The Perfect Weekend
- Local Flavors.
Experience an authentic Singapore breakfast: Order kaya toast — it’s filled with butter and kaya, a jam made from coconut milk, sugar, eggs and pandan leaves. Found in many coffeehouses, it’s best paired with hot tea or coffee.
- Botanic Treasures.
Discover the beautiful lush grounds of the Singapore Botanic Gardens. The gardens, founded at the present site in 1859, cover 200 acres and contain thousands of species of flora. Be sure to see the area’s National Orchid Garden, distinguished as the world’s largest orchid display.
- Explore Chinatown.
Head over to historical Chinatown to experience its eclectic mix of old and new — narrow streets, old shop houses, temples, medicinal halls and teahouses. Grab a bite in the recently revitalized Chinatown Food Street where cuisine from many local cultures can be found in one place.
- A Shopping Oasis.
Indulge your shopping appetite at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore’s first large-scale luxury shopping locale. With more than 800,000 square feet, this awe-inspiring complex has a sophisticated mix of the luxe brands you’d expect as well as newer, emerging designer labels.
- Changing Sky-High Views.
Time permitting, catch amazing views of the city and beyond on the Singapore Flyer, an observation wheel with fixed capsules the size of a bus. The giant wheel takes about 30 minutes to rotate, and on a clear day you can see all the way to Malaysia and Indonesia.
- Tea Time.
Back at the hotel, enjoy afternoon tea at Colony restaurant, together with cuisine inspired by Singapore heritage that includes Chinese, Western and local dishes. Complement Colony’s unique tea blend with a selection of tea syrup such as lavender or French rose.
- Chic Nightlife.
Dine at Clarke Quay, a Singapore nightlife hot spot located upstream from the mouth of the Singapore River and Boat Quay. Formerly a busy commercial area in the late 19th century, today the updated warehouse is alive with restaurants, wine bars, entertainment spots and retail shops.
- Colors and Cocktails.
Order a nightcap at the hotel’s Chihuly Lounge, named after American glass artist Dale Chihuly. Unwind in the midst of the artist’s mesmerizing glass sculptures, and listen to music entertainment until midnight.
- Garden Design.
Singapore is known as the Garden City, and nowhere is that more on display than the Gardens by the Bay. Walk among a grove of artificial “supertrees” that feature vertical gardens (as high as 50 meters) that enable the harvesting of solar energy. You can also enjoy the refreshingly cool Flower Dome, the largest glass greenhouse in the world.
- Discover a Rich Culture.
Explore the fascinating history and culture of Singapore at the National Museum of Singapore. The nation’s oldest museum, it remains an influential force with innovative and multiperspective displays of history, vibrant festivals, and captivating performances and film screenings.
- A Quiet Haven.
Stroll around Fort Canning Park, an iconic hilltop landmark that has witnessed many of Singapore’s historical milestones. Removed from the usual tourist itineraries, it’s typically a quiet retreat from the city’s hustle and bustle.
- For the Birds.
With 5,000 birds representing more than 400 species, Jurong Bird Park is the largest bird sanctuary in Asia. Enjoy close encounters with the winged wonders in the walk-in, free-flight aviaries, and observe the world’s largest collection of Southeast Asian hornbills.
- En Vogue.
Haji Lane, a narrow way tucked in the middle of the bustling Arab Street, is a must-see for fashionistas. This area of shop houses has quickly become, according to Time magazine, “an aggressively hip retail stretch recalling Le Marais in Paris or New York’s Meatpacking District.”
- Rest and Renew.
After so much walking, it’s time to pamper your body at the new Spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore. The Timeless Indulgence experience combines the La Mer Miracle Broth facial with a foot care regimen, while the sensory-infused Cello Concerto synchronizes massage with melodies played by a cellist.
- A Dinner to Remember.
The hotel’s Summer Pavilion offers that too-rare dining experience of the absolutely finest cuisine paired with impeccable service in an intimate setting. Frequently ranked as the top restaurant in Singapore, Summer Pavilion’s Cantonese dishes are not to be missed.
- Light Fantastic.
As a perfect end to the perfect weekend, take in the dazzling light show at the Event Plaza at the Promenade, where stunning visual effects are used to create an interpretive performance about the creation of life.