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Cheeky Singapore stopover on the cards? See our review of the Fullerton Bay Hotel


I’ve enjoyed The Fullerton Bay Hotel a few times since it opened in 2010 and it’s a great place to stay for business or with a spouse, but on this occasion it proved a perfect choice for a relaxing catch-up with my sister.

While Singapore is evolving quickly, its rich heritage is thankfully being reflected in much of the architecture. By incorporating historic Clifford Pier in its design, The Fullerton Bay Hotel has preserved something of the history of the area (known as The Fullerton Heritage Precinct). It’s also the sister hotel to the renowned Fullerton Hotel – formerly Singapore’s post office and a grand landmark that I love visiting.

Both hotels are located in the CBD and within walking distance of many local attractions, including the buzz of the riverside bars and restaurants at Boat Quay, The Esplanade Theatre, The Asian Civilisations Museum and – of course – a multitude of shops.

The Fullerton Bay Hotel is built on stilts over Marina Bay, with a glass façade to give each of the 100 rooms a view onto water. It faces the iconic Marina Bay Sands building whose nightly laser shows can clearly be seen across the bay, especially from rooftop bar, Lantern, and from the glass-sided 25-metre long rooftop swimming pool.

The foyer is the work of Andre Fu who also designed The Upper House here in Hong Kong. Aside from the impressive look of the place, female visitors will be particularly taken with its scent – a fragrance of white jasmine, ylang ylang and lily is lightly diffused through the lobby area. I want that fragrance in my own home!

Positioned alongside an indoor promenade paved in marble mosaics, The Landing Point is aptly named: it’s the spot where Singapore’s first immigrants and other passengers arrived by sea. The dramatic restaurant has hues of aqua green, mineral silver and plum, with opulent soft furnishings and subtle lighting.

Another eating option is brasserie Clifford, with 10m floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the bay, and an 800-bottle library of fine wines from around the world.

Rooms embody both Asian ambience (polished rosewood furniture, latticed screens, leather and chrome embellishments) and Western ambience (polished burl wood, fabric-panelled walls, gold touches). I found them tastefully masculine and appealing. And who can resist pillow menus – not to mention bathrooms with TVs above the bath. The in-room technology includes electric curtains and a panel of switches near the bed to control the lights.

Each of the suites has a different theme and décor to reflect Singapore’s different cultures. Speaking of which, if you like history, there is a wealth of it to be found in and around the hotel, including at the aforementioned Fullerton Hotel. 

It’s also at the older of the two hotels where you’ll find The Spa Artisan, with a walled horizontal plant feature and a design that makes clever use of mirrors, light, and screens. After wonderful body massages, my sister and I drank “blooming tea”, made from bundled leaves tied together with flowers. Being guests of The Fullerton Bay Hotel, we were also able to enjoy use of the Fullerton Hotel’s pool. It has an incredible location overlooking the Singapore River and famous Boat Quay, and we happily soaked up a tranquil evening there, watching the sky growing dark and the city’s colourful lights reflecting on the river.