Singapore, a massive city housing over five million people is like nowhere else in the world. There is an abundant amount of culture and surprisingly people from all walks of life live in harmony and choose not to make a fuss about each other’s differences. You can easily spot Hindu temples, Buddhist temples and synagogues side-by-side and it is not uncommon to find devotees from one place of worship paying their respects at another. While the city is on the expensive side, one certainly should not miss an opportunity to visit. Singapore is one of the cleanest cities in the world and offers a wide array of attractions from the city center to Sentosa Island where you can find Universal Studios and other famous attractions.
The city also claims an exciting culinary culture sure to impress any foodie. For such a small island, you can find an extensive variety of restaurants showcasing cuisines from all over the world at different price points. Keep your credit card under lock and key when visiting the shops at Marina Bay Sands or Orchard Road. The cities shopping scene is top-notch and designed to ensure you purchase quite a few new items to take home. From world-class shopping to mouthwatering dining options and exciting attractions you will be more than entertained during your visit to the Lion City.
Where to Stay
The uber-luxurious Capella Singapore situated in the heart of Sentosa Island showcases two restored Tanah Merah colonial bungalows dating back to the 1880s, from which the hotel extends into gardens and grounds which are framed by the sea. With 112 rooms, suites and villas spread throughout the property the grandeur is a sight to see.
Immediately upon arrival, you will notice the manicured landscape and once inside the lobby you realize it has an intimate vibe. The furnishings are stylish and well-kept, while the hospitable staff rush to welcome you and assist in any way needed. There is a sense of calm from the moment you enter to the time you leave. The guestrooms offer views across lush landscaped gardens designed in neutral colors to highlight the natural environment just outside your door. The balcony area enhances the relationship between indoors and outdoors, complete with sunbeds so you can relax and reboot among the tranquillity of Sentosa Island.
Cassia the property’s signature restaurant highlights a menu of authentic and innovative Cantonese cuisine with accommodating staff that caters to your every need and an elegant design this restaurant is a “must not miss” when traveling to Singapore. With interiors designed by André Fu and inspired by the historic spice routes of Southern and Western China, Cassia is known for serving unexpected twists on traditional dishes. Visit Bob’s Bar beforehand for panoramic views and a mixology experience to remember, the bar menu boasts an impressive list of signature cocktails.
See & Do
Gardens by the Bay is the number one attraction in all of Singapore. If you’re looking to escape into nature then this is the place to be within the city limits. An urban oasis, this attraction is conveniently based within Marina Bay and offers a wide range of beautiful encounters to explore. The Supertree Grove is the most recognizable landmark within the park and features 18 “supertrees”. Walk along the suspended OCBC Skyway, a 419-foot-long aerial walkway that provides breathtaking views of the city and the surrounding gardens.
Instead of going to a club, pop into another popular nightspot and mingle with a different crowd of animals at the Night Safari, the world’s first nocturnal zoo. Opened in 1994 and located next to the Singapore Zoo, the Night Safari is the world’s first safari park for nocturnal animals. But it resembles a wildlife park more than an actual safari. Your eyes will take a while to adjust to the darkness here, but once they do, you’ll be greeted by over 2,500 resident animals from over 130 species – including many indigenous to the region, such as the endangered Asian elephant, Malayan tapir and Malayan tiger.