Shangri-La Singapore: Iconic luxury on Orchard Road

Shangri-La is a brand known and loved around the world- the pinnacle of luxury accommodation and consistently one of the top names in the game when it comes to the 5-star experience. This world-renowned brand got it's start here at the Singapore property, so the famous Asian luxury hospitality that made Shangri-La the industry giant that it is today is on full display here at their magnificent hotel in the heart of Singapore's Orchard Neighborhood.

There are a few travel brands around the world that have become like family- it's such a relief when we're traveling all the time to come back to a property or a brand we know and love, and know exactly what level of service and and accommodation to expect. We've gotten quite familiar with the Shangri-La brand over the past few months, and we were so excited to be able to check out their Singapore property a few weeks ago. 

Singapore is one of our favorite cities in the world, and the Shangri-La Singapore was the perfect place to stay on our quick stop through. They are located just at the quiet end of Orchard road on an expansive property with several towers and wings. You can easily walk to the happening areas of Orchard or to the SMRT station to get around Singapore, but the property itself is a luxurious oasis that you can't help but love!

As we always do, we'll highlight some of the reasons we love the Shangri-La Singapore as well our favorite brand-signatures that make Shangri-La one of the most renowned names in luxury five star accommodation!

The Location

Shangri-La Singapore's location is in our very favorite part of the city- Orchard Road. Endless shopping, nightlife, dining for every budget and palette, central to all transport and never a dull moment. What sweetens the deal though is that the property is at the quiet end of Orchard Road. Still only a 5-10 minute walk to the middle of the action, but the tranquil, quiet immediate area tricks you into thinking you're far removed from the madness when you get home from a hectic day of shopping and fighting the crowds. 

The Property 

Shangri-La's singapore property is absolutely massive- 15 acres, to be exact- and every inch is beautifully manicured and meticulously maintained. The pool is surrounded by lush tropical gardens and there's numerous paths and areas to explore outside. Manmade waterfalls, ponds, rock formations covered in beautiful greenery and a stunning structure called "The Orchid" that can be rented for a romantic dinner are just a few of the outdoor elements that make the grounds unique and wonderful. The hotel boasts a grandiose lobby with live jazz in the evenings, three different wings, a plethora of dining options and a luxurious spa, so there's something for everyone. We stayed in the newly renovated tower wing and can't wait to return!

The Club Lounge 

We've talked about the club lounge at Hotel Jen before (another chain under the Shangri-La brand), and while we thought it couldn't be topped, Shangri-La brings the lounge to a new level. You'll have to pay extra for a club-level room and access, but it's worth every penny. 24-hour access to a beautiful space for working, meeting, or enjoying some peace and quiet in an exclusive setting is something that we've come to know and love about Shangri-La's family of brands. You'll have access to snacks and drinks around the clock, a beautiful breakfast buffet in the morning, afternoon tea, an extravagant cocktail hour with delicious hors d'oeuvres and a lovely selection of wines, beers and spirits- worth the upgrade alone. The top-floor view of the city through gigantic windows doesn't hurt, either!

Origins Grill + Bar

We had one of our favorite dining experiences in a long time at Origins Grill and Bar, one of Shangri-La Singapore's newest fine dining option. A mouth-watering selection of craft cocktails are categorized by theme and each tells a story from a different area of Singapore. They focus on sustainably sourced local seafood and some of the best beef in the world (I had the snow-aged Wagyu beef and it changed my life), and the service was exactly what you'd hope for- attentive and not a detail missed but warm and personal. The Chef de Cuisine, Heidi Flanagan came out to check on our food personally and it became immediately clear why the food had some much flavor and creativity- chef Heidi was a fireball of energy and attitude and she was absolutely delightful. We'd come back to Origins just to have a drink with her!

We loved our stay at Shangri-La Singapore, and it was so cool to see the birthplace of this iconic luxury brand. It's no surprise why Shangri-La has grown to become a household name and a pillar in the luxury travel space with this impressive property. We'll be back for sure!

**This post was sponsored by Shangri-La Singapore but our opinions, as always, are our own

Hotel Jen Orchardgateway

We'd heard that Singapore was such a beautiful and clean city, and were happy to finally be able to experience it for ourselves! The fact that Singapore is both a city and a country is super intriguing, so we planned to stop through to experience it for a couple days last week after a trip to Thailand. Our time was super limited so we had only one night at Hotel Jen Orchardgateway, but felt like our short time here was maximized because of all that this hotel has to offer! We could go on and on about our time at this hotel, but we've decided to highlight our 3 favorite aspects of Hotel Jen Orchardgateway for you!

