What We Love
- Romantic old-world Malayan charm at a newly opened boutique hotel – includes breakfastThe peaceful location within a nature reserve – this tranquil sanctuary feels a world away from the city
- The beautifully curated, rustic-luxe furnishings – all selected by the owner
- Wandering up the lantern-lit paths to neighboring Thai restaurant, Tamarind Hill
What To Know
- Villas are super spacious; some have a kitchen, living room, and private plunge pool
- Don't miss the free happy hour cocktails at the rooftop bar
- An outdoor lagoon pool weaves throughout the garden resort
The Samadhi Group certainly knows how to create an urban sanctuary. The latest addition to the hotel portfolio, opened at the turn of 2017, is the buzzed-about Villa Samadhi – sister hotel to its original namesake in Kuala Lumpur. Located within a lush nature reserve just west of Singapore’s harborfront, it offers a tranquil escape from the buzz of the city.
Housed in a lovingly restored colonial residence, this 20-room boutique hideaway oozes bygone Malayan charm. Traditionally crafted furnishings, antique wares and rustic shutters have been mixed with contemporary luxuries for a chic balance of old and new. The less-is-more concept encourages you to simply take time out and absorb the surroundings, perhaps with a walk in the grounds or a cocktail in the bar.
As for dining, you’ll be in excellent hands. Just above the hotel, you’ll find the acclaimed Thai restaurant and lounge, Tamarind Hill, in an equally magnificent 20th century property. Reserve a table outside on the terrace, then wander back to your super-soft king-sized bed for a heavenly night’s sleep.
How to Get There
Stayed on this hotel for a night. I had read the reviews of the hotel, and chose it because of its uniqueness and location in Labrador Nature Reserve.
The room was beautiful with a comfy bed. It was a nice touch that they offered tap water in a copper jug, instead of bottled water in a plastic bottle. So much more ecological. The room has sarongs for use (which is comfortable to walk around in), and I was told that I could purchase the sarong for 15 SGD (to take with me home). I understood, though, that they throw away each used sarong guests don't purchase, which is not ecological at all. I assume they wash the bath robes, surely they could wash the sarongs too, instead of throwing them away?
Breakfast is located in the restaurant a 5 min walk from the hotel. The best part of this hotel is the food (had dinner there)! The pancakes at breakfast were also really delicious!
I was lucky to have very quiet neighbors, but the old doors don't shut well, so you can hear everything from the courtyard. I recommend taking earplugs with you if you are a light sleeper.
Service is very good, especially from the management side! Unfortunately, my stay ended on a sour note, as the staff booked my taxi 30 mins early. I was very specific the night before that I was to leave at 10.45, but the front desk called for a taxi already at 10.15. The front desk had tried to call my room, but I was eating breakfast in their restaurant. So I didn't know that there had been several taxis arriving since 10.15. Once I was in the taxi, the taxi driver proceeded to yell at me how it was my fault that he had to wait for such a long time. This was the fault of the hotel, and next time, I hope the hotel calls the breakfast room to locate the guest (not just calling the room), so that a misunderstanding can be cleared up in the most efficient way. As my door was locked (padlock on the outside of the door), the staff could easily have realized that I was not in my room.
We stayed a night here before our wedding day so we get more time to prepare for our wedding. The room at ground floor gets noise from the passing traffic even after midnight. Our room comes with jacuzzi pool, it’s nice but smells heavily of chlorine. The room smells very mouldy too. We can’t really open the windows - avoiding bugs and mozzies. The room is expensive. We wouldn’t stay here again although the breakfast is really good, we will just be back for food.
A group of girlfriends spent a staycation (we are all from Singapore) at Villa Samadhi. We felt like we were transported to another place and time. Villa Samadhi is Thai-style an arts-and-crafts type of place. It is built in Singapore traditional 'black-and-whites": colonial style buildings.
The entry way greeted us with a Buddha statue and warm reception staff. I asked one of the staff "do you like working here?" and his enthusiastic response was "I LOVE IT!".
Rooms were clean and very comfortable. We opted for a king size bed which was huge. And the 2nd night upgraded to the room that was great value for the upgrade; it came with a jaccuzzi type tub which could have fit 5 people.
Happy hour cocktails (included) are served on the 2nd floor of the building which is called 'the library'. Décor is made up of recycle artifacts and mounted traditional textiles taken from northern Thailand near Chiang Mai. The first day we took full advantage of this, four of us hanging out on a day-bed in the library enjoying our conversation.
There is a restaurant on the property called Tamarind Hill. The food and service are excellent and reasonably priced. Plenty of space on the wrap-around porch or inside the restaurant. And the walk up at night is decorated with beautiful lights and lanterns.
We are definitely returning.
My husband and I visited Villa Samadhi twice - once in the Luxe Crib, and again in the Crib with a Japanese tub. I'll split this review to two parts in this case:
Luxe Crib - We visited in conjunction with my husband's birthday and when the staff got wind of this, they offered us complimentary Thai cakes and a surprise glass of champagne on the house. Their resident host fondly known as Mama Helen is the friendliest soul of all, and made our first visit to Villa Samadhi Singapore an unforgettable one. The room was luxurious and spacious, with a comfortable 4-poster bed that we didn't want to leave at all.
Crib - We revisited Villa Samadhi 2 months after our first stay, and this time opted for the Crib with a Japanese tub. The room albeit not as big as the Luxe Crib was still as amazing, and the Japanese tub offered such a unique touch to an otherwise colonial style hotel. It faced the lush greenery surrounding the hotel itself, and I enjoyed my evening dip so much.
Overall - Both our stays offered complimentary welcome drinks, a 3-tier tea with fresh scones and tea, a 1-hour cocktail session, and breakfast at Tamarind Hills. It's an unmissable spot to be and we would love to return again given the chance. Huge compliments once again to Mama Helen for making our stay so unforgettable the first time, and to the staff (Whom I unfortunately did not catch her name) who was willing to fill up my husband's bottle with the welcome drink because he loved it so much!
A warm reception to Villa Samadhi by the friendly and efficient staff really sets the tone for the remainder of your stay. The design and layout of the hotel is very welcoming and you are put at ease by the simple and comfortable layout. It is beautifully decorated in the main reception areas and the room was extremely comfortable with excellent facilities including TV, mini bar and roomy washroom. The beds are large and comfortable making for a good night. Our occasion was a family wedding so the ability to be well rested after an evening of joy was most agreeable. Highly recommended.