Singapore: A city for lovers of luxury

If you love tropical luxury, modern decadence and streets you can eat your dinner off, Singapore is the destination for you. Whether you’re feeling frivolous or you’re on a fixed budget, this small island city-state is packed with things to see and do. Come with me, back in time to 2010, when I spent seven days exploring this super-modern metropolis and then roll forward to the present day where I present the best things to see and do in Singapore.

Photo of Singapore Merlion courtesy of FancyCrave on Unsplash

Where to stay I was lucky enough to have a good friend living in Singapore; I stayed with my Aussie pal Katrina for the whole week and got to experience this city with her as my guide. Having already travelled across Sweden with her in 2005, I knew I was in for a wonderful time! Looking at accommodation options in 2018, I found rooms on AirBnb for as little as GBP18.00 per night for two adults. If you’re on an even tighter budget, or simply want to experience Singapore (like I did) with a someone who lives in and knows the city, www.couchsurfing.com has over 55,000 hosts there who are willing to put you up for free! For those wanting a bit of luxury, privacy and comfort, there are countless hotels in Singapore, ranging from GBP80.00 per night at an average-quality hotel to a swoon-inducing GBP550 per night at somewhere as fabulous as the Fullerton Bay or Marina Bay Sands.

The Infinity Pool at Marina Bay Sands - photo courtesy of Will Truettner on Unsplash

The latter has some of the best views in the city and also boasts a 150metre-long rooftop infinity pool. When I was in Singapore, this gargantuan, 55-storey casino and hotel had only been open for five months; I recall visiting with Katrina and seeing eye-wateringly expensive supercars parked outside the entrance before we headed up for a night-time view of the city.

Views around Marina Bay Sands

Where to eat Thanks to its blend of Chinese, Malaysian and Indonesian residents, not to mention Indian, European and Australasian influences, praise for Singaporean cuisine is sung loud and high. I tried Hokkien Hae Mee (Singapore-style noodles), Malaysian Laksa (a kind of coconut curry) and Roti Prata (a light pancake that can be served sweet or savoury). The list of dishes in this city is virtually endless, as are the places to try them. A good place to start if you’re a foodie is this page at sethlui.com, where there’s an excellent list of Singaporean delights.

Mark and Katrina dining at Clarke Quay Singapore

Venue-wise, you’ll be spoilt for choice for