Singapore's reputation may be as a hyper-modern bustling metropolis, but it is also known as the 'Garden City'. Singapore holidays offer the opportunity to live it up in a cosmopolitan playground with a rainforest at its core. It is a city where you can stroll in the shadows of towering skyscrapers before seeking serenity in one of the dozens of city gardens. Spend your days waterskiing along the Kallang River before spending your nights in slick cocktail bars.
Things to do
There is an endless list of things to do in Singapore, so get planning in order to make the most of the city. The Riverside area, with its museums, statues and theatres is a great starting point for your adventures. From here, thrill seekers could head to Singapore Zoo for a night safari, or to Sentosa Island to go swimming with sharks.
Food & restaurants
Singapore restaurants benefit from the city-state's amazingly multicultural community. Hawker markets, homes to previous street food stalls, are a must-visit – take a pew, bring along some Tiger beers and feast on classics like chilli crab, chicken satay and laksa soup. Glamorous options are abundant – Les Amis is one of the best restaurants in the world and Gunthers' modern French cuisine is increasingly popular.
It's valuable to keep in mind that Singapore hotels can be expensive and also be difficult to book during big international events, such as the Formula 1. However, if you plan ahead, you can easily find affordable accommodation in options like Fragrance Hotel and Hotel 81. For glamour-seekers, five-star elegance is in abundance – try out Banyan Tree Bintan or Four Seasons Hotel Singapore.
Singapore tourism relies heavily on its reputation as the shopping capital of Asia. The first stop has to be Orchard Road, where you'll find everything from a solid offering of international luxury brands, such as, Louis Vuitton to Gucci in the realms of malls. For something a little bit different, head to Chinatown, where quirky antiques shops are brimming with treasures.
The world-famous Singapore Sling cocktail – a pink mix of pineapple juice, gin, Cointreau and other decadent flavours – was invented in the Raffles Hotel in Singapore. Head to the old school glamour of the hotel's Long Bar to sample the drink that was inspired by the Malayan plantations of the 1920s.