Stopover In Singapore: The Ultimate Guide
Commencing 25 March this year, QANTAS is ditching Dubai and will re-route it's daily Singapore-London A380 service via Singapore. What a great destination to break that long-hall flight!
Known as "The Lion City" and just two-thirds the size of NYC, Singapore packs a big punch showcasing the best sightseeing, shopping and dining options which would rival any of the worlds best.
WHAT TO DO
Gardens By The Bay
Singapore's most recognisable (and popular) garden, the landscape of Gardens by the Bay is extraordinary. Spanning across 250 acres of reclaimed land, this is a great place to escape from the heat and the concrete jungle. The Flower Dome encompasses several gardens representing regions across the world, and the Cloud Dome features a 35 metre waterfall and spectacular array of tropical plants.
The closest thing that Singapore has to a resort island is Sentosa. It's very easy to spend an entire day here especially when travelling with KIDS. Universal Studios, the S.E.A Aquarium (the world’s biggest aquarium), and the Adventure Cove Waterpark are all here as well as a gigantic version of the Merlion. You can choose to enter the island by monorail, taxi or by cable car
It can be easy to get lost in the futuristic cityscape, but Singapore’s heritage is alive and well in the sprawling Chinatown. Telok Ayer is the oldest part of Chinatown, where you will find several temples and Muslim mosques, while Kreta Ayer is where you’ll find the night markets and the Chinatown Heritage Centre.
The National Museum of Singapore is a palatial 19th century building that’s had a slick modern makeover. Head for the History Gallery showcasing tales from Singapore’s ancient Malay Kingdom, British colonial era and Japanese wartime occupation illuminate this 360-degree visual trip down memory lane.
Shopaholics listen up! Singapores reputation as a shopping Mecca is well deserved. Orchard Road takes the concept of a shopping district to another leval thanks to it’s 2.3km stretch of nothing but malls (24 in total). ION Orchard is Singapore’s premier mall. Spread over 8 levels, ION is a magnet for luxury goods lovers and with over 300 stores, there is something for everyone!
During the Great Singapore Sale (June-August), retailers offer steep discounts, sometimes up to 70% off their original prices.
This 26-hectare “wildlife park” is home to over 300 species of mammals, birds and reptiles and features 11 zones, each taking you through some of the most distinctive global wildlife habitats in the world. Fancy breakfasting with a family of orang-tangs? Singapore Zoo is the only place in the world that offers this experience. It’s very popular, so be sure to book in advance.
WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK
As the temperature drops, head to one of the many rooftop bars and watch the magical Singapore skyline light up. One of the best is Lantern at the Fullerton Bay Hotel. Take a front row seat to view the spectacular light and water show over one of the 'mixologists' famous cocktails. Alternatively, perch on the balcony at Ce La Vi, housed on the top of the iconic Marina Bay Sands.
At Burnt Ends expect nothing less than intense, robust flavours, heat and smoke as you observe multiple chefs taking turns to place their touch on a single plate. At the heart of its shophouse roost near Chinatown is a four-ton, wood-burning brick kiln that fires the small plates of grilled delights. Be sure to book ahead and snag a seat at the 18-seat counter which offers views of the open kitchen.
Tippling Club is one of Singapore's hottest restaurants, where you can sample avant-garde cuisine by Ryan Clift. Snack on charred peppers with chilli and soy, and killer cocktails at the bar
WHERE TO STAY
The Fullerton Hotel is situated on the Singapore River, within short walking distance of Marina Bay and the waterfront bars and restaurants of Boat and Clarke Quay. Housed in a building which opened in 1928 and was once home to the Singapore Post Office, this luxury Hotel is steeped in history. The 30 metre outdoor swimming pool with views of the Singapore skyline is a treat to come back to after a long day of sightseeing.
This stylish restored sanctuary straddles bustling Chinatown and the Central Business District and nestles comfortably amid low-rise heritage shophouses and towering skyscrapers. So Sofitel Singapore offers modern rooms designed by Karl Largerfeld, with a French-style and delivers the first class service you would expect from a luxury Hotel.