A beguiling city-state unlike any other, Singapore is as radiant in natural beauty as it is varied in culture and heritage. Known as the ‘Lion City’ of Asia, Singapore is one of the most dynamic cities in the world.
Singapore has evolved from its roots as a quiet fishing village to become one of Asia’s most prosperous economic superpowers.
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A Historical Transformation & Flourishing Performance Culture
Singapore has evolved from its roots as a quiet fishing village to become one of Asia’s most prosperous economic superpowers. Sir Thomas Raffles famously became the founder of modern Singapore when he landed on the island in 1819, seizing the opportunity to establish it as a trading port due to its ideal geographical location. Although much of early Singapore has been razed to make way for the iridescent skyscrapers which dominate the sleek financial districts of the thriving modern city, the downtown Colonial District of Singapore remains embellished with stately colonial buildings, providing a contrast of traditional charm.
Along with the iconic Raffles Hotel, one of the city’s most distinguished architectural treasures is the Empress Place building, an elegant Neo-Palladian structure overlooking the Singapore River. Initially constructed as government offices in 1865, the majestic building remains one of the finest neo-classical buildings in Singapore, and is currently the second wing of the Asian Civilisations Museum, the only institution which specialises in exhibitions exploring pan-Asian civilisations, arts and culture. To discover rich ethnic heritage in one of the most atmospheric fragments of old Singapore, the Kampong Glam area of the city was once the seat of Malay Royalty and still stands as a golden enclave of exotic surprises. Now a sector of the city eminent for its enticing perfume and traditional textile shops, around Arab Street you will find a kaleidoscopic labyrinth of rare souvenirs, where precious silks, resplendent jewellery and exotic ornaments adorn the streets as they have done for over a century.
The fine arts and culture world is flourishing in Singapore, with sophisticated performance venues attracting the world’s finest global artists and musicians every year. At the city’s musical heart, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra continues to gain significant recognition for the world-class quality and variety of its performances. From classic orchestral masterpieces to exciting forward-thinking premieres, there is no better place to be captivated by the versatile repertoire of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra than within the crown jewel of the Esplanade Theatres on the Bay. The stunning Esplanade Concert Hall is one of only five halls in the world with similarly state-of-the-art acoustics.
For the ultimate evening of enchantment, Ballet Under The Stars is one of Singapore’s most magical outdoor cultural events held at Fort Canning Park. Showcasing remarkable contemporary and classical works performed by the mesmerising Singapore Dance Theatre, this enthralling event takes place over two weekends in July and is not to be missed.
However, to experience the electric atmosphere of one of Asia’s most highly anticipated and exhilarating sporting and entertainment events, the exalted FIA Formula One Singapore Grand Prix generates a buzz of excitement like no other. As the proud host of the world’s only Formula One night race, Singapore’s Marina Bay Street Circuit attracts dedicated international spectators every year, providing top-class racing and riveting entertainment just a stone’s throw away from the finest luxury hotels and dining venues in the city.
A Bustling Nightlife Network
As night falls, Singapore seamlessly shifts from an efficient business centre to a bustling network of cocktail bars and nightclubs. Where feeling the night-pulse is a must, lofted seventy-one floors above the city skyline, New Asia Bar is the highest and most glamorous place to party in Singapore. Mixing astounding views with sensuous cocktails to attract an elitist clientele, the monthly “High Life” themed parties are particularly popular. As energetic music resonates from the decks of internationally acclaimed DJs, you can dance at new heights amidst a backdrop of skyscrapers illuminated by the city’s brightest lights.
A Hybrid of International Cuisine
Inspired by the gourmet traditions of global cultures, cuisine in Singapore is a hybrid of Europe’s and Asia’s finest gastronomy. The Equinox Restaurant offers an abundance of choice so that you can guarantee an exciting multi-dimensional culinary experience with every dish you sample. Specialising in enhancing modern European cuisine with traditional values, the bold, Asian-inspired interior design of the restaurant complements the menu flawlessly. With spectacular views stretching as far as Malaysia and Indonesia, be sure to reserve a prime table at the window.
Entering a whole new realm of interactive fine dining, L'atelier de Joël Robuchon Restaurant is a chef’s ‘workshop’, likened to an artist’s studio, where diners can watch experimental chefs create innovative dishes right in front of them. Taking inspiration from the simplicity of Japanese cuisine and the vibrant atmosphere of Spanish tapas bars, L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon ensures world-class gastronomy can be enjoyed in an ambience of informality and conviviality.
As one of the highest ranking restaurants in the whole of Asia, Waku Ghin is also one of the most exclusive places to dine in Singapore. With a limit of twenty-five guests seated within four private rooms, your very own chef will cook you an exquisite ten-course succession of fish and meat dishes, providing a level of personal service and attention to detail which is second to none.
Visions of Progress and Heritage
As a modern city built against a backdrop of age-old tradition, luxury hotels in Singapore unite the visions of progress and heritage. Inside the rooms and suites of the Mandarin Oriental Singapore Hotel, subtle Oriental touches are combined with luxurious contemporary comforts to promise you the very best of style and modernity accompanied by impeccable service. Ideally located in Marina Bay, the Mandarin Oriental is just minutes away from every attraction you could wish for, lending itself as the perfect base from which to explore the many wonders of the city.
With three hotel towers connected by a magnificent skypark, the Marina Bay Sands is an impressive feat of modern architectural design. Whilst you will have full use of the Marina Sands complex which offers an extensive range of convention and exhibition rooms, restaurants, shopping, theatre and sports facilities, the highlight of your stay is sure to be exclusive use of the revolutionary infinity pool, built at the soaring height of two hundred meters.
The Raffles Hotel is a masterpiece of colonial grandeur and timeless interior design; as much of a historic attraction as it is a legendary place to stay. Considered a national monument in Singapore and certainly one of the most famous hotels in the world, the Raffles Hotel blends Eastern romance with British stateliness to create an all-embracing experience of traditional luxury which no other hotel can match.
However, to leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind you, the Shangri La Hotel is a sanctuary of serenity set within fifteen acres of landscape gardens, inviting you to unwind as soon as you step onto its grounds. Whether you choose to stay in a luxurious guestroom, a serviced apartment or a four-story villa, the Shangri-La offers an extensive range of health and leisure facilities to make your stay as relaxing and rejuvenating as possible.