Six Senses hotels throw Singapore a curveball

Standing just two blocks apart, Six Senses Duxton is designed by Anouska Hempel, Six Senses Maxwell by Jacques Garcia – and both quite different from anything the brand has done before

The Opium Room at Six Senses Duxton in Singapore
The Opium Room at Six Senses Duxton in Singapore

Six Senses has been making news in the luxury travel industry for months, with ever slicker, lighter, more minimalist evolutions of its old model. Now, with its first urban hotel in Singapore, comes a curveball: it’s actually two hotels. Well, kind of.

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Located within two blocks of each other, Six Senses Duxton and Six Senses Maxwell (sixsenses.com; from about £220) are run more or less as one entity. But in style they couldn’t be more different: the Duxton site is an enfilade of Peranakan shophouses united in a dimly lit, opulent, singularly sexy style by Anouska Hempel; the Maxwell is a larger, more conventional hotel, with interiors designed by Jacques Garcia and multiple drinking, dining and general revelling spaces. Is it about as far away from the Six Senses remit as is imaginable? Yes – and exactly what Singapore’s downtown Duxton Hill needed.

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