Known for its opulence, bountiful career opportunities and clean public spaces, Singapore has carved itself out as, not only, a fantastic place to visit, but a luxurious place in which to live too.
A hub for the international traveller with evening light shows, lush greenery resting between tall modern buildings, grand hotels, festivals and a tropical climate to boot, it is easy to understand why this island city state is so popular. Often ranked high in the best places to live lists, Singapore boasts a multicultural population with four official languages, is a global financial centre and sits among some glorious landscapes, just off southern Malaysia.
Whether you live and work here, are travelling through or have selected Singapore as your ultimate holiday destination there are many fantastic ways in which to experience the best of what the island has to offer. The word luxury is synonymous with Singapore and that’s why we’ve shortlisted our top six luxury places to visit and opulent experiences to partake in while you’re in town. Read on to be inspired.
Casino experience at Marina Bay Sands Casino or Resorts World Sentosa
One of the more popular sights has to be the Marina Bay Sands Hotel, with its unique multi-tower structure with what resembles a ship resting along top. A stay here would be something to remember but for a one-off experience, head to the on-site casino. Costing an impressive $5.5 million to create, the casino encompasses more than 1,500 slots and 600 table games across 15,000 square metres of gaming space on four levels.
Due to its location in Asia, the casino at Marina Bay Sands has a broad selection of games that are popular in the region such as Sic Bo and Pai Gow. You can also play internationally popular games like roulette, baccarat, craps and pontoon, which is very similar to online blackjack games, but with some different terminology and a rule called the five-card trick.
For an equally luxurious casino experience head over to Sentosa Island where you will never be bored with the countless table games and slots to be enjoyed. Guest service ambassadors and expert croupiers are at hand to ensure your casino experience runs smoothly and it is unrivalled in its knowledge of gaming preferences so you can enjoy your baccarat or roulette in style and with the satisfaction that this is one of the top casino spots on the continent.
Fine dining at Odette
Gaining the highest level of recognition in the Michelin Guide, Odette is a three-star offering providing modern French cuisine by chef Julien Royer. Sitting in National Gallery Singapore and boasting calming pretty, pale and gently whimsical interiors, the exquisite Odette is named for the decorated chef’s grandmother, who taught him about the importance of the purity of ingredients and the added extras to make a meal special.
Expect to see delights on the menu such as mushroom tea, rosemary smoked organic egg, smoked pigeon, foie gras and scallops, all paired with unique combinations and presented in the most superb ways, creating quite the experience for any diner.
Paddock Club at Formula One
For those formula one fans out there, this experience is certainly one to add to the books. With an exciting selection of hospitality packages for the big event, the Formula One Paddock Club three-day bundle has to be best. Stand right above the pit garages for the best action views of the stops as well as all the action from lanes one to three and take advantage of pit lane tours, free-flowing Champagne and fine dining from restaurants by Heston Blumenthal and Nobu Matsuhisa.
Signature cocktails at Raffles
This five-star palatial hotel, famed for the Singapore Sling cocktail, has recently undergone renovation and retains its colonial charm and world-renowned elegance with a little facelift in tow. The famous gin-based cocktail topped with pineapple juice, lime juice, curacao, Benedictine and cherry liqueur, which was created over 100 years ago by a bartender in the hotel’s Long Bar, certainly attracts visitors who want to sample a piece of history in its origin setting. Inspired by Malayan life in the 1920s, the Long Bar with deep rich colours and lush greenery offers an upmarket spot to sip on the original Singapore Sling.
Spa day at ESPA Resorts World Sentosa
Though this is based on the bustling Sentosa Island you will be sure to experience a truly relaxing day at Asia’s flagship EPSA. The 10,000 square metre leisure area boasts luxurious private beach villas and garden suites, with facilities including forest onsen-style pools, rock saunas, vitality pools, crystal steam rooms and Singapore’s first authentic Turkish Hammam. Indulge in signature treatments such as the two-hour ultimate hammam ritual, a selection of 90-minute exclusive facials or the two-hour stress reliever body ritual. Bliss!
Club Indulgence at Mandarin Oriental
Take advantage of this package for your luxurious stay in Singapore. Shaped like the brand’s iconic fan logo from above, the five-star hotel in central Marina Bay offers fine dining restaurants, a luxurious spa and exquisite suites. Arrive by limousine transfer in a Mercedes Benz E-Class and benefit from daily Champagne breakfasts, a 20% discount on a 90-minute treatment at The Spa, evening cocktails with hors d’oeuvres, all day wines, beers, soft drinks and an afternoon tea service and late check out with the club indulgence package.
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