Singapore, Republic Of Singapore
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There has never been a more exciting time to visit Singapore, as this year one of the world’s most vibrant and multicultural destinations celebrates 50 years as a nation. Countless festivities and special deals on flights, hotels and activities commemorate Singapore’s Golden Jubilee throughout 2015. This exotic, modern island’s blend of Chinese, Malay, Indian and Eurasian influences makes for a fun, fascinating destination with plenty of opportunities to discover the nation’s unique culture at heritage sites, indulge in diverse local dishes and enjoy memorable entertainment experiences.
Singapore’s Changi International Airport is located approximately 30 minutes from the city. The ride downtown via metered taxi costs between $18 and $38, with an additional airport surcharge for all trips costing between $3 and $5 depending on time of day. The airport offers free shuttle bus service to all members of the public visiting the airport Monday–Friday to Changi Business Park. The airport’s 24-hour Ground Transport Desk provides shuttle service to the doorsteps of most downtown hotels for about $9.
Singapore Mass Rapid Transit offers trains and public buses to the main areas of the city and the farther parts of the island. The prepaid EZ-Link card can be used as cashless payment for more than just transit; purchase cards at any TransitLink Ticket Office and most MRT stations. To top up your EZ-Link, visit general ticketing machines in any MRT station. Also offered through EZ-Link, the Singapore Tourist Pass at only $10 a day provides unlimited train and bus rides.
To inspire your palate as well as your mind, visit the showpiece of the luxurious Four Seasons Singapore, Jiang-Nan Chun. Available Monday through Friday, the restaurant’s two five-course set lunch menus are perfect for a meeting with business associates, featuring exquisite dim sum and Executive Chef Alan Chan’s double-boiled herbal soup specialties that nourish the skin and body.
The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore
For high-powered events paired with impeccable service, host at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore. Conveniently located near Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, this conference hotel offers more than 35,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space as well as experienced, certified hotel meeting professionals for board meetings, product launches and corporate-wide celebrations in boardrooms, awe-inspiring pillarless ballrooms and light-filled meeting rooms.
Rise and dine at Town Restaurant at The Fullerton Hotel, where patrons can enjoy views of the Singapore River as well as à la carte signature dishes or a hearty breakfast buffet starting at 6:30 a.m. in the heart of Singapore’s Central Business District.
Lavish your taste buds at Forest in Resorts World Sentosa, where famous local celebrity chef Sam Leong pushes creativity with Chef Mike Tan by reinventing contemporary Chinese cuisine with bold, innovative dishes. Diners can take in unobstructed views of the kitchen action from the restaurant’s distinctive theater-style seating while enjoying Chef Leong’s redefined Chinese fine dining.
The world’s first nocturnal zoo offers unique, after-dark tours of the acclaimed Singapore Zoo. Visitors have the opportunity to see and learn about more than 2,500 animals, including tigers and elephants, in their naturalistic nighttime habitats while exploring the rainforest via guided tram rides.
Perched on the 24th floor by the pool, Hilton Singapore’s Sky Bar is an impressive spot to relax over drinks while taking in the city’s breathtaking sunset views. A fine selection of wines, liquors and handcrafted cocktails are served until midnight.
For more information, visit yoursingapore.com