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Stay and play in Singapore
Famous for it's beautiful culture, breathtaking views and culinary delights, Singapore is a top destination for anyone looking for an escape to remember, here is a round up of some the best places to stay and some exciting activities to do whilst you're there...
Where to stay
Mandarin Oriental Singapore
With a plum position in the city’s main dining and entertainment district, Marina Bay, this award-winning outpost of one of the world’s most luxurious hotel brands is perfect both as a base and for focusing on your wellbeing. The spa hosts curated activities including a running club, personal training and yoga classes, and there’s also an outdoor swimming pool surrounded by lush vegetation, with iconic city views. The distinctive contemporary tiered building is also home to Cantonese, Japanese and Italian restaurants, a steakhouse and a poolside lounge.
The Clan Hotel Singapore
Close to Marina Bay and Raffles Place, this modern option is named for the clan associations of its neighbourhood, where Singapore’s forefathers helped Chinese settlers make the land their own – now part of the CBD. This ethos extends to the hotel’s activity offerings, which go off the beaten track to include a brewery culture and tasting tour, a cultural culinary class and a scent-making workshop. On-site amenities include the level-30 outdoor Sky Pool and a restaurant serving reimagined Chinese classics.
Oasia Hotel Downtown by Far East Hospitality
This hotel is the perfect place from which to explore Singapore, with its own curated walking and bike trails, plus rental arranged by the super-efficient concierge. But it’s also well set up for recuperating from sightseeing and shopping missions in the vicinity, with a spa and two rooftop swimming pools – one hosting aqua-fitness classes by The Ripple Club. There are also weekly yoga sessions. Dine and drink on-site in The Marmalade Pantry, OSO Ristorante and Cin Cin Bar, or check out a fantastic array of restaurants within easy walking distance.
Parkroyal on Kitchener Road
Set in the characterful cultural enclave of Little India with its temples and mosques, street art and colourful shophouses, this bright and airy property also has an outdoor pool (and a children’s pool) and tempting on-site dining: a brasserie serving Asian street-food favourites, and a Cantonese and Sichuan restaurant complete with a resident tea master. Rooms and suites in neutral shades including large family rooms sleeping up to six. You can also upgrade to get Executive Lounge access.
Where to play
For those who like to take things easy, jump aboard the Skyride for a scenic adventure on a 4-seater chairlift that gives you a bird's eye view of the Singapore skyline and the South China Sea while engrossed in the natural habitat of Sentosa Island. You might also see the cheeky cockatoos that often entertain passengers. Skyline Luge is a unique wheeled gravity ride that provides riders full control over their descent on purpose-built track. Thrill-seekers can navigate the Jungle trail or challenge themselves on the Dragon trail - then try one of the two brand new Luge tracks that twist and turn 638m and 658m through the mystical forest.
City Tour with Gardens by the Bay – Private Tour
Get to know Singapore and see for yourself how the city has transformed over time. The journey begins with "Little India", a vibrant cultural enclave with temples and mosques, street art, and brightly painted shophouses that will entrance you visually. You’ll then proceed next to the colonial district where you will be greeted by Singapore’s colonial past; the Parliament House, the Victoria Theatre, the Empress Place Building, the City Hall and the legendary Raffles Hotel. Your final stop brings you to the horticultural wonders of the Gardens by the Bay before returning back to your hotel. The entrance tickets to the Flower Dome & Cloud Forest are included.
Singapore Cultural Experience Private Tour
Singapore’s diversity has created a unique community and a branded identity called Singaporean. Visit the different Ethnic enclaves starting with Kampomg Glam followed by the Sultan Mosque, the very heartbeat of Malay culture. Walk along 19th century shophouses now turned into stores selling textiles and clothing, and trendy cafes lining Haji Lane. Visit thereafter to Little India and be entranced by the sights and sounds of the vibrant Indian culture, with temples and mosques, street art and brightly painted shophouses. You’ll then head to Chinatown to be immersed in the Chinese ways of life. Meander along narrow streets exploring local street food, souvenir shops, crafts and antiques.
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