Six Senses Duxton is unlike anything the upscale resort group has attempted before. It’s the first-ever city hotel from a brand better associated with barefoot luxury; plus, it marks a debut collaboration with Indian tech entrepreneur turned hotelier Satinder Garcha. And finally – and this may surprise Six Senses fans – there is no spa.
Smack bang in the middle of Duxton Hill in Chinatown, a vibrant enclave home to some of the city’s buzziest bars and restaurants.
Not your average Six Senses crowd. The hotel is a boon for business travellers, with the CBD within easy reach. Plus, its close (but not too close) proximity to Singapore’s network of expressways means that you can get anywhere in a hurry, including the airport.
Many high-end hotels can make you forget where you are, so homogenised is the experience. Not so Six Senses Duxton, where authenticity is a crucial aspect of its make-up. Housed across a row of traditional shophouses, its cultural identity is carried throughout – from the black-and-gold aesthetic to the Traditional Chinese Medicine physician, on hand for every guest to consult.
Dining options are limited to just one – albeit stellar – restaurant. Yellow Pot dishes up Sichuan classics with a waist-friendly, wellness-aware spin – so no MSG and an emphasis on healthy ingredients. As mentioned, there’s no spa – or gym – but guests can use these facilities at the new Six Senses Maxwell nearby.
Former Bond girl and London-based interior designer Anouska Hempel is the creative brains behind the hotel. Those familiar with her other projects will recognise her east-meets-west aesthetic, which fits right in with Singapore’s melting-pot vibe.