by Matt Alderton | January 04, 2019
Wellness hotelier Six Senses has completed its first-ever city hotel project: Six Senses Singapore, the company announced yesterday. Set in the historic Tanjong Pagar district, within Singapore's Chinatown, the project actually comprises two distinct hotels within walking distance of one another -- the Six Senses Duxton and the Six Senses Maxwell (pictured).

Opened in April 2018, Six Senses Duxton originally was a row of traditional shophouses -- a common Southeast Asian building type consisting of a shop on the ground floor and a residence or residences above. Following an adaptive redesign, the shophouses are now a luxury hotel with 49 guest rooms and suites, a 30-seat restaurant and an adjacent 20-seat bar.

The just-opened Six Senses Maxwell also was an adaptive reuse project. On the site of a former nutmeg plantation, the property occupies 14 colonial-style buildings that originally were built in 1929 and later joined together to create a single structure that now houses 138 guest rooms and suites, as well as an outdoor rooftop lap pool, a gymnasium, three bars and two restaurants. One of the eateries, Cook & Tras, is a "social library restaurant and bar" that serves small plates and bespoke cocktails amid a curated collection of more than 3,000 books that hotel guests can borrow. The other, Murray Terrace Brasserie, is a European-style brasserie whose centerpiece is a wine-tasting table enclosed by six double wine chillers holding more than 1,500 bottles of wine.

As with all Six Senses properties, wellness and sustainability are major themes. At Six Senses Duxton, for instance, the hotel produces its own bottled water - both sparkling and still - following an on-site process of self-treating, purifying and mineralizing. Both hotels feature windows with insulated glazing to reduce the energy required for cooling, which can be significant given Singapore's hot and humid climate.

Guests at both properties can partake in community-based wellness activities such as neighborhood walking tours, outdoor yoga and indoor cycling classes, and can also engage with a local physician specializing in traditional Chinese medicine, who provides consultations and a medicinal herbal dispensary. At Six Senses Duxton, guests even receive two chilled bottles of complimentary tinctures that are formulated by the doctor and placed daily in their in-room minibar. One such concoction features hawthorn slices, rose buds and roselle to improve appetite and body detoxification, while another features snow chrysanthemum, marigold and lavender to prevent insomnia, improve blood circulation and reduce anxiety.

"We are absolutely delighted to deliver the complete unparalleled Six Senses experience in Singapore," said Murray Aitken, general manager of Six Senses Maxwell. "Guests will be able to immerse themselves fully into what makes Singapore so special, while at the same time benefitting from the wellness aspects that are the hallmark of the Six Senses experience."