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.
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I was having second thoughts about putting up a review on Villa Samadhi initially - I am afraid that it would ruin the atmosphere of the place if it were to gain too much traction. However, this place really deserves a shout-out from the hub and I.
The villa is a truly a gem in Singapore - from the facade of the building (think colonial residence), the quiet charm it exudes upon entering the villa and the room, to the service rendered by the dedicated staff members, the experience and fond memories at the villa keep us coming back for more.
Breakfast is prepared upon order. Food was to our liking (think menu with the likes of brunch platter, eggs benedict, and local cuisines like sambal beehoon and nasi lemak with free flow juices). We waited for about 50 mins for the food to be served, understood that the tarmarind restaurant had an event to attend to, and we can look past that.
We have turned to Villa Samadi for all our staycations and never look back since.
If you want to try a hotel that has a rustic quiet location, (rather than city chic hotels) then this country colonial house could be perfect for you.
It's set in Labrador Park and surrounded by natural beauty with all the sounds of rain forest birds. It's well worth taking a walk through this park where you can see recreations of gun ports before emerging into a well kept park right next to the sea (no beach) with a wide promenade where people jog and do tai chi.
Breakfast is found in a separate building after a couple of minutes walk through the greenery. It is set on a veranda with a good choice of freshly cooked food, fresh made smoothies and a small buffet. Great start to the day.
Our room had an interesting choice of furniture not necessarily completely functional but definitely sympathetic to the age of the building. The TV, shower, complimentary mobile phone, and air-con etc were all mod cons.
There are steps, slopes and stairs no lift so if you have limited mobility then this is not the place for you but for us it just added to the lovely authentic building.
We choose to use the MRT to get from the airport and then walked up the hill to the hotel (the walk is about 10 mins) for those who don't like walking you may be prefer getting a taxi.
The MRT was brilliant and the one closest to the hotel took just 10 mins to Vivo City (loads of places to eat and shop), the Boardwalk to Sentosa Island (beaches and Universal) and Marina Bay Gardens etc - perfect.
Cocktail hour, afternoon tea and evening port all provided by the lovely staff made it a great holiday for us.
We were fortunate enough to stay at Villa Samadhi at the beginning of February. It was a real treat. The room was beautiful and the setting was serene. Breakfast at Tamarind Hill was simply divine.
Our experience at Villa Samadhi was 100 times better than what we could have had at a generic hotel room on Orchard Road.
We just loved the location. When was the last time you were awakened by birds in the morning!!!???
Villa Samadhi is not in the middle of a shopping area.
We used Grab during our stay. Gardens by the Bay was just 15 min away. Maxwell Food Centre/ Chinatown was even closer. Who needs Orchard Road when you have Vivo City nearby.
The staff was attentive and wonderful. Afternoon tea and happy hours were just icing on a cake.
We will definitely be back!
My husband and I stayed here for a night as a staycation. We had recently been given some bad news and we needed to get away to think and make some decisions. It was a perfect place. It was peaceful and the service was excellent. We would like to come back to stay before we leave Singapore!
We have been visiting Singapore for many years but this time were looking to spend just a couple of nights to rest up before our onward flights to Thailand. We thought it might be nice to choose something quite different and in an area we hadn't stayed previously.
We loved the peaceful tranquility of Villa Samadhi. We stayed in a spacious room on the first floor with large bathroom which was very comfortable and clean. Beautiful crisp bed linen and everything was just as expected, plus little extras. The evening cocktails were lovely and much appreciated and then port/snacks left in our room at turn-down. We just loved the breakfast at Tamarind Villa. There is a shortcut so just a few minutes beautiful walk through the trees with the birds singing. Then a lovely breakfast selection served in a tranquil setting on the veranda. That was a real highlight for us.
Location was as peaceful as expected, yet within 10 minutes you could walk to Singapore's excellent MRT. We did not have any problem with our airport taxi driver finding the location. We had downloaded the address and directions to the hotel before leaving home so for us all very straighforward.
Finally absolutely every member of staff we encountered were kind, helpful, thoughtful and efficient. Thank you all so much for our lovely stay.