Enliven the senses on a Singapore city break. Book a Singapore hotel to discover a melting pot of mouth-watering Southeast Asian flavours where, world-class shopping tropical parks teeming with equatorial wildlife.
Get your bearings
Singapore is an island state set on the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, just a hop across the causeway from Malaysia and a ferry ride from the nearest Indonesian isles. Its main artery is shopping hub Orchard Road in the south centre of the island, which opens out into a wider boulevard stretching south past the Heritage District's colonial gem, Raffles Hotel. On the south coast, the cable car drops in on Sentosa Island's beaches from high up over the harbour. The Singapore River that carried in Singapore's founder, Sir Stamford Raffles, now meanders past nightlife at Clarke Quay.
Orchard Road is a shrine to Southeast Asian shopping, whose air-conditioned malls provide a welcome escape from the day's humidity. The palatial Ngee Ann City plays hosts to couture while the mirrored Wisma Astria specialises in international brands. A smaller enclave, Holland Village, lies west of Orchard, where expatriates shop for Asian silks and bohemian crafts. Shoppers haggling for bargain electronics head to Sim Lim Square on Rochor Canal Road.
Taste a spectrum of Southeast Asian flavours all on one island. Pick and mix dishes from the open kitchens in the local hawker centres – every community has one. Central Newton Circus serves up specialities like chicken rice at all hours, while Lau Pa Sat in the financial district quells lunchtime hunger under its Victorian cast iron canopy. Singapore's five-star hotels serve up all-you-can-eat buffets – nibble dim sum near Orchard Road at The Carlton and fill up on high tea at The Fullerton on Boat Quay. For Asian-European fusion cuisine dine on the riverfront at the IndoChine Waterfront.