Wanna travel like a true boss? Get out of that North American comfort zone and get to Singapore. This city-state is jam packed with high-end attractions like casino resorts, luxury shopping malls, cocktail bars and excellent restaurants. Getting there is a high-end affair, too, as Singapore Airlines is the world's third best airline according to Skytrax.
Art and commerce in perfect harmony at Ion Orchard
ION Orchard, on the famously electric Orchard Road, is one of the newest shopping malls in Singapore and also the most architecturally stunning. Made up of 660,000 square feet of upscale retail shops, luxury cafés and a 5,600-square-foot art and exhibition gallery located on the fourth floor, ION Orchard is a mall-rat’s dream home. The entrance of it is paneled with LED lights and the entire complex is made up of steel and sheet glass canopies. Connected to ION Orchard is ION Sky, a 715 feet high, 56-level glass tower with a 360 degree observatory where visitors can view the beautiful Singapore skyline through totally new BEHOLD telescopes that allow both "Live" and "Augmented reality" viewing. The Salt Grill & Sky Bar, also located on the observatory, offers stunning panoramas of the city and even more impressive meal by celebrity chef Luke Mangan’s culinary staff.
The pool is reason enough to check in for a night at the Marina Bay Sands
Photo courtesy of Marina Bay Sands.
Even if you’re not a pool person, you are going to want to chill out in this pool. High atop the three towers of the Marina Bay Sands at a height of 656 feet, this infinity pool features a 490-foot vanishing edge and 360 degree views of all of Singapore. There is only one pool like this in the entire world, and it’s not for the weak of heart or weak of wallet – access to this pool is only granted to people who are guests of the hotel. The hotel itself is freaking larger than life. Designed by Montreal-based architect Moshe Safdie, the Marina Bay Sands is the world’s most expensive stand-alone casino property. On the premises, the hotel has an award-winning fitness facility, a luxury retail mall, a one-of-a-kind ArtScience museum, incredible restaurants from top chefs like Wolfgang Puck and Guy Savoy, a theater space worthy of Broadway and one of the glammest casinos outside of Las Vegas. If you’re a baller in Singapore looking for a home, there’s only one place to go: Marina Bay Sands.
Dine at one of the best restaurants in the world, Restaurant Andre
One of the most innovative restaurants in Asia and ranked #38 best restaurant in the world by the William Reed agency, Andre Chiang’s eponymous restaurant is a mind-blowing must eat for any diner who has a hunger to learn, an appreciation for outstanding presentation and some cash to burn. The space is a 30-seater restaurant in Singapore’s historic Chinatown and features an ever-evolving menu that skews somewhere in the South of France, somewhere in the Mediterranean and somewhere in the recesses of collective memory. The pioneer of what he calls "Octaphilosophy," Chiang’s menu and individual courses are designed around eight tenets that are connected in our human experience: Unique, Texture, Memory, Pure, Terroir, Salt, South and Artisan. Through these principles he executes a truly divine dining experience of garden-fresh produce, rare and exotic proteins and totally unexpected combinations. Whether it’s Crispy Duck Tongues followed by Warm Foie Gras Jelly with Perigord Black Truffle Coulis or something so delectable simple as Popcorn & Vanilla and Coffee Licorice Marshmallow, Chef Chiang will truly make you feel through food.
Singapore is on that mixology game; taste the burnt bitters at Bar Stories
Bring home some new bar stories after hitting up this trendy-chic cocktail bar. Specialists in mixology whip up bespoke cocktails tailored to the patron’s preferences – there’s no cocktail menu, the patron just picks a flavor profile (sweet, sour, bitter) and agrees to a main ingredient (berries, Japanese yuzu, banana, honeydew, etc.) and waits while these expert mixologists finishes the new concoctions by torching down some angostura bitters over the frothing liquid or garnishing the glass with freshly sliced apple. The cocktail prices are upwards of $15 USD but the show comes free. Located on a strip of Haji Lane that’s always reliably hopping and fun, fashionable by day and bar-bustling at night, Bar Stories is a unique and delicious way to pass an evening.
Escape to a beach resort getaway at Resorts World Sentosa
Just off the coast and connected by road, train and aerial tramway, Sentosa is Singapore's beach island getaway. The island has been very popular for a very long time and attracts visitors and locals alike to its beaches, family friendly attractions and beachfront nightclubs. But it's been the opening of Resorts World Sentosa that has truly taken Sentosa to another level. The sister casino property of Marina Bay Sands, this resort complex features a ton of luxury hotels, a huge gaming floor and some awe-inspiring attractions like Universal Studios Singapore and Marine Life Park, the world's largest oceanarium.