Old Town, Singapore
Written by Andrea Seifert
Odile Benjamin, Co-Creative Director and Divisional CEO of fashion label RAOUL, is most at home where heritage meets modern development.
Singapore is known to be a fast-paced, cosmopolitan city. The landscape evolves at breakneck speed and there is always something new to discover at every turn. But even amidst the soaring office towers of the central business district, Odile finds a diverse, vibrant mixture of cultures and rich legacies from bygone eras.
The Fullerton Heritage precinct, Odiles favourite part of town, stretches along Singapores signature waterfront, encompassing 130,000m2.
“The Fullerton Hotel stands apart, boasting majestic neoclassical architecture that intersects with the famous skyline of Singapore. It is absolutely stunning, especially at night.”
Odile relays the history of the building: “Before being transformed into a lavish 5-star property, it used to be a post office. Today the hotel is one of the most protuberant buildings in Singapore, and it is so elegant. You get a peek into the countrys refined and graceful past by looking at the grandeur of this property and the excellent services it provides.”
The Merlion, a mythical creature with the head of a lion and body of a fish, is the majestic symbol of Singapore and stands proud in Merlion Park. Odile recommends taking a stroll to see this reminder of the countrys humble beginnings.
Speaking of Singapores development into an international cultural hub, she says, “The Victoria Theatre around this area is one of the finest colonial buildings, and prestigious
The area is buzzing with chic dining options, and is also home to some of the most stylish bars. Odiles choice for a tipple with a view is Lantern, at the top of the recently developed Fullerton Bay Hotel. It owes its name to the adjacent Clifford Pier’s historical Chinese name – Red Lantern Pier. This was where Singapore’s first immigrants stepped ashore, guided by twinkly scarlet lanterns.
“The terrace of Lantern offers an amazing panoramic view of the bay and the Marina Bay Sands complex, and is the perfect setting for a relaxing evening watching the sunset alongside the luxurious infinity pool.”
Beirut-born mother of four Odile was raised in Lebanon, Italy, and England before settling in Singapore with her husband Douglas.