The Best Luxury Hotel in Singapore – The Fullerton Bay
Luxury Hotels in Singapore
There is no doubt that Singapore has plenty of luxury hotels and if you’re reading this post you’re probably planning a trip to Singapore soon so you’re looking for the best luxury hotel in Singapore! If you’re looking for a luxurious getaway, rest assured that Singapore does something very well and that is luxury! With its gorgeous hotel suites, rooftop pools, the best restaurants and relaxing spa treatments, you’re in for a luxurious treat on your Singapore vacation!
There are many 5-star hotels in Singapore, but there is one that I consider the best luxury hotel in Singapore and that is The Fullerton Bay Hotel.
I had the pleasure of staying at The Fullerton Bay Hotel during our visit to the Lion City and was very happy with the entire experience. Here you have it, my luxury hotel review that details what you can expect, what not to skip, and my favorite things about this luxury hotel!
I know that you may be wondering; what about Marina Bay Sands? Isn’t that the best Luxury Hotel in Singapore? If you love mass crowds, long lines at check-in, and being one of thousands (2,561 rooms at Marina Bay Sands) instead of being one of a few (100 at The Fullerton Bay), then you might want to select Marina Bay Sands. If you want a peaceful getaway where you’re greeted by name, don’t need to wait to check in, and have personalized service for your entire stay then continue reading!
The Best Luxury Hotel in Singapore
The Fullerton building was erected in 1928 and is considered “Mile Zero,” the point from which all of Singapore was measured in road distances. It set the bar as a standard of excellence in construction and spent most of its years housing government offices (including the “most important post office in the East”). Its significance has been noticed worldwide and in 2015 it was designated a national monument, during the year of Singapore’s Golden Jubilee, no less.
Known as the Grand Dame, it became The Fullerton Hotel Singapore in the year 2000 and quickly became known as a 5-star destination with 400 rooms. Across Collyer Quay lies The Fullerton Bay Hotel, lodged in a building that is completely built over water, not surprising in a city-state where land is precious. An underground walkway connects these two luxury hotels that both project an air of tranquility rarely found in the hustle and bustle that is Singapore.
Centrally located on the waterfront of Marina Bay, in the heart of the financial and arts districts, The Fullerton Bay Hotel is a great jumping-off point for any sightseeing or business activities during your stay in Singapore. You’ll find museums, theaters, concert halls, and numerous dining choices within a short walk. The Raffles Place Mass Rapid Transit Station is also close by, allowing you to wander farther afield if you so choose. It’s a short way from Gardens by the Bay and a short cab ride to Sentosa Island. Not only is it completely gorgeous all around but because of its central location to the best attractions that I consider this the Best Luxury Hotel in Singapore.
The main hotel itself has an array of fine dining establishments with a variety of cuisines, including offering High Tea. You’ll also find several bars, including one near the rooftop infinity pool, the award-winning Fullerton Spa, gym, business center, luxury boutiques, and access to GoGreen mobility devices to make your tours around this city-state effortless and environmentally friendly.
This year marks the 90th anniversary of the Fullerton building, and the hotels are celebrating with year-round events and promotions that make it hard to choose another hotel for your stay in Singapore. At least we thought so!
The Fullerton Bay Rooms
You will find both expansive rooms and suites at The Fullerton Bay Hotel, all featuring floor-to-ceiling windows and balconies, where you can partake of the Singapore skyline or the bayfront.
Standard rooms, start at 484 square feet and go up to 635 square feet. The decor is primarily one of old world elegance combined with an Asian aesthetic. You’ll find a large bed, as well as a comfortable seating area with couch, desk, and table/chairs.
They’re very thoughtful with room amenities, including goose down pillows and duvets, Egyptian cotton sheets, excellent wi-fi, in-room coffee and tea service, fully stocked mini-bar, television with on-demand movies, and some wonderfully smelling Bottega Veneta bath amenities. The bathrooms feature both a shower and a bathtub, the latter with a flat-screen TV at the foot to watch while you soak, and super plush robes that almost made their way into my suitcase.
In addition to the standard room, there are six themed suites. Each has those massive windows, a balcony, a generous ensuite living room, and bespoke decor. For some real decadence, stay in the Presidential Suite on the very top floor, where you’ll have a living and dining area, lounge, game room, study and large bedroom…all overlooking the waterfront.
The Fullerton Bay Restaurants
The Fullerton Bay Hotel is not without its share of fine dining, and offers up a remarkable array of cuisines via 8 venues, including the 4 just cross the walkway at its sister property, The Fullerton Hotel.
The Clifford Pier
This restaurant is a nod to Singapore’s heritage. With diverse influences, you’ll find the flavors of China, India, and other parts of Asia, as well as a British influence. In fact, you can enjoy a traditional afternoon tea here, complete with finger sandwiches, scones, and little fancies. Weekday lunch, a dim sum brunch, and a set dinner are also available.
This classic French bistro offers Sunday brunch (with or without create-your-own Bloody Mary and Gin Parlour Station), weekday lunch, and dinner. Here you can enjoy escargot, foie gras, steak and frites, confit of duck and other traditional French dishes, as well as decadent desserts like Tarte Tatin, Peach Melba and a sinfully dark chocolate mousse. There’s a definite yum factor at work here.
