Capella Singapore: Asia's shiniest star
© yohanes.budiyanto, 2009
I have to postpone the queue to upload some of the hotel reviews from my recent trips to Hong Kong and Taiwan, including a recent visit to one of my favourite hotels, The Ritz Carlton Pacific Place during this major holiday period; all because I could not wait to show off this spectacular resort that impresses me so much architecturally.
The Capella in Singapore is Asia's newest 6 star resort. It is the group's first debut in Asia, and also its flagship property. This is one of the hotels that I have been so eagerly-awaited to stay.
Initially, it was the Mandarin Oriental, Beijing that was supposed to be this year's most anticipated stay. Unfortunately, due to the major fire incident during the Chinese New Year, the hotel has been closed until further notice. Therefore, several hotels was handpicked for the occassion, including The Peninsula Hong Kong, which turned out to be quite disappointing and highly overrated.
The Capella, on the other hand, intrigues me alot from the start. It is one of those trophy projects that a nation could be proud of having. The key elements to this kind of project would be a spectacular location, groundbreaking design, team of award-winning architects and designers, a great hotel brand; and most importantly the right (and deep-pocketed) owners who share the same vision and eye on details that allows this dream to become a reality.
Capella has all of this. Owned by one of the most respectful firms in the industry, Pontiac Land, -which also owns The Ritz-Carlton Millenia, Conrad Centennial and The Regent; Capella has all the budget it needs to become one of Asia's most spectacular hotels, where no expense have been spared and no details have been overlooked....
COMING NEXT: Pictures from the Capella Singapore
1, The Knolls, Sentosa Island
General Manager: To be Announced; Scott Rohm (Acting GM)
Executive Chef: Edwin Rosenkranz
Executive Chinese Chef: Ooi Soon Lok
Architect: Sir Norman Foster
Interior Designer: Jaya Ibrahim
Interior Designer (Cassia): Andre Fu, AFSO
Interior Designer (The Knolls): Yasuhiro Koichi, Design Studio SPIN
Landscape Designer: Allen Kerton, Belt Collins
Artist (The Knolls): Tomoko Sawada
Artist (Front Lawn's installation): Bernar Venet
Artist (Ballroom's sculpture): Nikolas Weinstein
Art Consultant: Elizabeth Weiner