How about a ‘soup’ that is not for drinking? At Ritz-Carlton Millenia, Singapore, savvy spa-addicts may opt for La Mer Miracle Broth facial, a 90-minute treatment that apparently empowers skin renewal. While this is going on a live cellist plays.
Luxury lifestyle is becoming diversified, or more encompassing. Porsche Design announces it is moving into the hotel space. Aman has a superb collection of beauty and wellness products and is now trialling branded clothes. And actually Ritz-Carlton Millenia could be described as an artwork.
This is a hotel that is a 32-floor sculpture, soaring up with a giant hemispherical hole at third floor, as if to let evil fly through and away. Inside, you look left or right to Dale Chihuly glass sculptures on walls at the lobby level’s far ends. There are in all 4,200 incredibly valuable pieces of modern art here, a collection of such names as David Hockney and Frank Stella. You can also produce your own creations. The essential Club lounge, up on the top floor, has paper and paints, as if perhaps to record the memorable view, far down and across to Marina Bay Sands, the casino-hotel that has a 747-long sky-high swimming pool cantilevered off its rooftop.
The Ritz-Carlton Club lounge, by the way, has a live chef, who cooks to order, and day-long Roederer Rosé, nicely chilled, and an eight-bottle oenothèque for do-it-yourself wine tastings. Perhaps dine downstairs, in Michelin-starred Summer Pavilion – I like its Tulip menu, which includes Pan-fried Japanese Wagyu followed in turn by South African three-head Abalone, and then Canadian lobster. I might, alternatively, go retro at Republic, which has flavours, ingredients and sensations inspired by the 1960s. There is even more history at Colony, showcasing, as its name implies, that era via local and other Asian cuisines from seven kitchens.
This is a hotel that does nothing by halves. There are, for instance, 608 rooms in all, smallest size a significant 51 sq m. I recommend any Club room, ideally front-facing – my favourites are end suites -16 and -26. There is also the two-bedroom, 218 sq m Ritz-Carlton Suite, with dining, or meeting, seats for a dozen. Think big, here (follow the lead of charismatic GM Peter Mainguy, who has at least a dozen motorbikes and other vehicles stored around the world for his rare times off).