Travel: Hôtel Vagabond, Singapore

THE ARTIST. Some people stay in hotels for comfort, and some do so in search of inspiration




For a mix of both, Singapore has the new Hôtel Vagabond (39 Syed Alwi Road; +656291 6677;, the premier property of Garcha Hotels Collection by Satinder Garcha.

Stepping into the traditional art deco building, one is immediately taken by a series of grand gold-leaf trees, hand-crafted in Jaipur, India. The ostentatious theme continues throughout the rooms, with red velvet shutters and quaint red doors. All this is the brainchild of French designer Jacques Garcia and marks his debut in Asia. The 41-guestroom hotel is also the first luxury boutique accommodation to offer an Artist in Residence program in the city.