Singapore

In Singapore you’re never lost for something new to see or do. I was in the Lion City for three days on a stop over home from Bali and although i packed loads in I’m going to need at least another two holidays there! I loved the way the old meets the new. From Little India and Chinatown to Marina Bay Sands and SuperTree Grove, there’s something for everyone. I wish I could have seen more, I didn’t get a chance to head over to Sentosa island or spend much time exploring the streets of chinatown, and it would be so nice to have some time there to chill out on the beach with a Singapore Sling.

I stayed at the PARKROYAL on Pickering hotel which was absolutely amazing. With an infinity pool overlooking the city and poolside cabanas surrounded by sky gardens I would definitely head back here again. The beds are absolutely enormous and the windows are made for you to chill out in with a cup of breakfast tea (and channel your inner Lost in Translation) and take in the city skyline. The massive variety of breakfasts were all super delicious and the wooden decor and water feature in the lobby is especially beautiful.

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The first thing i noticed about Singapore is how close everything is to each other and how easily you can just walk to wherever you want to go. And, if you don’t feel like walking, taxis are super cheap too. The second thing was how clean and tidy the city is! You won’t find any chewing gum on the pavements, litter or uncut grass, the whole city is immaculate and the locals are so warm and friendly.

My first stop after arriving was to head to Raffles hotel for a Singapore Sling at their Long Bar (where the Singapore Sling was first created!). I headed up and sat at the bar, ordering a Singapore sling and got chatting to the bar staff who were all super interested in hearing about my travels and offered up some recommendations and travel advice for my few days in Singapore. The Long Bar was packed with history and somewhat ironic considering the cleanliness of the city, you are encouraged to eat monkey nuts from the bags at the bar and throw the shells on the floor! Highly recommend Raffles for evening drinks before you head out, even if just to try the original Sling!

The following day I headed to the Gardens by the Bay, checking out the Cloud Forest, Flower Dome and Super Tree Grove. The Cloud Forest was one of my favourites. Set in a giant greenhouse dome with a huge waterfall centrepiece, the Cloud Forest allows you to climb up through the forest through clouds and greenery, exploring plant life , water features and sculptures with beautiful views of the marina, gardens and Marina Bay Sands hotel. At Super Tree Grove you should be sure to buy a ticket for the OCBC Skyway and walk up in the trees. I visited during a blissfuly sunny day, but at night the trees are lit up and are especially beautiful.

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Next up was a walk over the bridge (offering the best panoramic view of SuperTree Grove) to Marina Bay Sands. This place is absolutely insane. In the centre of the shopping mall of the hotel there is a long canal with gondolas carrying visitors and guests. Lined with luxury stores like Hermés, Gucci and Cartier the hotel is wonderfully over-the-top and glamorous.

After a stroll around the Marina, I headed to the SweetSpot café in Marina Bay Sands, ordering a slice of cheesecake and and an Americano before making my way up to the SkyPark on the rooftop for sunset. This was one of the most amazing nights of my trip and I gave myself a few hours to take in the views of the city and beat the crowds to the best sunset spot. It’s also a great place to chill out for a drink, with a fabulous bar open to guests of the hotel and visitors to the SkyDeck. The only problem was, the glimpse of the hotels famous infinity pool open only for guests. Definitely on my bucket list for next time, if not just for one night!

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As darkness drew in I headed back down to the Marina to catch the light show and fountains. This attracts hundreds of people and is emotionally beautiful whilst the lit up Louis Vuitton store adds a touch of glamour.

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My final day consisted of torrential rain and thunderstorms so i enjoyed a late checkout and a laze around in the pool cabanas before a quick shop at Raffles City and a wander around Clarke Quay before heading to the airport for my long flight back to London.

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