Welcome to Singapore – a cultural melting pot with an intriguing, exotic character, and one of Southeast Asia’s most dynamic and popular destinations. From the bustling street markets and vast shopping centres to the colonial attractions and spots of natural beauty, this is a place of beguiling contrasts. Whether you’re on a flying visit, a relaxing holiday or a hectic business trip, choose a Marriott hotel in Singapore and prepare to discover this ever-changing city.
Shopping is a very popular pastime in the Lion City. Head to Orchard Road first – it extends for over a mile, and is home to a feast of stores selling both luxury and home-grown labels, along with several high street favourites. Just a short taxi ride away is Holland Village, where you can buy everything from oriental homewares and gifts to paintings, wine and tailored clothing. Haji Lane in the Kampong Glam neighbourhood is also a great ‘off the beaten track’ find. The stylish boutiques here change quickly, and are the best place to uncover the latest fashion trends. You’ll also find plenty of hip coffee houses and chic bars down this picturesque lane.
If you’d like to get back to nature, visit the famous Singapore Botanic Gardens. This 156-year-old site stretches over 82 hectares, and is the only tropical botanic garden on the UNESCO World Heritage list. The garden is also the only one in the world to be open from 5am to midnight every day of the year, so you can visit at night for a truly unique experience.
Nature-lovers can also head to the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, a rainforest situated on Singapore’s highest peak (which stands at 163m). Not only will you be in the presence of a huge array of tree species, but you’ll meet some of the island’s native wildlife, including monkeys, pythons and a whole lot of birds. Even more wildlife awaits at Singapore Zoo, home to over 2800 residents. The enclosures here are as natural, spacious and comfortable as possible, and the zoo itself is situated on a peninsula that juts out into the rather beautiful Upper Seletar Reservoir.
Singapore also, of course, boasts a spectacular culinary scene. The hawker food markets are the best places to try a vast selection of dishes. Here, you’ll find tempting Chinese, Indian, Malay, Western and South East Asian foods sizzling away next to each other – the quality and choice is incredible. Aside from the markets, there’s also a range of restaurants offering luxury dining, so there’s something to suit all tastes and pockets.
Sound appealing? Book your stay now at a Singapore hotel by Marriott and get ready to uncover the best this dynamic city has to offer.