If Singapore is the garden city then PARKROYAL on Pickering is the city’s garden hotel. Located in between Marina Bay and Chinatown, just a short stroll to the Central Business District, this impressive structure has been winning awards for its dynamic architecture and strict environmental position since opening its door in 2013.


With an exterior inspired by the curves of Asia’s iconic terraced rice paddies and a clean designed spacious interior, the hotel’s bountiful plant life provides a natural reflection to the park located at its front. Inside, water features, natural wood and stone complete the calming environment – you could be checking into a Bali resort.


The Orchid Club Suite here is an extension of this relaxing aura – high ceilings, acres of room and an interior that’s part Swedish health resort and part high tech zen minimalism. And did we mention the view? At the touch of a button, blinds raise to afford guests 180-degree views of the cityscape through the enormous floor to ceiling windows. Spread over two spacious rooms and a generous bathroom with rain shower and large tub, this light-filled space features two flat-screen televisions, intelligent touch lighting, free wifi and a well-stocked minibar. Drinking water is purified in-house and presented in large glass bottles, no wastage here with water pressure specially adjusted to prevent unnecessary harm to the environment. That’s not to say you can’t enjoy your Elemis toiletries without an invigorating rain shower, you most certainly can.


Orchid Club guests have access to the Lounge, where champagne breakfast, high tea and evening cocktails are served daily. If like me, your idea of the perfect breakfast is a freshly baked croissant (worth mentioning as here they are up there with the best in town), gourmet Echiré butter, French jam, freshly squeezed orange juice and quality coffee, then you’ll feel right at home here. Oh and a complimentary glass of champagne to get the day started in fine fashion as well as fresh fruits, eggs and a spread of international delicacies.


Alternatively head down to Lime restaurant on the ground floor where an extensive buffet spread at breakfast, lunch and dinner make this one of the most popular locations in the city for a gastronomic splurge. To work it off , head to the pool level where a walking/jogging track takes you through the hotel’s lush elevated gardens on a breezy circuit of green or pump some iron in the gym. Relax at erwards in the pods that line the garden pool terrace.Shaped like giant birdcages, these off er the ideal place to catch up on the latest novel or work your way through the Sunday papers. We love this hotel.


PARKROYAL on Pickering, 3 Upper Pickering Street, tel: 6809 8888, parkroyalhotels.com/Pickering



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