Four Seasons, Singapore
Fresh from a multimillion-dollar spruce-up by Hirsch Bedner this past July, the Four Seasons has rightly reclaimed its crown as the best hotel in the buzzy Orchard Road shopping district. Not that you even need to step outside to get your retail fix: the hotel is connected to Club 21, a multilabel store (owned by hotelier and Donna Karan’s chum, Christina Ong) that stocks more than 30 designer labels from Europe and America. The 255 made-over rooms are a subtle mix of chinoiserie, tufted leather headboards, carpets with plum-blossom motifs, and techie gadgetry including high-speed wireless connections for two laptops. Downstairs, Jiang-Nan Chun serves exquisite parcels of dim sum while the house restaurant, One-Ninety, has easily the best chicken scrambled eggs in town (this tasty dish—in which pieces of chicken are garlic-sautéed before being scrambled with fresh eggs—isn’t on the menu, so you’ll need to ask).
Insider Tip: For a great haircut, head to society hairstylist Gerald Kong (65-6734-4510), down the corridor toward the adjoining Hilton hotel.
Room to Book: The sprawling Governor Suite currently overlooks a construction site, so opt for a corner Premier room for its wonderful tree-topped view of leafy Orchard Boulevard.