Natalie Bannister tells us a little about her short break stay in one of the world’s most vibrant and modern cities …
“We recently enjoyed three nights kicking around the stylish, modern, pristine metropolis of Singapore … and with a penchant for the good life, this was my kind of heaven! With world class shopping and some classy bars and fine dining restaurants, Singapore has it all for the foodie and the fashionista. And with no shortage of luxurious hotels to choose from, we certainly didn’t have to risk forsaking any level of pampering and indulgence.
Staying at the Ritz Carlton Millenia Singapore was the premier choice to suit our needs, with a central location on Raffles Avenue overlooking the famous marina and city skyline – the ArtScience, Museum, the newly opened Gardens by the Bay, the Singapore Flyer, the Marina Bay Sands hotel and those amazing shopping precincts all close by. The hotel has recently undergone a refurbishment that has upped the luxe level to an even higher standard and the attention to detail here totally seduced us. And as we were Club level guests we had not only the sublimely decadent, spacious suite with an incredible view of the marina, but also our own personalised concierge service, our complimentary limousine service and personalised in-room check-in to our access to the Club Lounge, with its 360 degree views of the city skyline. The Ritz Carlton Millenia made sure we were treated as VIPs the whole time.
When we could drag ourselves away from our sumptuous beds and oversized bathtub with a view of the Flyer, or away from the cool relaxation of the hotel’s pool, it was the city that had us enthralled. Three nights wasn’t nearly enough to do everything we wanted but we gave it a good shot and, quite literally, didn’t stop feasting and sight seeing the entire time we were there. Days were spent seeing the sights (we had a memorable breakfast date with orangutans at the famous Singapore Zoo; and the Gardens by the Bay impressed our inner botanist) or wandering the culturally diverse neighbourhoods and temples of Chinatown and Little India, lusting after supreme fashion at the high end designer digs of the Marina Bay Sands shopping precinct and the more accessible but equally exciting shops of Orchard Road; and savouring the quirky delights of the shops and cafes of colourful and vibrant Haji Lane.
Afternoons welcomed both the sunset and cocktail time – our favourite experience was at Ku De Ta on the rooftop of Marina Bay Sands (with a view to die for!) and the rooftop bar Lantern at The Fullerton Bay Hotel where we could kick back with ambient tunes to accompany the delicious drinks and tasty nibbles. All to set ourselves up for another decadent meal at one of the riverside restaurants or, another favourite experience, tasting our way through the more traditional dishes at Singapore’s famous street side hawker stalls, which really is not to be missed!
With so many fantastic and varied experiences and activities to discover in Singapore, you’re hard pressed to do it all in one stay … but we sure had fun trying! Singapore turned out to be the perfect short break – sophisticated, interesting and all the right ingredients for romance.”