LOCATION

It doesn't take much research at all to know that one of the best places to be in Singapore is on Orchard Road! There is so much going on, amazing restaurants, and incredible shopping! There are malls for days in Singapore, but we found the shopping on Orchard Road to be unbeatable. Hotel Jen Orchardgateway is located right on Orchard Road and makes experiencing this area really convenient. It also sits right above the Somerset MRT station, which made exploring other areas of Singapore simple and strategic as well. The location was ideal, and we loved being so central for our first time visiting Singapore.

CLUB LOUNGE

One thing that all Hotel Jen properties offer is a club level lounge-- and let me tell you, it is totally worth the upgrade! With 24 hour drinks and snacks, we were in heaven! You can have breakfast in the club lounge to avoid the busier restaurant downstairs, there's an afternoon tea mid day, and starting at 5:30pm there's happy hour and light bites served as well. The food was incredible (more like a full-on buffet than light bites, actually), and it was so nice to be able to help ourselves to a glass or two of wine during happy hour while we worked from our laptops. The wifi in the lounge was unbeatable and we were able to be so productive editing and catching up on work! 

ROOFTOP POOL

The pool area at Hotel Jen Orchardgateway is located on the 20th floor rooftop deck, and had the most amazing views of Singapore! The rooftop vibes could not have been better, and the long infinity pool was gorgeous. The pool was lined with tons of beanbags that were perfect to lay back on, have a cocktail, and enjoy the pool or the stunning view. The roof offers tons of comfy seating either by the pool in the sun or away from the pool in the shade, so it's easy to find whatever makes you feel comfortable and have a place to work from or relax. We could have stayed by the pool for days! 

Our stay at Hotel Jen Orchardgateway was our first experience with any Hotel Jen property, and we were so impressed! If you're looking for a beautiful hotel in Singapore in a central location, look no further than this property. We'll definitely be back! 

Adventures away!

Zach and Tara

 

 

Hotel Jen Tanglin

As we mentioned in our previous post, we just got back from spending a couple days in Singapore and could not wait to share our first experiences with two Hotel Jen properties. After one night at Hotel Jen Orchardgateway, we had our last night in Singapore at Hotel Jen Tanglin! It was only about a 10 minute cab ride over, and in a slightly more residential area of the city at the start of Orchard road. We really felt like we had two different experiences at each property and wanted to share our top 3 favorite things about our stay with Hotel Jen Tanglin! 

THE DESIGN

The hotel's design in Tanglin was so unique and design savy. It felt very boutique-esque and we couldn't help but notice all the special details. For example, the hotel's lobby is designed to look almost like a baggage claim area at the airport, with the circular sofas mimicking a conveyer belt and the reception desks like a stack of suitcases. There is even a map in the lobby of SIngapore where guests can share their favorite spots to grab a bite, which provides so many hidden gems and local treasures to explore. Our room was perfectly set up for the modern traveler with a comfy sofa right by the window (with an amazing view btw) and a mobile marble table perfect for working from the laptop. 

CLUB LOUNGE

Just like in our previous post, we were so in love with having access to the club lounge 24/7. Even if you need a midnight snack, you are able to access the lounge with your room key and have a bite to eat or a drink. There was also a Christmas tree in the lounge that made us feel right at home, and the deep wood accents and dark tones make us feel so cozy and comfortable. For happy hour, the receptionist gave us a glass of sangria she made and it was spectacular. We were also there for sushi night, and had so many delicious rolls and sashimi to choose from! We filled up on appetizers and were way too full to even go to dinner, so we decided to take advantage of the hotel's amazing wifi and get some work done in the lounge instead.

THE STAFF

The staff at Hotel Jen Tanglin were all so friendly, helpful, and welcoming. We were blown away! We received a full tour of the hotel from the start and were able to learn so much about the hotel's design and signature characteristics because of it. Also, we couldn't help but notice the receptionist, Joy, in the club lounge was beyond gracious towards everyone she came in contact with, and she even gave us so many tips for our upcoming trip to the Philippines! It is always so nice when staff goes above and beyond to make their guests feel welcomed, and Hotel Jen Tanglin did just that. 

We loved our stay at the stylish Hotel Jen Tanglin and there are so many other reasons why we enjoyed it! Their hourly shuttle service that takes you to Orchard Road, the 24hr gym, gorgeous pool, and amazing coffee shop in the lobby are all reasons we know for sure we would never get tired of staying at this property! We hope you choose to experience it for your self sometime soon! 

Adventures away!

Zach + Tara