An intimate jungle staycation away from the cosmopolitan city
A monochrome mansion sits on the edge of the Labrador Nature Reserve; a juxtaposition to the bustling metropolis not too far away. Villa Samadhi Singapore was once a boys’ school along the southern ridge of Singapore. The heritage mansion, now repurposed, has become a peaceful escape for fresh air, dewy mornings and renowned dining.
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No pool, no problem. The villa may not have a house pool for guests, but we recommend dips in your own private pool in the Luxe Sarang room. Translating to “luxe nest” in Bahasa Malaysia, this is both the largest and only accommodation type with an outdoor plunge pool. The room also has a garden complete with patio set for relaxing in a modest tropical haven of your own.
Or, if you’d prefer, the Sarang rooms do come with an indoor private whirlpool! All rooms have a colonial vibe with four-poster beds, dark wooden floors and black-and-white decor.
Outside our “nest”, we loved the breakfast spread at the famous Tamarind Hill restaurant; a two-minute stroll from the villa through a jungle boardwalk. You’ll absolutely want seconds of the nasi lemak and pastries. In the evenings, we got comfortable at the Library where drinks are served complimentary from 6pm until 7pm, with a beautiful forest backdrop.
Some of Singapore’s key attractions are nearby and definitely worth venturing out to explore. A quick word with the concierge will have them craft an itinerary for you, based on your interests, convenience and personal recommendations. Among these places are Chinatown, the National Gallery Singapore and the Sri Mariamman Temple — all located about a 15-minute-long drive away.
Nomad rating: 4/5
Most memorable: Thoughtful touches like local fruits and turndown service.
Recommended for: City dwellers seeking a charming, quiet weekend away.