A row of eight 19th-century shop-houses has been reborn as Six Senses Duxton (www.sixsenses.com), thanks to British designer Anouska Hempel (of Blakes London and Amsterdam renown).

Located amid the vibrant Tanjong Pagar neighborhood bordering Chinatown, the luxury brand's first city hotel has 49 guestrooms and suites that take cues from Chinese, Malay and European heritage.

The 18-sq-meter Nutmeg room (B7,916) comes decked out in monotone shades, with an arched white ceiling contrasting with the polished black wooden floor, while the the 27-sq-meter Opium room (B10,348) is designed after the neighborhood's opulent opium dens of yesteryear, replete with four-poster Chinese bed and an array of lacquerware.

Yellow Pot restaurant on the ground floor does a contemporary take on Chinese fine dining, adjoined by a library-themed lobby bar.

Sister property Six Senses Maxwell, located within walking distance, will follow in late-2018. 

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