This last December we visited the futuristic island-country of Singapore, en route to a tropical island holiday in South East Asia. It is my second time in three years that I have returned to one of my favorite countries/cities and I love it for its futuristic skyscrapers, Greening Project, vertical gardens and its diverse range of nationalities. For three days – which is plenty of time to see all of Singapore’s landmarks and tourist attractions – we resided in the heart of the CBD at the Naumi Hotel with a rooftop pool deck and landscape viewing of the Singapore skyline and architecture such as the South Beach Towers.
Marina Bay is the island’s most iconic feature. This resort is a micro-city within a city with its world famous skyscrapers, public spaces, and rooftop lifestyle (rooftop gardens, infinity pools, bars, and restaurants). Within the micro-city of Marina Bay, there is the iconic Marina Bay Sands Hotel (which is comprised of three towers connected with an infinity pool), Marina Bay Sands Shopping Mall (high-end fashion brands, fine-dining, amphitheater, casino, boat rides via water canals and promenade for water display shows beginning at eight pm). There is also the Gardens at the Bay where there are large public gardens, two giant Conservatories of Flower Dome and Cloud Forest and the Supertree Grove. Whilst Flower Dome is a giant greenhouse for the World’s biodiversity, Cloud Forest is a giant greenhouse imitating the biodiversity and atmosphere of a rainforest. The Supertree Grove is an artificial infiltration system purifying and directing the flow of air through the Conservatories.
Opposite Hotel Naumi is the famous Raffles Hotel and essentially the preservation of post-British occupation of Singapore. It is famous for its high tea and signature Singapore Sling cocktail which was first served and created at its famous Long Bar, as well as the longstanding tradition of throwing peanut shells on the floor (which the pigeons are also encouraged to join in the feast).
Due to the array of different nationalities that create the population of Singapore the cuisine is equally diverse. For various cuisines and fusion food Chijmes is a gothic church building and courtyard home to much fine dining restaurants.
Singapore, though small in size, is vast with the World’s most highly rated tourist attractions and structures with so much to do and see. I hope that you enjoy and gain some insight from my attempt to explain this island city and country but I assure you that words do not come close.