By Grace Ma, Shamilee Vellu, Katrina Holden and Bek Van Vliet Owen
Jun 11, 2020
1. EQ, Kuala Lumpur
New kid on the office block
This 52-story, 440-room, green-certified mixed-use hotel-office tower is a shimmering standout not only on the city’s skyline, but also when it comes to hopping effortlessly between work and play. Hip hangouts onsite include the former Equatorial Hotel KL’s popular Japanese restaurant Kampachi and the new Bottega Lounge, a cocktail bar partnership with prosecco brand Bottega. Then there’s the 29th-floor spa and fitness center for your gym fix, which includes a 25-meter infinity pool and Himalayan- salt sauna. For post-work imbibing, chill out with sundowners at EQ’s sprawling rooftop Sky51, with contemporary European fare and open-air lounge vibes. eqkualalumpur.com; doubles from RM650.
2. The Outpost Hotel Sentosa
An adults-only enclave Singapore’s first adult-oriented hotel (guests must be 12 years of age or older) is ideal for a high-performance business stay. A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, the Outpost Hotel provides a transportive experience with its colonial-inspired black-and-white color scheme and historical paraphernalia, while amenities are curated for style-savvy urbanites—guest rooms feature filtered water on tap, eco-friendly toiletries by hip Australian brand Appelles, pillow-mist kits and complimentary minibars that you can customize to your preferences. For downtime, the property’s got an adults-only harbor-facing infinity pool with a swim-up bar, a 24-hour gym, and a roof deck perfect for client entertaining. theoutposthotel.com.sg; doubles from S$460.
Sofitel Singapore City Centre
A little French flair
For immediate proximity to the CBD within strolling distance of Chinatown—and a wall full of in-house barrel-aged cocktails tempting you to just chill on property—this chic hotel at Tanjong Pagar MRT station should top your convenience list. In addition to its 1,800 square meters of meeting and event space, ultra-efficient and friendly staff, and swift Wi-Fi, rooms are designed to equally maximize downtime, with such luxuries as plush signature Sofitel MyBeds, pillow menus, Lanvin amenities, Bose home-entertainment systems and Nespresso machines. A 30-meter infinity pool, the 24-hour SoFit gym, and a Virgin Active Fitness Club next door offer opportunities to decompress between meetings. Upgrade to a Club room for free minibar and access to Sofitel’s Club Millésime—ideal for sundowners before moving on to Racines’ classic French and Chinese menus, or the myriad bars and restaurants lining Tanjong Pagar. sofitel-singapore-citycentre.com; doubles from S$450.
Colonial chic in Sydney Town
This reopening in the heart of the CBD brings Singapore’s Fullerton brand to the historic General Post Office building. Just above Martin Place train station, equidistant from George Street Mall and Circular Quay, it’s in the sweet spot for city-center diversions in between business appointments. The 416-room property is surrounded by luxury retail stores, galleries and restaurants, and a short walk from Sydney Harbour, the Opera House and the historic Rocks area. Alternatively, find an excuse to stay inside the hotel, with heritage tours, posh afternoon teas, Southeast-Asian and modern-Australian dishes at The Place restaurant, and cocktails at The Bar, where a local rendition of a Singapore classic comes to life in their Sydney Sling. fullertonhotels.com; doubles from A$385.
If you’re going to be spending most of your time in Hong Kong in meeting rooms, it makes sense to bookend your workday with water-and- skyline panoramas. In Kerry Hotel’s sea-view rooms, floor-to-ceiling windows let you admire the island and Victoria Harbour from your bed, your sofa and your work desk, so even if you don’t manage any sightseeing, you still get an eyeful of iconic scenery. Kerry Hotel’s also got a standalone gym—Base Camp Kerry Sports—the harborfront bar Red Sugar and premium in-room amenities like L’Occitane toiletries, an espresso machine and a Bluetooth speaker to make life on the road a little nicer.
Thai-style hospitality Smack in the center of a row of legacy hotel brands, close to the wheeling and dealing of Siam, this graceful property does old-school hospitality with a local flourish. Though it’s one of Bangkok’s main venues for corporate events, it’s far from a bland business hotel, with hand-painted silks, towering floral arrangements and a capacious lobby for fancy afternoon teas. Two low-rise wings here provide all manner of accommodation (including an Obama-worthy presidential suite), but business guests do well to stay in a Kasara Club room, with access to Kasara Executive Lounge, a living room–style setup with all the usual benefits. Don’t fill up on canapés, though, as you’ll find top Thai, Italian and Japanese onsite—all of which you can try during the sprawling, boozy Sunday brunch. anantara.com; doubles from Bt4,420.