Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts plans Singapore debut

Posted in Future on 27 October, 2016

The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts, part of Marriott International, is set to debut the brand’s first hotel in Singapore in early 2017.

In partnership with boutique developers Harpreet and Satinder Garcha, The Duxton Club, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Singapore will showcase the island’s history with redesigns from Anouska Hempel and Jacques Garcia of traditional shophouses—a building seen in Singapore’s architectural heritage—in the Tanjong Pagar conservation district.

While preserving the past and offering guests a contemporary luxury experience, the multimillion-dollar renovation will bring to life Singapore’s roots in an authentic and indigenous way, according to the brand.

“The debut of a hotel in Singapore in collaboration with two iconic designers marks an important milestone for The Luxury Collection as we continue to expand our global footprint in new destinations around the world,” said Meredith Dichter, global brand director, The Luxury Collection. “Recently surpassing 100 hotels in more than 30 countries, our mission to offer global explorers truly indigenous experiences wherever they travel will reach new heights with the opening The Duxton Club next year.”

“We are thrilled to bring The Luxury Collection to Singapore,” said Rajit Sukumaran, SVP of Acquisitions & Development, Marriott International Asia Pacific. “We are confident that The Duxton Club will make its mark on the country’s highly competitive hospitality market, and we’re proud to work with Harpreet and Satinder Garcha, who are passionate about design and adaptive-reuse heritage projects.”

The Duxton Club will reside in two pre-war Colonial shop house buildings within walking distance of one another: The Duxton House on Duxton Rd. and The Duxton Terrace on Murray St. Situated in the Duxton area, the two buildings are adjacent to the emerging Central Business District of Tanjong Pagar and border the Chinatown area. In recent years, the neighbourhood has experienced a revival. The Duxton House is expected to open in early 2017, while The Duxton Terrace is slated to open in July 2017.

Originally constructed in the early 19th century, The Duxton House features 50 guestrooms in eight adjoining three-story buildings reimagined by designer Anouska Hempel, whose comprehensive interior design background spans hotels, restaurants, retail spaces and luxury residential projects, including the Hempel Hotel and Blakes Hotel in London, and high-end retail stores around the world such as Van Cleef and Arpels and Louis Vuitton.

Through interior design led by Hempel, The Duxton House will feature Oriental influences to honour the property’s heritage. Once completed, the hotel will include a destination restaurant, signature bar and private cigar.

The Duxton Terrace comprises 14 adjoining three- and four-story Colonial-era buildings with 138 guestrooms. The property will be restored by architect and designer Jacques Garcia, whose extensive design portfolio includes the restoration of The Louvre and The Palace of Versailles.

The hotel will house five F&B venues including a signature bar and lobby bar, an all-day dining restaurant, a poolside bar and an exclusive member’s club. Additional facilities will include an outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre and cigar room. Guests of The Duxton Club will have full use of the facilities at both premises.

“Using our mutual strength to re-create the charms of a bygone era, the adaptive reuse of such historic buildings by two of the world’s best designers, Anouska Hempel and Jacques Garcia, will offer guests an unforgettable boutique hotel experience while contributing to urban sustainability and preservation of our vibrant past,” said Satinder Garcha, CEO of Garcha Hotels.

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