Back to nature in heritage hotel

The Library commands attention with its chandelier and scarlet drapes. With wooden furniture (left) and loose tea leaves (above) instead of tea bags, the rooms score points for blending style and sustainability. (Left) Labrador Nature Reserve as seen
Villa Samadhi Singapore (above) is a 20-room boutique hotel housed in black-and-white buildings in Labrador Nature Reserve.PHOTO: VILLA SAMADHI SINGAPORE
The Library commands attention with its chandelier and scarlet drapes. With wooden furniture (left) and loose tea leaves (above) instead of tea bags, the rooms score points for blending style and sustainability. (Left) Labrador Nature Reserve as seen
With wooden furniture (above) and loose tea leaves instead of tea bags, the rooms score points for blending style and sustainability.PHOTO: VILLA SAMADHI SINGAPORE
With wooden furniture and loose tea leaves (above) instead of tea bags, the rooms score points for blending style and sustainability.
With wooden furniture and loose tea leaves (above) instead of tea bags, the rooms score points for blending style and sustainability.ST PHOTO: STEPHANIE YEO
The Library commands attention with its chandelier and scarlet drapes. With wooden furniture (left) and loose tea leaves (above) instead of tea bags, the rooms score points for blending style and sustainability. (Left) Labrador Nature Reserve as seen
The Library commands attention with its chandelier and scarlet drapes.PHOTO: VILLA SAMADHI SINGAPORE
The Library commands attention with its chandelier and scarlet drapes. With wooden furniture (left) and loose tea leaves (above) instead of tea bags, the rooms score points for blending style and sustainability. (Left) Labrador Nature Reserve as seen
Labrador Nature Reserve as seen from the jetty at the boardwalk.ST PHOTO: STEPHANIE YEO
The Library commands attention with its chandelier and scarlet drapes. With wooden furniture (left) and loose tea leaves (above) instead of tea bags, the rooms score points for blending style and sustainability. (Left) Labrador Nature Reserve as seen
This walkway connects the hotel to its restaurant, Tamarind Hill.ST PHOTO: STEPHANIE YEO

There are hotels nestled in parks and verdant gardens, and then there is Villa Samadhi Singapore, a boutique hotel tucked inside Labrador Nature Reserve along the island's southern coast.

Its 20 rooms and facilities occupy colonial buildings that used to house a military garrison in the 1920s. Opened in 2017, the hotel is part of Samadhi Retreats, which also operates properties in Kuala Lumpur and Tioman Island.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 12, 2021, with the headline 'Back to nature in heritage hotel'. Print Edition | Subscribe