The Hotels Celebs Love In Singapore & Malaysia

How about a staycation at one of these plush digs?


What do you want when you book yourself a staycation? A relaxing time, sure – but also some Instagram-friendly pics and bragging rights to make it all worth the splurge, no?

If that’s the case, nothing could be more crow-worthy than a gorgeous hotel that has the added benefit of being a favourite with celebrities.

Below, a list of hotels in Singapore and Malaysia – courtesy of booking website – where famous faces are a familiar sight. Packed your bags already?


1. Raffles Hotel Singapore

The grand ol’ dame is famous for many things, including its Long Bar – probably the only place in Singapore where you can litter legally (you can throw your peanut shells on the floor as you eat the nuts). Fun fact: In 1902, an escaped circus tiger found its way under the hotel’s Billiard Room, which stood on stilts at the time. Charles Phillips, the then-principal of Raffles Institution and a member of Singapore’s rifle team, was summoned to the hotel where, still dressed in his PJs, he shot and killed the beast.


Famous guests

- Michael Jackson (who infamously dangled his baby over the balcony railing here)

- The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

- Karl Lagerfeld (hey, if it’s good enough for the Kaiser, it’s good enough for us plebs)

- Christian Louboutin

- Charlie Chaplin

- George Bush

Famous visitors

- Ernest Hemingway

- Joseph Conrad

- Rudyard Kipling

- Somerset Maugham

- Noel Coward

- Ava Gardner 

2. Shangri-La, Singapore

Named after the 1933 James Hilton novel, Lost Horizon, the Shang is the hotel and meeting venue of choice for government officials when they visit Singapore. As the list below shows though, its guests aren’t all political peeps.

Famous guests

- US President Barack Obama

- George W Bush

- The Arsenal football team (the Gunners were in town in July this year for the Barclays Asia Trophy)

3. Mandarin Oriental Singapore

This plush pad has a prime spot when it comes to viewing the Singapore Flyer and F1 races (not to mention one of the best buffets around). It’s also home to the very first Morton’s The Steakhouse to be built outside the US!


Famous guests

- Maria Sharapova 


1. Pangkor Laut Resort

This all-villa resort sits on the tropical island of Pangkor Laut, off the west coast of Malaysia. It opened in 1985 as a humble project called Pansy Resort, but was quickly enhanced and repositioned as a luxury hotel in 1990 after the owners saw its potential and popularity.


Famous guests

- Michelle Yeoh

- Joan Collins

- Luciano Pavarotti 

2. The Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur

One of the top business hotels in the country, the Ritz also has a reputation for being the only one to offer full butler service for all its 280 rooms. Just the thing when you want to take a break from doing housework.


Famous guests

- Barack Obama 

3. Grand Hyatt, Kuala Lumpur

This gleaming glass tower has massive rooms (the smallest is 47sqm) and a fab view of Petronas Twin Towers from its Sky Lobby. Feel like doing a spot of shopping? KLCC is just next door.


Famous guests

- Chris Hemsworth

- Anthony Bourdain

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