By The Nation
Situated in a prime location at the junction of Duxton, Tanjong Pagar and Maxwell Road, Six Senses Maxwell occupies a place replete with history.
Originally the site of a nutmeg plantation, 14 three-storey and four-storey colonial-style buildings were subsequently constructed and later joined together as a single entity to create a colonial-style 19th-century heritage building that now houses the hotel.
Built in 1929, the structure features an Art Deco frontage with exposed brickwork, unique lion-head rainspouts and a flagpole hinting at a possible past as a government building.
The property showcases the refined yet flamboyant and sensual aesthetic of renowned French architect and interior designer Jacques Garcia, and stands in contrast to the Anouska Hempel-designed Six Senses Duxton.
The hotel has 138 guestrooms and suites on four floors of the sustainably restored building, all thoughtfully decorated with custom furnishings and original artwork. An outdoor rooftop lap pool, a gymnasium, two restaurants and three bars are destined to add to the vibrancy of the already ebullient neighbourhood.
“We are absolutely delighted to deliver the complete unparalleled Six Senses experience in Singapore with the launch of this property,” says general manager Murray Aitken. “Guests will be able to immerse themselves fully into what makes Singapore so special, while at the same time benefiting from the wellness aspects that are the hallmark of the Six Senses experience.”
Located on the ground floor and lined with lush tropical foliage right next to the lobby area is Cook & Tras, a social library restaurant and bar influenced by Straits heritage cuisine.
Featuring a mirrored ceiling highlighting the classic decor and luxurious style of designer Garcia, Cook & Tras reflects a warm European influence and personality showcased through richly textured custom-designed furnishings.
Melding tradition and modernity, this establishment is characterised by its specially curated book collection designed by the UK’s Ultimate Library, known for their dedication to building bespoke book collections for hotels and private residences around the world.
For Cook & Tras, a storied collection of more than 3,000 titles has been curated which reflects the local neighbourhood as well as volumes on subjects such as wellness, meditation, nutrition, herbal medicine, natural history, climate change and sustainability. Hotel guests and future members will also be able to “borrow” books the old-fashioned way.
Open throughout the day for light breakfasts and an all-day small-plates for sharing menu, guests can expect quality ingredients in small flavourful portions or sip on freshly squeezed cold juices and energising healthy beverages providing nutritional benefits. Homemade tonics and kombuchas along with fine teas are featured on the afternoon menu.
By night, the bar takes centre stage with a display of hundreds of spirits from all over the world forming the backdrop to a 20-metre-long bar counter. Evenings are all about bespoke cocktails based on classics and influenced by Straits flavours, infused house-made spirits, shrubs and tonics, with signatures specially developed by award-winning mixologist Ricky Paiva.
Murray Terrace Brasserie is a European styled brasserie named after the building in which it is housed. and coincidentally also the first name of the hotel’s general manager. Its design blends classic Parisian elements with marble tables, and Asian influenced wine displays along with handcrafted Indonesian furniture. The Brasserie’s grand entrance, just opposite Maxwell Food Centre, follows a Parisian cafe style layout with sidewalk tables along the five-foot (1.7-meter) way, a private room, and seating for up to 100 guests inside the dining room.
Recipes are European inspired, with a strong focus on Mediterranean cooking methods that let the ingredients take centre stage. Six double wine chillers holding over 1,500 bottles of wine enclosing a wine tasting table form the centrepiece of Murray Terrace Brasserie.
A special opening offer is for direct bookings online via www.SixSenses.com. Guests can enjoy a 15 percent saving, and the offer includes daily breakfast for two people, a guaranteed room upgrade and a signature cocktail for two people.