Mandarin Oriental, Singapore Unveils ‘Exceptionally Singapore’ Experience Post-Transformation


Key Takeaways

  • Reopens with a six-month transformation, blending Singapore’s essence for a unique experience.
  • Inspired by Singaporean influences, it offers immersive experiences and themed in-room designs.
  • Introduces new suites, dining, and event spaces. Expand into Greece with a property in Costa Navarino.

Mandarin Oriental, Singapore, proudly reopens its doors to the public on 8 September 2023 following a six-month transformative journey

This redesign intertwines Singapore’s unique nature, rich cultural heritage, and architectural prowess, ensuring a singular “Exceptionally Singapore” encounter for tourists and residents.

“For over 36 years, Mandarin Oriental, Singapore has been delighting guests from around the world with our warm Singaporean hospitality,” said Philipp Knuepfer, General Manager of Mandarin Oriental, Singapore & Area Vice President Operations, according to a Breaking Travel News report

“As we reopen, we are excited to bring the soul of Singapore to life through our transformation, weaving together Mandarin Oriental’s legendary service and the rich tapestry of local culture, delivering an immersive Singapore experience to our guests,” Knuepfer added.

Singapore in Every Detail

The report noted that Principal Designer Jeffrey Wilkes of DESIGNWILKES has masterfully reimagined the classic interiors.

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Drawing from iconic Singaporean influences, from Peranakan architecture to Angsana trees, the revamp aims to immerse guests in the city’s spirit. 

“Every corner of the hotel tells a story, from Singapore’s lush landscapes to the intricate details found in traditional shophouses,” says Mr Wilkes, per the report. “We wanted guests not just to be visiting the city, but to feel a part of it.”

In-Room Experiences:510 rooms and suites now mirror Singapore’s outdoor charms, with Marina Bay-facing rooms boasting more fabulous shades and batik patterns and rooms oriented towards the South China Sea embracing warmer hues.

Luxurious Suites: The hotel premieres the Presidential Suite and the Royal Marina Bay Penthouse, offering unmatched views and amenities. The hotel also presents 45 residential suites, including family-themed ones for the younger guests.

Public Spaces with Character: The lobby, transformed into a serene retreat, boasts exquisite Vanda Joaquim orchid-inspired crystal displays. The revamped HAUS 65 lounge, in collaboration with the Mandala Club, offers exclusive events and a comprehensive wine-tasting experience.

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Culinary Delights: The hotel introduces Embu, a garden-styled dining space, and The Mandarin Cake Shop, a haven for dessert lovers. The award-winning MO BAR also returns, presenting innovative cocktails.

Events and More: The hotel is set to host memorable events with venues like the pillar-less Oriental Ballroom and its state-of-the-art 20-meter curved LED wall.

Beyond the Walls: Curated experiences range from Peranakan cooking classes to Vespa adventures, encapsulating Singapore’s rich heritage.

Introducing: Mandarin Oriental, Costa Navarino, Greece

According to a Travel + Leisure report, while Singapore celebrates its iconic transformation, Mandarin Oriental marks its entry into Greece.

Costa Navarino, an underrated gem on the Peloponnese Peninsula, now boasts a Mandarin Oriental property. 

In the report, the property’s general manager, Raul Levis, envisions the hotel as a gateway to the Mediterranean’s treasures. The resort is an architectural marvel with 99 suites and villas boasting sea views. Ensuring utmost privacy, each villa offers guests a unique vantage point over Navarino Bay.

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Gastronomic Ventures: Led by Chef Bertrand Valegeas, the resort offers five diverse restaurants, including Oliviera and Tahir Restaurant, focusing on Levantine cuisine.

Wellness and Relaxation: An 82-foot indoor/outdoor pool offers a panoramic view of the bay, complemented by an array of spa treatments and wellness facilities.

The report noted that special offers for those looking to experience this Greek paradise, including complimentary breakfast and resort credits, are available for bookings by October 31, 2023.

What We Think

Mandarin Oriental’s redefined experiences in Singapore and expansion into Greece signify their commitment to curated luxury and cultural immersion.

The Singapore property’s fusion of local charm and contemporary luxury showcases a deeper understanding of guest desires.

Additionally, their entry into Costa Navarino promises an exquisite Mediterranean retreat, blending top-tier hospitality with stunning views and diverse culinary adventures. This expansion reflects their pursuit of offering unique, immersive, and luxurious experiences across diverse global destinations.


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