New wing at Mövenpick Heritage Hotel Sentosa is a celebration of restored colonial history.
Singapore, 31 January 2013 - On Singapore’s famous island resort of Sentosa, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has rewritten history. Literally.
The new all-suite wing of the Mövenpick Heritage Hotel Sentosa was once a barrack base that housed British artillerymen during World War II. Now it has been meticulously restored to offer discerning guests a sense of history that’s been fully updated with every contemporary comfort.
The three-storey Heritage Wing now features 62 sumptuous suites, an all-day restaurant, Tablescape, and a 250-brand whiskey lounge – WOW or World of Whiskeys – which is directly affiliated to the famous Waldhaus am See in St Moritz, recognised having one of the largest collection of whiskeys in the world.
During restoration by Singapore’s DP Architects, the wing’s atmospheric original features such as colonial doors, window frames, high-ceilings, wide covered ‘link way’ corridors and other architectural details were fully renovated to their former glory.
The building’s colonial ambience was also enhanced by contemporary flourishes. For example, a 4.8-metre Y-shaped table crafted from a single piece of Indonesian teak has become a design focal point in the WOW whiskey bar in addition to full granite table tops and oversized ‘kerosene lamp’ chandeliers.
Taking inspiration from Singapore’s culture and tropical climate, the designers also incorporated atmospheric fans (as well as air-conditioning), floor-to-ceiling windows, slate bathroom floors, patchwork carpets, natural wood finishes and local design motifs.
Exquisitely sculpted gardens underline the rustic beauty of the hotel’s surroundings while, adding an unforgettable sense of place, rooms facing Imbiah Lookout enjoy a view of Singapore’s famous icon, the 37-metre-high ‘half-lion, half-fish’ Merlion.
The new Heritage Wing is the final stage of the Mövenpick Heritage Hotel Sentosa to open. In 2011 the hotel unveiled a Contemporary Wing featuring cutting edge interiors by the Japanese company Super Potato.
Design features such as a box shelves arranged with paint-adorned vintage books to create a quirky chess board effect, lush vegetation growing from high interior walls or the famous aquarium pool have cemented the hotel’s reputation for offering an innovative approach to hospitality.