Singapore’s Mandarin Oriental has temporarily closed for a multi-million-dollar transformation, with plans to reopen in September 2023.

The 527-room hotel first opened in the city-state’s Marina Bay Area in 1987, located in a building designed by architect John C Portman.

The renovation by interior design firm, Design Wilkes, will be “across all fronts” and include a redesign and refitting of the lobby, rooms and F&B venues.

Mandarin Oriental says that the hotel’s social media platforms will feature content throughout the six months honouring the hotel’s legacy, new and long-term employees and peeks at the transformation process.

Philipp Knuepfer, the hotel’s general manager, commented:

“As the sun set on the Marina Bay on March 7, we said farewell to the 527 rooms, seven food and beverage outlets, full-service luxury spa and many other facilities that have proudly served our guests for 35 years. Whilst we are temporarily closed to our guests, we will focus all our efforts on the transformation of what promises to be a spectacular new version of Mandarin Oriental, Singapore.”

Meanwhile, the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group will open its second London hotel in spring 2023, located on Hanover Square. The property will include 50 rooms and suites designed by UK-based Studio Indigo, and there will also be 78 private residences.