Rest and Recreation: The Forest by Wangz
Published 03 August 2012
There’s more to Singapore than just Orchard Road, and for this reason I decided to explore a different part of the island to see what’s on offer.
Text: Darren Dylan
As it turns out, Singapore is packed with many hidden gems including one that I found in Singapore’s upscale residential district of Noven, which goes by the name of The Forest by Wangz. Owned by the Wangz family, it’s a serviced residence that caters to guests that plan to stay for longer than a week on the island and is their second hotel after the boutique Wangz Hotel in Outram Park.
Although relatively new to the hospitality business, the Wangz family has successfully created a strong brand identity that is noticeable from the moment guests step foot in the lobby. Showcasing a cool-looking colour-changing facade, the building blends harmoniously with the neighborhood and is compact and easy to access—just the way we like it. The interior promotes the idea that guests are in a tropical forest, and far away from the concrete jungle of Singapore, and is enhanced by a large private collection of specially commissioned artworks of Singapore pop artist Andre Tan.
Each room comes with a modern kitchenette and, thanks to the design of the building, by closing the extra doors on the corridors several rooms can be sectioned off to create a private section for groups looking for a larger and more personal space. Being an upscale neighbourhood the views from the room take in the surrounding large and expensive homes and condominiums, making it feel like we were part of the Singapore life and not just outside visitors of the Lion City.
Located near the financial district, the MRT is only a short 10-minute-walk from the hotel. Within a one km radius are some fine shops and restaurants, and for guests who need to stop by the Orchard Road shopping belt for some serious retail therapy, it is just a short taxi ride away.