Four Seasons Hotel Singapore – Still One of Our Favorites
We've been regular guests over the last 15 years. This is why.
Four Seasons Hotel Singapore is one of the luxury hotels we stay at for sentimental reasons in addition to fantastic five-star amenities. Multiple check-ins over the last 15 years including for my husband’s business trips before parenthood. My daughter overcame a fear of pools in this one when she was four and we’ve been back multiple times since, including just last month.
A location around the corner from the famous Orchard Road shopping provides the utmost in convenience, not to mention the renovated rooms and exquisite cuisine, no small feat in a country that considers eating a national sport.
It’s not a huge hotel, relative to others in town, but we like it this way and it suits business and family travel equally well.
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The Important Stuff
What We Like
- A quiet location close to Orchard Road and Orchard Road MRT Station
- Exquisite buffets that focus on quality and presentation not necessarily quantity (but they are still very large)
- Family pool with cabanas, food and drink service in addition to an adults-only lap pool
- Kids’ amenities and willingness to customize menu items for younger palates
- Happy hour hors-d’oeuvres buffet included with drinks at One-Ninety Bar
- Nasi goreng and char kway teow noodles
- The 1,500-piece Asian and international art collection
Good to Know
- The hotel can arrange car service and taxis, however, the Grab app is basically the Uber (okay, they bought the local Uber) in Singapore
- A 5-minute walk outside will get you to the underpass to ION mall and Orchard Road (did we mention that it’s hot in Singapore).
- Relative to other Singapore hotels, Four Seasons is intimate in size so the family pool isn’t massive as it doesn’t need to be
- Two of the four tennis courts are indoor and air-conditioned
The hotel is located on the tree-lined Orchard Boulevard, just around the corner from the glory of Orchard Road. It’s only a matter of a five-minute walk outside before indoor retail heaven becomes accessible via the walkway to ION Orchard underneath Paterson Road. This means loads of shopping and dining are within walking distance.
Marina Bay is about a 10-15-minute taxi ride away depending on where you’re headed and time of day. Depending on traffic, it takes about 30 minutes to reach the hotel from Singapore Changi Airport.
The 20-story hotel has 215 rooms and 40 suites. Ours most recently was a renovated Boulevard Room with a view over the city.
Having slept 100 or so nights over the last year in hotel beds, I can tell you that Four Seasons beds are the best. The brand has placed a huge emphasis on comfort that you can tailor depending on preferences (just ask). I love Four Seasons bedding so much that on this trip I bought the sheets.
A marble bathroom with L’Occitane amenities, large tub and shower compliment the neutral tones in the rest of the room. Lavazza coffee maker and ample bottled water are available in-room in addition to a mini bar. However, from 5:30 a.m–8:30am, complimentary grab-and-go pastries, coffee, and tea are available in the lobby.
I quite like the updated decor, it’s very comfortably contemporary. If I had to wish for one thing it would be a few more drawers in the room.
Four Seasons Hotel Singapore Restaurants
Our half-day sightseeing itineraries mean that it’s not unusual for us to eat two of three meals in the hotel. I credit the hotel menus and food for making this not at all a hardship.
Jiang-Nan Chun is the signature Cantonese restaurant known for dim sum and also Peking duck. The newly-renovated decor draws inspiration from the architecture and culture of Chinese river villages. Jiang Nan translates to “south of the Yangtze river” after all and that’s where rice was thought to have originated over 10,000 years ago.
One-Ninety offers all-day dining including a breakfast buffet with loads of fresh fruit, housemade pastries, salads, hot dishes, Japanese, Chinese, and Western selections. Special requests could be made at the table as I was offered kaya toast, a local favorite, which I lept at the chance to eat.
Kids choose from their own menu if they like, but lunch and dinner semi-buffet with choice of an entree is the way to go. At the hotel, we always order Char Kway Teow, satay, nasi goreng and Hainanese chicken at least once.
One-Ninety Bar offers an a la carte menu with the exception of an evening appetizer buffet to enjoy with a drink. I quite like the patio which is where we sit most of the time. It’s a perfect place for a drink and bite to eat before heading off to the Night Safari. My daughter, craving a burger after already nearly two weeks of Asian food ordered one of the best I’ve had in a while here. They also serve afternoon tea.
A robust food and drink menu is also available at the family pool, which offers panoramic views of the city to Marina Bay. Cabanas and umbrellas provide shade while ice water and periodically passed around fruit sticks keep guests hydrated.
We typically sightsee in the morning and then spend some part of the late afternoon in the pool. A selection of floats and pool toys entertain kids here. there’s no jacuzzi but Singapore’s weather typically means you won’t crave one.
The First L’Occitane Spa
There is no better way to beat jet lag or recover from a long day of walking than a spa treatment. The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Singapore provides massages, facials, wraps, nail services and more. It was the very first L’Occitane Spa, products from Provence that I adore. A treatment exclusive to the hotel is the
Fitness and Tennis
Work off the glorious Singaporean cuisine at Four Seasons Hotel Singapore’s Club. Ages 12 and older can utilize the 65,000-square-foot facility including four tennis courts. Two courts are air-conditioned. Hotel guests can take advantage of complimentary tennis rackets for adults and kids, balls and tennis clothing in addition to lessons at a reduced rate.
Or, workout in the fitness facility with cardiovascular equipment, steam room, sauna, personal training (by appointment), yoga instruction (by appointment), weights and the adults-only lap pool.
Room service can be ordered to the little lounge. Not to worry if you forget workout clothes as they have them here and will even shine your shoes complimentary while you workout.
Singapore with Kids
It may be called the Little Red Dot but we never run out of things to do in Singapore. It’s one of the most kid-friendly destinations in the world.
Four Seasons Hotel Singapore has always been an easy place to stay with my daughter in tow. It never feels busy, which I find relaxing. My daughter has always received the cutest welcome amenities, partially chronicled above. On this last trip, they sent her a birthday cake and balloons, as our stay was near her birthday.
As many of you know, I believe you can gauge what your experience will be like based on flower arrangements.
Will We Stay Here Again?
Singapore does luxury hotels well and while I am tempted to try others, I know I’d regret not checking into Four Seasons Hotel Singapore. My daughter loves Singapore so it’s a matter of time before we’re back.
(If you’re interested in booking in, send me your dates as I have access to value-added amenities at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.)