We know you've been wanting to visit Singapore since we -- surprise -- added it to our Top Budget Destinations of 2014. Good news: One year later, it's still a great time to visit. The city is currently celebrating its 50th year of independence with a whole host of events, like last week's big Jubilee Weekend, and “Sing Love,” a music project that brings together local talents and will result in the release of an album. A ton of the festivities are being held at Singapore’s Botanic Gardens, which also recently became the country’s first UNESCO World Heritage Center.
In order to meet the demand of its influx of visitors, Singapore opened 1,400 new hotel rooms in 2014, with 4,600 more in the pipeline from 2015 to 2018. We've already shared some of our affordable favorites in town, but with so many additional choices, we had to take a second look -- especially for those who are looking for an immersive experience. Here, three new hotels with lots of style, each with distinctly prime locales.For Greenery: Genting Hotel Jurong
Singapore’s first hotel in the Jurong Lake District allows guests to fully appreciate the lush surroundings with its “hotel in a garden” theme, boasting clean furnishings, an eco-friendly vibe, and funky, modern art. While compact, the rooms are bright and comfortable, and there's a lunch buffet onsite featuring local dishes like slated egg crab and drunken tiger prawn. Fun fact: More than 230 palms and 390 trees can also be found on the grounds. This means the property fits right into the rest of the Jurong District, which was planned in 2008 with greenery in mind -- you'll enjoy Chinese, Japanese, and eco- gardens nearby, along with a popular bird park with curious macaws. Out of the many new hotels cropping up, this is one of the most wallet-friendly. From $150 USD per night .
For Culture: Patina, Capitol Singapore
Originally built in 1929, the recently transformed Capitol Singapore is a luxury integrated development opposite in the heart of the Civic and Cultural District that many museums, performing arts, and notable landmarks and historic neighborhoods call home. Among the 39 residences, upmarket mall, and neoclassical theater in the complex, travelers will be especially interested in The Patina, a distinct hotel experience that's come out of the development in the past year. This Leading Hotels of the World member is set in a historic building, boasting neoclassical and Victorian designs in its 157 rooms. Even if you don't stay here, it's worth visiting the notable art collection and tasting the fusion cuisine, featuring Peruvian and Peru-inspired Japanese fare. From $650 USD per night.
For Utter Relaxation: Capella Singapore, Sentosa Island
Here for a special occasion? The 112-room five-star Capella, designed by Lord Norman Foster, has 81 South China Sea-facing suites with plenty of views to remember. "Sentosa" means “peace and tranquility” in Malay, and that's exactly what you'll find at the hotel. Yes, it's a splurge, but you'll enjoy, among others, access to three infinity pools, complimentary snacks and non-alcoholic beverages throughout the day, and personal assistant service around the clock. Spend some time lounging on the island's three beaches, bike the winding trails, or simply relax at the resort's library and enjoy the selections of books, magazines, board games, and DVDs. For an extra special experience, there's also the organic Auriga Spa. Check online for specials like their third night free deal, which brings starting rates from $550 USD down to $367 per night.