City hotels, Singapore
For style-savvy weekend holidaymakers, these city hotels are ideal for urban breaks. Head to capital cities for culture and cuisine, and smaller town hubs for trips off the regular tourist’s itinerary. Skyscrapers beat suncastles at these luxury B&Bs, townhouses and street-side stays… all with a typical dose of Smith cool.
Start in spick-and-span Singapore, a city known as much for its designer shops and scintillating street food as its superlative airport (yes, Changi really does have a rooftop pool, giant slide and butterfly garden). Hop across the Straits to Malacca, a little gem of shaded alleys, Portuguese ruins and inspired Nonya cuisine. The Petronas Towers dominate Kuala Lumpur (or KL as it’s affectionately known), a pulsing but laid-back metropolis with a pleasing café culture and serious shopping habit. Stock up on tea stops and cool air in the undulating Cameron Highlands, lose yourself in foodie-heaven Penang or relax in sultry Sabah, where you can climb majestic mountains, dive Sipadan’s turtle-rich waters or play with orang-utans.
Don’t miss…Modern Cantonese cuisine at the award-winning, apple-green Majestic Restaurant. Chef Yong Bing Ngen’s rack of lamb served with carrot cake has set many taste buds a-tingle.
Don’t miss… Sunday brunch at Clifford – a decadent buffet spread that includes oysters, prawns, lobster, foie gras terrine, eggs, pasta, cheese and puddings. You’ll never look at cereal in the same way.
Don’t miss… A Singapore Sling – after all this is its birthplace. Pull up a cane chair between potted palms and beneath a ceiling fan in the legendary Long Bar to sip the sweetly sour combination of gin, Cointreau, cherry brandy, Bénédictine, Grenadine, Angostura bitters, pineapple and lime.
Don’t miss… A dip in the the ‘secret’ 10th-floor pool (and a peek at the breath-nabbing skyline from the pool deck).