“We have reason. It is the entire meaning and purpose of Shangri-La. It came to me in a vision long, long ago. I foresaw a time when man exalting in the technique of murder, would rage so hotly over the world, that every book, every treasure would be doomed to destruction. This vision was so vivid and so moving that I determined to gather together all things of beauty and culture that I could and preserve them here against the doom toward which the world is rushing.”
– James Hilton, The Lost Horizon (1933)
Not many people know that the group of Shangri-la Hotels was born out of inspiration from this 1933 novel.
And if you have stayed in at least more than 2 Shangri-la hotels worldwide, you would know that they really try to create a signature but personalised feel and service in their hotels that make a lasting impression.
I need not be as descriptive as James Hilton (who had vivid images of a man ‘exalting in the techniques of murder’), I can definitely say that all Shangri-la properties are a very welcome respite away from the usual busy life.
And so it was an absolute pleasure for me to stay at the world’s very first Shangri-la (opened 1971) during our weekend in Singapore.
Tucked away in the quiet part of Singapore’s Orange Grove Road, Singapore Shangri-la is a respite away from the busy city life, making this hotel a popular staycation choice for locals.
For those wanting to go to the city, there is a complimentary shuttle bus that departs every hour from the hotel to either Orchard station or Takashimaya Mall – the buzz places in Singapore where you should be if you want to go shopping.
There are 3 wings at the Shangri-la Singapore:
Tower Wing – the main wing of the hotel and houses all the deluxe and executive rooms. This is also where the Horizon Club rooms and Horizon Premier Suite is
Garden Wing – Resort style grounds and rooms, greenery, waterfall (artificial), and a koi pond. This is where CHI the Spa is. Perfect for the leisure traveller.
Valley Wing – the most exclusive wing for high-end and VIP travellers. The most basic room type is a deluxe, and it is all suites above that.
Shangri-la Singapore is known as an urban resort in the city, and I am quite confident that it is the Garden Wing that has brought the hotel this title.