Concierge.com's insider take:
The Shangri-La's magnificent 750-room property, centered around 15 acres of lush tropical gardens, is the closest thing to a resort hotel in Singapore. Though it's just a short stroll from downtown and the Orchard Road shopping strip, there's enough to do on property to keep guests busy for a week. The five excellent restaurants include Shang Palace for classical Cantonese; Nadaman, one of Singapore's most elegant Japanese restaurants; and BLU, the hotel's signature eatery. A 24/7 café dubbed the Line has taken cafeteria-style dining to haute levels, with 16 fully loaded (and well executed) culinary stations. Warning: Overindulgence in the breakfast spread has led many a guest to scrap sightseeing in favor of a morning nap. There's also a massive outdoor pool with a hot tub, a three-hole pitch-and-putt golfing green, spa treatment rooms, a beauty salon, a fitness center, a drugstore, and a pastry shop. The hotel even offers cultural enrichment programs, including walking tours of its superb horticultural collection, Chinese tea appreciation, cooking classes, and introductions to yoga and tai chi. The accommodations fall into three distinct categories. The 458 guest rooms in the original tower are the most basic, with wall-to-wall carpet and streamlined, modern furnishings in honey-colored wood. The Garden Wing has 151 larger, tropical-themed rooms, with wood floors, bamboo shades, and balconies swathed in bougainvillea overlooking the lagoon-like pool. The 131 Valley Wing rooms and suites are princely, with chandeliers, carved-wood doors, and major acreage for the CEO who wants to make a statement.
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