Exclusivity is a key element of Straits Clan‘s hospitality concept, and it’s quite understandable, given the colonial grandeur of its location. Built in 1928, and formerly known as the design-led New Majestic Hotel, the premises have seen a new transformation that seamlessly adapts to its architectural splendour and history. The latest in a number of private members club openings in Singapore, Straits Clan aims to facilitate cross-pollination between professionals from a wide range of industries, and it does so in great style.
The venue is a collab effort of Wee Teng Wen, managing director of hospitality group The Lo & Behold, The Ate Group co-founder Aun Koh, and last but not least Sally Kim, a hospitality industry professional with a background in private members clubs. Nestled in a part of town once rife with clan associations that helped to build the island state’s economic success, the club references their history through a myriad of design elements. Local design practice Takenouchi Webb has created a welcoming atmosphere, captured in a palette of onyx, concrete, rattan and lush tropical greenery that effortlessly ties in with the neighbourhood.
Although Straits Clan is a private members club, the so-called Clan Café is accessible for visitors as well, featuring a dining room and three private dining rooms. Additionally, the venue boasts a bar and adjacent bistro one floor up. Very much a meeting place for any time of the day, the menu lists nourishing bowls, broths and brews that are comforting to both palate and soul. For club members, the immersive hospitality experience extends to the three upper floors. The second floor also accommodates the arcade room with its intimate and speakeasy-inspired private saloon and tasting room.
Mind you, the latter comes with a private collection of the finest spirits and wines. Do we hear you say party? Well, the crimson-shaded and 1920s Shanghai-inspired Madame Wong and Chinoiserie rooms allow you to let your hair down, and if you’d prefer it a tad more club-like, the Tropicana, a stylish night haunt replete with cocktail tables, lounge chairs and dj consoles, is readily available. And obviously, in a city as industrious as Singapore, the Straits Clan club facilitates meetings and presentations with a co-working space and meeting rooms on the third floor.
And should the necessity ever arise, you’ll be able to swiftly switch off the brain power and hit the gym and spa right after doing business, as those facilities can be found on the very same level. On the top floor, aptly dubbed the Attic, members converge to attend the events listed in Straits Clan‘s programming, whether it’s a music gig, lecture or film screening. Membership of Straits Clan comes with access to affiliated clubs in leading cities across the planet, including The Battery (San Francisco), Parlor (New York), The Club at The Ivy (London), The Quorum (New Delhi) and Kee Club (Shanghai).
Designed by Takenouchi Webb
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