by Lisa A. Grimaldi | October 01, 2016
(Pictured) The world's only island city-state offers groups sleek hotels, high-tech venues, gardens and more.
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Singapore may be diminutive in size (277.6 square miles), but it offers everything that makes an outstanding meeting and incentive destination: posh hotels, a variety of meeting and convention facilities, gaming, great food, unique culture and natural attractions. Following are some recent developments in this storied city-state off the coast of Malaysia.

The 634-room South Beach hotel will become the JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach in December. The property, which opened last year adjacent to the Suntec Singapore Convention Exhibition Center, was designed by Philippe Starck. It features 19 meeting rooms, a grand ballroom, a spa, and nine food-and-beverage outlets, including a specialty restaurant by chef Akira Back.

The Hôtel Vagabond on the hip Jalan Besar, a colorful avenue lined with restaurants and clubs just outside the central business district, is now a Tribute Portfolio property. The boutique hotel has 41 guest rooms and the Vagabond Salon, a 5,000-square-foot versatile event space. The hotel has an artist-in-residence program, the first to be hosted by a hotel in Singapore.

The 131-room Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong opened in June. Housed in a former police station, the property has earned BCA Green Mark Platinum status and offers Baba Chews Bar and Eatery, featuring locally sourced, seasonal ingredients; a rooftop infinity pool; a fitness center, and two meeting rooms.

Construction on The Patina, Capitol Singapore, a luxury property with 157 guest rooms, a fitness center, a signature restaurant, a club lounge, and 4,000 square feet of meeting and event space, is in the works. An opening date has yet to be announced.

Coming in 2019 on the site of the former Boulevard Hotel is the 190-room Singapore Edition, a Marriott brand.  

Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Center, which has 453,600 square feet of flexible meeting space, now offers ImmersiveAV Suite technology for meetings. Components include The Panorama, a wide-format projection screen powered by 20,000 lumen projectors and a state-of-the-art A/V system, and The Float3D, a projector that displays still images and logos with animated effects.