Imagine a team of the world's greatest architects and city planners brought together to create a dream city, in a beautiful location, with great year round weather. The picture in your head should be of Singapore, where such great care was put into the development it is illegal even to chew gum for fear of dirtying the city. Perfectly organized by shopping districts, financial districts, and entertainment/nightlife areas all in dedicated sections, it is an urban feng shui masterpiece.
World Class Dining
Singapore has a renowned reputation for phenomenal cuisine and a fusion of delicacies from around the globe. Savor foods from different parts of the world at a truly authentic restaurant themed from a far away country or spend the night tickling your taste buds somewhere that blends many flavors together. Perched on the top floor of the Shangri-La, over looking the city skyline is one of the jewels of Singapore cuisine, The Blu. With a top rated chef, Kevin Cherkas creates a unique menu with modern European Cuisine, blended with Asian ingredients and exciting twists.
Restaurant le Nicolas is tucked away in China Town and entering the cozy restaurant you know you will have the most excellent personal service as you watch the Chef (Nicolas) pour his heart into every dish. The French wonder continually draws in foodies with his attention to detail and love affair with cuisine.
A large influence from Chinese heritage is apparent as they certainly know how to do Chinese fine-dining right. Min Jiangin The Goodwood Park Hotel, boasts top notch Chinese cuisine in this significant Singapore landmark. Built in the early 1900s when tigers still roamed the streets, The Goodwood Park Hotel, started as an elite club and has retained it's 5-star status over the years.
With less than 800 square km in the entire country, Singapore has utilized their land well and been ingenious in developing attractions that draw people from all over Asia. The Singapore Flyer is the world's largest Ferris wheel reaching 42 stories high. This 'observation wheel' has pods that can hold 28 people for a 45-minute ride to gain some the city's best views.
On the Southern tip of Singapore is "Asia's Favorite Playground," Sentosa. The park continues to grow in popularity and in size as the original island was enlarged and six more artificial islands created. Artificial wave pools, indoor skydiving, beach bars, golf courses and amusement parks, all serve to make Sentosa an extremely lively place.
The Never Ending Party
The party never stops in this bustling city. Enjoy a truly Asian night out and party to Canto Pop, or hit up the mainstream world-class clubs. Zouk constantly has big name DJs and performers coming through several times a week. With several sections of the club, anyone can find their niche here.
Much of Singapore's nightlife is clustered around the river that snakes through the city. Overlooking the water (and a giant Mere-Lion fountain) the walls of The Butter Factory are always pulsing with popular tunes and packed with beautiful people from around the world partying late into the morning.
When the music finally fads, it is easy to find a feather bed to snuggle into at one of Singapore's many 5 star hotels. Stay near the heart of the shopping district and pamper yourself in one of the many exquisite spas. Enjoy lavish and enormous breakfast buffets, famous among frequent travelers who pass through the city.
The Mandarin Oriental is the picture of class and elegance and boasts the most interesting interior architecture. The staff is painfully tutored to pay the upmost attention to the guests and in a world of corporate hotels, you appreciate their personal care. The newly remodeled pool lets guests bask in the sun amongst a posh setting overlooking the splendor of the city as a backdrop.
The jet setting vacationers gallivanting through South East Asia too often miss Singapore. It is truly an international city that makes traveler's jaws drop at the majesty and beauty found within its streets.