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Old 14th December 2020, 10:10 PM   #1
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Default Two Singapore Staycations: Duxton Reserve & JW Marriott South Beach

How time flies, even during a Global Pandemic.

It is already almost the end of 2020. While air travel in and out of Singapore remains severely curtailed, the number of COVID-19 cases in Singapore has been very low, with no local cases for several days now (Fingers crossed!). While cases in many other countries are still at worrying levels, several promising vaccines for COVID-19 have now been approved for use.

In Singapore today, our PM announced a loosening of COVID-19 restrictions, with the start of Singapore's Phase 3 re-opening on December 28th. Could this be the light at the end of the tunnel?

With overseas holiday travel out of the question, many Singaporeans have booked staycations for their end of year break.

A recent visit to the W Sentosa Cove reminded Mrs yflyer and I how much fun a Singapore staycation could be. Not that we hadn't done staycations before: In early 2019, we did one-night hotel stays over three consecutive weekends, and also a memorable staycation at the Marina Bay Sands during the SG50 National Day Celebrations on 9 August 2015.

Last week, in what would hopefully be the tail end of Phase 2, Mrs yflyer and I spent a night at the Duxton Reserve hotel at Duxton Hill.

We stayed at the Duxton Reserve on the night of 11 December, the first day of their re-opening. We also spent some time exploring the Tanjong Pagar and Bukit Pasoh conservation areas -- both very interesting and colourful parts of Singapore. We dined at 1-Michelin Star restaurant Rhubarb, and indulged in cocktails at Live Twice at Bukit Pasoh.

In March next year, the Duxton Reserve will become part of the Marriott Autograph collection. This will be an exciting prospect and a great addition to the Marriott stable of properties. For the moment, though, the Duxton Reserve is an independent hotel.

As for the JW Marriott South Beach, that chapter of the TR has yet to be written. We are scheduled to be there at the end of this week...

But let us start at the beginning with the Duxton Reserve...

Update (25/12): We had a great stay at the JW Marriott! Coverage of the JW Marriott South Beach starts here...

TR INDEX

1. Hotel - Duxton Reserve
2. Bar / Nightlife - Live Twice
3. Dining - Rhubarb
4. Bookstore - Littered with Books
5. Hotel - JW Marriott Singapore South Beach
6. Attraction - Once Upon a Time on the Orient Express (Separate Thread)
7. Run - Marina Bay
8. Conclusion - Final Reflections

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Old 14th December 2020, 10:29 PM   #2
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The Duxton Reserve is located in the Tanjong Pagar conservation area in central/southern Singapore, part of a row of restored shophouses on Duxton Hill.



This was previously the Six Senses Duxton, but with the Six Senses group exiting Singapore, the hotel will become part of the Marriott Autograph Collection from March 2021, which will surely be good news for Marriott Bonvoy members and fans of Marriott.



The hotel was closed during Singapore's initial COVID-19 lockdown, but just reopened on Friday, 11th December. Mrs yflyer and I were among the first guests to check-in to the hotel for our stay that day.



The hotel was not busy when we checked in just after lunch time on the 11th...



The lobby and public areas of the hotel were striking in their yellow and black theme, the work of hotelier (and ex-Bond girl) Anouska Hempel...



This is a fairly intimate hotel, with only 49 rooms. Given the space constraints of the traditional shophouse design, the ground floor public areas were not large, but the decor was striking and very stylish...



...with history as one of the design themes...



Lots of seating and space to socialise...



...and books to browse...



The beautiful check-in counter...


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Old 14th December 2020, 10:32 PM   #3
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There is a dining space / restaurant...





...and a beautiful bar...


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Old 14th December 2020, 10:35 PM   #4
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This was a 3 storey restored shophouse, so although there was a small lift installed, we mainly used the stairs...



I personally love hotels with staircases...



...especially one as elegant as this...

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Old 14th December 2020, 10:45 PM   #5
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There are several different room types at the Duxton Reserve, all every different from each other.



For our stay, Mrs yflyer chose a Duxton Duplex Suite...



This was a very striking room design...

A long sofa ran the length of the main level, which had three large full length windows...



A spiral staircase led up to the 2nd level...



...where the bedroom and bathroom were located...



There was a dining/work table on the main level...



Large HD Flat Panel TV on the wall (And another upstairs in the bedroom)



While the only seats in the room were dining chairs, rather than office chairs, I found the table and chair setup adequate for computer use...



Power sockets and USB charging ports close to the table. Wifi speed was decent...


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Old 14th December 2020, 10:52 PM   #6
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Heading up the stairs...



Mrs yflyer found the bedroom area decor a bit plain compared to the rest of the room, but I found it a very comfortable and serene place to rest and sleep...



Reading lamps and a retro bedside phone...



Perfectly positioned HD Flat Panel TV for bedtime viewing, with a great channel selection...



Wardrobe with wall safe...



The bathroom...



Long sink in black and brushed steel...



Soap and shampoo dispensed from large bottles...





Shower Stall (No tub)...



Bathrooms...

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Old 28th December 2020, 02:38 PM   #7
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Brings back memories of serving my National Service in beach Road Camp! Thanks!
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Old 1st January 2021, 12:35 PM   #8
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Thanks for reading, 9V-SIA! It must have been fun to do your NS at Beach Road Camp!
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