This prosperous island nation is seen of one of Asia’s greatest success stories, a centre of commerce and industry. However, Singapore is also an amazing tourist destination beyond its status as gateway to South East Asia’s premier tourist destinations. This amazing island has more than enough - especially the food - to keep the discerning traveller captivated, wanting more.
When to go
September to November is the best time to travel to Singapore, to avoid both the crowds and monsoonal weather.
Where to go
Grab amazing views of the city and the island from the Singapore Flyer. Get a feel for the local flora and fauna at the Singapore Zoo and Botanic Gardens. Go on a street food tour led by the experts. Get your arts and culture fix at the National Gallery. Drink an authentic Singapore Sling from the Long Bar at Raffles Hotel. Relax by your hotel pool with a drink in hand and watch one of the island’s renowned sunsets.
Food & Drink
Foodies flock to Singapore, and with good reason - the food is outstanding. Hundreds of years of cultural intermingling between Chinese, Indian, Malay and the British populations has created a range of dishes that are, quite frankly, addictive. Standouts include Hainanese Chicken Rice and Chili Crab, available from many street vendors. To sample some real Singaporean delights, head to Restaurant Labyrinth (8 Raffles Avenue, #02-23 Esplanade Mall). It only offers tasting menus, but you are guaranteed a delightful journey through Singapore’s street foods. To embrace Singapore’s futuristic culinary edginess, visit Tippling Club (38 Tanjong Pagar Road) for some very quirky interpretations on Singapore favourites.
As one of the world’s great cities and a rapidly rising tech centre, Singapore has developed a sophisticated nightlife. Still, you’ll probably want to head to the Singaporean institution that is Raffles (1 Beach Rd, Singapore), a bastion of old world glamour since 1877 and home of the Singapore Sling. Once you’ve done that, head on over to Anti:dote (Level 1, 80 Bras Basah Road) for unique and inventive cocktails devised by mixologist Tom Hogen.
Where to stay
Villa Samadhi Singapore is a brand new boutique hotel a few kilometres from the centre of the city. The hotel features stylish, contemporary interiors, excellent dining facilities (with the acclaimed Tamarind Hill restaurant just next door), a fantastic pool and easy access to some of Singapore’s premier tourist attractions.
How to get there
Singapore and British Airlines fly direct to Changi Airport daily.