As soon as seen merely as a stopover, Singapore is now thought to be a incredible vacation spot in its personal proper.
It’s a balmy, stunning metropolis state the place record-breaking skyscrapers tower over nature reserves and supersized procuring malls.
There’s no scarcity of locations to remain and the nation is known for its UNESCO-listed road meals scene and plush, sprawling parks — lots of that are linked by Singapore’s consistently increasing community of bicycle lanes.
Glittering heights: As soon as seen merely as a stopover, Singapore is now thought to be a incredible vacation spot in its personal proper. Above is town’s spectacular skyline
Chilli crab is a Singaporean delicacy (file picture)
A SKYLINE TO RIVAL DUBAI
Singapore’s skyline — significantly within the waterfront space — makes Dubai’s look positively boring. You’ll discover each sort of structure right here, starting from the 57-storey Marina Bay Sands lodge, with its rooftop sky park (which is longer than the Eiffel Tower is tall), to the neoclassical splendour of the waterfront Fullerton Lodge, which was as soon as Singapore’s basic put up workplace.
EAT LIKE A MOVIE STAR
In late 2020, Singapore’s hawker tradition — which refers back to the open-air meals courts the place scrumptious, native dishes are served — was added to UNESCO’s Consultant Listing of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (attempt saying that after a mouthful of chilli crab — a Singaporean delicacy).
Improbable locations to pattern Singapore’s well-known road meals embody the Newton Meals Centre (which starred within the 2018 movie Loopy Wealthy Asians) and the Maxwell Meals Centre, close to Chinatown.
For high quality eating, contemplate lodge Raffles Singapore’s latest restaurant, Osteria BBR by Alain Ducasse, which opened late final 12 months. Or attempt Singapore’s first Nobu outpost on the 4 Seasons Lodge. As for that every one necessary Singaporean sundowner? It’s bought to be the Regent lodge’s Manhattan bar.
OFF TO THE SHOPPES
Head to The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, which now has greater than 170 shops. You’ll be only a quick stroll from the world’s first floating Apple retailer, which opened in 2020 on the waters of Marina Bay.
Singapore’s monumental Raffles Metropolis procuring centre can have 50 new shops by the top of the 12 months. These embody Sephora, L’Occitane, Lululemon and Acqua di Parma.
For some really Singaporean souvenirs, head to Design Orchard, a sprawling boutique on Orchard Street with a consistently increasing roster of manufacturers.
Sentosa Island, pictured above, celebrates its fiftieth anniversary this 12 months – take a look at the island’s new SkyHelix Sentosa panoramic trip
There’s by no means been a greater time to go to Sentosa Island, which celebrates its fiftieth anniversary this 12 months. Obtained a head for heights? Courageous the brand new SkyHelix Sentosa trip — Singapore’s highest open-air, panoramic trip.
After strapping in, you’ll slowly ascend to 260 ft above floor stage. The trip rotates, offering 360-degree views over Sentosa and Singapore’s southern islands. By the way, the view will quickly be much more spectacular — there are plans to relocate the port and Sentosa itself will increase to incorporate the smaller close by island of Pulau Brani.
For a historical past repair, take a look at Fort Siloso — a coastal artillery battery, which grew to become Singapore’s 74th Nationwide Monument this 12 months.
Elsewhere, a number of Sentosa Island lodges (together with the Laborious Rock Lodge Singapore) will quickly be refurbished as a part of a makeover which can contain an growth of the S.E.A. Aquarium and, at Common Studios Singapore, a brand new Minion Land zone, as a result of open in 2024.
186 MILES OF PEDAL POWER
Go for a motorcycle trip on the just lately expanded Park Connector Community, a 186-mile path of motorcycle paths connecting Singapore’s inexperienced areas. Above is a piece of the community in East Coast Park
Go for a pedal-powered exploration of Singapore. Our favorite devoted biking routes embody the just lately expanded Park Connector Community, a 186-mile path of motorcycle paths connecting Singapore’s inexperienced areas. The most well-liked stretches embody the Jap Coastal Loop, which weaves alongside Singapore’s southern shoreline. There’s additionally the 16-mile Rail Hall, a brand new biking and mountaineering path within the footprint of a railway which as soon as shuttled items to Malaysia.
The route is lined with nature reserves and historic websites (together with historic metal truss bridges and restored prepare stations), and pangolins and lemurs are recurrently noticed.
Marina Bay Sands (pictured) hosts a twice-nightly water and lightweight present often called Spectra
Singapore will quickly have its first devoted youngsters’s museum. Interactive reveals can be central to the museum, which can open in December close to Fort Canning Park. In the meantime, youngsters (and their dad and mom) will love Future World on the ArtScience Museum, close to the bottom of the Marina Bay Sands.
Future World is filled with interactive digital artwork — the spotlight of which is the Sketch Aquarium. After drawing their favorite sea creature, youngsters can scan the image and watch their design swim throughout the floor-to-ceiling digital aquarium.
For some free enjoyable, contemplate a wander across the close by Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. Its artwork installations embody the Rain Oculus, which shops rainwater and empties it into the procuring centre’s canals, making a thundering indoor waterfall at 10am, 1pm, 3pm and 5pm day by day.
Equally unmissable is Spectra, Marina Bay Sands’ twice-nightly water and lightweight present. It returned in April after a two-year hiatus.
WHEN TO GO
AS Singapore is simply to the north of the equator, it’s sizzling and humid all 12 months spherical, and the temperature not often drops under 25c (77f) or exceeds 33c (91f). Main occasions embody the Singapore Meals Pageant this month and the Singapore Grand Prix weekend, which begins on September 30.
WHERE TO STAY
Feast on the legendary afternoon tea on the historic Fullerton Lodge Singapore (above)
Returns from London Heathrow to Singapore with Singapore Airways begin from £555 (singaporeair.com).
Keep on the historic Fullerton Lodge Singapore from £276 per room per night time (fullertonhotels.com). Take in the views of Singapore’s skyline and feast on the lodge’s legendary afternoon tea.
Guests who fancy a pedal-powered exploration ought to contemplate the Ibis Singapore on Bencoolen, near Orchard Street. From £80 per room per night time (all.accor.com), it has a fleet of bamboo bikes for friends. The Raffles Sentosa Resort and Spa (raffles.com) will turn out to be the model’s second Singapore property when it opens later this 12 months. Additionally contemplate the Park Royal Assortment Marina Bay (panpacific.com) which just lately emerged from a £25 million makeover.
Though locations to remain in the course of the Grand Prix are already briefly provide, you received’t wrestle to seek out one on the 1,080-room Hilton Singapore Orchard (hilton.com), which grew to become the area’s largest Hilton lodge when it opened this 12 months.