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A weekend in Singapore? From Chicago? That’s utterly crazy, right? Most people would think so, but not me. I love and adventure and I love to spend miles and points on truly unique experiences. If you haven’t read about my Singapore Weekend yet, you can do so by starting here.
Here are the critical numbers on the trip:
- Time Spent in Transit/Flying: 44 Hours
- Time Spent in Singapore: 68 Hours
- Flight Segments: Five
- Number of Airlines Flown: Three
- Total Miles Flown: 20,300
- Michelin Starred Restaurant Meals: Two
- Airlines Miles Redeemed: 160,000 (United Mileage Plus)
So, was it worth it? Absolutely. I loved the journey to and from Singapore and I had a blast while exploring the City for the first time and can’t wait to return.
What do you think? Am I nuts for spending 160,000 United Miles for a long weekend on the other side of the planet? What crazy trips have you taken?
The SO Sofitel Singapore was our second hotel on our stay. We moved out of the M Hotel because we wanted a nicer property and a great pool. The price was identical too. We collected our bags, that we left on Friday morning at the M and made our way just a couple blocks away to the SO Sofitel.
I’m sure we are all familiar with the Sofitel brand, a part of the Accor Hotel Chain. Accor includes other less exciting brands like Ibis, Red Roof Inn and Motel 6 (they also have the Swissôtel and the Fairmont names too). The SO Sofitel brand is part of Accor’s Luxury line. With only four properties currently open, it’ll be tough for the average traveler to experience the great spaces. Each of the four hotels were designed by a different fashion designer. Karl Lagerfeld designed the Singapore outpost, and I just loved it. The designer put their touch on the fabrics, the furniture design and and the accessories.
In addition to Singapore, you can find an SO Sofitel property in Mauritius (designed by Kenzo Takada), Bangkok (Christian Lacroix) and Hua Hin (Polpat Asavaprapha). I didn’t know where Hua Hin was (did you?) – it’s south west of Bangkok. SO Sofitel plans to open additional properties in Berlin, Auckland, Kuala Lampur, Samui, Jakarta and of course, Paris.
SO Sofitel Singapore
Checking into the SO Sofitel was a delight, especially compared to the gauntlet that was the M Hotel. A slim, sleek desk, staffed by two eager employees welcomed us in immediately. The lobby was bustling with guests and staff flitting between the high design furniture and expertly curated displays. While the back office check-in work was done, we were given a quick rundown of the hotel. A long drawn out welcome process is a major pet peeve of mine. The one thing we weren’t told about was the pool and we didn’t think of it until we were actually on our way to the pool a little later that day.
After declining the assistance with our luggage, we made our way to the elevators across the lobby, passing beautifully appointed sitting areas. These areas were being used by guests enjoying a coffee or reading a magazine. People wanted to spend time in the lobby – who wouldn’t? It was beautiful.
We make it to our room, on the sixth floor. The beauty continued from the common spaces into the private areas. Bright white walls and colorful accents brought so much energy into the space.
The layout was a little funky as you were met with a large double sided closet right when you walked in. I assume that was a functional issue as it is likely hiding some building mechanicals too.
The SO Sofitel was unlike the M Hotel in almost every way. Not always positive though. The desk was a proper writing desk, with limited real estate. Since I wasn’t here to work, I wasn’t frustrated by the lack of space.
The bathroom was large, and was great for a single traveler. I do not dig the large glass bathrooms, when traveling with others. I want bathroom privacy, no matter who I’m traveling with. The toiletries and other bathroom accessories were well appointed and you could even see that Lagerfeld had his hand on this part of the design too. The small storage boxes were fun and functional – although, you can see they didn’t quite fit in their designated spaces.
When one thinks of Singapore and hotel pools, I’m sure the Infinity Pool at Maria Bay Sands is the first thing that comes to mind. It sure was with me. Unfortunately, there is no way to access that pool without being a paying guest and I had no intention of spending $600USD per night for access to a pool. The SO Sofitel Singapore has a rooftop pool with a fully staffed bar.
Surrounded by downtown high rises, the pool felt like an urban oasis. The infinity edge isn’t as grand as the Marina Bay Sands, but it is a fun spot to hang out.
The bar at the pool is limited, but the cocktail offerings are truly on point.
Our time at the pool was late in the day when it had started to cool off a bit. We were one of only three groups spending time at this oasis too. I could easily spend half a day lounging, reading, swimming and drinking here. Unfortunately, the city of Singapore was calling and we had to continue our exploration.
Have you experienced the luxury that is the SO Sofitel Singapore? What about the other SO properties throughout the world? I am excited to see the other urban offerings as the come online.