‘Passion made possible’ has to be one of the most appropriate taglines for a destination ever. Singapore is the perfect blend of metro and natural beauty, atelier refinery and a culinary journey in one. I adore time spent exploring the city’s streets and noticing the grandiose buildings of a bygone era. The glamorous details still resonate by way of Singapore’s famed baroque architecture. It is also the ideal place to indulge all of your senses; touch, taste, scent, sound and sight. Add a touch of exotic opulence to your Singapore journey and relish the time spent experiencing any of following luxe itinerary suggestions.
EXPLORE THE CLOUD FOREST
Enter into the Marina Bay Gardens complex and descend through the misty canopy on a gentle walkway designed to capture the wonderous foliage and florals abound from all angles. Explore the tropical highlands, thriving with eye-catching orchids, an abundance of pretty plants and Jurassic like ferns that flourish in the tropical climate.
The Cloud Forest is also the location of the world’s tallest indoor waterfall – a stunning spectacle at an impressive 35 meters high. This mystical forest realm offers guests a unique chance to encounter rare plants and beautiful flowers, in what is essentially a spaciously purpose-built atrium on a giant scale.
When in Singapore your taste buds can and will, officially have it all. Choose to enjoy a decadent evening of drinking and eating oriental style or mix it up at a contemporary dining hot spot. There’s many a Michelin starred restaurant within the city limits that are well worth sampling too. Our favourite venues include;
Les Amis // Address; Shaw Centre. 1 Scotts Road.
A local institute for lovers of impressive food. Think fine French dining with elegant Asian infused undertones. Tip; try executive chef Sebastien Lepinoy’s amazing six course degustation menu.
Béni // Address: Mandarin Gallery. 333 Orchard Road
This Michelin starred restaurant expertly marries premium Japanese ingredients with French cooking techniques. Beni is the ultimate place to order an array of delicate Japanese dishes in a quietly, elegant setting.
Candlenut // Address; Candlenut. Block 17A Dempsey Road.
Led by head chef Malcom Lee, the kitchen team here create enticing Singapore style meals with gusto and glee. People from all over the world flock here to worship Candlenut’s expert take on traditional *Peranakan cuisine.
*The term is an Indonesian/Malay word that means “local born” and refers to people of Chinese, Malay and/or Indonesian heritage.
REST & RELAXATION
Soothe your senses and experience the royal spa treatment at So Spa. Hint; Both ladies and gents have been known to enter for an indulgent massage and wound up losing a whole day being pampered by skilled spa therapists here. So Spa is located at the Sofitel Resort on Sentosa Island and continually ranks by esteemed industry organisations such as Condé Nast and the World Luxury Spa Awards as one of the leading destination spas in Asia…if not the world.
FOR ART’S SAKE
Why not go see a world class art exhibition whilst on your sensory journey through Singapore! The National Gallery of Singapore is the regions newest museum and offers a colossal permanent collection of both South East Asian and International artwork.
Keep a close eye on their calendar of events and schedule ahead for an intimate gallery tour when they host selected renowned global exhibitions. The magnificent building occupies the dual space that was once two major Singapore landmarks—the former City Hall and Supreme Court. A visit to the National Gallery of Singapore gifts guests an outstanding example of art and architecture in one.
SLEEP ON IT
Modern comfort meets quiet luxury at the 5-star Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore. Even the simple act of arriving to the gorgeous grand foyer is a stellar experience. Everything about the Fullerton is regal in essence, from the opulent furnishings to the sweeping views over the iconic Marina Bay.
A favourite place to stylishly lounge about is at the Fullerton Bay Hotel’s rooftop swimming pool which offers admirable views of Singapore. Get comfortable with a cocktail (a Singapore Sling seems fitting) on the deck area and remember to seek out and soak in the secluded mini-pools and hot tubs about. Come evening the Lantern Rooftop Bar literally takes the glitz of Singapore night life to the next level.
All of the accommodation options at the Fullerton are fabulous. However, we suggest booking a waterfront suite over-looking the river to take your Singapore holiday to the extreme end of luxury. There’s also a range of tailored ‘wellness packages’ for guests to explore their passion for world-class accommodation, dining, architecture, art, history, heritage and, of course, indulgent pampering at their on-site spa.
Feeling fancy? Then be sure to stop by the La Brassiere bar & eatery with its French fare in a bistro setting. The burnt orange and metallic grey colour schemed interiors are exactly reminiscent of the splendid sunset along the Marina Bay.
SHOP – ORCHARD ROAD
An exotic shopping spree is a sure-fire way to enliven the senses and casually dive into the friendly local culture in Singapore. Orchard Road is the reigning retail precinct to source outfits by talented local fashion designers and is an overall dream destination for those seeking serious retail therapy in the heart of the city.
Many international luxury brands are found within this vibrant neighbourhood too. We also suggest you take a refreshing break at one of excellent al fresco café’s dotted along the Orchard Street district. Crossroads Café is a stand out favourite for its splendid coffee and excellent street view of the city streetscapes.
By Roxanne Williams
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