"Forget it, Jake, it's Chinatown."
Hmm, that doesn't really work here.
"Forget it, Jake, it's a new 49-room hotel with a library bar in the heart of Singapore's Chinatown."
Now that's better.
It's also an accurate description of Six Senses Duxton, a many-columned palace of a stately hotel booking for an April 15th opening in Singapore's central district, right in the core of the island country's Chinatown.
This looks like the sort of place a vaguely drunk Englishman wearing a white linen suit and a Panama hat might frequent. It's situated within a row of restored trading houses, so you've got that old-timey colonial vibe to linger in. But you've also got golden fans, calligraphy wallpaper and "opium rooms" furnished with four-poster beds and lacquerware galore to feast thine eyes on appropriately.
Picture this: your day starts with one of the bi-weekly yoga sessions held in a small park behind the hotel (we know that you're going to ask if a singing bowl is involved. And the answer is yes). Afterward you'll participate in a traditional Chinese medicine experience, setting you up with acupuncture, massage and herbal medicine to cure whatever ails you.
Now, all that bowl-singing and acupuncturing will surely lead to hunger, which can be satiated via Cantonese cuisine at the Yellow Pot restaurant. That in turn could lead to thirst, sending you straight into the arms of the antiquarian library bar and its signature cocktail of hot whiskey, brandy and absinthe topped by a chrysanthemum.
We pegged you as the hot whiskey-type.