Known to be a wealthy playground, a luxury holiday in Singapore is almost guaranteed with bespoke experiences abounding. The country is made up of 46 islands, the centre of which is the main island of Pulau Ujong (Singapore). Small enough to be intimate while also being large enough to make revisiting an exciting experience every time, the area offers futuristic facilities integrated with natural cultivation, to provide you with a city break like you’ve never dreamed of.
Considered one of the easiest Far Eastern countries to acclimatise to for us Brits, English is widely spoken with written signage offering both local and English directions. This is especially useful when getting to grips with the area’s incredibly convenient public transport system, known as the MRT, which will have you zipping around the capital city in no time.
One of the best cities in the world for a high-end shopping extravaganza, retail addicts will adore the range of luxury designers on offer in Singapore’s glam quarters. Looking for a more boutique experience? Head to Haji Lane, the trendy district in town where you can purchase one-of-a-kind clothes and accessories. For a traditional experience of opulent fashion, head to the famous Orchard Road for a therapy treatment that can only come from shops like Alexander McQueen, Valentino and more.
If any fashionistas out and about on Orchard Rd. happen to be foodies too, then you are in the right place for the fine dining meal of your dreams. With more than 10 of the city’s Michelin-starred eateries gathered in one place, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Alternatively, if you’ve taken your shopping trip further afield to Marina Bay Sands, you’ll be greeted by a host of celebrity chef dining options including Wolfgang Puck and Tetsuya Wakuda. To get to grips with local eating culture, check out any nearby hawker centre, such as Chomp Chomp, where they serve cuisine that’s a significant cut above typical stall fare.
Budding photographers will also go wild for this city where you’ll find plenty to fill up your Instagram feed. With scenic skywalks, like the Fort Siloso Skywalk everywhere you look, you’ll have a bird’s eye view of the city that it would be impossible to pass up on. Particular spots of interest are the sky-high bars 1-Altitude and Level 33 or the ocean-side Marina Bay. It’s also worth noting that these spots are particularly scenic on the 9th of August (Singapore Independence Day) thanks to an annual spectacular fireworks display.
If you want to spend a day escaping the urban grind but don’t want to venture too far outside the city limits, there are a number of stunning nature spots in and about the region that are not to be missed out on. The most obvious stop on the agenda is the world-famous Gardens by the Bay alongside the UNESCO World Heritage site, Singapore Botanic Gardens.
If fashion, food and photography come second best in your heart to thrilling sports, Singapore also has a little something to offer you. The city is home to the world’s first night time F1 Grand Prix. So, skip the club and get down to the track during racing months for a night you won’t forget!
WINGED BOOTS WISDOM
If you hadn’t heard before, Singapore is known for strictly enforcing its laws and customs which, if you’re not careful, could earn you an expensive telling-off. Punishable offences include littering, importing or selling chewing gum, failing to flush the lavatory and smoking in all indoor public spaces as well as overhead bridges and outdoor hospital compounds.
Good to know
- Time difference: UTC +8
- Capital: Singapore
- Currency: SGD
Flying time to destination:
13-hours from London
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