Six Sensesâ€™ second Singapore property, twinned with neighbouring Six Senses Duxton in a row of heritage shophouses, is an ideal retreat for business and leisure travellers seeking a stay in the heart of the city.
Because of the heritage buildingâ€™s conservation limitations, no two of the propertyâ€™s 138 rooms are the same. Each room is filled with exquisite furnishings, including a strikingly regal velvet headboard, and the interiors follow one of two colour themes: peacock turquoise and red velvet.
I stayed in The Terrace decorated in the red velvet theme, complete with plush armchairs and a private balcony peering into the hotelâ€™s five-foot way. Daylight flooded the chamber, presenting a lighter vibe than the more romantic rooms of Duxton.
Still, similar to Duxton in continuing the brandâ€™s wellness messaging, Maxwellâ€™s rooms are stocked with a small collection of therapeutic equipment, such as an Oh Ball wooden foot therapy ball, as well as dried fruits and nuts to snack on.
The bathroom featured a European-style multi-fixture layout, including a walk-in rain shower and a free-standing clawfoot bathtub.
On the ground floor is a collection of inimitably charming meeting and dining spaces. The Cook & Tras Social Library transports one to a classic English gentlemenâ€™s club, where sitting rooms can be partitioned according to the needs of a private event or small meeting.
Deeper into the shophouse is a beautifully decorated Rose Room, a boardroom that can accommodate up to 14 people. For smaller meetings and fun gatherings, groups can convene to the ladiesâ€™ brunch-styled Rose Lounge & Bar, stocked with champagnes, Rose Bellini and other sweet bubblies; or the spirits bar Garchaâ€™s modelled after a dapper cigar room.
On the roof of Six Senses Maxwell sits a lap pool and lounge spaces with a unique view of neighbouring shophouse-turned-offices. Companies with an eye for wellness can make use of the indoor gym, spa pods and the rooftop edible garden and bar.
The all-day dining Murray Terrace Brasserie, named after the buildingâ€™s original name in 1929, reflects the aesthetic of a classic French restaurant. It proffers a private dining space that can include a chefâ€™s table experience for extra spice on top of a team meeting.
Guests with a sweet tooth can keep an eye out for the Ice-Cream Bike every afternoon along the five-foot way outside Murray Terrace Brasserie. The cart proffers an assortment of unique ice cream and sorbet flavours made with fresh local ingredients, complimentary to guests.
The multi-ethnic staff are all warm and inviting. The manager at Murray Terrace Brasserie was eager to strike up conversations with guests, whether about the food and drink or about introducing new restaurant crew.
Guests who would like an element of local experiences can choose from activities arranged by the hotel, from morning yoga to a tour of the Tiong Bahru estate. I attended a relaxing Chinese tea appreciation session hosted across the street at Yixing Xuan Teahouse, where I gleaned a greater appreciation of premium Chinese teas and their health benefits. Guests can also head to the Duxton property to enjoy a different range of activities.
Six Senses Maxwell is an exquisite retreat that provides a comforting ease and a host of diverse and authentic experiences. Planners or companies with a penchant for European nostalgia will find the regal meeting spaces here a welcome deviation from the typical meeting space.