Text & Photography: Sylvia Le Dung
Classy and stylish, Mövenpick Heritage Hotel Sentosa was a pleasant surprise during our recent trip to the Sentosa Island in Singapore. Housed in a restored colonial building that dates back to the 1940s, the resort offered the kind of discreet hospitality that the Swiss brand is well known for. While it was not perfect (what is?), after a few days we became quite impressed with the hotel and its offerings.
We arrived at Mövenpick Heritage Hotel Sentosa via a car transfer provided by our previous hotel. Locating the check-in entrance required a bit of trial-and-error, as initially our chauffeur pulled the car off at the main entrance, apparently lured by its grand driveway. It turned out that the entrance for check-in was tucked away on a lower level, which seemed to be rather an unusual arrangement.
Check-in was smooth, but it took just a bit longer than we would have liked. While waiting, we looked around the interior and liked what we saw. The minimalist lobby was bright and airy and came with a distinct European flair. Our room, a Heritage Suite, was one of the 62 available in the three-story Heritage Wing. The spacious one-bedroom layout exuded the kind of understated elegance that is essential for a relaxed stay. Floor-to-ceiling windows featuring automated curtains, natural wood finishes, and the subdued color theme worked together seamlessly to create that impression.
We soon found out that there was more to our room than initially met the eye. On the desk was a handwritten greeting card by David, our butler. It was reassuring to know that we had our own butler waiting in case we needed anything. So, that’s another positive attribute to the hotel.
Some of the Heritage Suites enjoy direct lookouts to the famous Merlion Statue, which is located adjacent to the hotel. Our suite, unfortunately, was not one of them. We had a view of the Contemporary Wing of the hotel instead. Speaking of the Contemporary Wing, its stylish rooms were created by famed Japanese design company Super Potato. The Contemporary Wing also houses 19 unique Onsen Suites with outdoor hot tubs – perfect for honeymoon couples or fans of hot springs.
For family travelers like us, the large swimming pool was enjoyable, as was the all day refreshments available to guests at Galleria. Galleria served light bites such as tapas, pastries and desserts, as well as Mövenpick’s own specialty coffee and TWG teas. As Heritage Suite guests, we also enjoyed access to a private lounge room for additional comfort and seclusion.
The breakfast buffet at Tablescape, the main restaurant, was delicious and encompassed a vast array of multinational delicacies. In the evenings, we would drop by The WoW, (a whisky lounge by Waldhaus am See St. Moritz), Guinness World Record holder for having the largest whisky collection. Even if you are not a drinker, The WoW’s impressive whisky collection is certainly worth a visit.
While luxury hotels are aplenty in Sentosa, for people who value a central location, Mövenpick Heritage Hotel Sentosa is hard to beat. Located right across from the Imbiah monorail station, the hotel is only minutes away from all of the major attractions on the island such as Universal Studios. In fact, you are never far away from anything, as even Resorts World Sentosa and the many beaches are within walking distance. We took advantage of the hotel’s central location and enjoyed “hopping in and out” of our suite for rests before venturing out for more activities.
For our departure, we arranged a transfer with the hotel’s Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan. Our chauffeur’s impeccable manner and driving skills served as a reminder of why Mövenpick enjoys a long-standing reputation as an upscale hotelier. In our experience, the Swiss brand’s legacy certainly comes through convincingly in Mövenpick Heritage Hotel Sentosa. The hotel’s pocket friendly price is another welcome feature. It was an experience worth repeating.