Villa Samadhi Singapore

Price per night from$321.56

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Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (SGD446.05), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Glammed-up garrison


Urban jungle

A black-and-white, flawlessly chic mansion hidden away in Labrador Nature Reserve, hotel Villa Samadhi Singapore is a world away from the island’s traffic-clogged centre. A stay here is a peaceful interlude from the hustle and bustle of this thoroughly modern city: amble down coastal trails, take a dip in private plunge pools and rest travel-weary limbs on colonial four-poster beds. Singapore’s cosmopolitan delights may be just a short drive away, but one of the city’s best Thai restaurants, lovingly helmed by up-and-coming chef Pin, is just on your doorstep.

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Need to know


20, including seven suites.


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


Double rooms from £315.38 (SG$525), including tax at 17.7 per cent.

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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.


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.

Please note

Please note, due to the remote location of the property, the Wifi service may be limited at times.

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.


This hotel is best for adults, but little Smiths are welcome to share with Mum and Dad – it's free for ages 0-3, SG$60 a night for ages 4-11 and SG$120 a night for ages 12-17.

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 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.


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Villa Samadhi Singapore
Labrador Villa Rd

Hidden away in Labrador Nature Reserve, Villa Samadhi Singapore is a serene hideaway on the island’s southern coast.


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


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.


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. Crackerjack is open for everything from sourdough toast breakfasts to late-night punchy cocktails; it's run by the team behind trendy 28 Hong Kong Street.

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. Hole-in-the-wall Operation Dagger will have you feeling like a well-hydrated and in-the-know local in no time, and buzzy Employees Only is the SIngapore outpost of the famous fourth best bar in the world, hailing from New York City.


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Martin Dickie

Anonymous review

By Martin Dickie, Wistful wordsmith

You’d be forgiven for thinking Singapore was built in defiance of nature. Its pristine roadways, gleaming skyscrapers and reclaimed land certainly suggest so. But Singapore is a self-styled ‘garden city’, and beyond the glass-and-steel melting pot of the CBD you’ll find plenty of green, especially at colonial-era Villa Samadhi, hidden by jungle in the coast-hugging Labrador Nature Reserve.

It's a real contrast when our taxi turns off the West Coast Highway and into the trees’ tropical embrace, leaving the skyscrapers and six-lane expressway behind. The hotel drive winds its way uphill towards this former army garrison, built in the 1920s with dramatic gable-roofed overhangs and rows of white shuttered windows.

We're swiftly despatched to our room: a cool, low-lit refuge from the 32-degree heat outside, where beyond our immaculately tiled bathroom we discover an inviting plunge pool that doubles as a Jacuzzi. Nearby, too, is an ayurvedic copper jug, of which the sweet, crisp spring water inside contains anti-microbial and anti-carcinogenic healing properties. Whatevs, we thirstily guzzle a few cups (also made of copper). Moments later, two staff members in crisply-ironed culottes arrive with a fold-out table set with scones, cream and (for an East Asian twist) dragon-fruit jam. We scoff them down, considering with full mouths how challenging it must’ve been to bake such doughy deliciousness in all this tropical heat.

Back in the main house we find the library which, with only two bookcases, should perhaps be more accurately labelled the drinking den, with its impressive colonial-era bar, leather armchairs (suitable for reclined sipping), dark-wood floorboards and wrought-iron chandeliers. Hanging from ruby-red walls are a pair of painted silk panels and an antique dragon-print kimono that wouldn’t have looked out of place at Hogwarts.

Our entry to the ‘library’ coincided, quite happily, with cocktail hour. Before long, the room is filled with guests sipping free dirty martinis and negronis. Whistles whetted, we're ready for dinner. The hotel’s Tamarind Hill restaurant is reached along a wooden walkway hung with cinematically oversized lanterns. The path winds its way through the jungle with plenty of drama – the precursor to the culinary theatre that awaits. The Thai dining at Tamarind Hill is a triumph: all succulent prawns, garlic squid, zingy chillies and fragrant lemongrass – paired with fruity, thirst-quenching sparkling wine.

Waking extra early next morning to beat the heat, we head into the CBD on the MRT (my, how the Singaporeans love an acronym) from Labrador Park station. The rumours are true – this is one of the cleanest, most seamless subway systems in the world.

First on the itinerary is the Kew-Gardens-on-steroids experience that is Gardens by the Bay. Its bio-domes are enormous globular structures stuffed with all sorts of bizarre plant life, including a very phallic cactus that had Mrs Smith giggling to herself for the rest of the day. Later, we lunched at Telok Ayer Victorian Hawker Market, where a slice of foodie heaven won’t cost you more than a pint of London pale ale.

Back at Villa Samadhi, we opt for a stroll through the hotel's jungly surrounds. Here, its role as an early 20th-century army garrison is brought into stark focus: if WWII played out how Churchill expected, there’s every chance Villa Samadhi wouldn’t be here at all. The area's history is laid out on information posts along a well-marked route, and it’s fascinating: Britain and its allies thought the Japanese would invade Singapore from the south – along the jungly coast on which this former army garrison sits. Much to the allies’ embarrassment, the attack came over land from the north, which is why a series of never-used, 37-tonne naval guns lie dormant here on the cliffside, hidden by creepers a stone's throw from the villa. It’s likely this former halfway house was occupied by Japanese generals during the latter part of the war, adding more mystique to this unusually green and quiet corner of Singapore.

It certainly offers an alternative to the steel-and-glass edifices of the CBD: a sanctuary of East Asian calm, seemingly out of place and out of time.

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