I had the pleasure of a surprise staycation last weekend and was told not to expect a modern hotel. As it turns out, it was the most beautiful hotel I have ever stayed at. Just a couple of minutes drive from Labrador Park MRT, tucked within Labrador Park Nature Reserve was Villa Samadhi. It is a colonial style boutique hotel that exudes old Malayan Charm. It was everything I would have decorated and styled for my own home. Everything about it from the service of staff, the room, the lush green surroundings and restaurant onsite was perfect. It literally felt like a holiday away from Singapore. You could not hear the bustling traffic or see tall skyscrapers; your ears were instead filled with sounds of trees rustling and wildlife scuttling about.
After checking in, the host led us to our room on the 2nd floor. Upon reaching the second level, we were greeted by a bar and a beautiful decorated and styled lobby/seating area. It was absolutely beautiful. There was a large four poster day bed along with other furnishings around for sitting and relaxing. It was absolutely a treat for the eyes. I don't think I've been that excited about walking into any hotel ever.
Our room was no different. If I'm not wrong, the room we got was the cheapest room type. Yet it was everything I'd ever want. It was a good sized room with a very large bathroom. In keeping with the colonial theme of the hotel, there is a four poster bed with a large dark wood cabinet. No bells and whistle, just simply perfection. My mum always told me, the bathroom of any establishment is an indicator of its premise. If that were any words to live by, this bathroom did not disappoint. It was large with my favourite rectangular white tiling. I actually want this is my future home.
After settling in, we were brought complimentary afternoon tea. There was a small selection of mini toasts topped with egg and tuna along with scones (plain and fruit) served with jam and cream. And of course, a pot of hot chamomile tea. It was definitely a treat! 10 minutes later, there was a knock on our door again with a host presenting us with sweet treats in the form of 'kuehs' or 'kuih' (bitesize snacks). They were so cute but unfortunately I must have forgotten to snap a picture.
After a few hours of relaxing, we went to the bar located in the onsite restaurant, Tamarind Hill. As a guest of Villa Samadhi, there is a cocktail hour from 6-7pm where they serve a selection of free cocktails. How could we say no? Cocktails. Free cocktails. Just saying. The onsite restaurant is about a 3 minute walk at the back of the hotel. The walk itself to the restaurant was amazing. You had to go along a little bridge walk surrounded by trees and the sound of wildlife. I actually later found out that Tamarind Hill is a very popular spot for hosting special events such as birthdays and weddings. And I can definitely see why, it was stunning. You will see later pictures as your enter the restaurant. Probably the most beautiful bar!
I thought Villa Samadhi was beautiful, the walk to the restaurant was beautiful but nothing prepared me for the bar at Tamarind Hill. If you think I'm exaggerating, I'm really not. If my pictures don't give you the feelings I got entering, I did not do the place justice. You'll just have to head down to the restaurant yourself to check it out.
We sat around the bar and ordered several cocktails over the cocktail hour and that were delicious. My favourite was 'King of the hill'. It was fruity, delicious and well mixed. The staff were all so friendly and they had conversations with us making us feel welcomed. Post cocktail hour, we adjourned to the seated area. Tamarind Hill is a Thai restaurant (one of my favourite cuisines!). I could not go pass the green curry as usual. We also got a vegetarian red curry and a vegetable dish to share. The meal was delicious. Absolutely delicious. The portion size is big so if you're a small eater like us, avoid ordering too much. We wanted to finish everything but it was just too much for us!
In the evening, the premise is even more beautiful lit up. After arriving back in the room, we noticed the staff had entered to place some red wine, after dinner mints and a bowl of gourmet snacks. At they made our room up. I mean, talk about service and going that extra mile.
In the morning, we took a little stroll back to Tamarind Hill for breakfast. There is a buffet selection of prepared foods and local delights such as nasi lemak and congee along with a cheese board, bread selection and cereals. The main breakfast is cooked to order. There was a wide selection of Western and Eastern breakfast option. I got the Villa Samadhi Special. 10/10.
And that, concludes my weekend staycation at Villa Samadhi. If you live in Singapore and just want to escape for the weekend, you need to check in here. You will actually feel like you are out of Singapore. Or if you are planning to come to Singapore for a holiday, you need to stay here. Perhaps not all of your time in Singapore as I'm sure you would want to experience the hustle and bustle of the city life. But at least for a night, just to find some relaxation again amongst all the fast paced life in Singapore.
12/10 would recommend.