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The Ritz-Carlton Millenia – a 32 floor deluxe hotel located at Millenia Singapore.

The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore is a 32 floor deluxe hotel located at Millenia Singapore, Marina Centre in Singapore.


• The hotel is run by the Ritz-Carlton group of hotels.
• It has won several awards.
• The hotel was opened in 1996.
• The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore was designed by architect, Kevin Roche.
• He won the Pritzker Prize, with DP Architects.
• Ritz-Carlton has a 4,200 piece modern art collections.
• These include works by Frank Stella, Andy Warhol and Dale Chihuly.
• The interior design of the hotel was done by acclaimed designer Hirsch Bedner Associates.
• The hotel has 608 guest rooms and suites.
• All guest rooms and bathrooms offer views of either Marina Bay or Kallang Bay and the city’s skyline.
• At the top of the hotel is the Ritz-Carlton Club.
• This club comprises of 128 club rooms that include 19 one-bedroom suites, three two-bedroom suites and one Ritz-Carlton suite.
Guests at the Ritz-Carlton Club enjoy:
• a dedicated concierge service
• a private club lounge
• luxurious rooms fitted with Bulgari bath amenities
• flat screen television
• DVD players
• personal butler service

Quick facts

• Status: Occupied
• Type: Hotel
• Architectural style: High-rise
• Location: Raffles Avenue, Marina Centre, Downtown Core, Singapore
• Construction started: 1990
• Completed in: 1996
• Floor count: 32 floors and 2 basements
• Owner: Pontiac Land
• Management: Ritz-Carlton
• Architect: Kevin Roche, John Burgee, Phillip Johnson with DP Architects Pte Ltd.
• Developer: Pontiac Land

It may seem a little strange to head to a hotel to look at artwork but their hotels are unique. It includes:
• The massive three-ton Frank Stella installation at the entrance.
• The pair of Dale Chihuly crystal glass sculptures that anchor both wings of the building.
• They are one of Southeast Asia’s finest (and under the radar) collections of modern and contemporary art.
• The majority of the pieces were specially commissioned for the public spaces and guest suites.
The treasures on view include :
• Andy Warhol and David Hockney’s exuberant colors.
• Rainer Gross’s geometric compositions.
• Henry Moore’s restrained monochromatics.
• The lush botanicals of Robert Zakanitch.

Address and other details

The Ritz-Carlton Singapore
7 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039799; 65-6337-8888 ritzcarlton.com

• The hotel apparently has 4,200 artwork and sculptures all around.
• Approach the concierge for a booklet that will give you some background on what is featured.
• On the back page, you will find a map that will tell you where to find the featured items.
• It’s all free to view.
• One can even get an iPod-guided tour.
• All you need is your ID/ passport and a S$50 deposit.

Noted Artworks

Mao Figures (in fiberglass) by Zhu Wei, a China-born artist.
Cornucopia Sculpture by American artist, Frank Stella.
• This piece was designed in New York.
• It was manufactured by traditional boat makers in Cannes, France.
Double Screw made of balsa wood by English artist, John Rose.
Sunrise by Dale Chihuly, an American artist.
• These are hand-blown glasses and there are over 100 pieces all around.
• A close-up of Sunset.
• Oil painting called Two Balinese Dancers by Indonesian artist Nyoman Gunarsa.
Another piece by Rainer Gross, untitled.
Celia by English artist, David Hockney.

Events of Singapore

– Singapore Food Festival
– Singapore Grand Prix
– Singapore Arts Festival
– Chingay Parade
– World Gourmet Summit
– ZoukOut
– Singapore Sun Festival
– Christmas
– Singapore Jewel Festival

Singapore has four official languages
– English
– Chinese
– Malay
– Tamil

Places to see in Singapore

1. Beaches and Tourist Resorts
• Three beaches on Sentosa and its southern islands.
• East Coast.

2. Culture and Cuisine
• Chinatown for Chinese treats
• Little India for Indian flavors
• Kampong Glam (Arab St) for a Malay/Arab experience
• East Coast for delicious seafood

3. History and Museums
• The Bras Basah area east of Orchard.
• North of the Singapore River: Singapore’s colonial core

4. Nature and wildlife
North and West
• Singapore Zoo
• Night Safari
• Jurong Bird Park
• Botanical Gardens
• Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
• Pulau Ubin, an island off the Changi Village in the east
• Tortoise and turtle sanctuary in the Chinese Gardens on the west side of town

