THE NEW MAJESTIC HOTEL

We spoke to impossibly chic Erica Stone, who writes for Style: Singapore magazine, to get the insiders guide on where to stay, eat and play.

Coolest Place to Stay in Singapore?

The New Majestic Hotel is a fabulous place to stay! It is located in Singapore’s historic Chinatown and within walking distance from Club Street and Duxton Hill, two streets always humming with excitement. Each of the 30 rooms at this boutique hotel are unique focusing on both vintage and modern design. The hotel has 5 concept rooms created and personalised by individual artists and designers. These include the Wayang, Pussy Parlour, Unititled, Fluid and Work. My suggestion is to book Fluid as it overlooks the swimming pool!

Best place for a Cocktail?

Chef Ryan Clift’s Tippling Club is most known for their inventive Modern European cuisine, but they also serve up equally creative cocktails! Visit their new Tanjong Pagar digs for a tipple and bite to eat. My favourite cocktail is the Juniper Sling created by Clift, inspired by a Penhaligon’s fragrance. Bonus: It is charmingly served in the classic Penhaligon’s bottle!

What to pack for Singapore?

Day: Zimmerman floral playsuit, Ancient Greek Sandals, and Stella McCartney cat-eye glasses.

For Beach: Talitha jacket, Marysia bikini, Finds+Maslin+Co Reversible Print Zebra Towel.

Sport: Monreal tennis dress and PVC visor

Night: Etro Caftan

Must See/Do Singapore:

When I first arrive in Singapore, I always head down to Joo Chiat, an area to the East of Singapore. This is the charming enclave of the Peranakans, descendents of 17th century Chinese and Indian immigrants. It is a place that recalls a bygone era of Singapore: streets lined with colorful shophouses, beautiful coffee-houses, and eateries boasting the best food the island has to offer. This is the place to try ba chang (rice dumpligs), laksa (rice noodles cooked in a spicy coconut broth), and the famous chicken rice. I also love to pick up hand made sequinned slippers in one of the many local shops. Taking high tea at the beautiful Raffles Hotel is another must have experience. A sleepy Sunday on the beach at Tanjong Beach Club is also always welcomed!

Most Loved in Singapore:

Whenever I am away from Singapore, I always miss the local food! Here are a couple of suggestions!

No Signboard Seafood – great for white pepper crab

Ming Kee Seafood – must try the crab noodles, Guinness pork ribs, garlic scallops, and homemade tofu with mushrooms

Where are you going next?

This summer I will be heading to Maine to go sailing with my in-laws. They live in a small town called Brooksville that really comes alive in the summer. I am also going to visit The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island in Michigan. I am so excited to go to this classic hotel – I really hope it is the American version of Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Another favourite destination is Puglia, Italy. I like to stay with the lovely Maria Grazia at her beautiful masseria!

On my wishlist is La Sultana Oualidia in Morocco. They have a tree house room that I think would be absolutely divine!

James Harrop