A mix of cultures, a talent for design, an interest in the arts and an appreciation of nature helped form the Singapore people visit today. From this Marina Square hotel, guests can walk to popular attractions including Millenia Walk, ArtScience Museum and Gardens by the Bay. And with a quick taxi ride, the National Museum, Night Safari, Arab Street, Botanical Gardens and more are easily accessible.
With a rich history dating back to its inception in 1887, the National Museum of Singapore is Singapore's oldest museum with the youngest and most innovative soul. A cultural and architectural icon in Singapore, the Museum hosts vibrant festivals and events all year round, as well as amazing performances and film screenings.
Distance: 2 km/7 minutes drive
Singapore Art Museum
The Singapore Art Museum boasts a collection of over 7,000 contemporary and modern art pieces from Singaporean and South East Asian artists. The museum’s extension building, SAM at 8Q was opened in 2008, expanding the museum’s contemporary art space. Art pieces range from painting, sculpture and installation to film & video, performance and sound art.
Experience the jewel of Singapore’s entertainment scene. With an eclectic mix of high-end restaurants, alfresco dining and lively bars and pubs, the Boat Quay is a favorite “chill out” spot for many professionals and expatriates.
Distance: 2.21 km/5 minutes drive
Celebrity restaurants at MBS
An exquisite selection of cuisine created by world-class chefs can be found at the celebrity restaurants at MBS. These unparalleled restaurants include: Cut by Wolfgang Puck, db Bistro
Billed as Singapore’s one-stop gardening hub, Hort Park sits on a lush 23-hectare area. The park connects Kent Ridge Park all the way to Telok Blangah Park, and brings together recreation, education, research, retail and gardening in one setting. Home to beautiful plant life, Hort Park is also a place where garden designs can be displayed.The Butterfly Garden and the Bamboo Labyrinth are just two of the many attractions the park has, in addition to the Recycling Garden and the Floral Walk.
The largest bird sanctuary in Southeast Asia is well-known for its collection of 8,000 birds from more than 600 species, its conservation and breeding programmes, as well as its fascinating walk-in, free-flight aviaries. The Bird Park also features the world’s tallest constructed waterfall, one of the world’s largest collections of hornbills and a delightful restaurant situated next to a lake teeming with flamingos.
Distance: 21.47 km/30 minutes drive
CÉ LA VI RESTAURANT AND SKYBAR
Set 57-storeys atop Marina Bay Sands Skypark, CÉ LA VI Restaurant and SkyBar offers striking views of the Singapore skyline. The stunning rooftop setting creates the perfect atmosphere in to enjoy modern Asian cuisine and signature cocktails while drinking in views of the city skyline.
Distance: 1 km/10 minutes walk
Labrador Nature Reserve
Explore the rocky cliff-side vegetation and enjoy the panoramic views of the sea at Labrador Nature Reserve. This park is an oasis of calm and a tranquil getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. A leisurely stroll along one of the nature trails affords a peek of some of the 50 bird species and 11 butterfly species that have made the park their home.
Surrounded by retro-inspired push-carts and offering a spectacular view of the Marina Bay skyline, this open-air, moon-lit food centre is a hotspot for visitors and the sleepless in Singapore. Take your pick from a wide range of famous local treats such as fried carrot cake, oyster omelette, chilli crab and roti jala (lacy pancakes served with delicious curry). Also enjoy an ice-cold glass of beer while watching free street performances frequently organized by arts centre Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, located just next door.
Distance: 0.5 km/5 minute walk
Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort
A short scenic stroll across the Helix Bridge, a 280-metre pedestrian walkway - is the Marina Bay Sands Integrated resort. It features a casino, luxury hotel, convention facilities, theatres and shopping and dining options.
Distance: 1 km/10 minutes walk
Newton Hawker Centre
With a multitude of food and drink stalls, a visit to Newton Hawker Centre is the best way to sample a wide variety of local dishes. Try an array of local favourites such as chicken rice, bak kut teh and roti prata. Cool down afterward with a bowl of ice kachang or chendol, desserts made of shaved ice flavoured with coconut milk and other sweet syrups.
The most laidback of the three quays along the Singapore River, this largely residential estate has become a real entertainment enclave with bars, restaurants, cafés, performing arts houses and art galleries. The area also houses The Singapore Tyler Print Institute, which has free print and paper art installations. One of Singapore’s most progressive theatre companies, TheatreWorks, is nearby, as is the Singapore Repertory Theatre.
