Singapore

Villa Samadhi Singapore

Rates from (ex tax)$241.80

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (SGD351.20), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Glammed-up garrison

Setting

Urban jungle

A monochrome delight in crisp whites and dark wood, hotel Villa Samadhi Singapore is tucked away in Labrador Nature Reserve, just a short drive from the centre’s buzzy shops, restaurants and nightlife. Savour a gentler, more serene taste of life in the Lion City: explore miles of forest trails, soak away in private plunge pools and feast on tastebud-tingling Thai cuisine in colonial-chic Tamarind Hill restaurant. 
 

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High tea for two at Tamarind Hill restaurant

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

20, including seven suites.

Check–Out

Noon. Earliest check-in, 2pm. Both are flexible, subject to availability.

Rates

Double rooms from $241.80 (SG$328), excluding tax at 7 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (SGD351.20), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include a Continental buffet breakfast of muesli, fresh fruit and juices, smoothies, pastries and cooked-to-order farm-fresh eggs, as well as afternoon snacks, an evening cocktail and a cognac nightcap.

Also

You’ll find echoes of the hotel’s garrison past dotted around Labrador Nature Reserve, such as a World War II fort and impressive gun post.

At the hotel

Lounge, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD player, iPod dock, minibar, tea- and coffee-making facilities.

Our favourite rooms

All individually decorated, the rooms at Villa Samadhi Singapore echo the hotel’s genteel colonial vibe, with a pared-down monochrome palette, sleek wooden floors and imposing carved four-poster beds. Upper-floor Luxe Cribs have serene views of the gardens; sprawling (by Singapore standards) Luxe Sarang has an enormous bathroom and its own outdoor plunge pool.

Packing tips

Bring your running shoes to hit the park’s outdoor fitness stations and quiet mangrove trails.

Children

13s-and-over only at this grown-up retreat; if possible leave the little Smiths at home.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Find a shady spot on the terrace to birdwatch as you dine.

Dress Code

Billowing kaftans and crisp linen trousers to breeze through Singapore’s heat and humidity.

Hotel restaurant

Look for Tamarind Hill’s striking brick-red roof high among the greenery of Labrador Nature Reserve. Lovingly transformed into a polished dining space with high stools and casual low sofas, the colonial bungalow is now home to Laotian chef Pin, who earned her stripes on culinary residencies in Hua Hin, Kuala Lumpur and Brunei. Book ahead for a taste of the fruit-carving enthusiast’s authentic but innovative Thai cuisine: expect fiery papaya salad, kaffir-scented tofu and deep-fried river prawns alongside fusion dishes such as foie-gras-topped tenderloin with sweet-and-sour roasted rice.

Hotel bar

Decorated with claret drapes, expansive leather armchairs and sculptural fig-leaf trees, the Library is a refined spot for an apéritif. The cocktail menu is impressive: classic Singapore Slings and lychee martinis feature alongside inventive concoctions muddled with tamarind, cardamom or poached pineapple. The snack selection is enticing, too: try the corn-cake wontons or crispy morning glory with a roasted chilli sauce.

Last orders

Breakfast is served 7.30am–11am, lunch 12 noon–2.30pm, dinner 7pm–10pm. Tipples are poured at the bar until 10pm.

Room service

Order from the restaurant’s menu during opening hours.

Location

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Address
Villa Samadhi Singapore
Labrador Villa Rd
Singapore
119193
Singapore
Singapore

Planes

A 30-minute drive away, Changi Airport welcomes flights from all over the world; you’ll find plenty of reliable local taxis on arrival.

Trains

Hop on a subway at Labrador Park MRT station, a 10-minute walk from the hotel, to zoom off to Orchard Road or Marina Bay in air-conditioned comfort.

Automobiles

There’s no need for a hire car: Singapore’s excellent public transport is practically legendary. The hotel has free parking, should you plan to cross over to the Malaysian mainland with your own wheels.

Worth getting out of bed for

A leisurely stroll from the island’s southern coast, Villa Samadhi offers a rather sedate take on Singapore’s fast-paced, glitz-and-glam lifestyle. Home to variegated butterflies, indigenous flora and 70 species of bird, Labrador Nature Reserve is part of the Southern Ridges, a 10-kilometre stretch of connecting trails leading up to the forest canopy at nearby Telok Blangah Hill. Impeccably manicured Sentosa Island is as close as you’re likely to get to a beach in Singapore: head to Siloso for palm trees, combed sands and a scattering of bars popular for their swimming pools and inviting day-beds. A 10-minute drive away, Haw Par Villa is a kitschy theme park with a gruesome bent: wander through the colourful tableaux for a rare glimpse at Chinese folklore and mythology. Garden by the Bay’s soaring ‘supertrees’ are an eye-catching addition to the island’s skyline; climb to the top of these vertical gardens for sweeping views of the marina.

Local restaurants

Tucked away on Alexandra Road, Portico Host’s alfresco terrace is a relaxed spot for perfectly prepared comfort food. The island’s in-the-know brunchers rave about its truffle fries, a glorious mound of thin, golden chips topped with truffle salt, truffle shavings and gruyère. Book ahead at Joël Robuchon’s Sentosa outpost for a blow-out feast: the caviar-crowned tartare and Wonka-worthy dessert trolley are worth the trip alone. Street-food aficionados should hunt down Tai Hwa Pork Noodle and Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle in Chinatown, but be prepared to wait: the queues at these humble hawker stalls have snaked around the block since they were each awarded a Michelin star.

 

Local cafés

End a walk along the coastline with a pit stop at Privé Cafe on Keppel Island. Book ahead for a table on the marina-facing terrace and a taste of their Brooklyn-worthy all-day breakfasts. 

Local bars

Rooftop bars are all the rage: quirky Loof has moreish tapas, resident DJs and photogenic tipples; Potato Head Folk sprawls across four floors of a restored art deco building in Chinatown; Cé la Vi has unbeatable views of Singapore’s most vertigo-inducing pool. For something a little more low-key, tiny Bar Stories on Haji Lane has no menu: have a chat with the mixologist instead, who will whip up something to suit your fancy.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this tranquil hotel in Labrador Nature Reserve and unpacked their walking shoes and designer heels, a full account of their city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Villa Samadhi Singapore…

Singapore may conjure up visions of spotless streets, soaring steel and infinity pools teetering improbably at the top of skyscrapers – and it is certainly all that – but pockets of greenery and bucolic charm still exist in the city state. Villa Samadhi Singapore is one such rarity: a colonial garrison transformed into a serene boutique hotel that makes the most of a unique location at the heart of Labrador Nature Reserve. Gone is any hint of the building’s military past; instead, the hotel’s common areas have been decked out with tactile rugs, dramatic drapes and eye-catching chandeliers. Carved four-poster beds, spacious bathrooms and an understated monochrome palette keep things fresh in the bedrooms; opt for one with a private plunge pool for welcome respite from Singapore’s muggy climate. Up a gentle hill, seductive restaurant Tamarind Hill dishes out scrumptious Thai cuisine worth staying in for, though the city’s Michelin stars and rooftop bars are just a short cab ride away.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Villa Samadhi Singapore’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The peaceful surroundings and the Thai restaurant and bar.

Don’t expect

Swimming pool.

Rating

Stayed on 29 Apr 2017

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