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November 1, 2018 Destination ASEAN No Comments Email Email

Singapore’s world-class bar scene

Five bars from Singapore were recognised in the World’s Best 50 Bars List for 2018, putting Singapore in the same class as global nightlife hubs, London and New York.

  • Manhattan, which earned its place at #3 on the list, is an elegant art-deco inspired bar fitted with glass elevators and marble floors. The menu is a tour of Manhattan’s various neighbourhoods, providing old-school glamour with a New York flare. regenthotels.com/regent-singapore/dining/manhattan
  • Atlas is another must-visit and #8 on the list. Home to over 1,000 varieties of gin, the luxurious, gothic-inspired bar offers exquisite food and as you can imagine – an extensive cocktail menu. http://atlasbar.sg/atlas-story
  • Native, a bar that uses only regionally-sourced ingredients, draws in travellers with their inventive menu, including basil leaf frozen with liquid nitrogen and garnished with crunchy ants. Native also earned its place at #13 on the list, achieving the ‘highest climber’ award after being placed at #47 last year. http://tribenative.com/

Party all night at Marquee

One of the biggest nightclub brands in the world, Marquee, is slated to hit the shores of Singapore’s iconic Marina Bay Sands hotel in 2019. Be dazzled by this new multi-concept dining and entertainment destination that spans across three levels. The venue features a full-sized ferris wheel that overlooks the dancefloor and performances by the brand’s bevy of musical residents, including Kaskade, Dash Berlin, Erick Morillo, Andrew Rayel, DJ Khaled, French Montana and Travis Scott. www.marinabaysands.com/nightclubs/marquee-singapore

 Raffles Hotel

Singapore’s iconic Raffles Hotel has unveiled its new line up of dining experiences and celebrity chef collaborations, ahead of its much-anticipated reopening in 2019. In early October, Long Bar, an classic favourite known as the birthplace of the iconic Singapore Sling reopened fully restored. Celebrity-chefs Alain Ducasse, Anne-Sophie Pic and Jereme Leung will also enhance the Raffles experience, bringing new Mediterranean, French and Chinese dining concepts. www.raffles.com/singapore

THINGS TO DO

Jewel Changi Airport

Jewel Changi Airport (Jewel) is a world-class tourist destination and an extension of Singapore Changi Airport. Set to open in the first half of 2019, Jewel will be the gateway to Singapore, boosting the airport’s already impressive offerings that have earned it the title of the ‘Best Airport in the World’ for six consecutive years by Skytrax.

Jewel’s iconic structure with its glass and steel façade was designed by world-renowned architect, Moshe Safdie (the same architect that designed Singapore’s iconic Marina Bay Sands). It will be located at the landside, offering a vast array of options to dine, shop, play and stay for travellers arriving for business or leisure, even if only just a matter of hours.

Key attractions and offerings include:

  • Forest Valley, four storeys of lush greenery (and one of Singapore’s largest indoor collection of plants) is perfect for walking up or rejuvenating between shopping and dining stops
  • Rain Vortex – the world’s tallest indoor waterfall at 40m high, which transforms into a Light and Sound show after dark
  • Canopy Mazes, a pair of mazes which includes the world’s first mirror maze set in a garden
  • Sky Nets, of which one is a 250 metre long bouncing net
  • Over 280 retail stores and eateries with several first-in-Singapore brands such as Shake Shack, Pokémon Center Singapore and Läderach.

Jewel is seamlessly linked to Terminal 1’s Arrival Hall and is only a short travelator ride from Terminals 2 and 3. Keep your eye on the time, you don’t want to miss your flight! www.jewelchangiairport.com

 Minimalism: Space. Light. Object. exhibition at National Gallery Singapore

Minimalism: Space. Light. Object. is Asia’s first and largest exhibition that looks into the impact of Minimalism, a radical turning point in 20th century art. The exhibition explores the emergence, development and legacies of Minimalism from the 1950s to the present day and features major works by over 60 artists, including Donald Judd, Mark Rothko, Mona Hatoum, Anish Kapoor, Ai Weiwei, Olafur Eliasson and Haegue Yang. The Minimalism: Space. Light. Object. exhibition is open from the 16th of November to the 14th of April 2019. Tickets range from $10 – $25. Stop and refuel with a cocktail at Smoke & Mirrors, a rooftop bar hidden on the 6th floor of the National Gallery. Here, you can take in the panoramic views of Marina Bay, while you sip on cocktails inspired by the running artworks and exhibitions too!

www.nationalgallery.sg/exhibitions/minimalism-space-light-object

STAY

New hotels from Far East Hotel Group

Three hotels with a combined 839 rooms are expected to open in Sentosa in mid-2019.

  • Village Hotel Sentosa, is a coastal themed hotel boasting 606 rooms specifically for families, delivering a unique experience by the sea. Surrounded by exciting retail and dining experiences, there will be no shortage of family entertainment options. stayfareast.com/en/sentosa
  • For travelling adults and couples looking for a trendy island getaway, The Outpost Hotel is the perfect choice. Inspired by Sentosa’s heritage as a colonial military base, the 193 guestrooms are done in a stylish interpretation of colonial black and white design. In addition, the beautiful rooftop pool and bar provides a picturesque backdrop for any occasion or celebration. stayfareast.com/en/hotels/the-outpost-sentosa
  • Once a military outpost in 1904, The Barracks Hotel is a restored heritage building, taking guests back to a cherished time of romance and charm. With sophisticated decor, the 40 well designed guestrooms tell a story of the hotel’s colonial past and the exclusive pool allows guests to lounge with a cocktail or take a dip. stayfareast.com/en/hotels/the-barracks-sentosa

 NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

Passion@Kampong Glam

The historical precinct of Kampong Glam will soon be pulsating with an exciting series of festive fun and entertaining activities for both tourists and local residents from 5 October 2018 to 17 March 2019. The activities included are cooking demonstrations with top chefs, live music performances and games and cultural activities, which will take place from 4-6pm Friday to Sunday. www.passionatkampongglam.com.sg 

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