The much-awaited Conrad Singapore Orchard finally launched on 31 January 2024, marking its official debut with an ‘Orchard Fusion’ cocktail celebration.
The event was attended by representatives from Pontiac Land Group, Kajima Development Pte Ltd, and Hilton, with Singapore Tourism Board chairman Olivier Lim as the guest of honour. Renowned media personality, Anita Kapoor, was the host for the evening.
The industry luminaries, as well as 350 distinguished guests from the worlds of hospitality, fashion, culture, and culinary, were treated to an immersive experience that showcased the hotel’s commitment to art, gastronomy, and nature.
Kwee Liong Keng, chairman of Pontiac Hotel Private Limited, reflected on the property’s evolution over a 40-year period, stating its significance as the first atrium hotel in Singapore and which marked world-renowned architect John Portman’s first overseas project.
“To maintain the classic beauty of this hotel, we decided to modernise it. We’ve renovated the building to be more energy efficient and environmentally friendly, and improved our guests’ comfort and experience by refreshing the guest rooms, F&B outlets, and common areas,” added Kwee.
Alan Watts, president, Asia Pacific, Hilton emphasised Conrad’s appeal to the conscientious traveller and envisioned Conrad Singapore Orchard taking its place as one of the premier luxury offerings in the Garden City.
The celebration spotlighted the hotel’s incredible transformation, showcasing the skylit atrium and inviting lobby in line with the ‘Orchard Fusion’ theme. In homage to architect John Portman’s vision of blending nature and urban elegance, the hotel featured stunning art and floral installations.
The cocktail reception presented culinary artistry from Conrad Singapore Orchard, including imaginative edible art installations and a pop-up by the award-winning Manhattan bar with signature craft cocktails.
Diverse entertainment, including roving artists, hoop and stilt performers, and a modern jazz duet with ballerinas, added vibrancy. The night featured the ‘Curiosity Cube,’ an art installation by local collective GastroGeography of Singapore, offering guests unique botanical illustrations as parting gifts. The celebration concluded with an afterparty at Manhattan.