In our first series of 24 hours in a city, we revisit Singapore and check out what’s what and all the things you can do within, well, 24 hours. The metropolitan city may still be that little red dot on the map, but has since grown to become one of the most thriving cities in South East Asia and beyond, proving that size doesn’t really matter. We start off our day with a 30-minute drive from Changi Airport to our hotel, before journeying to find out the latest treats Singapore has to offer.
The Four Seasons Hotel Singapore – Premier Room
9am: Check in at The Four Seasons Hotel Singapore (190 Orchard Boulevard, Singapore, 248646, +65 6831 7505, www.fourseasons.com/singapore), located along the tree-lined enclave of Orchard Boulevard, just round the corner from the shopping belt of Orchard Road. Make a selection from the 255 refurbished guest rooms and suites, with the 11th floor dedicated to couples only for an added touch of romance with special touches such as sensual massage oils, throw pillows, free‐flow candy jars, a “Love Box” of poetry. In the bathroom, there’s dinner mood lighting as well as L’Occitane bath amenities. Alternatively, you might want to book yourself a room with Grand Park Orchard (270 Orchard Road, Singapore 238857, +65 6603 8888, www.parkhotelgroup.com/orchard) for the ultimate shopping convenience, with the hotel located right in between Paragon and The Heeren.
12pm: Singapore has, more recently so, been on the forefront with its culinary scene, with new restaurants springing up in every nook and corner of the island. For something a little out of the ordinary, head over to Pollen Restaurant (18 Marina Gardens Drive #01-09, +65 6604 9988) for celebrity chef Jason Atherton’s Mediterranean-inspired modern European cuisine. Situated within the climate-controlled Flower Dome, guests will be able to dine at a perfect 20 degrees Celsius even if you’re sitting at the "al fresco" terrace on the second level. And when you’re done with lunch, take a walk around Gardens by the Bay at no additional cost as diners are given complimentary access.
4pm: Should you be feeling worn out by this time now, we’d totally understand. There’s just so much to cover and so little time. So why not take the opportunity to soak it all in and get yourself a pampering treatment at the largest spa in Singapore — ESPA at Resorts World Sentosa. Unlike any other spas in the city, this feels almost like an island on its own (sprawling over 10,000 square feet). Besides your usual treatment menu, there’s a spa cuisine menu as well as a sleep zone and onsen area for you to detox and destress.
The Pelican Seafood Bar & Grill
7pm: There’s nothing quite like The Pelican Seafood Bar & Grill(#01-01 One Fullerton, 1 Fullerton Road, +65 6438 0400, www.thepelican.com.sg) when it comes to having quality seafood in Singapore. This is really not your usual Chinese seafood restaurant where you pick on peanuts and order cheap Tiger Beer to go along with your chili crabs. The Pelican offers a fancy (yet laidback) take on seafood, with must-try including Baked Snapper Pie with a buttery puff pastry encasing a deliciously thick broth of snapper, asparagus, and mushroom, and the generous Pelican Platter. Should you wish to head on out to a different terrain, but for equally delightful comfort food, try Shelter in the Woods (22 Greenwood Avenue, +65 6466 6225, email@example.com). Before you head back to Four Seasons for a good night’s rest, be sure to get yourself a box of world renowned macarons from Ladurée (Takashimaya S.C., Ngee Ann City, #02-09, +65 6884 7361).
9pm: If you’re not quite done for the night just yet, head on down to one of Singapore’s latest bars — The Beacon (#01-01 Marina Square, 6 Raffles Boulevard) for some ice-cold beer and mojitos, as well as their special fruity martini concoctions, which are said to be quite the crowd-favourite. There’s also Bitters & Love (36 North Canal Road, S059292, +65 6438 1836), a bespoke cocktail tucked behind eatery Shoebox Canteen which serves up classy concoctions accompanied with nibbles perfect for sharing.
11pm: Besides the local favourites such as Zouk and Butter Factory, some new kids on the block you might want to check out would be Chameleon (22 Dempsey, Singapore 249679, +65 6479 9929) and new luxury nightlife spot Dom Lounge (Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bay Front Avenue, #01-88, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands).
9am: Now that you’ve conquered Singapore in a day, here’s some breakfast for champions. Head on down to Four Seasons’ One-Ninety for its decadent spread, or walk over to Dean & DeLuca (#04-24, Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road) for its gourmet breakfast spread. One of our favourites: Eggs Iberico, which presents poached eggs, Jamon Iberico, sauteed mushrooms atop toasted pumpernickel.