Singapore, the green scene
One of the world’s smallest and richest countries, Singapore surprises with the sheer contrasts crammed into its confines. This Asian city is a celebration of diversity that’s reflected in the demographics — a blend of Chinese, Indian, and Malay populations, who each bring their unique influences to the culture, architecture and culinary scene.
Eye-popping skyscrapers rise above candy-coloured colonial buildings, cheap bargains and designer brands are sold in vibrant markets and luxury malls, gourmet fare is served alongside delectable street food (including the first two hawker stalls to ever receive a Michelin star).You’ll never go hungry in Singapore: here, you can feast on satay and laksa, chili crab and wanton noodles 24 hours a day — the perfect foil for forays into the round-the-clock bar scene.Shaking off its strait-laced reputation, Singapore has evolved into the cocktail capital of Asia: the city is home to six of the World’s 50 Best Bars.
Naturally, you can still get the original Singapore Sling, a gin-based concoction created in the Long Bar at Raffles, a heritage hotel that opened in 1887.
All polished teak verandas and white marble colonnades surrounded by tropical gardens, Raffles reopens in mid-2019 after an ambitious renovation, with two new destination restaurants by Michelin-starred chefs Alain Ducasse and Anne-Sophie Pic.
If Singapore’s modern heritage is more your thing, check into The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore.
This polished 32-storey property has a fabulous La Mer spa, outstanding facilities and activities for kids, and magnificent views of Marina Bay, a high-end retail and entertainment complex accessible via a covered sky bridge.
Aerial walkways connect many of the landmarks and green spaces in Singapore, which has earned its tagline, the Garden City. Weaving through the treetops, the undulating Henderson Waves bridge, 36 metres above ground, is the highest pedestrian bridge in Singapore. The OCBC Skyway floats above a man-made forest: the towering vertical gardens at Supertree Grove, crowned with solar-powered lights that bloom at night.
Even Changi airport has a butterfly house and gardens of succulents, orchids, and sunflowers. Next year, the airport launches Jewel, a vast glass-and-steel dome that will house a five-storey garden, 40-metre waterfall, and ‘sky nets’ designed for bouncing and walking high above the throng of passengers. Not your average airport experience. But then Singapore is not your average city.