Singapore is modern, vibrant and extremely safe making it one of my favourite cities to visit. I fell in love with the contemporary architecture, the mouth watering food and the tropical climate. It is super easy to get around and worth weaving into your honeymoon itinerary if you are heading towards Asia. In this blog post read about the must see places to visit, the best places to eat and where to unwind and relax from the hustle and bustle of the city.
As soon as I get off the plane I’m planning my first visit to the restaurant Din Tai Fung which serves the most incredible Dim-sum. There are a few across the island but Paragon (Orchard Road) and Marina Bay Sands Mall are the best ones. The Dim-sum is extremely affordable and the best I have ever tasted. I’m still waiting for it to come to the UK and would happily buy into the franchise!
I first caught a glimpse of the Marina Bay Sands from the roof top bar at the Fullerton Bay Hotel. This is a great spot to watch the Marina Bay light show: ‘an amazing convergence of light, music and sound, where the universal tale of the journey of life is told by masterfully combining both electric lights and laser effects’. Marina Bay Sands looks like a giant floating ship with the three pillars making up the hotel, casino and shopping mall and the giant deck providing panoramic views of the city. The hotel infinity swimming pool is the worlds longest elevated pool – how cool! Inside the sleek modern interior, high ceilings and giant decor make you feel like a tiny ant as you take a walk and become enthralled by the architectural brilliance.
Adjacent to the Marina Bay Sands you will find the Gardens by the Bay a nature park spanning 101 hectors of reclaimed land. It is made up of two main areas – Bay South Garden and Bay East Garden. Bay South Garden is the largest of the gardens and aims to showcase the best of tropical horticulture and garden artistry. Bay East Garden provides you with unobstructed view of the city skyline and is designed as a series of large tropical leaf-shaped gardens, each with its own specific landscaping design, character and theme. Bay Central Garden acts a link between Bay South and Bay East and will be further developed over the next few years. If you can stand the heat long enough you can have great fun exploring the different gardens!
Whilst we’re talking gardens, the Singapore Botanic Gardens are magical and it is worth taking your time exploring there. Make sure you head to the Orchid Garden where you will find over 1000 species of the national flower and the shop has a great selection of high end gifts. After you have taken your time strolling through the different parts of the garden, refuel at the tranquil restaurant Halia. The full height windows allow you feel like you are dining in the Garden and the decades old palm trees shield you – keeping you cool from the Singapore heat!
A must visit for any first timer is the famous colonial style Raffles Hotel named after the British statesman Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles. A favourite for celebrities over the years the famous Long Bar is the home of the world renowned cocktail the Singapore Sling and is the only place in Singapore where ‘littering’ is permitted – it is tradition to toss peanut shells onto the floor whilst you sip your cocktail! If you don’t fancy an alcoholic drink then head to the Tiffin Room and step back in time as the hotel serves traditional English High Tea.
If you are looking for some retail therapy head to Orchard Road the central hub of shopping and entertainment.
Looking for somewhere different to go for a drink? Then look no further than Park View Square. Truly the strangest building I have ever been to – it looks like Batman’s lair in Gotham City. Located on the ground floor of this office block is the Divine Bar which serves some great cocktails but also has an extensive wine list. If you order your wine after 5pm you might be lucky enough to have it delivered by the ‘wine fairy’ – we all need one of those in our lives! The ‘fairy’ connects herself via a harness to a pulley that guides her up to the appropriate height of the 12m tall wine rack and retrieves your wine. It’s quirky and unusual but a great spectacle and a worth stopping off before heading out to dinner.
Sentosa Island is a popular resort where people go to have fun. On one side you will find family fun activities such as Universal Studios, Adventure Cove Waterpark and a 1.2 mile beach. On the other side of the island head to the Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa for a day of complete relaxation. Unwind and replenish your body with their vast range of treatments and tasty healthy food.
So there you have it! Have we persuaded you to spend a few days exploring the delights of Singapore? Where are you planning on going for your honeymoon? Let us know, we love comments! Find more of our honeymoon spotlights posts here.
Note: Photos in this post are our own or from the hotel / location websites. This post is not sponsored. The opinions are all our own – we just want to share the honeymoon love.