Six Senses in the City – The Duxton

Six Senses Duxton

From tiny islands in the Maldives to mountain ranges in China, Six Senses is renowned and loved for its luxurious resorts in the most exotic of places. The hotel group are embracing the charms of the big city and have now introduced their first ever city hotel, The Duxton Singapore.

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In a city known for glass towers, high-rise luxury hotels, and ostentatious wealth, the experience of walking into Singapore’s historic Chinatown allows one to regain a sense of scale and travel back in time. Chinese immigrants have lived in this area from the early 19th century but now the neighbourhood illustrates Singapore’s amazing diversity. In a stretch of less than 200 metres, pedestrians pass a busy mosque, a colourful Hindu temple, and the spectacular, red and gilt towers of the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum.

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The Duxton is located at the bottom of Duxton Hill, on a curving, narrow street lined with shuttered, two-story, Chinese style merchant houses. Restaurants, bars, shops and a luxury spin studio occupy the ground levels across the street, while the extended, historic façade of the Duxton presides like a magnanimous, elegant grandmother.

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The Duxton - Lobby

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Satinder Garcha and Harpreet Bedi, boutique hotel developers who also opened the acclaimed, Jacques Garcia designed Vagabond Club on Syed Alwi Road in 2016, saw great potential in this grand dame building of Duxton Hill. To compliment the historic building and the vibrant multi-culturalism of the area, the Garchas elected Anouska Hempel Design for the complete re-design.

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Anouska Hempel is heralded as the creator of the first ever designer boutique hotel as she opened the now-legendary Blakes Hotel in 1978. Hempel’s design for the Duxton draws on many of the classic traits that made Blakes immediately recognizable and luxuriously sexy. Four poster beds draped in beautiful fabrics, traditionally made Chinese carved beds, rich mustard, red, and black silk soft furnishings and carefully considered rooms in which every detail is aligned, designed and settled in its space.

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Six Senses will bring their brand’s ethos of luxury and sustainability to this urban, boutique hotel. Guests can expect the same feeling of calm, mindfulness, wellbeing and retreat in the Duxton, while the busy streets of Singapore bustle just outside the doors.

.Duxton - Coffee Table Books

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 The Ultimate Library was delighted to take part in this landmark project and lend our unique sense of intelligent luxury with a book collection for the public areas of the Duxton. We celebrated the hotel’s design focus with large illustrated books on art, architecture, interiors and photography. The transformative potential of travel is explored through books that take readers on journeys around the world. The placement of the collection is in keeping with the orderly, right angle arrangements found throughout Hempel’s designs. They are grouped in enticing stacks then placed in the centre of sideboards, coffee tables and side tables. In this way, the books become an integral aspect of the design while also activating the public areas. Guests are invited to read and spend time in the broadened mind space made possible by the synergy of location, design, and relaxation created by the collaboration of the Garchas, Anouska Hempel Design and Six Senses.


Written by 
Kaitlyn Mellini