Nested inside Labrador Natural Reserve, Villa Samadhi is housed in one of the remaining Black & White houses in Singapore. In the typical fashion of colonial times, these heritage buildings were constructed between 1903 and 1928 in order to accommodate British administration persons, including the military.
The building, which Villa Samadhi occupies, was built in 1920 and functioned as a garrison for the artillery division of the army. After three years of meticulous restoration, the residence now offers 20 rooms, and the results are elegant, charming and also an architectural treasure of Singapore’s heritage.
Each guest room offers a king-sized bed and individually-controlled air conditioning for optimum comfort. Modern conveniences include cable television and wireless internet connectivity, while spacious bathrooms are equipped with a rain shower. Each room has been restored to perfection, retaining old colonial charm, yet offering modern day comforts.
The rooms consist of 11 Cribs with private seating along the corridor or terrace depending on the floor where it is located, and a limited number of Cribs with a Wooden Bathtub are available. 2 Luxe Cribs situated on the upper floors of the villa were conceptualised for the discerning traveller who appreciates a luxurious retreat within their own space.
Villa Samadhi also offers 6 Sarangs, or “Nests” in Malay, with an outdoor or indoor private plunge pool. Its most luxurious chamber is the Luxe Sarang which features a private outdoor swimming pool and a garden.
Just above Villa Samadhi is the Tamarind Hill restaurant, which is also a lovely Black & White house which is accessible via a boardwalk that winds through the fabulous jungle. This colonial bungalow is worth the trip alone, and it offers Thai and Shan refined cuisine, not to mention an impressive wine list of around 140 bottles!
There is a charming library upstairs and small cocktail bar. The natural park surrounding the hotel is a haven of greenery and wildlife of all kinds (more than 20 years of species of butterflies, monkeys, squirrels, peacocks, birds, snakes …). You can go on foot or by bike (on loan from the hotel) to explore the surroundings that served as the British military base. You are just 10 minutes by taxi from the business center and Marina Bay Sand.