The Six Senses group clearly doesn’t do things by half, as it makes its long-awaited debut in Singapore with not one, but two properties. 

First out the gates is Six Senses Duxton, a theatrical set-piece in Tanjong Pagar that the designer Anouska Hempel has vividly styled as the bolt-hole of a Chinese empress; the Jacques Garcia-designed Six Senses Maxwell opens in July.

Whilst architect Faye Moya has sensitively restored the row of eight late 19th-century shophouses, Hempel has carved out 49 rooms, imbuing the spaces with a visual DNA of East-meets-West tropes – think Chinese porcelain-chip friezes, Malay timber fretwork, French windows and Portuguese shutters – that will resonate with those who adored her work for Blakes in Amsterdam. 

Whilst the entry level rooms are calm cocoons of white and dark hues, it’s the suites that steal the show, not least the moody Opium Suite and the dazzling shimmer of the Pearl Suite.