingly, the property deflects much of the hustle and bustle with its Zen-like atmosphere and eco-friendly insulated double-glazed windows.

Under the eye of noted British interior designer Anouska Hempel, seven different room types each spot chic chinoiserie accents, like wooden screens, lacquer tables and fan-shaped headboards. Some are ideal for the romantic weekend stay (Opium Suites, Pearl Suites), while others are better suited for the business traveler (Nutmeg Rooms, Duxton Duplex Suite).

Our Inspector's Highlights
  • The signature singing bowl at welcome may catch you off guard, but it is a novel way to clear negative energy and set the tone for a restful stay at the luxury hotel.
  • Conserving various facets of the structure’s history was essential, as this is the last heritage building — for now — to be approved by Singapore’s Urban Redevelopment Authority to be converted into a boutique hotel.
  • As extras go, the in-room amenities (an energy chime, a wellness book, mini Tibetian singing bowl and baoding balls) bring home the message of keeping well on the road.
  • Sustainability is at the core of this property: water is served in reusable glass bottles; seafood is sourced from local, sustainable fish farmers; rooms have Organic Pharmacy toiletries in large bottles; and plastic straws are banned.
  • A meal at The Yellow Pot is a must. Clean-tasting Chinese cuisine using sustainably sourced ingredients (and no MSG) is served in a modern setting.
Things to Know

  • The Singapore hotel is big on experiences, providing a complimentary session with a traditional Chinese medicine doctor, twice-weekly outdoor yoga sessions and loaner Tokyobikes to discover the neighborhood via two wheels.
  • While there’s no onsite pool, you are welcome to use the pool and spa facilities at sister hotel Six Senses Maxwell, a five-minute walk away. 

  • Do your own self-guided architectural tour of the nearby Tanjong Pagar area. Ask the in-house guest experience manager for a map that holds details about the history of the area and the evolution of shophouse architecture.

The Rooms

  • With dramatic golden yellow and black lacquer hues, Oriental screens and a bespoke calligraphy wallpaper, all rooms exude a distinct sexy, elegant air.
  • The mirrored minibar is stocked with crystal stemware, craft spirits and mixers, and fresh citrus fruits, so you can enjoy a nightcap before turning in.
  • Details like the restored spiral staircase (Duxton Duplex Suite), four-poster bed (Opium Den Rooms) and mother-of-pearl cabinets (Pearl Suite) make a stay here one to remember.
  • Eco-minded guests will take heart knowing that they’re sleeping on an organic Naturalmat fiber mattress. Also, any unused soap bars get turned into a new bar for low-income communities and disaster relief efforts.
  • Free and fast Wi-Fi, as well as an in-room Nespresso machine make Six Senses Duxton a good option for business travelers.

The Food

  • Yellow Pot Restaurant turns out excellent modern Chinese cuisine. A recommended dish is the roasted duck that’s prepared with a fermented bean curd marinade and roasted under a hickory wood fire.
  • Breakfast is an à la carte affair at Yellow Pot Restaurant with Eastern and Western options. For a taste of local cuisine, try the kaya toast with soft-boiled eggs and the crab congee.
  • Two quick lunch sets are available for time-pressed guests. Employing organic ingredients and microherbs from Six Senses Maxwell’s in-house edible garden, the meal will provide an overview of Chinese cuisine. Both sets include a nourishing double-boiled fish maw soup.
  • The adjacent Yellow Pot Bar with its gorgeous art deco ceiling is no slouch when it comes to shaking up bespoke tipples. Order the Escape to Kaifeng cocktail made with chrysanthemum-laced gin.

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Getting There
83 Duxton Road, Singapore, 089540 Singapore
SIN (16-24 min)   XSP (18-28 min)  
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