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Like the Lion City, the ultra luxurious Capella Singapore was tremendously golden in 2018 as it was the spot where Trump and Kim held their talks. A frothy white colonial edifice raised in the 19th century, this former British army barracks stood derelict for over 100 years before it was developed and restored as the Capella Singapore by renowned architect Norman Forster who added a strikingly modern curved structure to the colonial buildings that now front the property. Few hotels can boast of such heritage value on an international scale, and there are even lesser that have survived the development process to emerge grander than before. On a personal note, I would like to see Capella’s Bob’s Bar, a criminally underrated drinking hole with its own bosun call and fabulous Negronis concocted from barrel-aged rum, more discovered and lauded. This is the fabulous spot where one can sit within acres of unspoiled nature and relax with a drink in hand while watching the golden sun setting over the shimmering sea, and imagine that this isn't quite the same Singapore with all its modern realities.