US President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Supreme Leader are talking peace this week on the island city-state of Singapore, camped out in the gracious surrounds of the five-star Capella Singapore on Sentosa Island.
If the hype and hubris get too much for the often mercurial pair, the resort has plenty to distract and provide a little peace and quiet at least. IT checked into Capella Singapore recently and made like a world leader; here’s the rundown. Words by Leigh-Ann Pow
The chic villas here come complete with giant daybeds on which to recline, a private plunge pool surrounded by lush vegetation and an outdoor shower and bathtub, complete with Aussie Aesop products. There’s also the fixings laid out for throwing together a refreshing gin cocktail after a hard day of negotiations. But if you’re a President and a Supreme Leader, you head straight for the ultra private, totally luxurious Colonial Manors, restored British-era historic buildings with three bedrooms, a dining room, full kitchen and private lap pool; luckily there are two of them, so no need for squabbling at the peace talks.
Capella’s Auriga Spa is a sophisticated, restive space dedicated to health and wellness. The treatments use natural organic products from The Organic Pharmacy, and there are steam rooms and a hydrotherapy pool to indulge in. For Trump, the Golfer’s Massage might be just the thing considering how much time he spends on golf courses, while for Kim, can we suggest the four-hour Stress Management Wellness Experience.
The weekend breakfast/lunch hybrid reaches giddy heights at the The Knolls, Capella’s Mediterranean-influenced restaurant looking out over the resort’s dual pools (and some of its resident wandering peacocks). With nery a cheeseburger in sight, the impressive gourmet spread includes salads, fresh sushi and sashimi, a roast station, pasta made to order and a dessert table groaning under the weight of all manner of sweets treats, including buttery, flaky pineapple tarts, a local delicacy. A live band, complete with double bass, works the room, and a drinks trolley is wheeled around offering up signature cocktails made from Capella’s own rum.
Interior designer Jaya Ibrahim’s luxe island style is fully realised in the Library, a quiet, relaxing space with bookshelves packed with reads and a typically generous selection of complimentary snacks and drinks. There’s also free wifi so President Trump could easily catch up on Twitter.
Capella Singapore’s location on the recreation haven of Sentosa Island means there’s a wealth of shopping and entertainment on the doorstep; world leaders in residence can take the free shuttle (or their own bullet-proof limousine) to nearby Vivo City, one of the biggest shopping centres in Singapore, to pick up a little something nice for their wives, or head to Universal Studios to ride the Battlestar Galactica roller coaster.
Other things they should do in Singapore – (maybe even together?)
There is just so much to do in Singapore – the options are endless, especially if you’ve got a bank balance to match – like these two do.
- If it’s food you’re after, you can’t go past sampling some satay, or white pepper crab. Adam Liaw recently shared with us his top five stops on a Singapore food safari, showcasing the sublime dishes he just can’t pass up.
- If it’s a dose of culture Kim and Donald crave, then they should definitely make their through at least one of the five cutting-edge Singapore exhibitions we’ve written about. Our pick? Future World at ArtScience Musuem – maybe they’ll be inspired, or learn a thing or two.
- Finally onto the shopping. From quaint book stores to the best works by Singaporean Artists, the shopping destinations we recommend will be sure to set each of them up with a souvenir or two.