Six Senses Duxton, the first city hotel from acclaimed hospitality and wellness company Six Senses, has opened its doors in the Chinatown area of Singapore.
Originally a row of traditional shophouses, Six Senses Duxton was, re-designed and re-utilised to harmoniously blend the shophouse aesthetic with the comfort of a modern hotel, and as a conservation project, the hotel has received the Urban Redevelopment Authority Architectural Heritage Award.
“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,” Six Senses, chief executive officer, Neil Jacobs said.
Sustainably restored by acclaimed British designer Anouska Hempel (Hempel and Blake’s hotels, London), Six Senses Duxton features a diverse mix of Chinese, Malay and European elements.
Large golden fans and strong hues of black, gold and yellow layered with Chinese screens and calligraphy wallpaper from Anouska’s personal collection mark the entrance whilst modern Chinese screens of black lacquered wood and glass divide the various sections of the ground floor restaurant and bar from the lobby area.
Anouska has also given each of the hotel’s 49 guestrooms and suites a unique individuality across eight themed categories so that no two are exactly the same.
Room categories feature locally and historically inspired names, such as Nutmeg, Shophouse, Opium and Pearl.
The dramatic two-story Duxton Duplex Suites complete with restored original spiral staircase, ground floor Skylight Suites and the singular Montgomerie Suite are the largest in terms of space.
Dramatic jet-black Opium Rooms and Suites feature black walls and seductive black four-poster Chinese platform beds, while the Pearl Suites are a burst of gleaming white walls, white bedding and dressers inlaid with mother-of-pearl.
Each room or suite features a truly top-flight mirrored minibar stocked with craft spirits, premium mixers, whole citrus and cut crystal glassware.
Other standout amenities include individually controlled air-conditioning, Naturalmat organic mattress, bathroom amenities by The Organic Pharmacy, flat panel television with satellite channels and Bose Bluetooth speaker.
In addition to infusing a touch of local culture and quirkiness into each property, Six Senses is known for its commitment to authenticity, community, and sustainability.
“Numerous processes and procedures are in place to ensure that we truly ‘walk the walk’ in terms of adhering to our commitments to sustainability and conservation,” Six Senses Duxton, general manager, Murray Aitken said.
“We are focussed on the creation and operation of self-sustaining hotels that are supportive of social equity and leave a legacy for future generations.”
In addition to the environmental considerations implemented in the redevelopment of the hotels’ heritage buildings, Six Senses Duxton’s commitment to the environment and sustainability begins with a hotel-wide drive to refuse, reduce, reuse and recycle waste.
In addition, the hotel produces its own Six Senses drinking water — sparkling and still — with the hotel’s state-of-the-art mineralization machine that produces nano-artesian water that has a stable quality and zero-carbon footprint.
As with all Six Senses properties, Six Senses Duxton allows guests to explore and prioritises wellness during their stay.
Community-based wellness activities include everything from unique neighbourhood and nature discovery walking tours; fitness classes like outdoor yoga and indoor cycling through neighbourhood partners and workshops on the art of crafting artisanal coffee and appreciating Chinese teas.
For stays from 15 April to 30 June 2018, guests can enjoy an exclusive opening offer of 15 percent savings on the Best Available Rate when booking online through Six Senses’ website.