EDITION Debuts in Singapore

Edition redefines luxury business travel in Southeast Asia with the arrival of The Singapore EDITION on Orchard Road.

The brand’s first hotel in the region is a tranquil green escape from Singapore’s bustling Orchard Road, with its curated collection of restaurants and bars, signature spa and stunning rooftop pool sure to appeal to business travellers.

Electrifying and energetic, Singapore has long punched above its weight, with its talented cohort of local and international designers, chefs and creative mavens who contribute to a world-class collection of buzzy culinary experiences, dusk-to-dawn nightlife and entertainment hotspots, a retail scene that is otherworldly in its depth and range, and a burgeoning arts scene.

The arrival of The Singapore EDITION raises the city’s hospitality bar with a mix of distinct experiences and original concepts. Exuding a fresh, sophisticated mood, it effortlessly captures the island-state’s incredible energy with a head-turning silhouette created by the renowned Safdie Architects led by Moshe Safdie and local studio DP Architects.

Edition redefines luxury business travel in Southeast Asia with the arrival of The Singapore EDITION on Orchard Road.

Masterminded and conceived by Ian Schrager, in collaboration with interior design firm Cap Atelier, the 204-room hotel is located just off the west end of Singapore’s iconic upper Orchard Road. This once bucolic country lane lined with fruit orchards and pepper and nutmeg plantations has been transformed into a heaving stretch of restaurants, tree-shaded boulevards and marbled emporia bustling with bold-faced named fashion and lifestyle brands.

The hotel’s spacious guest rooms unfold over six light-filled floors. In every guest room, warm white rugs clad the customised white oak-planked floors while decorative pots of orchids and thick drapes frame the broad bay windows. The rooms also feature deep-seated sofas, and hand-sewn damask throws that swathe the beds. Temperatures are kept cool, literally, with layers of curtain sheers, black-out shades, and white exterior louvres that can be electronically adjusted to filter the sun while providing both views and privacy.

Elegant & Inventive Dining

Every level of The Singapore EDITION takes on a different personality, offering unique guest experiences. Each individual element stands on its own but when combined, the sum of these individual parts exceeds its sum, creating an alchemy where magic happens. The Lobby Bar, for instance, is an eye-popping space sheathed in sharp pink velvet where a rose-coloured pool table of Calacutta marble and oversized pink backlit bar display hold centre-stage. Christian Liaigre doe leather chairs and lamps accent the space, while the bar itself is styled with Lalique-inspired crystal decanters and sculptures.

Edition redefines luxury business travel in Southeast Asia with the arrival of The Singapore EDITION on Orchard Road.

Flanking the soaring white aerie of the lobby and reception is a high vaulted-ceilinged, timber-lined restaurant spearheaded by Josh Niland. Aptly named FYSH at EDITION, this lofty space is the acclaimed Australian restaurateur and multi-award-winning chef and author’s first restaurant outside of Australia, and it features an impressive sustainable seafood-focused steakhouse menu alongside responsibly sourced vegetables and meats.

Anchored by a custom-made bar in green scalloped Antico Verde marble, the main dining room seats 80 across intimate jade-coloured velvet banquettes and booths with Calacutta white marble tables. A leafy conservatory has capacity for 22; this indoor garden is home to over 300 plants and 162 suspended preserved fern spheres, all born in Southeast Asia.

For those wishing to extend the evening’s libations, an inconspicuous side-door leads to the adjoining Punch Room – EDITION’s signature bar concept that is a global brand in itself – where punch is championed as both a cocktail and a lifestyle necessity. Swathed in a shade of Yves Klein blue, the intimate bar is an indulgent cocoon. Lined with oak panels on the walls and ceilings, a sculptural blue ceiling pendant designed by the Parisian artist Eric Schmitt, and a fan-shaped stone mosaic on the floor, the space channels the intimate mood of a classic London gentleman’s club serving brandy with a modern and deviant approach.

Stylish Events

At the heart of the hotel’s elongated rectangular shape is an expansive timber-decked garden courtyard that is reminiscent of an ancient Chinese temple or Roman Villa. Framed by a perimeter of shallow, black-tiled pools and a lush green garden that brims with tropical foliage, this courtyard leads into the event spaces, making it an ideal venue for cocktails, product launches, and receptions.

Edition redefines luxury business travel in Southeast Asia with the arrival of The Singapore EDITION on Orchard Road.

Also on this level is an 81 sqm boardroom, which is adjacent to a stunning 340-guest events space whose sprawling 600 sqm pillar-less gallery can be divided into three smaller areas. Lit with diffused natural light, the spaces are equipped with state-of-the-art multi-media technology and floor-to-ceiling glass – ready at a moment’s notice to be transformed for every occasion from a high-octane society wedding to a more formal corporate shareholders’ meeting.

Indulge After Hours

Equally unforgettable is the second-floor spa whose mood-lit reception leads to seven treatment rooms, his-andher changing suites that feature sunken vitality thermal pools, an ice fountain, relaxation lounge, sauna and steam room, alongside a gym furnished with high-performance weights and exercise equipment.

Edition redefines luxury business travel in Southeast Asia with the arrival of The Singapore EDITION on Orchard Road.

In a hotel already filled with so many unforgettable memories, The Singapore EDITION saves its bravura moment for the swimming pool and rooftop terrace. Accessible via The Roof bar, the pool is framed with languid day beds and stretches a full 43-m from tip-to-tip, seemingly floating like an all-white space vessel over the garden courtyard nine floors below. Here, vast swathes of stone and landscaping create a relaxed, one-of-a-kind outdoor oasis in the sky; though a further surprise awaits swimmers as they dive in and discover that the pool’s white-tiled base is embedded with a transparent acrylic oculus that provides them with surreal views into the garden courtyard far below.

Dressed in terracotta and shades of blue and orange, The Roof, with its semi-al fresco setting, is the ideal venue to chill and catch the tropical breeze, whilst being enveloped on all sides by luxuriant greenery. All while snacking on Southeast Asian favourites in the comfort of either sunbed or shaded dining area, and as the balmy tropical evenings descend, the mood shifts to classic cocktails infused with tropical notes.

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