It may be one of the most expensive cities in the world to live in but, boy, when it comes to living it up, the Lion City can sure show you a good time!
Singapore’s newfound sophistication sees itself as a luxury destination for discerning holiday makers. Whether it’s a whiskey or wine tasting event, a concert featuring one of the world’s legendary singers, watching the international ATP finals in the newly renovated Singapore Indoor Stadium, or relishing the delights of the new Westin Singapore, there’s a treat to be found for every treasure seeker.
Acclaimed restaurants and cafes have found a welcome friend in Singapore whose aim as one of Asia’s best culinary destinations is firmly establishing itself. Whether it’s the simple yet utterly delightful flavours found at Wild Rocket (10A Upper Wilkie Road) where former lawyer Chef Willin Low presides, the return of Chef Gabriel Fratini at Fratini La Trattoria (10, Greenwood Avenue) or the eatery dujour, Restaurant Andre (41, Bukit Pasoh Road), there’s dining to suit every palate.
Wine Fiesta Singapore is just one of the annual events held in Singapore to showcase the world’s finest. Explore the best of Spain, Italy, Australia, New Zealand and more, with at least 70 different labels. Speakeasy bars are also finding a foothold in the drinking scene with establishments such as Operation Dagger on Ann Siang Hill (7, Ang Siang Hill) and The Library on Keong Saik (47, Keong Saik Road) seeing a regular clientele made up of the advertising and banking smart sets.
Singapore has always had a reputation for bringing the best international acts to its country, affording its neighbours a chance to cross the Causeway with plenty of offerings to choose from. At last visit, diva songstress Mariah Carey scored a triumph at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, reaching her trademark high notes to roaring applause. The newly renovated stadium was also the venue for the WTA finals that saw a fierce battle between heavyweight Serena Williams and young Simona Halep (Serena won). To keep abreast with happenings in the city, log on to www.yoursingapore.com or www.sistic.org
World class hotels now add to Singapore’s landscape and reputation as the new cosmopolitan destination for discerning holiday-makers. Of particular note, the new Westin Singapore at 12 Marina View is a gem in the crown of Singapore’s CBD, commanding spectacular views of the harbour and Marina Bay Sands.