5. Skyscrapers and Shopping
• Orchard Road
• Singapore River
• Bugis and Marina Bay

6. Places of Worship
• Vast Kong Meng San Phor Kark
• Monastery near Ang Mo Kio
• Colorful Sri Mariamman Hindu temple in Chinatown
• Psychedelic Burmese Buddhist Temple in Balestier
• Stately Masjid Sultan in Arab Street

Things to do in Singapore

• Golfing
• Surfing
• Scuba diving
• Ice skating
• Snow skiing
• Gambling
• Races
• Spas
• Swimming
• Water-skiing
• Wake-boarding
• Windsurfing
• Canoeing
• Cable-Skiing
• Wave surfing

Best time to visit/climate

– Singapore is located a mere 1.5 degrees north of the Equator.
– Weather is usually sunny with no distinct seasons.
– Rain falls almost daily throughout the year.
– Most rainfall occurs during the northeast monsoon (November to January).
– Between May and October, forest fires in neighboring Sumatra can also cause dense haze.
The temperature averages around:
– 30°C (84°F) daytime, 24°C (76°F) at night in December and January.
– 32°C (90°F) daytime, 26°C (81°F) at night for the rest of the year.

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How to get to The Ritz-Carlton Millenia?

• Alight at City Hall MRT Station.
• Go via Citylink Mall to Marina Square.
• Go to the 2nd level of the mall.
• Exit at the end of the shopping center near the food area.
• One will see the Ritz Carlton about 2mins away.

How to reach Singapore?

1. By Plane
• Singapore is one of Southeast Asia’s largest aviation hubs.
• The easiest way to enter Singapore is by air in addition to flag-carrier Singapore Airlines.
• Its regional subsidiary is SilkAir.
• Singapore is also home to low-cost carriers Tiger Airways, Jetstar Asia and Scoot.
• Changi airport: The country’s main airport and major regional hub status.
• Seletar Airport: Seletar Airport is Singapore’s first airport.

2. By Road
• Singapore is linked by two land crossings to Peninsular Malaysia.
• The Causeway is very popular.

3. By Bus
There are buses to/from Kuala Lumpur (KL) and many other destinations in Malaysia through the Woodlands Checkpoint and the Second Link at Tuas.
Major operators include:
– Aeroline
– First Coach
– NiCE
– Transnasional
– Transtar

4. By Train
• Singapore is the southern terminus of Malaysia’s Keretapi Tanah Melayu network.
• There are two day trains (the Ekspres Sinaran Pagi and Ekspres Rakyat) and a sleeper service (Ekspres Senandung Malam) daily from Kuala Lumpur.
• A day train (the Lambaian Timur departing Singapore at 4:45AM).
• Sleeper (Ekspres Timuran departing at 6PM) daily along the “Jungle Railway” between Singapore and Gua Musang.

5. By Boat
Getting to/away from the ferry terminals:
• HarbourFront FT: Located next to HarbourFront MRT station.
• Tanah Merah FT: Get off at Bedok MRT station and catch bus No. 35 to ferry terminal.
• Changi FT: No bus stop nearby, take a taxi from Changi Village or Tanah Merah MRT.
• Changi Point FT: Take bus No. 2, 29 or 59 to Changi Village Bus Terminal and walk to the ferry terminal.

6. Cruises
• Star Cruises offers multi-day cruises from Singapore to points throughout Southeast Asia, departing from HarbourFront FT.
• Common destinations include: Malacca, Klang (Kuala Lumpur), Penang, Langkawi, Redang and Tioman in Malaysia, as well as Phuket,Krabi, Ko Samui and Bangkok in Thailand.
• There are also several cruises every year to Borneo (Malaysia),Sihanoukville (Cambodia), Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) and even some 10 night long hauls to Hong Kong.

Some travel books from Amazon about Singapore

Lonely Planet Singapore Frommer’s Singapore Day by Day Malaysia and Singapore

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at wikitravel.org
Hotels at hotels.online.com.sg
Hotels at expedia.co.in

Blogs / Sites about Singapore – Artwork at the Ritz-Carlton

Blogs at ritzcarlton.com
Blogs at localadventures.blogspot.in
Blogs at kiwicollection.com
Blogs and reviews at goseasia.about.com

Images and photos of Singapore – Artwork at the Ritz-Carlton

Images at google.com
Images at ritzcarlton.com
Images at hotels.about.com
Images at images of news.yahoo.com

Videos of The Ritz-Carlton Millenia

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