Singapore. Always warm, always welcoming. Reassuringly consistent and dynamically diverse. Most of us have been there on a fly-by, spending a couple of days in transit but not necessarily cementing the island city as a final destination. However, as Australia cools down, these glamorous Asian neighbours are brimming with escapist hospitality that cements it’s status as a sophisticated destination.
The global city shares the contrast of its neighbours, where old meets new, traditional meets modern and the East and West collide into a melting pot of culture. You can go from the intricate carvings and painting in local precincts to extraordinary pioneering architecture in the central hubs of the city within hours. Eat and drink your way through a myriad of cuisines that have harmoniously blended to create a delicious taste experience. Shop the small silk merchants on Arab Street and the quaint boutiques on Haji Lane or take it up a notch with the designer haven that is Changi Airport. Get lost in Singapore’s multitude of events including Formula One racing and a smattering of prestigious arts festivals.
Singapore has transformed itself from a third-world, swampy island to a first-class, modern city in just fifty years. It’s a regional hub for corporations, high tech centres and biomedical facilities. While, known for its city skyscrapers, Singapore is surprisingly one of the world’s greenest cities, with almost half of Singapore’s land area under green cover.
When you arrive, take your pick sipping cocktails at The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore’s pool as you overlook the Bay, or Sofitel So Singapore’s stunning gold-tiled pool with unbeatable views of the CBD. If infinity pools are on this winter’s bucket list, simply head to PARKROYAL on Pickering Hotel, Singapore for their striking liquid drop-edge. Then, wander down Singapore’s narrowest street, Haji Lane in Kampong Glam, famous for its street art murals which have, somewhat annoyingly, become become the backdrop for many a selfie.
For shopping, take your pick of market stalls and high-end luxury behemoths to quirky neighbourhood boutiques. Sydney PR queen Roxy Jacenko recommends the ION Orchard, which also boastsAustralian chef Luke Mangan’s Salt Grill & Sky Bar with spectacular views of the city.
The island city’s main civilian airport, Singapore Changi Airport is the most awarded airport in the world. A well-known shopping stop, it also offers varied dining options and boasts extensive leisure and entertainment features across its three terminals. While waiting for your flight, you have access to gaming rooms, movie theatres, five indoor and outdoor gardens (including the world’s first butterfly garden in an airport) and many more – all with compliments of Changi Airport.
As journalist Anita Kapoor said, “there isn’t anywhere else on Earth where people confluence – like the way they do in Singapore. From visitors and transients to citizens, this progressive island and gateway to South East Asia is a dynamic mix of cultures, ideas and histories neither ethnic nor exotic, instead, the essence of modern Asia – sparklingly savvy, with a touch of old school. The first-time visitor should expect to be surprised, confused, and, charmed.”
Singapore is a totally out-of-the-ordinary island city that just works. An amazing concentration of sights, sounds, tastes and cultures, all packed into one small user-centric island city; where both leisure and business visitors can easily personalise and enjoy their own unique Singapore experience.
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*This post is proudly sponsored by Singapore Tourism Board and Changi Airport Group but all thoughts are my own. Images via YourSingapore.