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Pure luxury: Shangri-La, Singapore's Valley Wing Suite


The Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore, is a luxury 5 star hotel which has consistently been voted as one of the best hotels, not just in Singapore, but in the whole world!

Set amidst fifteen acres, Shangri-La Singapore is known as Singapore's second Botanical Gardens, and is perfect for tranquil exploration. The hotel also offers exceptional dining options at their award winning restaurants. 



We spent one opulent day and night at the Valley Wing of the Shangri-La and this is what we thought: 

Pick-up

Before we'd even entered the Shangri-La, Singapore, we felt their luxury and superiority to other hotels, because they sent a Mercedes to pick us up. This car was equipped with internet and an iPad for our use.

Personalised check-in
Our driver rang ahead to inform the Shangri-La that we were on our way, so when we arrived at the Valley Wing's private lobby, we were met immediately, given an orchid(!) and taken straight up to our room. 

Check-in occurred in our room, which made it personal, efficient and private.

Our room

Our room was perfect. The Shangri-La had contacted us in advance to ask our preference in pillows (contour, foam, bolster or buckwheat). Hence the bed was the comfiest we could have imagined. We also had a chandelier and another orchid. 





Our bathroom was equipped with a gigantic shower (including a seat), a gigantic bathtub (with a tv at the end) and mood lighting! 



There was also a ginormous closet and safe. Our luggage was also there, I'm not sure how it got up there before us, but it was wonderful not to have to wait around for it.  


There were complimentary fruit and chocolates in our room, along with everything non-alcoholic in the mini-fridge (i.e. the juices, cokes, sprites, teas, coffees). 




The desk in our room was grand and we even had our own printer. 


Lunch at the Waterfall
We were lucky enough to get to try out the Shangri-La's Italian restaurant: The Waterfall.

This was by far the best meal we had in Asia, and actually one of the best meals we've ever had!

It started with an extensive choice of salads, cheeses and breads:




Next up was the Waterfall's 'Stufato di Pesce' a.k.a their Signature Seafood Stew. This is a tomato based stew with lobster, prawns, clams, mussels and fish. It was the best we've ever tasted. 


After that was the Tagliata di Manzo Rucola e Grana - i.e. premium beef cuts marinated with peppers, served with rocket and parmesan. It was the most tender, delicious beef I think we've ever had. We loved it!


If we weren't spoilt enough, next up was dessert:


There was a lot of choice, but we decided on some cute little cheesecakes, of course they were delicious too. 



We had lunch with the Director of Communications and the Assistant Communications Manager, who were completely lovely. 

After lunch they gave us a tour of the Shangri-La:

The Garden Wing

Our tour started with the Garden Wing, which was very lush and serene. 



The Garden Wing has a koi pond, complete with koi fish and three turtles!  


It truly was a tropical sanctuary. 

Each Garden Wing room comes with a private balcony and a marble clad bathroom. 


 The Tower Wing

Next on our tour was The Tower Wing, which, built in 1971, was the original section of the building. It has the most beautiful chandeliers, a grand sweeping staircase and massive columns of marble.



The Orchids

On our tour we noticed more and more orchids. Shangri-La celebrate orchids by dotting them all over the hotel. They have even bred unique orchids! 



The one we were presented on arrival is known as 'Dendrobium by Shangri-La'. It's a long-lasting speciality orchid whose mother plant is Dendrobium by Paolo Sunshine and whose father plant is Dendrobium Pink Spider - a Singaporean hybrid. The Dendrobium by Shangri-La Singapore was named in commemoration of Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore's 35th anniversary. We were honoured to have been given something so special. 

The swimming pool


After our tour we tried out the swimming pool which has something that no other pool we've come across in Asia has: a deep end. Adjacent to it was a hot jacuzzi. We spent a good hour and a half here, it was wonderful. 

The Valley Wing 

We were staying in the Valley Wing and on our tour we learnt that this was the last to be built (in 1985). There were many privileges to be had by staying here; Valley Wing guests can enjoy:
  • Complimentary breakfast in the summit wing
  • Complimentary champagne, cocktails, wines, tea and coffee at the Champagne Bar
  • Professional butlers who provide assistance to Valley Wing guests 

High tea 

High tea is served daily between 2pm and 5pm. We decided to be a bit unconventional and go for a herbal tea, which was served from the most beautiful tea pot.





It was accompanied by a darling plate of sandwiches and cakes. It was the perfect afternoon snack.



Champagne and canapés 




Served between 5pm and 7pm, the canapés were another delectable highlight. Each canapé was a little bite of heaven and the champagne that was served with them was divine. This was the highlight of our stay at the Shangri-La, it was a real delight to sit in the grand lobby, sip champagne and listen to the incredible harp player - she played a mixture of classics and current chart toppers, including what I am pretty sure was 'Timber'! 



Nearby attractions
Shangri-La Singapore is situated in close proximity to the infamous Orchard Road. However, it rained an awful lot when we were at the Shangri-La so we spent a whole 24 hours on site. We were secretly very pleased about this. 

Conclusion
All in all, this was the absolute highlight of our first month in South East Asia. Everything, from the food, to the service, to the rooms was incredible and we had an unforgettable experience. We highly recommend that you visit Shangri-La when you're in Singapore, it's absolutely perfect. 

This is where the legend of Shangri-La was born, and we hope to visit many more of their wonderful hotels in the future. 

For more information, make sure to visit Shangri-La's own website, in particular their page on the Valley Wing (where we stayed). Also check out their Facebook page, Instagram and Google+

For more information on our stay, check out our daily Vlog, number 28:


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Disclaimer: Travelling Weasels were invited as guests of Shangri-La, Singapore, but as always all opinions are our own. Staying at the Shangri-La is one of our favourite travel highlights and we hope you enjoy your stay there as much as we did. 

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