WHAT IS ITS AESTHETIC APPEAL? For M Social Singapore, the element of design is not only embodied in its use of opulent materials and contemporary style – it forms the very core of the hotel’s concept and ideology. A new kid on the block that only opened its doors in May 2016, this loft-style accommodation was designed by Philippe Starck, and debuts the concept of “democratic design”. Emphasis is placed on communal spaces that are “snuggish” and relaxed to coax guests out of their rooms and into common areas to encourage mingling, an attempt to bring the delights of in-person socialisation back into an increasingly digital, isolated world. In terms of custom design, look out for the two massive bronze peanut sculptures at the entrance, and generous chandeliers spilling over colourful psychedelic tiles.
BEYOND ITS BEAUTIFUL WALLS? They say Singapore is a city that never stops eating, and Robertson Quay is a hotbed of bustling brunch spots and breezy riverside watering holes. Check out local favourite Toby’s Estate for brunch, slake your thirst for coffee at Common Man Coffee Roasters (which serves a killer Ethiopian drip), grab a casual charcoal-smoked izakaya experience at Shunjuu, or indulge your inner carnivore at Argentinean restaurant Bochinche (a regular star is the 300g ribeye steak with chimichurri).