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Six Senses Duxton Facade

A sensory sojourn in Singapore

The first urban Six Senses property in the world melds the brand’s expected wellness and sustainability with a rich dose of Singapore heritage.

Six Senses Duxton

The first urban Six Senses property in the world melds the brand’s expected wellness and sustainability with a rich dose of Singapore heritage.

With a striking black exterior, the new Six Senses Duxton has the extraordinary distinction of being the first urban property for the sustainability focused luxury hotel brand. The building, uniting eight 19th-century shophouses, yields a strong sense of place, with elements including neo-classical lion-head motifs, Chinese porcelain-chip friezes, Malay timber fretwork, French windows, Portuguese shutters, and Corinthian pilasters. “I believe that a building reflects a sense of identity of that country and its evolution,” says owner Satinder Garcha. “All my existing hotels are housed in older heritage buildings, which offer a unique, often exquisite, experience that you can’t offer in a big-chain hotel. The goal is to try to tie in the hotel’s psyche with the city’s sensibility.” A stained-glass roof and large stone pot signal the entryway, with black rattan chairs and bamboo rollers arrayed along the long outdoor terrace. Interiors, the work of esteemed British designer Anoushka Hempel, combine a palette of black, gold, and yellow, hues that recur throughout the property, accentuated by glass-and-lacquered-bamboo screens and calligraphic wallpaper of an 18th-century real-estate indenture.

Yellow Pot Restaurant
Yellow Pot Restaurant

Upon arrival, guests are greeted by a refreshing chrysanthemum cordial drink at the small reception area, set at one end of a long passageway, the sole bar and restaurant at the other. Lounge areas with gold sofas and plump cushions, a hub-like working area, and a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) consultation room splinter off the passage. Mustard-coloured pots and large fans add visual flair to the dramatic, intimate ground-floor space. Post check-in, guests are invited to stand shoeless in a singing bowl near the reception. As the bowl is struck three times, the experience, aimed at clearing one’s thoughts and relieving stress, is transportive, sending the mind to a verdant, crisp, remote hillside.

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© This article was first published in Aug-Sept 2018 edition of World Travel Magazine.

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