Distance: 3.4 km/15 minute drive
Singapore Flyer is the world's largest observation wheel. Standing at a stunning 165m from the ground, the Flyer offers breathtaking, panoramic views of the Marina Bay, Singapore’s cityscape and beyond. There is also a wide range of shops, restaurants, activities and facilities.
Probably Singapore’s only nightspot of international repute, Zouk remains both an institution and a rite of passage for young people in the city-state. It has spawned several other clubs in neighbouring countries like Malaysia, and even has its own dance festival – Sentosa’s ZoukOut. Zouk is made up of three clubs and a wine bar, and it has played host international DJs, from Carl Cox and Paul Oakenfold to the Chemical Brothers. Zouk also holds its famous Mambo Jambo retro nights on Wednesdays.
Distance: 6 km/15 minutes drive
Marina Square Shopping Mall is one of the largest shopping malls in Singapore with about 700,000sq ft of shopping space and a wide variety of tenants, ranging from fashion, beauty, health and restaurants. It is centrally located in the Marina Centre area with easy access to and from City Hall MRT Station.
Millenia Walk is a premier lifestyle shopping centre defined by a refreshing burst of colour and an invitingly wide and spacious interior. Lifestyle shops specialising in an eclectic array of products and services line the open atrium structure designed by Pritzker Award winning architect Philip Johnson.
Seven levels and 110,450 square metres of shopping and gastronomical space make Ngee Ann City a staple when shopping in Orchard Road. Brands range from Cartier and Hermes to Zara and Mango, ensuring there is something there for everyone. A large food court is situated in the basement where all manner of epicurean delights can be found.
Raffles City Shopping Centre
Situated in the Civic District close to historic and tourist sites, Raffles City Shopping Centre is a haven for consumers looking for luxury items. The mall has a number of luxury and designer stores such as Omega, Thomas Sabo, Cortefiel and Tommy Hilfiger, among others.
Distance: 1.2 km/15 minutes walk
Suntec City Mall
Anchored by a world class convention centre and stretching a kilometer across five prestigious office towers, Suntec City Mall is a major shopping hub nestled in the heart of the bustling Marina Bay precinct. Divided into four thematic zones, visitors can indulge in a one-stop shopping and dining experience with more than 400 retail outlets and over 100 food and beverage establishments. To top it all, enjoy a spectacular dining ambience amidst cascading waters of the world’s largest fountain, The Fountain of Wealth as it entertains nightly with a mesmerizing multimedia extravaganza.
Lined with old rubber trees and surrounded by lush vegetation, the MacRitchie Nature Trail provides an amazing botanical feast for nature lovers everywhere. The MacRitchie Reservoir was constructed in 1867, and currently has boardwalks skirting the edge and walking trails through the forest. In addition to the boardwalk, another popular attraction is the HSBC TreeTop Walk, a 250-metre aerial free standing suspension bridge spanning Bukit Peirce and Bukit Kalang, which are the two highest points in MacRitchie.
Singapore’s first and only 18-hole golf course which is open to the public. Located strategically in the heart of town, the course offers golfers great accessibility and a picturesque view of the city skyline. The design of the par 72 championship course attempts to connect to the history of golf – traditional links of Scotland and the beginning of golf - with its few water hazards and in particular, its 91 pot bunkers.
Distance: 1.5 km / 5 minutes drive
As the sun sets, a different world comes to life. At the Night Safari, you can look a rhinoceros in the eye, hear the howls of a pack of striped hyenas or watch giraffes glide serenely across the plains. This premier night zoo houses over 900 animals of 135 exotic species in eight zones re-created to simulate geographic zones like the Southeast Asian rainforest, African savanna, Nepalese river valley, South American pampas and Burmese jungle.
Nature lovers should not miss out on The Southern Ridges, a 9 kilometre (5.6 miles) trail that connects three parks along the southern ridge of Singapore, Mount Faber, Telok Blangah Hill Park and Kent Ridge Park. Attractions along the trail include, Henderson Waves, Forrest Walk, Alexandra Arch, Flora Walk and Canopy Walk.
Universal Studios Singapore - Southeast Asia's first ever Hollywood movie theme park. Packed with 24 rides and attractions, 18 of which are unique to Singapore, this sprawling entertainment playground is set to take you on a journey of thrills and spills.