2020 probably isn’t a great year to open a hotel, but that’s not stopped Dusit International from ploughing ahead with its plans to open the Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore, their first-ever property here.
The hotel is set to soft-open next week, with reservations open from 4 December 2020 onwards.
|Who are Dusit International?|
Dusit International was established in 1948 and has two main lines of business- hospitality education, and hotels & resorts. It operates the following hotel brands:
Dusit hotels can be found in Bhutan, China, Egypt, Maldives, Philippines, Thailand, UAE, USA and Vietnam (and Singapore, from December 2020). Additional properties will be added in Bahrain and Oman in 2021.
Overview: Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore
As the name suggests, the Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore will be nestled within the grounds of the Laguna National Golf & Resort Club, roughly 10 minutes from Changi Airport and 15 minutes from downtown. This country club used to operate a hotel of its own, although the reviews were solidly mediocre. Hopefully all that will change with the involvement of Dusit International.
The building looks more like an airport terminal than a hotel actually, and owes its architecture to Italian design studio Mercurio Design Lab. The original plan was to keep the traditional clubhouse with its pitched roof, but a third of the building had to be relocated when the government announced plans for a new MRT line (presumably the Sungei Bedok station on the upcoming Thomson-East Coast Line), paving the way for a more radically different design.
In the words of Mercurio:
This was an opportunity to develop something far more exciting and less constrained by the “boxy-looking” existing building. The result was a dynamic, unified building ─ a single form whose image combines the uniquely surging landscape of the golf course with the powerfully graceful swing of a golf club. Although the original clubhouse was retained along with most of its functional organisation (for example, location of the golf cart storage, the golf tours starting point, locker rooms, changing rooms etc.), it is now part of a single form defined by the over-arching roof and a shared, glazed façade.
The hotel will have a total of 198 rooms and suites, split across six floors. Rooms and suites are classified as follows:
|Deluxe Laguna||101||36 sqm|
|Deluxe Laguna Patio||37||44 sqm|
|Deluxe Executive Club||51||36 sqm|
|Prestige Verandah Suite||6||80-115 sqm|
|Prestige Suite Pool Terrace||2||82 sqm|
|Champion Suite||1||115+ 176 sqm|
All rooms and suites will either have city views or pool views. Standard amenities include:
- Sleep Well Pillow Menu (By request)
- Nature Touch bathroom amenities for Deluxe and Club Rooms
- L’Occitane for Prestige Suite and Champion Suite Rooms
- Dusit Care Kit, comprising of face mask, hand sanitiser and antibacterial wipes
- Mobile check-in and e-keycard
- 55” LED TV screen with IP (Internet Protocol) TV solution
- Pocket WiFi (Available on loan)
- PressReader (over 7,000 e-magazines and e-newspapers)
- Nintendo Switch (By request)
- 24-hr in-room dining service
- Complimentary Dusit Balance Minibar
- Lavazza espresso machine
- A selection of Ronnefeldt teas
Guests will enjoy free parking, a gym, and access to three swimming pools. Bicycles/e-Bikes will be available on request, and three outdoor tennis courts will open in Q1 2021.
In terms of dining options, a total of four dining concepts will be available:
|Greenhouse||All-day dining restaurant featuring Royal Thai delicacies, Nikkei cuisine, traditional Indian Tandoor, Mediterranean dishes from the pizza-oven, Chinese specialties, a seafood spread and charcuterie|
|Tee Deck||Al fresco bar & grill serving Western and Thai cuisine|
|Legends Bar |
(opens Q1 2021)
|Relax with an innovative array of tailored artisanal concoctions, premium vintage wines and enticing bar bites|
|Dusit Gourmet |
(opens Q1 2021)
|Charge up your batteries with an appetising selection of fresh pastries and bakeries, sandwiches, salads, desserts and Thai treats along with Ronnefeldt premium teas and Lavazza brews|
|An additional venue called The Nest will be a members-only restaurant and bar serving local and international cuisine. It’s unclear who “members-only” refers to.|
The GM of the Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore will be Eric Piatti, formerly the GM at Swissôtel Nai Lert Park in Bangkok. Portfolio Magazine has put together a short interview with some additional insights, for those who are curious.
Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore Opening Offer
To mark the opening of the Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore, the hotel will be offering the following Discover Dusit rate that includes:
- Breakfast for two adults
- 30% off spa treatments at Devarana Wellness
- S$30 F&B credit per stay (valid at Greenhouse Restaurant)
- Complimentary access to DFiT- fitness centre (shouldn’t this be a standard amenity anyway?)
- Complimentary Dusit Balance Minibar
- Complimentary Dusit Care Kit
This rate requires full prepayment and is non-refundable.
I’ve looked through the rate calendar all the way up till November 2021, and the lowest rate I see is S$315++ (S$371 nett)- expensive for an out-of-CCR hotel, but then again it’s the Dusit Thani.
There’s a further 10% off all rates for Dusit Gold members, which would bring the price down to S$284++ (S$334 nett). However, I can’t find a sign-up link at the moment, which I suspect is because the program is about to be relaunched as DusitLife. I expect we’ll hear more news about this soon, but members can expect to save 10% off room rates and spa treatments, and 20% off F&B and laundry services.
From opening till 31 January 2021, only Deluxe Laguna and Deluxe Laguna Patio rooms are available for booking. From 1 February 2021, club rooms open up, and from 1 May 2021, suites open up.
It looks like club rooms will cost S$139-169++ more than base level rooms, although it remains to be seen what additional perks members can expect and when the club lounge proper will open.
I stayed at the Dusit Thani in Bangkok a long time ago, and while I don’t remember all that much, I’d certainly be interested in rediscovering the brand.
While its location may not be ideal for those who want to be in the heart of the action, it could be a nice alternative getaway to Sentosa. There is generally a lack of quality accommodation outside of the Orchard, CBD and Sentosa areas, so it’s always nice to see a high-end property opening in a lesser-visited place.