Travel: Cool Singapore rooftop's hot view

By Mike Yardley

In a city that has undergone such a dramatic transformation in recent years, how do longstanding hotels remain relevant? Lording over Marina Bay, with a smashing skyline view, the Mandarin Oriental seems to have perfected the art of remaining familiar and faithful to its long-time guests, while also exuding a sense of cutting-edge freshness. The distinguished hotel celebrates its 25th birthday this month.

The fan-shaped property enjoys an unrivalled position with picture-perfect views of Singapore Harbour and the city lights, and is in easy reach of Singapore's essential attractions. All guestrooms and suites are contemporary in design and stylishly furnished. Whether you are staying in-house or not, your dining choices extend across five acclaimed restaurants, whether it's fine Italian, authentic Japanese, tasty Cantonese, steakhouse fare or the delicious international buffet.

You'll find that at Melt - The World Cafe, which also serves an exceptional breakfast buffet. The luxurious new spa is winning plenty of plaudits, however, the hotel's crowning glory is the recently revamped outdoor pool deck. Nestled among lush tropical greenery and equipped with dreamy private cabanas, the mosaic-tiled 25m outdoor pool and its sculptured fountains is just the ticket when the heat and humidity take its toll. Have a splash, rest and soak up the view.

- Hamilton News

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