Singapore’s Delights – By Stacy Rowe
Last month I was lucky enough to go on a fantastic trip courtesy ofto Singapore. Our flight was comfortable, with ample legroom, big TV screens and entertainment, and fantastic service with good food and drinks to pass the time.
The main purpose of the trip was to give us the opportunity to familiarise ourselves with the destinations and products we sell so that we are able to give first hand accounts to our customers. This covers everything from flights and transfers to accommodation, location and activities.
My Fam trip was only for three days – with 12-hour flights either side – we flew overnight and had breakfast in Singapore the next morning. Only having three days in such an amazing country meant the days were jam-packed with activities and sight seeing.
We enjoyed a scrumptious evening meal at the luxurious Equinox restaurant on the 69th floor of 5 star Swissotel The Stamford with panoramic views of the Singapore city skyline.
The hotel is absolutely stunning and one of South East Asia’s tallest; and equipped with one of Asia’s largest luxury spa and fitness facilities, with two outdoor swimming pools and six tennis courts.
The following day we went to Resorts World Sentosa, which is an amazing island resort with 3.2km of sandy beaches, themed attractions and adventure parks, luxury hotels, spas, and it’s own golf club, as well as restaurants, bars and it’s very own Universal Studios.
We were lucky enough to go to Universal, and saw some awesome shows such as Shrek 4D and also experienced the Battlestar Galactica Cyclone rollercoaster. There are street shows throughout Universal’s main streets with people dancing, singing and performing, rubbed shoulders with Kung Fu Panda, Charlie Chaplin and the characters from Madagascar.
That night we stayed at the Fairmont Hotel, another of Singapore’s deluxe hotels where you’re treated like royalty as soon as you enter the door. We had a tour of the gym and spa – both fully equipped, clean and fresh, with the spa the height of luxury.
We had dinner at a traditional Chinese restaurant in Chinatown; I wish I could remember the name of it, as it was such lovely food, but I’ve yet to learn how to read Chinese so unfortunately can’t share that with you.
The next day we travelled on the Singapore Airlines Hop-On-Hop-Off bus to theand the . The bus service is brilliantly convenient as it stops at all the major attractions and allows you to get on and off as much as you like with one ticket. It was great to see the iconic Merlion statue in Merlion Park; the 8.6metre-high statue towers over tourists and overlooks the Singapore River as it spurts water from its mouth.
There’s a 37-metre gigantic version at Sentosa Island with a viewing platform from within its mouth and on its head, but this is the original statue.
On our last night we went on a Night Safari – an animal-friendly electric train quietly took us round the park under low voltage lighting that resembled moonlight. As the lights were so dim and the train so quiet, the animals barely noticed we were there, and it was great to see them so close. It’s a really different experience to go on a safari at night; you get to see so much more, it was definitely one of my highlights of the trip.
After the safari we made our way to the famous Raffles hotel, at over 110 years old, it houses its own Victorian-style theatre, tropical garden courtyard and museum.
It’s also the place where the famous Singapore Sling cocktail was invented, which of course, we dutifully sampled and enjoyed.
All in all, Singapore’s a wonderful country to visit, with a rich and diverse culture and heritage and so much to see and do. The people are very friendly and welcoming and most speak English.
The hotels we visited are fantastic and are very good location-wise – all attractions are within easy reach. It’s a great place to stopover on the way through to New Zealand or Australia, and with the added convenience of the Hop-On-Hop-Off bus it’s so easy to squeeze the best bits into such a short space of time.
It’s just a shame we only had three days to sample some of Singapore’s delights, but at least I can help you get the most out of your Singapore adventure now that I’ve been myself!
Thank you for reading my blog and I’m sure if you take the time to explore Singapore you will enjoy it every bit as much as I did. Can I also thank Sinagpore Airlines, Tradewinds, Swissotel The Stamford and also The Fairmont Hotel for making it such a great trip.