Last year, I described Shangri-la Hotel Singapore as the ultimate hotel because of its 3 varying propositions. Some weeks back, I had the opportunity to experience the hotel’s more opulent side – the Valley Wing. Featuring a separate entrance and high-ceiling lobby which is iconic of Shangri-la hotels the world over, Shangri-la Hotel Singapore Valley Wing is carefully tucked behind the main portion of the hotel and is one of its 3 main wings, the other two being the Garden Wing and Tower Wing.
the separate lobby of shangri-la singapore valley wing
Many of those who come to Shangri-la Hotel Singapore usually go no further than the gigantic lobby – perhaps the grandest among hotel lobbies in the country – or perhaps the iconic The Line, known for having one of the longest buffet spreads in town. I first heard about the Valley Wing when Obama stayed at its Presidential Suite when he visited Singapore. If it’s good enough for the American president, surely it’s worth checking out, right?
the valley wing, as seen from the pool area
a view of the waterfall restaurant, one of my favorites in singapore
My room was as plush as it could get. At around 57 sqm in area, it was a lot larger with ample space for a separate dressing area as well as a mini living area. To top it off, a marvelous chandelier graced the ceiling, and gave the room a warm touch when lit. The room had a wide variety of amenities to keep one busy – from the magazines on display to the humongous flat-screen TV that came with dozens of channels – I was tempted to just stay-in the entire weekend! Imagine my surprise when I opened the desk drawer and found stationery with my name on it. Talk about personal touch! Regular guests get an extra perk via bathrobes and pillow cases with their initials engraved. But I was already more than satisfied with the extra large king-sized bed. It was as comfortable as it could get with its pure Egyptian cotton bed linen, and inclusion of many pillow types – including both hard and soft for discerning sleepers.
only one word to describe the room – plush
The bathroom was equally lavish, spacious and featured two sinks and a separate bath and shower area. The toiletries were from L’Occitane which the hotel had no problem providing generously (there was a second set placed in the shower area). A small TV was perched just beside the bathtub, convenient for those who want to take it slow with their baths. Towels of many sizes were decked copiously below the sink and in the towel racks – a thoughtful touch if I may say so.
the equally plush bathroom
As the front desk showed me around the room during check-in, I was politely told that all non-alcoholic drinks in the fridge were free. This included the fine selection of juices, canned soft drinks, water, iced coffee and even energy drinks, which were replenished daily. Needless to say, I was bowled over! Being a heavy juice drinker, this added touch certainly had a personal appeal.
my room after the turn down service
As with my previous stays in Shangri-la hotels around the world, I found my slippers laid neatly beside the bed and a bottle of water handily by the bedside table when I returned in the evening. There was of course, one of the iconic bookmarks featuring a passage from James Hilton’s Lost Horizon placed on the bed. By the way, if you haven’t read this novel, I heavily recommend it. It is one of the great travel novels that will fill you with a strong sense of wanderlust by the end. On my last night, I was given a small token during my turn down service – some biscuits – to bid me farewell.
time for some afternoon tea
As a part of every stay at the valley wing, complimentary F&B options were available throughout the day. At around 2PM came high tea which is served by the lobby. A selection of fine cakes and sandwiches were served to us in the English style with dual-tiered plates. It was a relief to know that they had a wide variety of teas available (from TWG) as well as a fantastic selection of Asian teas as well. The staff was most helpful and knowledgeable in pointing out the nuances of the various teas for us and I loved how they knelt when delivering the food to guests.
canapes and other finger food during cocktails
At around 5PM, the high tea gave way to cocktail hour, where a fine selection of canapes were decked out in buffet style at the Summit Room. The selection certainly didn’t leave one wanting, that I ended up having dinner very late due to the canapes I tried during cocktails.
breakfast at the summit room – an east and west combo of eggs benefict and steamed cod fish
For breakfast, guests have the option of eating at The Line or at the Summit Room. I tried both. While the sheer amount of food at The Line was certainly enough to dazzle any picky eater, I still preferred eating at the Summit Room or even at The Waterfall , which is one of my favorite restaurants in Singapore. The food here is carefully – and thoughtfully – prepared. The staff had a knack for anticipating guest needs. On my second day, I told the waitress that I had a hard time deciding between their brunch selection and the Japanese set breakfast and she cleverly presented me with eggs benedict with steamed cod fish!
The Valley Wing is Shangri-la Hotel Singapore’s answer to luxury, a word which the hotel chain is practically synonymous for. Its interpretation of luxury is simply majestic and uninhibited, whereas the Garden Wing was more understated. Add to this the brand’s reliability in terms of service and strong food and beverage products and it makes for one of the most competitive upmarket offerings in Singapore. The room and stay inclusions such as complimentary daily afternoon tea and cocktails were just fantastic – no other words to describe it. More than 40 years on and this property is still one of the best options in the country.
Shangri-la Hotel Singapore is currently offering the “Urban Adventure” package which is applicable to all room categories. Starting at SGD 455++ per night, it includes two adult tickets to Universal Studios in Sentosa. It’s a pretty good deal considering a standalone ticket already costs over SGD 60.
My stay at Shangri-la Hotel Singapore was sponsored by the property. However, all opinions are my own.
Shangri-la Hotel Singapore
22 Orange Grove Road
Tel:+65 6737 3644