- Style Witty wonderland
- Setting Vibrant Little India
Singapore’s boutique king Loh Lik Peng collaborated with four local design agencies to create Wanderlust hotel, and boy did they let their imaginations run wild. Since the hotel occupies a heritage-listed former school, little could be altered on the outside, but stepping inside is like tumbling into a vivid dreamscape. Surreal themes from Pantone colours to pop art, origami and childhood fantasies inspired the 29 rooms, and no two are the same. Wanderlust is bold and idiosyncratic, but, due to Peng’s finely honed approach to luxury, it’s also authentically bespoke.
Need to know
- Rooms 29, including nine suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $158.56 (SG$198), excluding tax at 17.7 per cent.
- More details Rates include breakfast and local calls.
- Facilities Free WiFi throughout, sun-deck, Jacuzzi. In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock, minibar with complimentary non-alcoholic drinks, Kiehl’s toiletries, Nespresso machine.
- Poolside There’s no pool but you can wallow in the outdoor Jacuzzi then bask on the bijou sun-deck on the second floor.
- Check–out Midday, but flexible subject to availability and a charge (half-day rate until 6pm, full-day after that). Check-in, 3pm.
Children Kids are accommodated (cots are complimentary and extra beds can be added to rooms at a cost of SG$100 a night), but Wanderlust is more suited to children of the grown-up kind.
- Hotel closed 24–26 September (inclusive), during the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix.
- Also Wanderlust owner Loh Lik Peng is also the creative force behind Smith stablemate the New Majestic Hotel in Singapore, as well as more recent project the Waterhouse at South Bund in Shanghai.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms With its ceiling of dangling felt leaves and designer forest wallpaper, which happens to be identical to that in the Smith offices, the Tree room on the Creature Comforts floor recreates the feeling of kipping in a tree house. Some of the other fantasy rooms might be a little too ‘out there’ for some, so our tip would be to check into the third floor, where DP Architects has created a series of slick black and white rooms. The origami room is most soothing with its artfully crafted ceiling and adjustable lighting.
- Packing tips Singapore’s climate can be punishingly hot and humid so lightweight and city-stylish threads should dominate your case. Vanessa Bruno, Bassike and Josh Goot are eminently suitable.
- Also This was the debut hotel project for most of the designers involved and they were given free rein to create whatever fired their imaginations. It definitely shows.
Food and drink at Wanderlust
- Hotel restaurant Cocotte is a casual, bistro-style restaurant with a real communal vibe. This is the kind of place to invite a few friends and relax over a long lunch of unpretentious French comfort food. Many of chef Anthony Yeoh's dishes, including the signature roast pork collar with Dijon mustard, can be ordered to share among up to five people.
- Dress code Singaporeans are style conscious, but keep it low key.
- Top table Cocotte isn’t a place for romantic tête-à-têtes – book the long table by the French windows and invite some friends to join you.
- Last orders 10.30pm at the restaurant; midnight at the bar.
- Room service You can't order from your room, so you're going to have to dress up and head out.
- Hotel bar The large, well-stocked bar is reminiscent of a French tabac, albeit a rather glamorous one. Admire the quirky lamps made from Campari bottles as you sip a Kronenburg 1664.