Celebrating its 200th anniversary in 2019, Singapore is a city that simply demands attention. Here, 21st-century architecture – showcased everywhere from its glass-and-steel skyline to its waterfront gardens – creates an ultra-modern backdrop for two centuries of cultural integration, realised today in the bustling market stalls and temples and shrines of Little India and Chinatown. You’ll take it all in on this curated itinerary, which pairs stays in two of the region’s finest hotels with private tours that bring you right in among the city’s star attractions. You’ll even be treated to a riverboat cruise and an indulgent afternoon tea at the iconic Fullerton Hotel before swapping city life for the beaches and golf courses of nearby Sentosa Island. And, for the ultimate Singapore experience, make sure you speak to our specialists about an upgrade to the legendary Raffles Hotel, which is re-opening its doors in August 2019 after a multi-million dollar refurbishment.
As with all of our holidays, you’ll kick things off in style with a private chauffeur transfer to the airport followed by VIP lounge access before your overnight flight to Singapore.
On arrival, you’ll be met for a private transfer to your luxury hotel – the Fullerton Bay, located right in the heart of Marina Bay. With its rooftop infinity pool, cocktail bar, French brasserie and ultra-modern rooms, it’s the ideal base for taking in Singapore’s contrasting array of attractions. And, with the rest of the day free, you’ll want to get out and explore, perhaps taking in the city’s renowned hawker markets, where flavours from across Asia and beyond are encapsulated in a delicious variety of street-food delicacies. Or, take in the myriad shrines and multi-coloured temples of China Town and Little India. The Gardens by the Bay are yet another highlight, a green space combining striking architecture, elevated walkways and sweeping waterfront views. You might even decide to pop into Raffle’s famous Long Bar for an iconic Singapore Sling.
Join your local guide today to explore Singapore’s colonial past on a private tour. Discover how the city grew and flourished over the past 200 years from a humble fishing village to one of the world’s great cities. You’ll begin in the Financial District where, despite its status as a leading finance hub, immaculately restored warehouses recall Singapore’s maritime past as chic restaurants and trendy bars look out across the quayside. You’ll then be treated to a delicious afternoon tea at the grand dame Fullerton Hotel, enjoying immaculately presented sandwiches and pastry treats washed down with the finest premium teas before a tour of the hotel itself, a 1920s neoclassical monument that once housed the city post office and the prestigious Singapore Club. Your day of discovery ends with a traditional bumboat ride along the Singapore River.
You’ll be met at your hotel after breakfast on day four for the short private transfer south to Sentosa – an island of swaying palms and golden sands just off Singapore’s south coast. You’ll be staying at the Capella – a luxury hotel wrapped up in verdant gardens, where rooms offer stunning sea views from private balconies, the spa serves up spoiling treatments and the dining is strictly gourmet. You’ll have three days here to relax and take it all in, perhaps soaking up the sun by the pool or on the beach, squeezing in a round or two of golf at one of the island’s famed courses or indulging in the thrills of Sentosa’s theme parks. And, remember, the delights of the city are still within easy reach, from the shops of Orchard Road to the world-renowned Singapore Zoo.
A private transfer will see you to the airport in time for your flight home, where you’ll be met by your chauffeur who’ll see you safely to your door.
"I love Singapore. The food is amazing, the locals are welcoming and there's so much to see, with colonial treasures and dazzling temples watched over by an ultra-modern skyline, creating a contrast of old and new quite unlike anywhere else. I've put together this itinerary to showcase the city's mix of attractions, while adding in a little bit of luxury along the way. In between says in two superb hotels, we'll arrange tours in the company of expert local guides, who'll bring you to the city's best spots. I've even thrown in an afternoon tea at the Fullerton – it's arguably the best in the city. And, you'll round it all off on sun-kissed Sentosa, making this a wonderful city and beach combination."
Low Season from: £1,930 pp
High Season from: £2,190 pp