Fullerton Bay Hotell
What is it? The Singaporean hotel is named after Robert Fullerton, the first governor of the Straits Settlements (1826-1829). Opened last July, it has a fantastic location, on the Marina Bay waterfront, with a view of the Marina Bay Sands casino, which is within walking distance if you're itching to try your luck. Some of the hotel's public spaces have been given the ambience of a colonial hotel, courtesy of designer Andre Fu, who has also paid homage to its sister property, The Fullerton Hotel, formerly the city state's General Post Office. Both Fullertons are part of a heritage area. Stars Kevin Spacey, Sharon Stone, Karen Mok Man-wai and Stephen Chow Sing-chi have stayed at the newer property.
What's on the menu? Afternoon tea at The Landing Point features the obligatory scones along with macaroons, finger sandwiches, lemon tart and kueh lapis, a not-too-sweet Indonesian layered cake with hints of buttery cinnamon. For lunch, the Clifford restaurant (below) has truffle fries, duck confit with truffle mash and roast cod with saffron-chorizo risotto. Nearby, there are the Customs House, where you can choose from Italian, Japanese, Thai cuisines and an oyster bar; the Lighthouse, for fine-dining Italian; and Le Saint Julien, a fine-dining French restaurant run by Julien Bompard, a former chef de cuisine at Gaddi's, in The Peninsula Hong Kong.
What about the rooms? They are grand and spacious, with high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and small balconies. The beds are on the soft side, with a range of pillows to choose from, and the bathrooms come with Molton Brown toiletries. Expect also a Nespresso coffee machine, Bose iPod dock, yoga mat and laptop bed stand. The hotel has five suites, themed after Chinese, Malay, Indian, Peranakan and colonial cultures, each named after a Straits Settlements governor.
Is there a spa? The hotel doesn't have its own spa, but a five-minute stroll to The Fullerton Hotel is rewarded with a full menu of treatments at The Asian Spa, which can be charged to your bill.
What's the bottom line? A premier room with a king-sized bed and view of Marina Bay starts at S$518 (HK$3,250) while the themed suites (bottom; the Shenton Suite) cost from S$1,500, not including taxes.
The Fullerton Bay Hotel is at 80 Collyer Quay, Singapore, tel: 65 6333 8388; www.fullertonbayhotel.com.