Singapore is famous around the world for a myriad of reasons—its chewing gum ban, its hawker centre culture, its rapid growth from a developing country to not only a developed, but thriving one in under half a century—the list goes on. Despite its lightning urbanisation, the city-state has always made sure that nature has its place within the concrete jungle. With rows upon rows of trees lining every highway and the 158-year-old Singapore Botanic Gardens named a Unesco World Heritage Site, the moniker ‘Garden City’ is definitely well-deserved. As the city turns towards sustainable solutions in 2018, its Year of Climate Action, why not choose from this list of sustainable hotels in Singapore to make your stay in the Lion City not only memorable but meaningful as well!
The first of a new brand of JW Marriott which targets a slightly younger market: JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach was designed to stand out from the outset. In a deft marriage of heritage and contemporary architecture, the building sees the pairing of four conserved 1930s art deco army blocks with two modern towers, along with an eclectic 7-metre by 6.5-metre (23 ft by 21 ft) video wall, graffiti and aquatic designs by Carnovsky and a sculpture by the acclaimed Fernando Botero.
Besides its unique design-led approach, one of the other key ways in which the development sets itself apart is its innovative eco-friendly features. Conceptualised by internationally renowned architects Foster+Partners and global design firm Aedas, South Beach’s environmentally sustainable development combines state-of-the-art hybrid technology, intelligent innovation and thoughtful design to reduce the hotel’s carbon footprint.
Extending over the entire 3.5-hectare (8.6 acres) development, the microclimatic canopy by Foster+Partners is the JW Marriott Hotel’s pièce de résistance. It brings the ocean breeze to the city both in its form and in its function; the towering structure mimics the curve of the ocean waves and its carefully angled ribbons of steel and aluminium are designed to encourage airflow and lower the temperature below the canopy by 1 to 2 degrees cooler than outside of the canopy. The structure is engineered to harvest rainwater and is also fitted with solar panels, which helps light up the building’s facade. The spectrally selective glass also helps limit infrared waves, which reduces the amount of heat without limiting light. This means that the interiors remains cooler and the entire development is more energy efficient.
Staying at JW Marriott Singapore means that you don’t have to leave the South Beach complex if you don’t want to. From the state of the art fitness centre and two outdoor swimming pools, to the spa by JW and Akira Back helmed by celebrity chef, everything you need is under the canopy. The rooms and ensuites at JW Marriott Singapore South Beach are thoughtfully designed and spacious. The Deluxe Rooms and Premier Rooms are perfect for those looking for a comfortable and relaxing stay. Alternatively, opt for the Club Deluxe room or Club Premier room for access to the executive lounge, which includes an extensive complimentary breakfast spread, afternoon tea, snacks and evening cocktails.
Its location is also excellent, just 20 minutes from Changi International Airport and located in the heart of Singapore with direct access to Esplanade MRT Station and a 5-minute walk to City Hall MRT Interchange. It is also connected to Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre via link-bridge and in close proximity to top attractions in the city including Gardens by the Bay and the Merlion.
Combining comfort with practicality, Crowne Plaza Changi Airport is the perfect jetsetters’ nest and it’s no wonder that it was named World’s Best Airport Hotel by Skytrax World Airport Awards three years in a row.
Among its many accolades, Crowne Plaza Changi Airport has also been recognised for its commitment towards the environment, receiving its third consecutive Singapore Green Hotel Award in 2017. Some of the hotel’s most notable efforts include the adoption of cutting-edge food waste digester, EcoWiz, which converts food waste into water through the use of microbes, as well as the installation of JemFlo technology in all guestrooms and staff restrooms to reduce water flow rate without affecting water pressure and guest experience. Crowne Plaza Changi Airport also works with Sealed Air’s ‘Soap for Hope’ and 'Linen for Life’, which recycle and repurpose used soaps and linen to benefit underprivileged communities around the region.
