Singapore, a mere hour’s flight from Kuala Lumpur has something for everybody. With her high enthusiasm for mixing things up a bit, Monica Tindall of The Yum List presents a collection of four weekend itineraries inspired by fluctuating passions
Currency: SGD1 = RM2.56
Weather: Tropical climate very similar to Malaysia, with November to January generally the wettest period.
Getting there: Direct daily flights from KLIA and Penang with Air Asia and Malaysia Airlines, and from Subang with Firefly.
If feeling a little bit ritzy I’d check into the Fullerton Bay Hotel. This stunning bayside property takes full advantage of its fabulous location with rooms featuring floor-to-ceiling windows and private balconies, capturing postcard-perfect panoramas of Marina Bay. We’d spend the first evening on the rooftop Jacuzzi, receiving a jet back massage, while taking in the breathtaking views.
Breakfast in the elegant Clifford Pier is not to be missed. One of the city’s oldest landmarks, the jetty was built in 1933 and was once a hive of activity for ships arriving to Singaporean shores.
Utilising the original giant arches and filling the walls in with glass, it has recently been revamped into a magnificent dining hall. Breakfast is a distinguished affair, but their cocktails are worth returning later for, too. The in-based St John’s Island is easy sipping, and the local twist in the Kumquat Mojito rivals any traditional Cuban version.
Singapore is the land of shopping and when in such a glitzy mood The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands are just the thing for a wee bit of credit card maxing. Housing a desirable collection of designer boutiques, many hours could be spent finding the perfect outfit here.
Pause for some nourishment between purchases is recommended at TWG Tea Garden. Adorned with vases of fresh orchids and set atop an indoor lagoon, I’d satiate hunger with the Midsummer Brunch set and quench thirst with a Prestige, a sparkling wine cocktail infused with Singapore breakfast tea.
Shopping can be tiring work so spa time might be appropriate at the nearby Mandarin Oriental. The Signature Time Ritual allows guests to custom-design specific treatments to meet personal needs. An Oriental bamboo massage followed by an age repair facial should have you feeling a million bucks and ready to take on Singapore’s night.
Ascending straight to The Lighthouse Restaurant and Bar, we’d take roost on the rooftop and sip on a sparkling Heritage cocktail while admiring the dazzling views of the harbour and city skyline. Appetites whet, a leisurely dinner of Southern Italian cuisine at a table by the window would make a flawless end to a day of opulence.
Although Sunday champagne brunch is a big hit in the city, I think we had enough bubbly in yesterday’s schedule so I’d challenge the intellect, as opposed to the liver, the following day and take in a bit of culture instead.
A complimentary guided Maritime Journey Tour takes Fullerton hotel guests through the colourful history of the heritage buildings and famed waterfront. A browse through the Ancient Civilisations Museum too is time well spent.
When appetites begin to rumble, a curry buffet lunch at the Tiffin Room in the iconic Raffles is well suited. Liveried Sikh doormen usher guests inside, and gracious waitstaff tend to diners in the elegant colonial dining hall.
Diverse vegetarian options, such as the beetroot and coconut salad, are appreciated, while carnivores should be happy with the succulent tandoori chicken and ghost biryani with lamb and mint.
A show at the Victorian-themed Jubilee Hall, something similar in nature to Yes, Prime Minister, and a final cocktail, the quintessential Singapore Sling, at the Long Bar would be a fine ending to a tinselled time in the Lion City.