What a weekend staycation at Six Senses Duxton looks like
Given space restrictions and the limits bounded by a conservation building in the narrow lanes of Duxton Hill, the groundwork couldn't have been easy. But it is after all, Six Senses we are talking about. Any tall order would have been daringly conquered, under the steady hands of acclaimed British designer Anouska Hempal, who sustainably restored the hotel with accents of gold, yellow and black gracing the property.
If there's one luxury shy of Six Senses Duxton, it's space. Unlike their other properties in Oman, Con Dao, or Seychelles, this city hotel is missing surrounding oceans, towering mountains and luscious forests. But despite that, it brilliantly houses 49 guestrooms and suites, a restaurant, bar, and main lobby lounge without looking like too much of a squeeze. Decorative and design elements reflecting Singapore's diverse mix of Chinese, Malay and European accents are strategically placed, beautifying yet not overcrowding the entire place. While you won't find a spa or fitness studio in this property, the impending Six Senses Maxwell (slated for October) is set to boast a sweet fleet of facilities that guests staying in Duxton can access within a walking radius.
THE SUITE LIFE
The check-in process is systematic and brief. With just three floors, and a visible stairwell, we got to our Duxton Duplex Suite in no time. Enter, a two-storey black mini apartment, complete with a restored original spiral staircase. Sporting a moody aesthetic, accessoried with minimalistic furnishings — re: a curved sofa, wall-mounted flat screen, elegant cabinets, and chic lamps. It was a cavern that instantly felt like home.
Upstairs, we found an inviting queen-sized bed (fitted with a Naturalmat organic mattress) and a little bathroom booted with amenities by The Organic Pharmacy. Sleek, cosy, but not without a second television — in case you wanted to watch a late-night movie while being horizontal.
A MOMENT WITH THE DOCTOR
One of Six Senses main pillars, is health and wellness. This brings us to the next intimate feature of Six Senses Duxton — a TCM consultation with the physicians from Long Zhong Tang, a medical stalwart in the Duxton neighbourhood. Centered to be a quick stop for foreign guests suffering from symptoms of fatigue or jet-lag, the session is complimentary for all patrons of the hotel.
In our time with the physician (featuring his translator), I found out my sleep cycle wasn't the most optimal, hence building up to frequent migraines. The visit came as a timely reminder that the weekends are indeed for self-care. We consider relaxing staycations a wise way to do it.
You'll find Yellow Pot on the ground floor, standing as Six Senses' only F&B establishment. And while that is a lot of pressure to take up, the sophisticated restaurant punches well above the hotel's weight — credit given to its stellar food and drink list, which includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. The cuisine is Chinese, but without any trace of artificial flavour enhancers. Even the cocktails are concocted with tradtional herbs and botanicals. We tucked into a glorious spread: noteworthy dishes included roast duck lined with a crackling skin, Chinese spinach in a piquant broth and a bowl of stir-fried mee sua better suited for sharing with a group. Flavours were strong but yet carefully restrained without leaving you extremely thirsty. Two hours later, coupled with a copious amounts of tie guan yin, we retired back to our suite feeling blissfully sated, ready for bed yet still fantasising about the morning after's breakfast.
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