The hotel artfully integrates sustainable approaches into its design, with its facade conceptualised as a three-dimensional lace screen resembling orchid petals that reflects heat and provides shade for guestrooms and public spaces. Additionally, the naturally ventilated open-air walkways and the ceiling to floor glass windows in the guestrooms allow natural light into the room foyer and bathroom, reducing energy consumption.
All rooms are soundproofed to ensure ultimate relaxation. The rooms in the main building are thoughtfully designed—airplane aficionados can choose rooms facing the runway for front row seats to their very own plane show. Those needing more space can opt for the luxurious suites, which have access to the hotel’s resort-style pool.
The 10-story extension features Business Rooms perfect for the business traveller.
Conveniently located at Terminal 3 of Changi Airport, the hotel connects directly to all airport terminals and provides well-appointed rooms for the weary traveller, with easy access to Changi Business Park, Singapore Expo, Changi Museum, Changi Exhibition Centre and East Coast Park. The Mass Rapid Transit is just a 3-minute walk from the hotel.
Crowne Plaza Changi Airport (SG Clean), an IHG Hotel
Address: 75 Airport Boulevard (Terminal 3)
Screens or physical barriers placed between staff and guests in appropriate areas Private check-in/check-out Family rooms Fax/photocopying On-site parking Trouser press Kid-friendly buffet Pool/beach towels
Lloyd’s Inn is an aesthetic dream—pared back interiors, minimalist decor, and lots and lots of green. Ivy snakes up the industrial-chic concrete walls, floor to ceiling windows look out into a sea of tropical plants, and a wall of palm leaves serves as nature’s shower curtain.
While Lloyd’s Inn is undeniably photogenic, the hotel’s minimalist style is not merely an ornamental facade. In fact, the design feeds into the establishment’s green concept, placing emphasis on the simple delights that nature has to offer. With open air corridors, the hotel not only reduces its electricity consumption and environmental impact, but also integrates natural elements of sunlight and rainfall as part of the guest’s experience.
Lloyd’s Inn has 8 different room types, designed uniquely for different traveller types in mind. The Reading Room is ideal for those looking for a cozy haven in the middle of the bustling heart of Singapore, while those who want something a bit more spacious can opt for The Business Room or The Skyroom.
Perhaps most striking are Lloyd’s Inn’s bathrooms. All bathrooms have an open concept design and are accentuated with different local plants. This design is another way in which the hotel shatters the wall between guest and nature, and reduces its use of air-conditioning.
Lloyd’s Inn is conveniently located within walking distance of Singapore’s iconic shopping street, Orchard Road, which stretches along 2 km (1.24 mi). Guests are also encouraged to use bike apps such as Obike to explore some of the city’s best sights, such as Fort Canning Park, the National Museum and Robertson Quay. Guests can enjoy a complimentary local breakfast of Kaya toast with soft boiled eggs and coffee or tea, or top up 7 SGD (5.28 USD) for a brunch set at Freshly Baked.
Marina Bay Sands may be renowned for its infinity pool, but what many don’t know is the hotel’s long term commitment to protecting the environment. At the core of Marina Bay Sands’ green initiatives is a 25 million SGD (18.8 million USD) Intelligent Building Management System, which allows automated control over lighting, heating and water to conserve energy and resources. The hotel also uses regenerative drives on their lifts, which require 40% less energy than comparative non-regenerative lifts and have removed over 700 light bulbs to optimize lighting levels.
Critically acclaimed for its hotel-in-a-garden concept, ParkRoyal on Pickering is another clear contender for top green hotels in Singapore. From rain sensors and solar panels to natural sky gardens and energy-saving bulbs, ParkRoyal on Pickering has revolutionised the way urban hospitality approaches sustainability.
A memorable and meaningful stay in the Garden City
As travellers, it’s one of our responsibilities to be conscious of the way we impact the places we travel to, both culturally and environmentally. We have the power to make a difference in the choices that we make, whether it’s actively boycotting something like elephant tourism, or choosing to stay in a hotel that promotes sustainability. Staying at any of these hotels in Singapore will ensure not only a memorable and comfortable stay, but also means that you contributed to make Little Red Dot a little greener!
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