Perhaps best described as Chanel chic relocated to 21st-century south-east Asia, the world's first hotel by the hand of Karl Lagerfeld (with help from French interior designer Isabelle Miaja) opened at the end of 2014, mixing high fashion with a daring dose of fun.

The delicate, musky aroma of the hotel's signature scent transports you to a world away from this city-centre setting. Its interiors blend French opulence and Singaporean touches - the octagonal amenities boxes in the marble bathrooms (containing complimentary vials of eau de Urban Forest) are a nod to feng shui, while Napoleon's portrait graces the 134 guest rooms.

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The mark of Lagerfeld is everywhere, from bathrobes bearing  the designer's 'Lion Seal' monogram to a collection of his favourite texts in the bibliotheque.

The city's landmarks are minutes away - taste the wonders of Lau Pa Sat market and Chinatown, go clothes shopping at Orchard Road, be part of the nightlife at Clarke Quay and Boat Quay, and get lost among the attractions of Marina Bay.

If you start to flag, there's always the gold-tiled rooftop infinity pool waiting back at the hotel.

GO: A double room costs from £182  per night; sofitel.com. Singapore Airlines (www.singaporeair.com) return flights start at £715.

WOW FACTOR: Gastro bar Xperience invites Michelin-starred guest chefs.

FLIGHT TIME: 13 hours

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