The self-styled ‘barefoot luxury’ brand Six Senses opened its first Singaporean hotel – also its first-ever urban property – Six Senses Duxton, in April 2018. After that, the hotelier quickly made up for lost time and December 2018 saw the opening of a second sister branch close by: Six Senses Maxwell, a lighter, more decadent-feeling space with 138 rooms.
Built within a block of heritage Singaporean shophouses close to Chinatown, Six Senses Maxwell exudes elegance, but also has its finger on the pulse: as well as a gorgeous 25-metre lap pool on the second-floor rooftop, there’s also an edible garden and in-house Earth Lab where guests can track the hotel’s eco credentials, and even make their own hydrosol aromatic spray using leftover citrus peel.
Six Senses Maxwell is located in the atmospheric Tanjong Pagar district in Singapore’s Chinatown, tucked away on the corner of Cook Street and Tras Street (from which in-house restaurant Cook & Tras gets its name). It’s within easy reach of the metro station, and is just a two-minute walk from the Maxwell Food Centre, home to an array of popular hawker stalls including the legendary Michelin-rated Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice.
Maxwell’s interiors are the work of French designer Jacques Garcia – the man behind the opulent La Mamounia in Marrakech – so expect luxurious fabrics, bold reds and greens, and his signature embellishment: lots of tassels. On the walls, you’ll see framed indentures and other legal agreements (a nod to Singapore’s colonial past), plus historic photos of the city and its inhabitants. In your room, there’s the same level of detail, with ornate, embroidered headboards, mahogany writing desks and every mod con you could desire, including Nespresso machine and teas specially made for the hotel by a local craft-teahouse.
While the hotel is child-friendly, you’re more likely to find yourself among well-heeled travellers and cool locals tapping away at their laptops amid the book-lined shelves of restaurant Cook & Tras, which is styled as a cosy library.
When you tire of exploring Singapore’s different neighbourhoods, there’s plenty of ways to recuperate. Aside from the the rooftop pool, Six Senses Maxwell is home to the company’s first ‘spa pods’, where a personally curated playlist will sync with the So-Sound Legato Healing Lounger to ease you into a blissed-out state that eases tension while improving circulation and blood pressure. Guests are also invited to join a complimentary twice-weekly morning yoga class, while for those more interested in retoxing than detoxing, there are no fewer than three in-house bars. Try the pink-hued Bellini-inspired Rose Lounge, or head to the more decadent Garcha’s for an impressive collection of artisanal whiskies.
Fully embracing Singapore’s multi-cultural heritage, visitors are welcomed on arrival with a traditional Tibetan singing-bowl ritual. Step into a large brass bowl and experience it being ‘played’ by a staff member, making a soothing low chime and emitting vibrations at a frequency believed to restore energy flow. For those wishing to explore further, there’s also a resident traditional Chinese medicine physician available for 15-minute appointments, who can help you explore alternative treatments as well as tui na (massage) and qi gong (exercise).