Luxury Singapore holidays

Informed by two centuries of trading history, Singapore mixes in influences from all corners of the globe. In between its sky-scraping glass and steel, multi-tiered temples dot Chinatown, Little India is resplendent in thousands of colours and a 19th-century mosque glitters over the Arabic Quarter.

It all boils down into bustling hawker markets. Here, the likes of delicately spiced satay skewers and impossibly fluffy dim-sum dumplings are inspired by everywhere from Hong Kong to Indonesia to create a culinary landscape that's uniquely Singaporean. Remember, alongside those famous street-stall vendors there’s also plenty of fine-dining restaurants, often found perched on rivers and alongside rooftop bars.

Indeed, in Singapore, it pays to look up. In a single glance, you can expect to take in giant ferris wheels, monolithic lotuses housing unique museums and infinity-pool surfboards that cap luxury hotels. Together they form one of the world’s most iconic skylines. In among it all, there’s also plenty of colonial intrigue. And, alongside neoclassical courthouses and Victorian concert halls, it’s the whitewashed colonnades of the iconic Raffles Hotel that linger longest in the memory.

Given all this unashamed urbanity, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Singapore had forgotten its eco credentials. However, it’s Asia’s (some say the world’s) greenest city. Look beyond the palm-fringed beaches of Sentosa Island and you’ll find botanic gardens, a world-class zoo and an interior given over the treetop jungle bridges. However, the city’s latest offering is perhaps its greatest – the Gardens by the Bay. Pictured above, it’s a vertical park of 50-metre-high “Supertrees” knitted together by sweeping elevated walkways.


Special experiences in Singapore

Built to impress, Singapore is packed full of unique moments to make your holiday special. Indeed, after settling in for a hearty lunch of steaming noodle soup in a hawker centre, perhaps treat yourself to a Michelin-recognised dinner. With over 40 stars on offer, the city features one of the highest concentrations the world over. That’s alongside plenty of afternoon-tea delights, served up in perfect colonial elegance.

Speaking of treating yourself, Singapore has long been recognised as something of a shopping mecca. Our pick is Orchard Road, home to some of the world’s finest fashion houses. The city is also host to a series of truly special accommodation, detailed below. Just remember, although you’ll have to be a guest to enjoy a dip in the surfboard’s iconic infinity pool, anyone can enjoy a Singapore Sling in the famed Long Bar of Raffles Hotel.

Raffles Hotel, Singapore

Raffles Hotel

Infinity pool, Marina Bay Sands

Infinity pool, Marina Bay Sands

Laksa noodle soup, Singapore

Laksa noodle soup

Where to stay in Singapore

Appropriately, Singapore’s accommodation options span from colonial jewels to ultra-modern delights. And, Raffles Hotel remains the place to stay. Although almost as old as Singapore itself and named after the country’s founder, it’s been newly reopened for 2019. Expect billiards tables, elegant rooms and fine-dining terraces. However, there’s plenty of extra intrigue, with highlights ranging from beach-side favourites to converted-warehouse boutiques.

When to go to Singapore

With an equatorial climate, Singapore is hot and sunny year-round. Don’t worry though, from the high-end shopping malls to the superb public transport system, air conditioning is ubiquitous. Then, to minimise rainfall, look outside the short December–January monsoon. However, often confined to the early morning, showers invariably last a mere half hour and come as a welcome refreshment.

Suggested itineraries

Eastern & Oriental Express

Eastern & Oriental Express: Singapore to Bangkok

9 days from £4,230 pp incl. flights

From pianist-accompanied drinks to a curated series of guided excursions, this is one of the finest experiences by rail.

Eastern & Oriental Express

Eastern & Oriental Express: Bangkok to Singapore

10 days from £4,620 pp incl. flights

Relive the luxury of yesteryear, enjoying restaurant and bar-car indulgences as you experience the city greats and rural charm of Southeast Asia.

Orangutans in Borneo, Malaysia

Singapore & the wildlife of Borneo

16 days from £4,295 pp incl. flights

Pair the ancient cultures and 21st-century delights of one of Asia’s city greats with the very best of Malaysian Borneo’s unique natural world.

Komodo Dragon fight

Bali, Singapore & Komodo: luxury cruise and stays

17 days from £7,735 pp incl. flights

Between island-hopping on a luxury small-ship cruise, complete with technicolour dives and Komodo dragons, you’ll explore Singapore’s futurism and stay in private-pool villas in Bali.

Royal Gran Pool Villa, Santhiya Koh Yao Yai

The Eastern & Oriental Express and Thai Island Getaway

14 days from £5,040 pp incl. flights

Showcase the white-sand beaches, buzzy capitals and rural beauty of Southeast Asia with an ultra-luxury rail journey, paired with indulgent hotel stays that culminate in a private-pool villa.

Resort Overview, The Datai Langkawi, Malaysia

The Eastern & Oriental Express & Malaysian Beach Escape

15 days from £6,235 pp incl. flights

Pair the fine dining and open bar-car indulgences of one of the world's finest rail journeys with two of Asia's city greats and a white-sand getaway.

The Helix Bridge, Singapore

Singapore & Sentosa in Style

7 days from £2,485 pp incl. flights

Celebrate one of the world’s great cities on this indulgent weeklong break, complete with private tours and transfers, and stays in two luxurious hotels.

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