Once considered an uneventful stopover or destination for business travelers alone, the tiny Republic of Singapore has re-invented itself as a burgeoning cultural hub, home to world-class museums, a diverse food culture, and even a few beautiful beaches sprinkled throughout. Luxury hotel properties catering to all sorts of travelers have followed, making the Lion City a must-visit for everyone. After a long day spent exploring the famed Gardens By the Bay or the new-and-unparalleled National Gallery, find your tranquil respite at one of these six top rooftop hotel pools.
PARKROYAL on Pickering
This eco-friendly property provides an oasis in the midst of Singapore’s teeming skyline. The infinity pool, surrounded by cabanas resembling bird cages, is set within 160,000 sq. ft. of “sky gardens,” cascading greenery and plantings set alongside the hotel’s balconies and walkways. Not surprisingly, the 367 thoughtfully-appointed guest rooms offer the same zen-like respite, with light wood accents complemented by sage-green appointments.
The Fullerton Bay Hotel
Located on the Marina Bay waterfront, the boutique Fullerton Bay Hotel is small by Singapore standards, with just 100 rooms, but what it lacks in size, it makes up for with luxury. The property’s huge pool is set adjacent to the chic Lantern Rooftop Bar, where guests can savor a modern take on the classic Singapore Sling cocktail or sip from a curated list of top champagne. The views don’t stop when you leave the pool, though—rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows with bay and skyline views.
One Farrer Hotel & Spa
Offering a unique “hotel within a hotel” concept, One Farrer Hotel & Spa has three different properties under one roof: guests can choose from the urban hotel, loft apartments, or skyline hotel and sky villas—but all rooms come with free minibars, luxury amenities, and access to not one, but two, pools. The property is also home to an expansive collection of Asian contemporary abstract art.
Sofitel So Singapore
The chic Sofitel So Singapore has finishing touches that will appeal to the jet-setting fashion set, including guest rooms designed by French interior designer Isabelle Miaja and bespoke bathrobes and art-inspired bookends created by Chanel frontman Karl Lagerfeld. The hotel’s HI-SO rooftop pool bar is the perfect place to wind down with a cocktail after a long day on the town.
Part of the revered Small Luxury Hotels collection, the intimate 73-room Naumi Hotel strives to act as a home away from home for travelers. Guests are assisted by a Naumi Aide, who offers services such as wake-up calls, laundry, and room service. They can even assist you with purchasing furnishings or accessories from the property, if you decide you must have a set of their plush sheets to call your own. The property’s rooftop infinity pool is a tranquil oasis, surrounded by the glittering skyscrapers of Singapore’s Central Business District.
The Westin Singapore
Thirty-five floors above ground, The Westin Singapore’s outdoor pool offers breathtaking views to match the rest of the sumptuous property. Decorated in earthy tones and bathed in natural light, all rooms offer floor-to-ceiling windows, but it’s worth it to splurge for a corner Grand Premier room to take in the glimmering Marina Bay and South China Sea.