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by Lisa Grimaldi | June 01, 2010
Luxe Lodging

Capella Singapore

Capella Singapore opened last spring on Sentosa. The property's 111 guest rooms include a presidential manor, 38 villas and 11 suites outfitted by interior designer Jaya Ibrahim. The upscale resort has three meeting rooms, a 12,000-square-foot Auriga Spa and two restaurants. (011) 65-6377-8888; capellasingapore.com

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Local Update:Downtown Singapore 
The 106-room Fullerton Bay
Hotel will open this month. The property has three meeting rooms and three restaurants.

The 240-room W Singapore-Sentosa Cove is slated to open in spring 2012. The property will have eight meeting rooms, a spa and a fitness center.

The former Allson Hotel has been renamed the Hotel Grand Pacific Singapore. The property has 239 guest rooms.

The Singapore Tourism Board (of which the Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau is a part) recently launched a new website: yoursingapore.com.

Singapore's expanded international cruise terminal is scheduled to open in 2011; the project will double the destination's cruise-ship capacity.

The historic 103-room Raffles Hotel Singapore seems set to get new owners. At press time, it was reported that Fairmont Raffles Hotels International was in talks to sell the property to Qatari Diar, part the Qatar Investment Authority, for $275 million. Raffles had no comment on the sale.

Construction is under way on the Singapore Sports Hub, a sprawling complex set to open in 2012. Included in the project is a 55,000-seat stadium with a retractable roof and a 3,000-seat arena; they join the existing 12,000-seat Singapore Indoor Stadium.

A total of 16 properties
in Singapore have received the prestigious 2010 ASEAN Green Hotel Award, bestowed upon hotels that meet criteria established by the Association of South East Asian Nations. Winners include the 1,261-room Swissôtel The Stamford, Singapore; 750-room Shangri-La Hotel Singapore; 663-room Grand Hyatt Singapore; 509-room Conrad Centennial Singapore; 445-room Furama City Center;  315-room Holi­day Inn Parkview, and 239-room Hotel Grand Pacific Singapore.

Meeting Hotels: Major properties include the 1,261-room Swissôtel The Stamford, Singapore; 769-room Fairmont Singapore; 750-room Shangri-La Hotel Singapore, and 663-room Grand Hyatt Singapore. For a complete listing of Singapore hotels, go to mcmag.com/meeting-facilities.

Convention Center: Singa­pore Expo; approximately 1 million square feet of exhibit space and 19 meeting rooms; (011) 65-6403-2160; singaporeexpo.com.sg

Changi Exhibition Center; 430,500 square feet of indoor exhibit space, approximately 1 million square feet of outdoor exhibit space and 10 meeting rooms; (011) 65-6542-8660; singaporeexpo.com.sg

Suntec Singapore International Con­vention & Exhibition Center; 130,000 square feet of exhibit space and 31 meeting rooms;  (011) 65-6820-3883; suntecsingapore.com

Entry/Exit Requirements: U.S. citizens need only a valid passport to enter Singapore; a visa is not required.

Time Zone: Singapore is 12 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.

Airport Transit:
Changi International Airport, 13 miles northeast of the central business district. Transfer cost by taxi, US$12-$22; by Singapore Mass Rapid Transit train, US$1.90

 Currency: Singapore dollar (SGD); at press time, SGD$1 was equal to US$0.72

Taxes: Service charge on hotel rooms, 10%; goods and services tax, 7%; total tax on hotel rooms, 10.8%. Visitors may reclaim the goods and services tax for some purchases through the Tourist Refund Scheme.

Large Group Venue: The exotic orchid is the national flower of Singapore; visitors can bask in their beauty and lore at Orchidville, a government-owned farm and horticultural center not far from the Singapore Zoological Gardens. Along with educational tours of the facility, groups of up to 500 people can be accommodated for receptions and dinners. (011) 65-6552-7003; orchidville.com

Attendees can hang 10 in the beachlike setting of Wave House Sentosa. The club, the fourth entry in the ultra-hip Wave House chain, features The Wave -- a 10-foot-high sheet of water that lets swimmers safely experience the thrill of a mini-tsunami. Groups of up to 3,000 are accommodated. (011) 65-9733-0003; wavehousesentosa.com 

Small Group Venues: Sing­apore is a great destination for food. After sampling the mouth-watering dishes found at the republic's many world-class restaurants, attendees will appreciate lessons in how to create these delicacies at home. Several renowned cooking schools welcome groups. Among them: At-Sunrice GlobalChef Academy (011-65-6877-6990; at-sunrice.com), for up to 120 people; and Coriander Leaf (011-65-6732-3354; corianderleaf.com), for up to 24. Both facilities offer private space for group events.

Incentives: Set sail aboard the Admiral Cheng Ho, an authentic junk boat that departs Clifford Pier and cruises the Singapore River. Sailings, including high tea or a formal "imperial dinner" complete with a Chinese orchestra, can be organized for groups of up to 160. (011) 65-6533-9811; watertours.com.sg