Discover why Singapore is this year's hottest destination
Singapore is much more than a stopover. Ignite your passion with a cultural journey to this ambitious country.
2019 marks 200 years since Sir Stamford Raffles arrived in Singapore to establish a British trading post – a key moment in the founding of this city-state. However, there is more to Singapore than the last two centuries. For almost 700 years, ‘singa pura’ – or the ‘lion city’ – has been an important port on a busy trade route.
Now, after achieving independence and stability, this island nation has become a modern wonder of innovation, culture and cuisine; a place where nationalities mingle seamlessly, creating a varied and vivacious community.
2019 is a landmark year in Singapore for more than just its bicentennial. We’ve also seen the opening of the Jewel at Changi Airport – an extension between terminals whose stunning centrepiece is the world’s tallest indoor waterfall. This impressive, garden-filled space features 280 retailers over 10 storeys, transforming the airport into an international attraction of its own. This is where ‘Singapore meets the world, and the world meets Singapore’ – and it makes an indelible first impression on visitors.
Earlier in the year, Design Orchard opened. So much more than a retail space, Design Orchard is dedicated to showcasing the work of Singapore’s designers and inspiring visitors, with brands, event space and creative opportunity all housed in one vibrant area. If you are seeking out world-class finds and authentic souvenirs, this is the place to start.
Also scheduled for this year, Raffles Hotel will unveil its new look after an extensive restoration. This colonial-era property is one of the Singapore’s most iconic places to stay, offering 115 classically styled suites, each catered for by the hotel’s renowned butlers. Ensuring it matches the country’s ambition, the refurbishment will allow Raffles to retain its position as one of the best hotels in the world.
Inspired to visit Singapore?
Match the quality of your journey to that of your destination by flying with Singapore Airlines. Voted the world’s best airline (Trip Advisor 2018 & 2019; Skytrax 2018), the company offers a truly rare level of service. Staff are highly trained, while the range of cabins with a host of modern conveniences guarantee five-star comfort.
We recommend Suites with Singapore Airlines
Unique to the Airbus A380, Singapore Airline’s Suites cabin class offers A&K clients the ultimate in luxury air travel. Stay in one of six self-contained cabins, each complete with an electronically controlled, Italian-leather armchair and a separate, full-sized bed. During your flight, enjoy a four-course gourmet menu and your choice of fine wine, including champagne. Your comfortable cabin features the latest in in-flight entertainment systems, and you’ll receive award-winning service from the airline’s exceptionally well-trained staff throughout your journey.
Singapore Airlines also offers a range of other classes, including First Class, Business, Premium Economy and Economy. Find out more on our dedicated Singapore Airlines page, or speak to our travel specialists about flight options when planning your tailor-made holiday to Singapore.
There’s so much that makes Singapore more than a quick stopover. We believe three nights is the minimum stay here to ensure you see the best of the country. Whether you like exploring, cuisine, culture or simply socialising, Singapore can feed your passion. Build a stay here into a multi-destination holiday – whether that is tailor-made for you or part of one of our escorted tours.