Blakes London, Blakes Amsterdam, The Hempel… what do these award-winning boutique hotels have in common? They have all been owned, managed and designed by celebrated designer and hotelier Anouska Hempel, who has somehow managed to evoke the wonder and surprise of utopia without losing the cosiness of home with her eclectic east-meets-west style.
Her unique taste has translated into Six Senses Duxton—the hospitality and wellness company’s first city hotel that is nestled in the historic and vibrant neighbourhood in the Tanjong Pagar district of Singapore’s Chinatown.
Sustainably restored from eight 19th-century shophouses, the property doesn’t neglect their time-honoured heritage. Instead, it borrows elements from Chinese, Malay and European motifs, including neo-classical lion head motifs, Chinese porcelain-chip friezes with Malay timber fretwork, French windows, and Portuguese shutters, to create a contemporary space that is a nod towards Singapore’s past.
The hotel’s 49 guest rooms and suites are also categorised by eight locally and historically-inspired names, such as Nutmeg, Shophouse, Opium and Pearl, each boasting unique decor so that no two rooms are the same.
The sense of locality isn’t only limited to the design of the premises. Known for its commitment to authenticity, community, and sustainability, Six Senses has fostered partnerships with local entrepreneurs, sourcing within Singapore for supplies ranging from in-room minibar items to restaurant ingredients.
“Six Senses Duxton aims not only to deliver a five-star luxury hotel experience, but to actively improve the surrounding neighbourhood and natural environment as we do so,” says Six Senses Chief Executive Officer Neil Jacobs.
Businesses in the neighbourhood have also been roped in to offer leisure activities and wellness programmes, most notably Professor Zhang Mao Ji of Long Zhong Tang, a reputable Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) physician who will provide consultations and a medicinal herbal dispensary for guests, including a variety of complimentary tinctures.
“We are focused on the creation and operation of self-sustaining hotels that are supportive of social equity and leave a legacy for future generations,” shares General Manager Murray Aitken.
Add a desirable location to the formula, and the hotel makes the perfect base for exploring Singapore’s rich heritage and cosmopolitan culture—from exceptional restaurants and bars at its doorstep, and within walking distance from bustling Chinatown and Singapore’s many remarkable museums.
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