Thursday, 10 March 2022

Singapore’s most exciting new resort is not on Sentosa

Produced by SilverKris for Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore

Singapore has traditionally presented a few challenges for golf lovers. Despite its abundance of world-class courses, securing a tee-off time requires either an expensive membership to a private course or an impossible booking at a public alternative. And for business travellers visiting the Lion City, there’s the additional matter of booking a hotel near their preferred course.

Well, that has all changed with the arrival of Dusit International’s world-renowned brand of Thai hospitality. Launched in December 2020, Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore is the group’s very first outpost in the city. The five-star property on the grounds of the Laguna National Golf Resort Club at Tanah Merah is home to not one but two championship golf courses, and is located not on Sentosa, but a mere 10 minutes from Changi International Airport.

The Prestige Verandah Pool Villa at Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore

What’s more, it offers all the sprawling space and resort amenities that are hard to come by in Singapore. The resort features lush greenery, a stunning curvilinear roof inspired by the dunes of the golf courses, 198 rooms and suites decked in contemporary furnishings and top-notch amenities such as a lagoon-style swimming pool, tennis courts, a 24-hour fitness centre, and the Dusit SG app, which connects you to the Dusit Ambassador team for support during your stay.

While luxuriating here should top your to-do list, the nearby Tanjong Katong neighbourhood is worth exploring, too. Take an obligatory selfie by the row of iconic pastel shophouses in Joo Chiat or tuck into a comforting bowl of laksa – it’s a fantastic opportunity to rediscover the best of the East.

Guaranteed tee-off times for golf-lovers

Golf enthusiasts will be delighted to know that they have direct access to the 18-hole Masters and Classic golf courses – which Tiger Woods and Lydia Ko have played on – as well as practice facilities and a driving range. For guaranteed tee-off times, non-members should consider the Stay and Play Package, which provides one round on the Masters Course, a GPD buggy, access to the short game practice area and changing room facilities, available with each night booked.

Need a pick-me-up after your game? Dusit has you covered. The package also includes discounts on spa and massage services. Try the 90-minute Golf Performance Massage, which aims to relieve injuries and strains and improve your body’s agility.

The lush and serene Masters golf course at Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore

World-class Thai massage and spa treatments

The spa deserves a special mention here. After all, what’s a resort stay without a visit to the spa? Especially when the spa in question is Devarana Wellness, a signature feature at Dusit Thani properties around the world, offering a menu of massage, body and facial treatments rooted in ancient Thai culture.

For instance, the Harmony Tad Si-the Traditional Thai Medicine package, a 120-minute experience based on Buddhist philosophy and traditional Thai medicine, applies herbal compresses and an invigorating Thai massage that targets pressure points and stretching techniques to relax and relieve muscle tension, promote circulation and stimulate the body’s nerve meridians.

You don’t have to be a golfer to maximise your time at the Dusit Thani Laguna – or even a guest at the resort, for that matter. The Focus @ Devarana Wellness Day Pass is an all-out self-care extravaganza open to guests and non-guests alike. It covers a 90-minute Devarana Signature Massage and a 60-minute session of either Core Yoga Flow or Stretch Band Yoga, with a two-course Wellness menu to boot. There’s also the option of a private couple’s session, or a spa day for groups of five.

A couples spa treatment room at Devarana Wellness

Wellness retreats in the city

And before you consider a further-flung tropical island for your wellness retreat, consider one of the Dusit Wellness programmes which promise emotional, physical and mental rejuvenation right here in Singapore.

The holistic packages comprise not only glorious massages, hot compresses and pool access, but also mindfulness activities ranging from breathwork exercises to yoga, fitness sessions. You can also enjoy access to workshops and classes that emphasise group involvement and community building.

That’s not all – the programme provides nutritious meals with plant-based “healthy power foods”. Think fresh salads with produce harvested from the resort’s Laguna Organic Farm, and low-carb and gluten-free options.

Stunning interiors and lush views at the Greenhouse

Delicious courses… with a view of the courses

Don’t worry – there’s food of the more indulgent variety here, too. Guests are spoilt for choice at Greenhouse, a forest-themed, all-day dining restaurant that boasts five different kitchens – specialties from Northern and Southern Thailand, Yue food inspired by the Guangdong province, Japanese fare, Punjabi tandoori cuisine and Mediterranean dishes. Located on level 2, the airy and spacious indoor restaurant offers a picturesque view of the Masters Course.

Outdoor dining is available at Tee Deck, an alfresco bar and grill on level 1, where Thai street food, charcoal-grilled surf-and-turf, and whole wheat blueberry pancakes are just some of the diverse must-trys. Once you’re done here, don’t forget to make your way upstairs to the Legends Bar for an evening of cocktails, premium vintage wines and delicious bar bites.

Whether you’re a golfer, a gourmand or a wellness aficionado; a local resident or a visiting business traveller; a staycationer or a daycationer, the Dusit Thani Laguna is a game-changing addition to the hotel landscape in Singapore, promising a soothing, spacious experience away from the city centre.


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