THE ultra-luxurious Capella Singapore on Sentosa opened its doors yesterday.
With room rates starting at $750 a night, it is the only top-end hotel to open here this year.
Despite the poor economic conditions and global paring down of travel budgets, the hotel's general manager, Mr Michael Luible, expressed optimism that it would do well because it was a 'unique product'.
He said the hotel would run on the philosophy that whatever guests want, they will get. For example, they can check in whenever they want.
This week, the Capella will be where British carmaker Rolls-Royce launches its new model 200EX; fashion house Gucci will also flaunt its spring collection there.
The 111-room hotel sits on a site more than 12ha in size. It has 61 'standard' rooms and 11 suites, and each of its 38 villas has its own swimming pool.
A standard room, at $750 a night, is 77 sq m in size - almost twice the size of an average 40 sq m hotel room here.
The private villas, starting at about $1,800, offer at least 133 sq m of space.
The property is the first for the luxury brand in Asia and will be its flagship in the region, said Mr Horst Schulze, the chairman and chief executive officer of the West Paces Hotel Group, the parent company for the chain.
Deputy Prime Minister S. Jayakumar was the guest of honour at the opening of the hotel, which departed from the practice of having a soft opening ahead of its official debut.
To mark its opening, the hotel is offering guests who are staying two nights an extra night free. This deal is available till the end of May.Source: Straits Times, 31 Mar 2009