Duxton Reserve, a new boutique hotel in Singapore, boasts a design that oozes international sophistication and intrigue.
You might not have noticed, by Singapore is one of the few exotic locales that doesn’t get much of a mention in the James Bond film franchise (apart from a brief mention in You Only Live Twice. We’re not sure why it was never elected as a suitably sultry backdrop to Bond’s daring adventures – we personally think it would be perfect, with its blend of cultures, its colonial pomp, and its oh-so-tiny shorts.
However, the city’s newest boutique hotel would make the perfect hideout should 007 ever venture to the Lion City, not just because of its good looks, but also because it was designed by a former Bond girl.
Autograph Hotels has opened the Duxton Reserve Singapore, a 49-room urban oasis located in the heart of Chinatown. Steps from plenty of potential meeting points and dead drops, from the National Museum of Singapore to the Asian Civilisations Museum, as well as the city’s greatest concentration of Michelin-starred restaurants for those seductive dining scenes, the new hotel is the creation of actress-turned-designer Anouska Hempel.
After a successful acting career that included playing one of Blofeld’s angels of death in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Hempel turned to interior design and at the new Singapore hideout, she’s created a romantic narrative that borrows elements from Chinese, Malay and European cultures.
Whether villain or hero, guests are in for an eclectic, elegant surprise as they enter the hotel, where they will be greeted by large theatrical golden fans and strong hues of black, gold and yellow, layered with Oriental screens and calligraphy wallpaper from Anouska’s personal collection.
Rich Asian history is woven throughout the hotel’s 49 guestrooms and suites, each designed with unique individuality that creates an exclusive experience with every visit. Each room features thoughtful amenities including organic cotton linens by Beaumont & Brown, bathroom amenities by Etro, and suitably sturdy mattresses by Naturalmat.
When missions do require the indulgence of an enemy honeypot or the seduction of a potential defector, you might want to head to Yellow Pot, the hotel’s modern Chinese restaurant helmed by Chef Sebastian Goh. The restaurant follows the clean eating philosophy, with no MSG, additives, or artificial flavourings added to the dishes.
You’ll also find that shaken-not-stirred martini in Anouska’s, a glamourous bar that serves the one-time Bond girl’s favourite drinks from around the world spanning the disco era of the 70s and 80s.
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