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Why Singapore is the ultimate luxury destination for 2022

Read our expert travel guide to Singapore, covering all the best places to stay, eat, drink as well as the top attractions to visit.

By LLM Reporters  |  March 21, 2022
Merlion statue fountain in Merlion Park and Singapore city skyline at sunrise
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With the ever-changing nature of the pandemic effecting countries around the world in different ways, it has been difficult to allow ourselves to get excited about travelling to those exotic and far-flung destinations to satisfy our wanderlust.

But as restrictions ease and opportunities to travel become more possible with mass vaccinations, testing and immunity within local populations, we can begin to allow ourselves to excitedly book those trips and start travelling the world over once more.

One such place that promises entertainment galore, mega shopping malls, supremely spotless public areas and lush green spaces amidst the busy, futuristic looking cityscape is Singapore – a travel destination like no other.

Who can travel to Singapore right now?

Singapore is currently operating with a Vaccinated Travel Lane scheme, whereby travellers from a list of countries can visit providing they test negative and are fully vaccinated before they travel. With restrictions differing in countries and changing as often as they do, it is worth checking the current guidance for Singapore when you know you’re ready to start planning your trip.  

aerial view of Singapore City skyline with Gardens by the Bay
Singapore is currently operating with a Vaccinated Travel Lane scheme, whereby travellers from a list of countries can visit providing they test negative and are fully vaccinated before they travel. Image credit: melis/Bigstock.com

So, what is it that attracts visitors the world over to this small island city-state?

Singapore’s luxury travel offerings

The island city-state in Southeast Asia may be compact, but its small geographical size is nothing compared to its travel offerings that both locals and foreign tourists can enjoy. Singapore has something to offer to almost anyone from its shopping and dining districts to its gardens and skyscrapers. To learn more, we’ve rounded up some of the luxury travel destinations and activities that you can enjoy when holidaying in Singapore.

Luxury shopping in Singapore

Singapore’s Orchard Road is the centre of luxury shopping malls. The malls house different luxury and fashion brands including the likes of Armani, Gucci, Cartier, Victoria’s Secret, and Michael Kors, so you can be sure that your favourite designers will be available when a spot of retail therapy beckons. Many of these renowned luxury brands also have their Southeast Asian flagship stores in Singapore, hence it is a great choice for your luxury travel shopping escapades.

Skyline of Singapore Marina Bay at night with Marina Bay sands
Marina Bay Sands is one of the world’s most recognisable luxury hotels located in the heart of Singapore’s Marina Bay downtown district. Image credit: Melis/Bigstock.com

Luxurious hotel experience in Singapore

Hotels are a mainstay for luxury travel, and for many discerning travellers it’s the lavish hotels that provide all the comfort, service, amenities and facilities that truly make their stay a desirable one. Singapore is no exception when it comes to having some of the most luxurious hotels in the world – you could have an extravagant experience at Marina Bay Sands or enjoy a sumptuous meal surrounded by vintage and antique pieces in Villa Samadhi. Children and adults could also unwind and enjoy their days at Resort World Sentosa’s Universal Studios, waterpark, and oceanarium.

Roll the dice in Singapore’s casino haven

With two elegant casinos, Singapore still ranks as one of the best casino havens in the world if you look at data written by Betadvisor. Marina Bay Sands features 500 gaming tables, 1,600 slot machines, and 30 private gaming rooms. Meanwhile, Resorts World Sentosa, one of the world’s most lavish casino resorts, offers free entry to foreign citizens and free drinks to all visitors. With these casinos, a flutter or two, alongside making use of the wide range of other amenities offered in these integrated resorts, could be a fun way to spend some time in this upmarket destination.

Luxe in art and museum visits in Singapore

For travellers interested in immersing themselves in some culture and activities while they’re away, Singapore offers an exciting selection of museums and workshops to do just this. A number of institutions are available to art and culture enthusiasts including the Singapore Art Gallery and the Art Science Museum.

Travellers are also invited to immerse themselves in interactive or experiential activities, which include workshops on jewellery making, painting, calligraphy, and leatherworking. If acquiring a new skill or hobby is on your list, this might be something that would interest you in your downtime abroad.

For travellers interested in immersing themselves in some culture and activities while they’re away, Singapore offers an exciting selection of museums and workshops to do just this. Image credit: tang90246/Bigstock.com

Beauty in luxury nature tripping in Singapore

Singapore also prides itself on what it can offer those who love nature as the ecological and environmental planning in the city provides luxury travellers the perfect convergence of nature and the urban environment. Tourists are invited to explore the MacRitchie Reservoir Park and visit its owls, flying lemurs, and flower dome during their stay. Meanwhile, Pulau Ubin is an hour-long journey from Singapore and offers kayaking, trekking, and biking, while the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Singapore Botanic Gardens, is a must-visit.

Places to eat for the luxurious traveller in Singapore

An indulgent trip to Singapore would not be complete without sampling some extravagant meals, and there is a plethora of places to try. Start with The Halia, which is found in a UNESCO-listed park, and serves local cuisine in an alfresco dining environment. Another restaurant choice is The Black Swan, a renowned restaurant in the central business district, while those looking for Cantonese cuisine will want to head to Wan Hao Chinese restaurant.

Whatever activities you decide to partake in during your time in Singapore, one thing is for sure, and it’s that you are guaranteed a fun time here. From the food to the hotels to the museums, casinos and green spaces, luxe is the order of the day and you a sure to enjoy a memorable holiday here.