Staying on the island for all of 2020 has probably given you cabin fever and awakened your wanderlust. Can’t wait to go on a holiday? You’ve heard the buzz. And now things are shaping up ‘cause the Singapore-Hong Kong travel bubble launches on 22 November 2020. That’s right, mark your cals! You can expect to see one flight daily into each city, with 200 passengers each way.
From 7 December 2020, the number will increase to two flights a day. Yup, leisure travel will be permitted between both cities with the magic words – no quarantine! That’s music to our ears although travel will be different from pre-Covid times, but we’re cool with extra precautionary measures if that means protection for everyone. There’s a light at the end of the 2020 tunnel after all!
Need some tips on what to do in Singapore? We’ve got you covered.
Raffles Hotel Singapore
We’re sure everyone has been getting a taste of travel through staycations in Hong Kong. Now that this long awaited travel bubble is launching, wouldn’t it be great to kick off your trip staying at Singapore’s most esteemed and historic hotels?
Get this – the 132-year-old grand dame has been given a fresh coat of paint and new white marble flooring in its interior in a 2 year-long renovation. Time to check in!
Even if you don’t stay at the Presidential Suite, it’s super worth it to check out the hotel. See the famous liveried Sikh Doormen welcoming you at the entrance. Marvel at the beautifully restored 19th century decor of the building and its lavish floral arrangements. Be sure to go to the Long Bar and try a Singapore Sling, it’s where the drink was created in 1915!
National Gallery Singapore
The National Gallery Singapore is only a few minutes walk away from Raffles Hotel. It’s a great location for art lovers, as it houses the largest collection of Southeast Asian art. But let me get into the truly artistic and luxurious: it’s culinary offers.
Odette by Julien Royer
Get the cream of the crop of French cuisine in Odette! Opened by chef Julien Royer, it’s named the best restaurant in Asia (2019). It’s also one of the only two restaurants in the Lion City with three Michelin Stars. Inspired by seasonality and artisanal produce, the modern French cuisine that you taste will be a unique experience that you’ll never forget.
Smoke & Mirrors
If you’re not dining here, why not go for a drink? Perched on top of the Gallery, you can sip on a cocktail while enjoying a panoramic view of this beautiful city. From the quirky names of the cocktails (e.g. Picasso’s Pencil and Dali’s Self Portrait) to the smoky, foamy, creamy drinks served in special glassware, it will be an artistic and opulent visit.
A quick note to add is that both of these places change their menus from time to time, so every time you visit will be a different experience guaranteed!
Marina Bay Sands
Okay, we know everyone has talked about Marina Bay Sands (MBS). One of Singapore’s largest luxury shopping malls, The Shoppes boast a refreshing mix of international luxury brands and emerging labels as well as home to Singapore’s first casino. But did you know you can do much more than shop till you drop?
Did you know MBS is home to one of the most lavish clubs ever in Singapore? Opened in 2019, it will be the largest club you will ever visit! It has countless photo booths (with ring lights), three storey high slides and an indoor ferris wheel (crazy, right?)! Filled with photogenic spots and enough tables and space (so you won’t get squashed by crowds), Marquee is the spot for the ultimate night out!
The Luxe House
How could your first 2020 getaway not include a spa experience? The Luxe House at The Shoppes is highly praised for its detoxifying massages and firming facials. Bonus: they also offer a women’s wellness program! It offers treatments like lymphatic and fertility wellness, as well as weight management. My eyes immediately went to the Bloat Reduction Massage while I was looking at the menu. Did I mention they dress you in a silky sapphire robe for your treatment? The Luxe House is the luxurious spa to check out in Singapore!
If you’re looking for an off the beaten track location, try Sentosa! It is the state of fun for everyone! Filled with exciting attractions for family fun as well as tranquil locations to find your peace of mind, it is the ultimate place to go for a breath of fresh air after being stuck at home for so long.
The Royal Albatross
If you’re a lover of both the sea and luxury, then this experience is for you! Sail into the sunset on only Tall Ship in operation in Southeast Asia, enjoying the views of the Singapore skyline as night falls. Celebrate with your loved ones as you enjoy an amazing dinner and drinks from a premium bar with smooth jazz playing in the background. Don’t forget to capture all of these magical and picturesque ‘kodak’ moments on camera!
ESPA at Resorts World™ Sentosa
Visiting Sentosa is a great way to revitalise your mind and body from the fast paced lives that we live today. So why not go for a spa session while you are there? It has a variety of facilities, such as rock sauna and outdoor onsen pools. If you’re here with your partner, why not go for the Social Spa for Two? You and your bae can relax in a private spa suite while enjoying a view of the beach. After your massages, you can also have a dip together in a private pool! Complete your treatment with an indulgent two-course meal with champagne at Tangerine, a Thai-inspired farm to table restaurant.