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Far from the 'fried rice paradise' and stopover city of its earlier years, Singapore has reinvented itself as a destination du jour, shrugging off its sterile image as it shows off its laksa, rendang and biryani dishes in a booming restaurant scene and lighting up the night sky with its sci-fi architecture. Chinese, Malay, and Indian traditions meld in this island state at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, where you can play evening golf on lighted fairways, experience the nightlife on Mohamed Sultan Road, or relax at an outdoor spa. Singapore is a place for foodies offering time to indulge in a plethora of regional cuisines in one go: Little India, Chinatown and the old Malay-Arab Quarter –don't miss the savoury seafood. The state and cocktails also go hand in hand (or glass in hand). Throw back Singapore Slings at the iconic Long Bar at the Raffles Hotel, try the taya toast cocktail at Bitters and Love or mix it up completely and visit for cocktail week. We love Singapore for its many facets;aside from the incredible cuisine, the landscape is ever-changing, where smoky temples sit modestly in the shadow of towering skyscrapers, jungle encroaches on to shops and luxurious apartment blocks sit cheek by jowl with secret cocktail dens. Its malls are the stuff of legend (and they really are quite fantastic) but Singapore is more than shopping and satay: did a little deeper and you'll find a 'city in a garden' that's replete with natural wonders, history and incredible depth.
Singapore with A&K
Dynamic Singapore, dubbed 'The Switzerland of Asia' for its cleanliness and efficiency, blends forests of skyscrapers, a thrusting hi-tech economy and stellar hotels with lush tropical foliage, a surprisingly diverse population and cuisine, and the legacy of colonial and more recent history. Fascinating to visit, whether as a destination in itself or as a stopover to elsewhere in the region or Australasia, it reveals more of its charms and secrets when you're in the right hands - and that means A&K.
Our large office of highly trained staff has offered luxury travel across the region for over 30 years with seamless multi-country itineraries. We use the very best, most qualified guides - the compact city state has a surprising amount to see - with longstanding contacts that allow us to offer unique insider access experiences off the radar for normal tourists from excursions with top notch historians to cooking lessons with the island's acclaimed chefs.
Take an Abercrombie & Kent holiday to Singapore in 2014 and you'll find first-rate shopping - it's a national pastime - a sensational mix of cuisines with the hugely-popular food courts offering the like of spicy banana leaf stingray, and seriously good healthcare that attract an increasing number of medical tourists for high quality, high value check ups and treatments.
And that's just the start. The sometimes mind-boggling modern architecture - check out the Marina Bay's 150m long infinity pool, 57 stories off the ground across three towers like a super-sized Stonehenge - sits alongside the traditional shop houses of Chinatown, multi-coloured facades of Little India and colonial gems like Raffles Hotel. There are fascinating WW2 history, sites and museums, the world-renowned botanical gardens, open till midnight every day of the year, and off-shore islands for luxury tropical breaks.
Singapore offers an awful lot more than you might expect at first glance - and with A&K it's all possible.
Singapore (British Airways)
13 hours non-stop
GMT +8 hours
Not required for UK passport holders
Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area
Best time to travel
November - April
Singapore is situated one degree north of the Equator so the climate is tropical and humid, with humidity high in the mornings and lower in the afternoons. It has two rainy seasons from December to early March and June to September.
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Annie, Brandon, Debbie, Margaret, Vicky Hamlin, Vicky Smith and Rachel - are experts in designing travel experiences across the region to suit your personal needs, interests and budget. Their intimate knowledge of every hotel and resort featured in our Orient, India, Australasia and Indian Ocean portfolio, together with our own network of offices throughout these areas, allows us to offer unique in-depth knowledge, unparalleled insider access and the VIP service for which Abercrombie & Kent is renowned.
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