SINGAPORE is peppered with trendy boutique hotels, those that fit into a new-fangled “lifestyle”. And Naumi Hotel – a property that accurately delivers a boutique experience – is one of the best of its kind in the Lion City.
A partner of Small Luxury Hotels, Naumi swaps opulence for a rare sense of fuss-free luxury where you’re left alone for most of your stay, but staff are at the ready if you need assistance. This “modern” approach to the service is appropriate in a city like Singapore, where one might be moving about swiftly rather than lounging for hours by the pool.
There’s also a sense Naumi takes pride in its inner-city center location. Nearby central train stations (Esplanade and City Hall) can easily link you to hotspots such as Marina Bay, Clarke Quay, and Tanjong Pagar. Plus, the always-excellent Singapore Art Museum is simply one bus stop away, as is Raffles City.
Not unusual for a boutique hotel, room categories vary in style so your follow-up stays won’t feel like the last. For instance, the entry-level Habitat Room is a simple, functional option made warm with yellow-lit tones and radiant LED lighting.
The aesthetics are in the details here; while there may not be pops of color or dramatic artwork, luxury details emerge in magic glass panels in the bathroom, mood lighting, adaptors and phone chargers, yoga mats, seven-layer bedding and premium bath amenities from SOAK.
Moving up the ranks, the Gabrielle & Camellia category is inspired by Coco Chanel; rooms are chic, clean, and feature classic black-and-white lines. Designer furnishings appear in monotones while Coco’s iconic Camellia flower makes an appearance in the form of art fragmented in multiple frames, and the bathtub is sleek and black.
The Eden & Nirwana rooms are inspired by pop artist Andy Warhol so a little bit of theater is to be expected. Shapes, textures and colors are messed around with, and the disorient is rather delightful. If you’re booked into this room, you’ll be treated to in-room scenting service with your choice of three essential oil flavors.
It’s refreshing to see an all-day dining outlet that doesn’t simply churn out mushroom soups and Caesar salads. Table by Rang Mahal – the only restaurant at Naumi – executes takes on Indian street food including Mumbai-style Frankie rolls, lamb biryani, and garlic and sundried tomato kulzza.
In the mornings, you’ll be greeted by cereals and quite an impressive range of cereal toppers, scrambled eggs, bacon, and breads and spreads. If you’re so inclined, sneak in an ala carte order of syrup-topped pancakes or waffles before a day of walking about Singapore.
One of the better parts of Naumi that contributes to its celebration of individuality is the Cloud 9 Infinity Room & Bar, a rooftop pool deck strewn with funky rattan chairs and quite a glorious view of Singapore’s inner-city.
And because the pool is open 24/7, there’s nothing like sneaking down in the wee hours of the night for a midnight swim (by yourself or with your partner) with the likes of M83 looping softly in the background. There’s your dreamlike indie movie scene sorted out, and to think it happened in Singapore.