Having been gazetted as a national monument in December 2015, The Fullerton Hotel is a hotel every Singaporean should experience at least once in their life.
Named after the first Governor of the Straits Settlements, Robert Fullerton, the building was designed by a Shanghai architectural firm that also designed The Capitol Theatre and the Singapore General Hospital. The Fullerton Building opened in 1928 with the General Post Office as its anchor tenant. In the last days before the British surrendered to the Japanese in 1942, the building served as a makeshift hospital for wounded British soldiers. It was here that General Percival discussed with Governor Sir Shenton Thomas the possibility of surrendering Singapore to the Japanese. During the Japanese Occupation, the Fullerton Building became the headquarters of the Japanese military administration.
For a building that has been featured so significantly in the history of Singapore, the Fullerton Building – with its beautiful Palladian facade – is a landmark both tourists and locals have come to associate with the skyline of downtown Singapore. In 2001, the building reopened as a hotel. Today, The Fullerton Hotel is 400-room luxury property offering top-notch F&B choices, with facilities such as a fitness centre, swimming pool, conference centres, and a spa. Below, 5 reasons why The Fullerton Hotel makes for a great staycation choice for locals:
1. The spa treatments are out-of-this-world
If you’re a massage-addict, the treatments at The Fullerton Spa won’t disappoint. The Ultimate Aromatherapy Experience ($160 for 60 minutes) starts with the therapist helping you select an oil most suited to your physical and emotional needs. Using oils by award-winning UK-based company Aromatherapy Associates, the treatment is an intense massage ritual that fuses both Eastern and Western techniques. For my massage, I chose an oil made from roses, and found myself blissfully lost in the pleasurable scent.
2. The Spa Getaway Package is great value-for-money
And so instead of just booking a spa treatment and then heading home, why not book yourself a Spa Getaway Package? At $748+++, the package gives you and your partner a one-night stay in the Straits Club Quay Room and the Ultimate Aromatherapy Experience for a couple. The package also comes with a 2-course set lunch for 2 at Town, and a complimentary one-way arrival or departure transfer.
3. Free Champagne breakfast, Afternoon tea, and evening canapes and cocktails
The Spa Getaway Package also gives you access to The Straits Club. Here, guests can enjoy privileges which include complimentary Champagne breakfast, afternoon tea, and evening canapes and cocktails. There’s also a selection of DVDs upon request. This deserves special mention: THE SCONES ARE SUPER YUMMY!
4. A free smartphone at your disposal with ideas on where to go
Singapore can be a little too familiar for many of us, which means we can develop a blind-spot and not have a clue where to check out. This problem is easily solved with the smartphone provided in the room. Pre-programmed with helpful articles on food, shopping, and attractions, you will certainly find something that catches your attention. I found a list of bak kut tehs to try, activities created to commemorate our Golden Jubilee, and useful shopping tips. You can also take this phone out with you – useful for tourists who don’t want to incur roaming fees – too and use it to make local calls for free!
5. It’s super Instagrammable
What’s a staycation when you don’t have photographic evidence for Instagram, right? The Fullerton Hotel has got to be one of Singapore’s most Instagrammable. Its beautiful pool area, the courtyard, the lobby lounge … there are just so many spots (and well-lit too!) waiting for you to compose that perfect Instagram photo.
The Fullerton Hotel is located at 1 Fullerton Square. For more information and to make a reservation, visit www.fullertonhotel.com now.
Go Away editor Deborah Tan was invited by The Fullerton Hotel to review its Spa Getaway Package. This post was neither paid for nor vetted by The Fullerton Hotel. All opinions are the author’s own.