We are talking stopovers with today’s honeymoon inspiration in Singapore.
Singapore is a fantastic multicultural city with a whole host of attractions. It is perfect for a city stopover on the way to Australasia and numerous dreamy Asian beaches but is also a brilliant destination in its own right. We have used it as a stopover twice now, firstly en route to Australia and secondly on the way to Bali. Both times, we filled our days with different sights and experiences. You could easily spend a week in Singapore but if you only have 2 or 3 days then here are some of the places my husband and I found to be particular highlights…
The flyer is a giant observation wheel twice the height of the London eye. At the top you are level with the surrounding skyscrapers and the 360 degree vista offers fantastic views of marina bay and the city beyond.
*Gardens by The Bay*
An amazing project only completed in the last few years, it is perhaps a little like the Eden project but on a grander scale. The 2 main glasshouses are home to some spectacular plants and are part of the city’s amazing skyline, whilst the man made “trees” and the canopy walkway are amazing.
This 156 year old tropical garden is just spectacular. The fact that it is the only tropical garden to have been given the great honour of a UNESCO World Heritage Site is testimony to the beauty of the garden. You could easily spend a whole day in the gardens which are beautiful and quiet escape from the city. The variety of plant life here is amazing and the gardens are recognised as one of the world’s best.
*Marina Bay Sands Resort*
The $8 billion resort hosts a hotel with over 2500 rooms, a 500 table casino, 7 celebrity chef restaurants, the infamous infinity pool, a rooftop bar with amazing views, an ice skating rink, a museum and a shopping mall. It really is a consumerist haven. Even if you don’t really like the Las Vegas nature of it, it is worth stopping by just to see the overwhelming size and grand scale of it.
*National Orchid Garden*
Housed in the more traditional established botanic gardens the colourful exquisite orchids provide beautiful surrounding to relax in.
The quintessential tourist experience in Singapore is of course to have a Singapore sling in the famous hotel. Although you can get this world renowned cocktail now all across the city, it is an interesting place to stroll by and think about the early colonial history of the city, or if time affords you could even have a very elegant afternoon tea!
This colourful riverside quay hosts an array of shops, cafes and bars. There are lots of refurbished Chinese Junk ships moored along the riverside, which are now floating restaurants and bars.
The old Singapore bumboats, once used as transport vessels, have been preserved to transport passengers up and down the river to take in the waterfront sights. There are several jetties across Singapore where the river cruise may be boarded, including at Clarke Quay. There are several sights that may be the viewed from the boat, including the towering skyscrapers, the Singapore Flyer and the Marina Sands.
*Singapore Grand Prix*
If you are lucky enough to visit during September, then you may see the Formula One Grand Prix. This is the only night race in the calendar and the backdrop of the city lit up is spectacular.
Singapore zoo is perhaps unique in that it can be experienced in so many ways! The first is to visit during the day and get some fantastic pictures of stunning animals. The second is to visit on a night safari. Here you are driven between the enclosures to view the animals lit up by moonlight, and it really does make you feel like you are almost in the wild, as you are never quite sure her her a lion or elephant will be around the next corner. Finally, the zoo has recently installed the river safari, which is a relaxed way of viewing the animals in the day without getting too hot in the humid conditions.
*Jurong Bird Park*
Home to hundreds of different species of bird this is located close to the zoo, meaning you can have a whole day of wildlife encounters! The huge enclosures allow the birds to fly as free as is possible and the colourful tropical birds are an amazing sight.
*Chinatown and The Arab Quarter*
If you want to get a flavour for the older and now much rarer Singapore then these two areas are a great place to come. Here there is still a sense of a slower pace of life with street restaurants and colourful shuttered houses and shops alongside temples and mosques. One of the best temples to visit is the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple. Both areas also hint at the rich melting pot of cultures and customs that had made Singapore the cosmopolitan city is is today.
This area of the city houses some amazingly vibrantly coloured temples. The contrast in styles with the modern architecture is very striking and makes them stand out even more. Sri Mariamman Temple is perhaps the pick of a lovely bunch.
Reputed to be amongst the best in Asia, there is no shortage of designer boutiques and international brands located along this prime stretch of real estate. It is also where many central hotels are located.
Taking a lovely stroll through Emerald Hill is well worth a walk. The colourful Peranakan restored houses are set in a lush green setting and are really pretty.
*Chinese and Japanese Gardens*
These beautiful gardens reflect the cultural and architectural nature of China and Japan. Both gardens are incredibly impressive with their visual beauty and also create a more tranquil ambiance than the vibrant nature of other parts of Singapore.
Located just a few hundred metres offshore and linked to the mainland by bus and monorail, Sentosa is where tourists and locals alike come to have fun. There is a plethora of choice when it comes to activities for all members of the family, including the big kids! Sentosa is split into four different areas:
With a great view overlooking Singapore, there is something for everyone here, whether adventure, history or nature is your thing!
Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom | Cable Car | Images of Singapore | Madame Tussauds | Sentosa Merlion | Skyline Luge Sentosa | Tiger Sky Tower
This historical WW2 coastal fort is interesting to wander round with incredible underwater experiences.
Fort Siloso Skywalk | Underwater World and Dolphin Lagoon
*Resort World, Sentosa*
Fun-filled and fast-paced, the bright lights, swish bars, excellent selection of restaurants and multitude of photo opportunities is impressive.
- Crane Dance – At night, the waterfront is illuminated with an impressive lights show telling the love story of two large mechanical cranes.
- Festive Walk – A 24 hour entertainment strip that is brimming with bars, restaurants, shops.
- Lake of Dreams – A musical extravaganza combining water, fire and lights taking place on the lake.
- Universal Studios – You could spend a whole day just in the park itself experiencing the countless rides and shows.
- S.E.A. Aquarium – One of the most impressive aquariums in the world home to countless sharks, rays, jellyfish and all manner of colourful tropical beauties. It features a long underwater tunnel and of the planet’s largest tanks filled with aquatic life.
Lots of exciting watersports on offer during the day and a perfect spot to watch sunset with an exotic fruit juice or snazzy cocktail in the evening. After darkness hits, the Songs of the Sea show takes place with its magical lights, water, musical and fireworks display.
With a plethora of luxury hotels hosting wonderful views from their rooftop bars and restaurants, they offer a perfect setting for dinner, a sunset drink or evening cocktails.
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We certainly loved both of our visits to Singapore and if you are planning a twin-centre honeymoon, Singapore is most definitely a great stopover city.
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