The Lantern, so named for its location near the red lantern that used to hang from the adjacent pier and warn ships (much like a lighthouse), serves lunch and dinner daily, and is a pretty hopping place for drinks in the evening, when a resident DJ makes an appearance. The menu has a European bent, with pasta, chicken Cordon Bleu, and tiramisu, as well as a nice selection of wines from around the world, delicious signature cocktails called Lantern Slings, and several snack platters for late night noshing.
The Landing Point
This restaurant serves an all-day breakfast menu, as well as an a la carte menu for lunch and dinner. They also have an afternoon tea and an unusual Sundown Soiree Evening Tea, with an impressive array of bites, including duck rillettes on sourdough with pickled onions and Parma ham and truffled mascarpone crostini. The Landing Point is the perfect place for your evening cocktails, with a live pianist from 4 to 7 p.m.
The Fullerton Hotel Restaurants
Town Restaurant is available for all-day dining, although the interior is much more upscale than you might imagine. Here they serve tasty breakfasts, an a la carte menu for lunch and dinner, as well as a rotating menu of international buffets, including Asian, seafood, International, and Singaporean cuisine. They also have a champagne brunch on Sundays. The veranda overlooking the river is the best place to get a table here, as you can enjoy your food while you watch the world float by.
Jade is a very refined dining environment, with the decor heavy on Asian influences. Here they serve a wide variety of Cantonese-style dishes for both lunch and dinner. You can also get a Dim Sum Set lunch, and set dinners if you so desire. The set dinners have a theme that changes from month to month, such as Jade’s Peking Duck Lobster and Jade’s Feast of the Ocean. Both the menu and the price are set (but they do give you 1 diner free with a table of 4 – which, unfortunately, we could not take advantage of).
The Lighthouse Restaurant
The Lighthouse Restaurant (and Rooftop Bar) sits—literally—atop The Fullerton Bay Hotel. Interestingly enough, it serves upscale Italian cuisine for lunch and dinner. The restaurant has imported an Italian chef whose specialties are from the Campania, Sardinia and Sicily regions of Italy. Try their Angel Hair Pasta with Lobster or their Wagyu Beef Ragout with Pasta for heaven in the mouth. For a real treat, there is the Degustation Dinner (reservations absolutely required) with either 4 or 5 courses.
The rooftop bar creates craft cocktails that are mighty tasty The Happy Hour deals are great and come with a complimentary bite. You can also enjoy offers tapas in the evening, while you overlook the city skyline.
The Courtyard, located in the magnificent atrium, offers all-day dining, including a la carte items, a Japanese buffet, an Indian curry buffet and a traditional High Tea, courtesy of Singapore’s British colonialism. This latter offering should not be undertaken lightly. The tea sandwiches, scones, petit fours and other fancies—all served on a three-tier tray—are replenished as often as you wish, so come with an appetite and enjoy with a pot of tea while being serenaded by their harpist.
In the location in which the General Post Office once conducted business, now resides the Post Bar. The room features the original ceiling and pillars, and always seemed to be humming with worker bees from the nearby international business district. Here you can get light meals, appetizers, and craft cocktails, as well as beer and wine.
And I don’t want to forget The Fullerton Cake Boutique! This culinary marvel boasts a whole host of tasty moon cakes (yuzu, pandan, milo, white lotus seed), as well as decadent cakes, tarts, cookies, and chocolate. The calorie count in that shop was astronomical but every bite was worth it!
My Favorite Things About The Best Luxury Hotel in Singapore
From the time we checked in to the time we left The Fullerton Bay Hotel, we felt like pampered guests. The check-in experience was amazing and efficient. The staff (all the staff) endeavor to learn your name upon check-in and greet you personally as you enter and leave, something you rarely see these days. Feeling special is one of the main things I look for when evaluating luxury hotels, it’s one of the main reasons you choose these 5-star locations right?! The best luxury hotel in Singapore does this very well!
The Fullerton Spa was a real treat. Being on the road so much, traveling from place to place can be hard on your body and spirit. Constantly packing and unpacking, standing in airport terminals, walking miles and miles every day…it can take its toll. But just walk into the spa and you’re in a different world. Everything slows down. They offer signature treatments, massages, scrubs and wraps, and facials. You’ll also have use of their sauna and steam room if you just want a bit more. I can tell you that I walked out from my treatment renewed and rejuvenated, ready to tackle the world again (after a little nap).
I also relished the rooftop infinity pool. You could hang out and enjoy the bay view and the city skyline at the same time. In the morning, the pool was almost deserted, allowing for some exercise (or just floating around). At dusk, the light that played off the glass-front buildings was spectacular. (Photo op!) And the fact that you could order both food and drink to enjoy while relaxing was a bonus.
All in all, our experience at The Fullerton Bay Hotel was just what we needed, some relaxing, indulgent down time at a luxury destination. We found that the Best luxury hotel in Singapore was more than just a hotel, it’s really an experience.