The inn thing for the rich
WITH Singapore bringing in more high-end offerings, such as integrated resorts, the demand for more upmarket stays has risen in tandem.
This has led to hotels upping their ante, and taking the comfort and offerings of hotel rooms to a whole new level.
Mr Jonathan Galaviz, managing director of consultancy firm Galaviz and Company, believes there has been an increase in the number of luxurious hotel rooms in Singapore and this trend will continue to grow, as long as Singapore continues to be "positioned as a global financial hub".
He estimated that "at least a dozen new hotels" that have been built over the past five years.
Among some of the more eye-popping newcomers is The St. Regis Singapore's Presidential Suite, where guests can live it up for a rack rate of $15,000 per night before taxes.
Perched on the highest level of the St. Regis' 20 floors, this sprawling 335 sq m suite is the size of nearly four Housing Board four-room flats combined.
Besides the usual suite features, it includes a terrace with an outdoor grill and a private gym. Guests can enjoy a daily 60-minute massage for two in the suite itself.
Famous personalities who have stayed there include former United States secretary of state Hillary Clinton, according to a St. Regis spokesman.
Guests looking for a wilder stay can choose to party all night long at the Extreme WOW Suite in W Singapore - Sentosa Cove for a nett rate of $13,670 per night.
This 195 sq m suite boasts a DJ booth with a private record collection, and a cocktail bar with mood lighting.
According to a W Singapore spokesman, the suite is booked at least twice monthly, with peak periods around special events such as New Year's Day, Formula 1 and ZoukOut.
Celebrities who have stayed there include Maroon 5 lead vocalist Adam Levine, and American rock band Fall Out Boy.
Then there is The Palace, a four-bedroom, two-storey villa costing $16,000 a night, excluding taxes, at Resorts World Sentosa. It comes with an entertainment room decked out with the latest karaoke equipment and a full surround-sound system.
But no ordinary person can just rock up to the hotel and book it. Resorts World Sentosa said that The Palace is by invitation only and primarily for VIP guests. It declined to give details on past guests.
Mr Michael Chiam, a senior lecturer in tourism at Ngee Ann Polytechnic, said: "In the past few years, we have seen more upmarket events, such as Formula 1, and more attractions, such as high-end Michelin-starred restaurants."
This is in line with Singapore's growing appeal as it becomes a must-visit destination for the high-net-worth crowd who are more willing to fork out money to be pampered by hotels, he said.