The Getaway: Singapore

The Getaway: Singapore

by Rakhee Bhatt

Just off the coast of Malaysia lies the island city-state of Singapore, a place that has been attracting people from around the world since gaining its independence in 1965. From China, India, Europe, and beyond, Singapore has become a melting pot of rich cultures illustrated in the architecture, street food, and everything in between. After the massive success of the film Crazy Rich Asians, which was a veritable love letter to the country, Singapore has once again shown itself to be a destination well worth putting on any traveler’s bucket list. Here, we look at the best places around Singapore to sip, savor, stay, and see right now.


The Getaway: Singapore

The sheer grandeur of this art deco-inspired lobby and bar may induce a sense of awe, but the setting comes second to the celebrated concoctions. A collection of gins numbering well over a thousand, with some bottles dating back to 1910, help to put a spin on classics served here like the martini made with London dry gin, ambrato vermouth, orange bitters, and champagne vinegar.

Tippling Club

Playful progression may be the most fitting way to describe this laidback locale in Tanjong Pagar, where a rotating cocktail menu features imaginative inventions to charm guests. To mark their 10-year anniversary, this acclaimed spot created drinks based on fragrances such as the Elixir of Orris comprised of cognac, port, raspberry, papaya, mint, and anise.



The Getaway: Singapore

Peranakan cuisine finds its home at this Michelin-starred restaurant, where the contemporary creations made by chef Malcolm Lee blend influences of Chinese, Malay, and other Southeast Asian cultures into each dish. Diners can make selections à la carte or go with a prix-fixe menu like the “Ah-ma-kase,” where options include a Westholme Wagyu Beef Rib and the Blue Swimmer Crab.

Liao Fan Hawker Chan

A trip to Singapore isn’t complete without a savory local meal at a hawker center, and this spot has not only garnered a loyal following, but it also holds the distinction of being the world’s least expensive Michelin-starred meal. Plates of soy sauce chicken rice are doled out with equal measures of precision and ease.



The Getaway: Singapore
Marina Bay Sands

The world’s highest and largest infinity pool is nestled 57 levels up on this sprawling resort complex, which also boosts a museum, observation deck, and luxury hotel. Among the 2,500 rooms on offer is the club room featuring panoramic views of Singapore and a separate seating area, and also grants exclusive entry to the hotel’s luxe lounge space Club55.

Villa Samadhi

Tucked away a mere 10 minutes from the Marina Bay is this serene boutique hotel housed in a crisp 1920 black and white colonial garrison that was once a reserve for the British military. The luxe sarang suite is a sanctuary unto itself, with a private garden and outdoor plunge pool offering a welcome respite to guests.



The Getaway: Singapore
Gardens By The Bay

Nighttime is when the magic happens at this waterfront garden, where the Supertrees—which are man-made tree sculptures covered in plants and rising 82 to 164 feet in air—are mesmerizingly illuminated. Other attractions to take in at this lush spot include the conservatory flower dome showcasing exotic plants and thousand-year-old olive trees along with the newly created serene garden inspired by Japanese Zen gardens.

National Gallery Singapore

More than 8,000 pieces of art from Singapore’s National Collection are on display at this museum, making it the largest public collection of modern art in Southeast Asia. Catch the ongoing exhibit Siapa Nama Kamu? that chronicles the influences and practices that have molded Singapore art, addressing how these artists responded to their environment.



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