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Villa Samadhi Singapore, A Luxurious Stay in a Nature Reserve

Monica Tindall

A rare gem in Singapore is found in the boutique hotel, Villa Samadhi. Set in the 22-hectare Labrador Nature Reserve, the property offers uninterrupted greenery and an intimacy in lodgings infrequently found in the ever-growing island city. Respecting both the natural surrounds and local heritage, Villa Samadhi pledges a stay rooted in old-world charm, and polished with modern convenience.

Villa Samadhi Singapore
Labrador Nature Reserve

A former 1920’s garrison houses 20 elegant rooms stylishly fit with Asian antique furnishings blending harmoniously with all the mod cons expected of a hotel of this standing. Vintage centrepieces in each room are the fruits of the owners’ adventures across Southeast Asia and fit flawlessly in the high-ceilinged chandelier clad rooms.

Villa Samadhi Singapore
Villa Samadhi
Villa Samadhi Singapore
Library
Villa Samadhi Singapore
Main Entrance
Villa Samadhi Singapore
Outdoor Sitting Space

Rooms, each with their own distinctive finishes, are grouped into four categories: starting with the Crib and climbing up the luxury ladder with the Luxe Crib, Sarang and the ultimate, Luxe Sarang. King-sized beds dressed in quality cottons, individually controlled air-conditioning, cable TV, WiFi, blue-tooth enabled speakers and views of lush tropical foliage are the basics. Rain showers, wooden bathtubs and private plunge pools append the extra frills.

Villa Samadhi Singapore
Luxe Sarang

Our Sarang room brings to fruition its Malay meaning of nest by embracing us with elegance in design, and nourishes us in the thoughtfulness of the details. A welcome afternoon tea set greets our arrival, and signature turn down service gifts us with Port, chocolate and local snacks. Complimentary use of a Handy Phone relieves us of the need to connect with expensive overseas roaming and assists us in getting around the city just as effortlessly as we would at home.

Villa Samadhi Singapore
Luxe Sarang
Villa Samadhi Singapore
Afternoon Tea
Villa Samadhi Singapore
Turn Down Service

Our package includes daily breakfast for two, and an evening cocktail hour in the neighbouring contemporary Thai and Burmese restaurant, Tamarind Hill. Although it’s only a two-minute meander from the hotel, the jungle boardwalk, adeptly lit with soft lighting leading to the colonial bungalow stimulates an exciting feel of the exotic. Dramatic four-metre long light features and flickering tea lights enhance the neo-classical architecture with a warm glow. The food menu is extensive and the comprehensive wine list impressive with over forty labels offered by the glass!

Villa Samadhi Singapore
Walkway to Tamarind Hill
Villa Samadhi Singapore
Cocktails at Tamarind Hill
Villa Samadhi Singapore
Grounds of Tamarind Hill

Breakfast rejoices in natural light muted by the surrounding abundant vegetation. The daytime experience is equally as fetching as the evening one, yet with its own alluring appeal. The morning line-up sees a compact buffet of Asian and western small bites complementing mains ordered a la carte. The usual suspects of eggs, pancakes and French toast catch our eye, and freshly squeezed juices and decent coffee sew up the offerings.

Villa Samadhi Singapore
Tamarind Hill
Villa Samadhi Singapore
Breakfast

As mentioned in the opening, the grounds are a rare treasure. Well-marked trails lead us through flourishing rainforest right down to the edge of the sea. The story of World War II is told on storyboards with remnants of military artefacts en route. How many hotels can offer both jungle and sea in the same property in the city? The hotel doesn’t currently contain any fitness facilities but we find plenty of exercise in jogging the jungle trails and using the park’s fitness equipment.

Villa Samadhi Singapore
Labrador Nature Reserve
Villa Samadhi Singapore
Labrador Nature Reserve

Nature lovers and those just looking for a little bit of peace and quiet should find Villa Samadhi Singapore a perfect match.

Reasons to visit: beautifully restored Colonial property; fab bathrooms; stunning green grounds and location by the sea.

Villa Samadhi Singapore
20 Labrador Villa Road
Singapore 119189
+65 6274 5674
www.villasamadhi.com.sg

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19 Comments

  1. reminds of some older photo of cuba.
    Coffee is on

  2. This looks like my kind of a place to visit 🙂

    • Monica Tindall

      Yes, Cherry Pie, to be surrounded by nature is a luxury in itself – the nice accommodation is a bonus.

  3. I love those chairs, solid wood. Hard to find these days. Breakfast looks good but oooo…the afternoon tea, the beautiful blue & whites.

    • Monica Tindall

      They don’t make furniture like they used to do they? Brekkie and afternoon tea were lovely treats.

  4. Amazing! Didn’t know that Singapore has this kind of places!

  5. The afternoon tea and the breakfast look so good! And I love the blue and white as well. I love nature so much, I could see myself really enjoying this place!

  6. What a nice looking place, love the ambiance.

  7. Very nice looking place to visit and stay.
    Don’t care for mats no matter where they are – knowing me I would trip over it, no, never have i done that as yet but always the first time.

    • You sound like me Margaret. If there’s something to trip over, I’ll find it. 😉

  8. Adorable Monica! Wish I was in the vicinity! Is this the same group as the KL group?

  9. A great place to de-stress and relax.

  10. Great weekend gateway 🙂

  11. Charming colonial property 🙂

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