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Rich Heritage, Contemporary Architecture, Designer Rooms: JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach
The old and the new blend together seamlessly at the luxurious JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach (formerly The South Beach).
The 634-room luxury hotel occupies two new buildings and three 1930s art deco army blocks of the former Beach Road Camp, all brought to life by award-winning British architectural design firm Foster + Partners and global design firm Aedas.
Boasting a central downtown location, in the heart of Singapore’s business and cultural district, the hotel is connected underground to Esplanade MRT station and a short walk away from City Hall MRT station.
The hotel recently launched FAMILY BY JW, a family-bonding programme designed for every member of the family where activities are centred around culinary, creativity and activeness.
5 Things We ♥ About The Hotel
1. Amazing Artworks & Installations
The hotel has an impressive multi-million dollar collection of over 30 artworks and installations displayed in its lobby as well as other public spaces, and two have captured our hearts.
“Gorilla” sculpture by British artist Iain Nutting
We were mesmerised by the floor-to-ceiling video wall installation by South Korean artist Lee Lee Nam which combines art with technology and uses LED monitors as a canvas to create an artistic symphony. We were also pretty smitten by the “Gorilla” sculpture by British artist Iain Nutting, made from reclaimed scrap metal, sitting at the entrance of the hotel.
Video wall installation by Lee Lee Nam
To learn more about the hotel’s key art pieces like Donna a Cavallo by Fernando Botero and Joie de Vivre Heroic, Richard MacDonald’s bronze sculpture of a flutist and two trumpeters, sign up for the hotel’s Art Tour at the Concierge Counter. The tour is about an hour long and is conducted at 5pm on weekdays, and at 11am and 5pm on weekends. Besides checking out the hotel’s key artworks, the tour will also highlight some of the hotel’s heritage buildings and unique spaces.
2. Artistic Experience In The Lifts
We find ourselves taking the lifts pretty often and wishing that the ride could be longer. It’s like we’ve entered a surreal underwater world where sea creatures like fish, jellyfish and octopus come to life when the lighting alternates between red, green and blue.
Starck came up with the artistic experience of time and travel through the clever use of RBG wallpaper to pay homage to the beach area where the hotel is located before it was reclaimed, while the graffiti and aquatic designs are the handiwork of Milan-based art and design duo Carnovsky.
3. High Tech, Designer Rooms
With so much sensory stimulation around the hotel, we were delighted to retreat to our bright (thanks in part to the multitude of mirrors), white and spacious Premier Family Room, though we were slightly distracted by the graffiti patterns on the wall and carpets!
We simply adore the polished stainless steel rocking chair. Too bad there’s only one in the room.
A neat feature of the room is the butler door, just next to the door, where the housekeeping staff can drop off your requested items without entering your room.
Smart technology features come in the form of the Interactive Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) system which also electronically controls the curtains, blinds, air-condition and lights; a Wi-Fi phone; and an electronic bidet.
4. Family Fun Experiences
Our Premier Family Room, which was launched this month, came with a super cool Camper Van, complete with windows, comfy bed, pillow and blanket, which delighted our 5-year-old daughter to no end.
She would not have emerged from the Camper Van if we did not show her the engaging amenities kit which had a T-shirt, crayons, stickers, turn down and wind down cards, a lanyard, and even her very own key card. She also got her own set of toiletries from kid-friendly brands such as Kodomo and Le Petit Prince.
She also enjoyed the snacks, especially the cute milky lollipops and chocolate cookies, while we appreciated the beautifully cut fruits, juice, nuts and granola bars.
As she is a confident swimmer, we signed her up for the Mermaid Class, held on Saturdays at 10.30am at the Diving Pool of The NCO Club. The 90-minute class is open to kids aged 12 and below who can swim without floats. Towels and tails are provided. Before learning how to swim freely like a mermaid, there’s an arts and crafts session where kids can design their own mermaids as well as learn about the rich mythology, lore and culture surrounding the legendary mermaid.
During Sunday Brunch at Beach Road Kitchen, our daughter was thrilled that she could make her own pizza and top it with as much cheese as she wanted.
5. Fun Social Spaces At Flow18
When we’re not in our rooms, we are chilling out at this breezy social space on the 18th floor. There are plenty of comfy sofas, chairs and even rocking chairs for reading and hanging out.
Overlooking Marina Bay and the Central Business District, the two infinity pools are possibly the best spots in the hotel to catch the sunset and soak in captivating city views.
Our favourite activity was playing table tennis on a polished stainless steel table that reminded us of the rocking chair in our room.
There’s also a foosball table and a well-equipped fitness centre with a large screen featuring workout videos.
Rates start from $280++ for a Studio room.
Family Package starts from $420++** per night (valid till 31 March 2020)
• One night stay in a Premier Family Room (one king bed and one sofa bed)
• Buffet breakfast at Beach Road Kitchen for two adults and one child (aged 12 and below)
• Complimentary Wi-Fi
• Welcome and turndown amenities
• Signature Family by JW kids amenities
**minimum two nights’ stay required
Photos courtesy of JW Marriott Singapore South Beach and C. Leong