Sofitel Sentosa Resort, Singapore
While the peace and tranquillity of the spruced-up colonial setting with frangipani tree-dotted backdrop has been retained, Sofitel Sentosa now channels a touch of Parisian flamboyance in its public spaces. Taking centre stage in the open-air lobby is a dramatic hand-blown glass installation called Stellar, hoisted from a recessed pink ceiling, itself inspired by the song La Vie en Rose.
Food and drink options are plentiful. Kwee Zeen is an all-day diner offering everything from buffet breakfasts with excellent croissants and French press coffee, to à la carte lunches and dinners.
Housed in an outdoor pavilion lined with flowing drapes and overhung with whirling ceiling fans, Le Bar serves drinks all day, snacks of sushi and satay from 12 noon and a French-inspired afternoon tea housed in a gigantic musical box (although the scones were served cold with melted clotted cream and the chocolate confectioneries were sweating in the humidity). The Garden, located next to the spa, serves light meals. There is also a modern Italian restaurant, Il Lido.