The tiny island of Singapore has far outgrown its reputation as a stopover city, with more than enough attractions to make it the star destination of your next Asian adventure. In this rich melting pot of Chinese, Malay and Indian cultures, the sights, smells and flavors are as varied as they are tantalizing. From rain forests buzzing with wildlife to sparkling skyscrapers, quiet farmlands to bustling urban marketplaces, there is something to excite the senses around every corner. Here are our top picks for places to rest your head at night:
1. Marina Bay Sands
Combining the luxury of a 5-star hotel with all the glitz, glamour and entertainment of a top casino, the Marina Bay Sands is truly in a class of its own. Conveniently located on Marina Bay, across from downtown Singapore, you’re a stone’s throw from the attractions of the city, though there’s plenty to keep you busy within the resort itself. Perched atop the hotel’s three 55-story towers is the Skypark, which features an observation deck, spa and infinity pool with spectacular views. When you’ve worked up an appetite from swimming, you can dine in one of the hotel’s 15 restaurants before dancing the night away at one of five nightclubs and lounges. You could try your luck in the casino or attend a symphony, stage production or concert. Want to treat yourself to a bit of luxury? Take a look at Hipmunk deals at the Marina Bay Sands.
2. The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore
Located in the buzzing Marina Bay area, this is one for lovers of art and architecture. The building was designed by Kevin Roche and is home to a 4,200-piece art collection featuring works by Andy Warhol and David Hockney. This is a hotel oozing with sumptuous, modern style from the guest rooms to the restaurants and bars. With impressive views over Marina Bay and top-notch service, it’s a real gem.
3. Raffles Hotel
Serving guests since 1887, the Raffles Hotel Singapore has become an icon of the island. The stunning colonial architecture of the building is matched by the chic antique furniture and elegant design of its interior. Sit at the bar and sip one of the hotel’s famous Singapore Sling cocktails, enjoy mouthwatering meals in a variety of restaurants, lounge by the pool or catch a play in the Victorian-style theater.
4. Capella Singapore
If you want a retreat from the chaos of the city, Capella Singapore is the perfect place to unwind and breath in the South China Sea air. Nestled on a leafy hillside on Sentosa Island, this getaway for Asia’s elite is a 15-minute cab ride from downtown but feels like it’s a world away. Capella Singapore features all the amenities expected of a 5-star hotel, plus elegant colonial architecture, Mediterranean and Cantonese restaurants and the perfect bar for sun downers.
5. The Fullerton Bay Hotel
This one is true decadence. Another of Marina Bay’s dazzling high-end hotels, this one features a rooftop pool with views over the bay, which is also home to one of the city’s most stylish rooftop bars, Lantern. Rooms are comfortable, bright and spacious with floor-to-ceiling windows and private balconies so you can sit back and enjoy the vista. Dining options at the Fullerton Bay Hotel include the upscale French La Brasserie and more relaxed grazing at the Landing Point lounge.