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Plying the Capella resort – ultra-luxury on wheels

The hotel will be the first in S’pore to have the Phantoms

(SINGAPORE) The ultra-luxury Capella Singapore resort on Sentosa will have two ultra-luxury limousines to provide a bespoke chauffeur service to its well-heeled guests when it opens later next year.

The Pontiac Land Group hotel will be the first in Singapore to have a Rolls-Royce Phantom limousine in its fleet.

The standard-wheelbase model is priced at $1.5 million, and the Capella Singapore’s pair will be ordered with options specially designed for hotel use, such as a deeper boot to carry more luggage, and a cooler box under the rear seats to store cold towels.

It is not yet known what colours have been specified for the vehicles.

Stephanie Kwee-Ng, director of Pontiac’s associate company Millenia Hotel, explains that the Phantom was a natural choice for the Norman Foster-designed property.

‘As seen in the careful selection of our architect, interior designers, sculptors and artists, we share a common ethos with Rolls-Royce – uncompromising design,’ she says.

Ms Kwee-Ng reveals that the group expressed interest in the Phantoms at the early stages of the hotel development.

‘Our consideration to purchase two Phantoms began 12 months ago, and we are delighted to have just confirmed our order,’ she says, adding that there is an option to purchase two more.

‘We believe all our guests at Capella Singapore are VIPs. Each of them will have the opportunity to enjoy the Phantoms.’

The Phantom was introduced here in 2003 and today, there are a total of 20 privately owned Phantoms on the road.

The Phantom was the first Rolls-Royce model to be made by the firm under its new BMW owners after the

German carmaker bought over the hallowed British marque. The second Rolls-Royce model is a convertible, the $1.8 million Drophead Coupe. The first car was delivered here last week.

Until now, the most expensive car used by a hotel here has been a Bentley Flying Spur, which is slightly less than half the price of a standard-wheelbase Phantom. The Raffles Hotel ordered one in May 2006, to complement its classic Daimler and long-wheelbase BMW 7 Series models.

Beyond Singapore, the nearest hotels to use the imposing Phantom are in Hong Kong. The Peninsula Hong Kong has 14 of the extended-wheelbase version; the Island Shangri-La has one. Elsewhere in Asia, Chinese and Japanese hotels also deploy the Phantom.

The $400 million Capella Singapore is described as ‘nestled amidst 30 acres of verdant rolling hills’. It will offer 111 manors, villas and suites, and is expected to open its doors in the final quarter of next year. In the second phase of the development, the property will give new meaning to the term ‘long-staying guests’, when 60 people will get the option of living in the resort for up to 20 years.

Other properties which Pontiac also owns are the Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore, Conrad Centennial Singapore and The Regent Singapore.


Source: Business Times 1 Dec 07


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