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As far as hotel design goes, Singapore is typically associated with understatement and restraint. But then, most travelers haven't stayed at the Scarlet, tel: (65) 6511 3333.

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The Lion City's newest boutique hotel is a testament to the delightful surprises that sometimes occur when people with neither experience nor inhibition try their hand at something new. Opened last month, the 84-room hotelhoused in an immaculately restored 1924 shophouseis owned by first-time hotelier Geeson Lawadinata, and is the vision of first-time designer Michael Tan, who amazingly professes no formal design training. Not that you can tell. Extravagance is the order...

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