ALTHOUGH SINGAPORE was not officially an independent republic until 1965, its history as a hub for international trade can be traced back to the Middle Ages because of its strategic location on the Melaka Straits. By the 19th century, when under British rule, it had evolved into an alluring destination appealing to affluent travelers.
At that time, the Raffles Hotel (reopening later this year after an extensive remodel) appealed to discerning globetrotters with its exclusive features like electric lights, powered ceiling fans and The Long Bar. The bar occupies a hallowed place in cocktail history as birthplace of the Singapore Sling, a fruity gin cocktail that invited women guests to join the previously men-only party. In September 2018 The Long Bar reopened with updated versions of the Sling and its other cocktail staples.
In the same spirit, bars at newer luxury hotels evoke the pleasures of jet-set travel. The Six Senses Maxwell and Duxton properties’ lounges tap into eclectic influences, from literary heavyweights to Chinese herbal medicine. The Mandarin Oriental, Singapore’s MO Bar built its menus around exotic Asian destinations, while InterContinental Singapore’s Idlewild celebrates the golden age of air travel. At The Capitol Kempinski Hotel, The Bar at 15 Stamford dedicates itself to the world’s finest rums, delivering complex signature cocktails and flights with chocolate pairings. LAVO, boasting postcard views of the city, sits atop the Marina Bay Sands — one of the city’s most recognizable buildings.
Neighborhood bar fans will find gems everywhere, from stately “shop house” districts to business towers and ethnic enclaves Kampong Glam and Chinatown (all LGBTQ+-friendly). While some are justifiably ranked on the World’s 50 Best Bars and Asia’s 50 Best Bars lists (28 HongKong Street, Tippling Club, Atlas), others are worth checking out for funky menus and wholly original décor (Employees Only, Jigger & Pony, The Old Man, Native).
Restaurants stirring Singapore’s rich ethnic melting pot also must be sampled. Candlenut, Folklore and The Coconut Club elevate dishes from Singapore’s diverse ethnic groups into unforgettable culinary experiences. Informal sit-down places Keng Eng Kee and Jumbo Seafood allow customers to dine like a local without hawker market crowds.
The most interesting fashion statement pieces to wear out on the town may be found at Design Orchard. The intimate emporium showcases fashion, jewelry, accessories, fragrances and, yes, cool stuff for the home bar and living room from up-andcoming designers. You can unearth other chic, one-off boutiques along Haji Lane in the Kampong Glam neighborhood.
COMO Hotels and Resorts offers travelers new immersive luxury retreats for 2022. Perfect for couples, small groups or solo travelers, the new COMO Journeys are available to book in Australia, Bhutan, Indonesia and Thailand.
Whether you prefer a villa on the beach or an ultra-luxe suite downtown, you’ll find everything you’re looking for in Los Cabos.
Anantara Chiang Mai, the deluxe resort on the banks of Thailand’s Mae Ping River, relaunched the city’s most famous high tea experience, served on the terrace of the 100-year-old British Consulate that today houses the resort’s Service 1921 Restaurant & Bar.
The Hotel Bel-Air hosts a new end-of-summer BBQ with Master Chef Wolfgang Puck on the lawn of the hotel. The event is back after a three-year hiatus, set to take place Sept. 6. Guests will be able to enjoy an evening featuring backyard-style barbeque and seasonal summer favorites.
Much of the global business travel industry has already made sustainable business travel a priority with a focus on reducing emissions and their environmental footprint. But the industry, as well as external stakeholders, such as policymakers, recognize more needs to be done.
The Oberoi, Marrakech introduces its new holistic wellness program, SAHA. Meaning health in Arabic, SAHA aims to help guests reach their full wellbeing potential. The program operates on four key cornerstones: soul & spirit, active body, holistic treatments and a better plate.
From 24-Hour Butler Service to a Sky Pool: Boutique Luxury Awaits at Vista Encantada Spa Resort & Residences in Los Cabos
Set on a seaside bluff overlooking Land’s End in Cabo San Lucas, Vista Encantada Spa Resort & Residences is a Baja paradise specializing in serene vistas and impeccable hospitality, offering a Pacific coast lifestyle with authentic Mexican touches. Guests can now earn a fourth night free at the stunning resort, plus a $100 resort credit, when booking through March 20, for travel through June 15.
Emerald Cruises christened its newest Star-Ship, Emerald Luna, in a ceremony in Amsterdam as it prepares to sail the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers of Europe. Equipped to host up to 180 guests, Emerald Luna saw many members of Scenic Group, the parent company of Emerald Cruises, attend the ceremony, including U.S. travel industry advocate and educator Vanessa McGovern, who took honors as godmother during the ceremony.