Singapore boasts a wealth of hotels to suit most wallets, but where the city really excels is its luxury sector. Marina Bay is a popular area, with its stunning city skyline views and fantastic eating, shopping and entertainment choices all on the doorstep. Those in town for some retail therapy should check into a choice of high-end options on Orchard Road, Singapore’s main shopping thoroughfare, while if its sun, sea, sand and family fun you’re after, then make Sentosa your home for your vacation. For something a little different, then Chinatown is a good choice for boutique hotels.
Sentosa hotels get booked up during local holidays with families taking 'staycations' — so book ahead.
Singapore’s multi-cultural make-up means there is a huge selection of international culinary delights to choose from. Some of the city’s best local dishes can be found in its hawker centers, the city’s equivalent of ‘street food,’ while at the other end of the spectrum is the growing number of celebrity chef restaurants, which are springing up in the city’s high-end hotel complexes, particularly Marina Bay Sands and Resorts World Sentosa. For those aiming somewhere in between, you'll find a concentration of restaurants along the river at Boat Quay, Clarke Quay and Robertson Quay, and also all over Chinatown.
Prices on menus tend to be exclusive of service and GST - an additional 17% will be added to your bill.
Be Sure to Sample:
Chilli crab, laksa, roti prata, char kway teow, chicken rice and prawn mee.\
There is no shortage of world-class visitor attractions in Singapore. Families are well catered for with the trio of wildlife parks – the Singapore Zoo, Night Safari and Jurong Bird Park, while the Marine Life Park boasts the world’s largest aquarium and the Universal Studios theme park is great for a family day of fun. Culture vultures will find a wealth of museums celebrating Singapore’s heritage and documenting the war years, and even general sightseeing is fun in Singapore with boat cruises, cable cars and observation wheels all at your disposal.
Major attractions on weekend afternoons. If you must go at the weekend, get there early.
The weather is extremely changeable in Singapore — carry sun cream and an umbrella with you at all times.
Singapore has long since shrugged off its image of being ‘boring’ and now has one of the most vibrant nightlife scenes in Asia. Stylish roof bars attract the city’s beautiful people in the Marina Bay and Financial District areas, while Club Street in Chinatown is a popular haunt for boutique wine bars and trendy cocktail lounges. Alfresco dining and drinking is always on offer along the Singapore River in the three popular quays - Boat Quay, Clarke Quay and Robertson Quay – while night owls will find a selection of dance clubs around the city attracting the world’s top DJs.
Drinking is expensive in Singapore but most bars run happy hours from 5 pm - 8 pm, and many have 'ladies' nights' on Wednesdays.
Shopping is a major national pastime in Singapore, and you just need to visit a shopping mall at the weekend to prove the theory. Your first stop should be Orchard Road, the highest concentration of shopping malls in the world. It’s all about brands here, and the bigger and flashier the mall, the better. For souvenirs head to Chinatown or Little India, while Haji Lane in Kampong Glam is Singapore’s best stretch of independent and off-beat boutiques.
Best Local Souvenir:
Orchids, feng shui items, Chinese tea, Chinese silk items