The wealthy business metropolis and one of the world`s most expensive cities is rightfully associated with grandiose shopping malls, fine dining restaurants, fancy hotels and lavish resorts, prestigious yacht clubs and rooftop infinity pools – a paradise for the rich. Business magnates and tycoons call Singapore “The Switzerland of Asia”, and indeed, the tiny island city-state can proudly claim to be opulence on a grand scale.

Infinity Pool at MBS & Casino, Singapore

THE CITY OF FUTURE

Contemporary Singapore was also given a title “The City of Future”, for its numerous innovative architectural sites and its distinctive, futuristic appearance. The phenomenal Marina Bay Sands complex and the Gardens by the Bay are perfect examples of the experimental, ultra-modern perspective of the city design.

One can spend a day sauntering around the harbour front, experiencing views of the surrounding skyscrapers, Marina Bay Sands Complex, Singapore Flyer as well as the famous Gardens by the Bay. The night laser show will blow your mind away!

For the calendar of special events at MBS go to https://www.marinabaysands.com/expo-events-and-convention-centre/plan-an-event/special-events.html

Marina Bay Sands night laser show

MELTING POT OF CULTURES

For those who are fond of culture and history, “Singapura” has plenty to offer. “The City of Lions” is just another epithet linked with Singapore and it refers to the past. Exploring the Chinatown, Little India or the Arab Street will highlight a completely different side of the city, such the weirdest street food, dazzling markets, a mosaic of cultures and places of worship, and it reveals the authentic way of life, which has been lived here for centuries, long before modern Singapore was founded.

Discover the Arab Street and dive into the flavours and scents of the “One Thousand and one nights”, explore the food markets and temples of Chinatown and hunt for some souvenirs, and at last stroll through the streets of Little India and try not to resist the overwhelming aroma of spices spreading around.

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple in Chinatown

SINGAPOREAN HOSPITALITY

Indeed, Singapore is a melting pot of cultures and well-trodden junction by travellers that gives the city a unique character that is greatly reflected in the local food. It is not rare to visit Singapore just for a culinary experience.

Hospitality is here surely at its best and one can choose from countless dining options and world`s cuisines.  From five-star restaurants to street vendors, it seems like life is all about eating. Clarke Quay, Robertson Quay and Marina Bay – the most vibrant dining and entertainment locations lining the Singapore River – are garnished with charming promenades designed in the European style.

The Clarke Quay

SHOPPING PARADISE

Shopping, of course, has gained probably about the same popularity. Where else on earth would you find a “Little Venice” inside of the shopping mall? The city is overflowed with grand malls, shopping centres, designer brands, chic boutiques, stylish retail and markets.

From glamour to high-tech, there are myriads of shopping opportunities, including Sun Tec City, Far East Plaza, Ngee Ann City, Bugis, Paragon, ViVo City, ION Orchard and the glorious Marina Bay Sands.

Marina Bay Sands Shopping Mall – “Little Venice”

GARDENS BY THE BAY

The waterfront garden is a massive nature park providing some more mesmerising views of the city. It is a relatively new tourist attraction located just at the Marina Bay Sands. Get lost in the lush evergreen gardens with palm trees, cactus and exotic flowers. It is as much beautiful in the daytime as in the night when the impressive trees of the “Supertree Grove” light up and change colour during the light and sound show.

The Gardens by the Bay

The Raffles Place is a starting point for one of the best free self-guided tours of Singapore. First, explore this financial heart with the tallest buildings in the city. Once you have had enough of stunning views, walk to the Boat Quay, following the river towards the Clarke Quay. You will get to see some of the historical pearls of the town, e.g. the iconic Fullerton Hotel.

Fullerton Hotel

HARBOURFRONT

All your senses should be satisfied by now, and it is time to move onto the coastal pleasures of the city. And the most expensive one! The beach-highlight of Singapore is definitely the Sentosa Island. But before you reach the island, you will want to research the Vivo City, which is the largest shopping mall in Singapore with some of the best food courts.

The Harbour Front is home to the Singapore cruise centre. This creatively designed waterfront promenade is just another place with classy bars and restaurants, elegant pedestrian zone and some more spectacular views. The Harbour Front is also a base for every visitor heading to the Sentosa Island; to get there you can use the Sentosa Cable Car or Sentosa Express Train. 

The Harbour Front, Sentosa Cable Car

SENTOSA ISLAND IS ‘THE STATE OF FUN’

Singapore`s tropical setting, not far from the equator, only amplifies its charm and makes it be an ideal destination for a self-indulgent holiday. Sentosa Island is perhaps the very favourite amongst the holidaymakers.

Its well-groomed Siloso and Palawan Beaches, fringed by resorts, beach bars and restaurants attract many couples to spend their honeymoon in this paradise. Families commonly visit Sentosa to have endless fun in the water parks, adventure parks and the famous Universal Studios while the businessmen prefer a different kind of entertainment – Resorts World Sentosa Casino.

 

Resorts World Sentosa

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