Couples looking to spend some romantic moments together will find plenty of opportunities in Singapore. The balmy evenings are perfect for alfresco dinners and riverside cocktails, and there are plenty of lookout points to catch sunset and the twinkling lights of the city skyline.
First, you’ll need somewhere super romantic to check into. The Scarlet Hotel, a boutique design hotel in the heart of Chinatown, describes itself as ‘vivacious, bold, uninhibited and sensuous’. Everything about this hotel – from the velvet-clad reception to the glistening palette of platinum, gold, burgundy and black in the suites – guarantees you a seductive stay. Check into the aptly named ‘Passion’ suite with its four-poster bed and outdoor Jacuzzi bath.
Other sleeping options to consider include the world-famous all-suite Raffles Hotel with its colonial charm, and the uber-stylish Fullerton Bay Hotel with its stunning views across Marina Bay from its floor-to-ceiling windows.
Take advantage of some of Singapore’s vertiginous lookout points to take in the twinkling lights of the skyline together. The Singapore Flyer is the world’s tallest observation wheel and is one of the best ways to take in 360-degree views of the city. Jazz up your experience by upgrading to the VIP Signature Cocktail Flight, the Singapore Sling Flight or the Moet & Chandon Champagne Flight, and get the added bonus of a VIP themed capsule to yourselves.
Alternatively, choose from the city’s selection of stylish rooftop bars to take in the view with cocktail in hand. 1-Altitude boasts the accolade of being the world’s tallest alfresco bar and as such has incredible views across the city, while Ku De Ta more than holds its own in both style and view stakes, from its staggering location 257m atop the Marina Bay Sands hotel.
If heights aren’t your thing, then a Singapore River Cruise boat up through the Colonial District and the nightlife districts of Boat Quay, Clarke Quay and Robertson Quay, is a romantic and leisurely way to take in the sights, particularly at night when the glistening lights are reflected on the river, and the boats are resplendent with bobbing red lanterns.
For a spot of heavenly pampering together, then check in for a couples’ spa session at the fabulous ESPA spa at Resorts World Sentosa. Its fabulous landscaped gardens, pools and ponds are set against a backdrop of sea views and jungle covered hillsides, and include vitality pools, icy plunge pools, crystal steam rooms, rock saunas and Japanese onsen.
An article on romance wouldn’t be complete without suggestions on places to enjoy a romantic dinner a deux. Our top pick would be the swanky L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, with its sexy black and red upholstery and heavenly French fine-dining cuisine. Alternatively, try Tamarind Hill, a super-romantic colonial bungalow tucked away in the lush tropical rainforest of Labrador Park, dishing up some of the best Thai food in town, or Indochine Waterfront with its al-fresco, fairy-lit riverside dining area and innovative Southeast Asian cuisine.