Things to do in Singapore: 35 luxe activities for the well-heeled traveller – from attractions to top restaurants and bars in the city
Your luxe guide to the best and fanciest things to do in Singapore when money is no object. From helicopter rides and driving around in a supercar to dining at Michelin-starred restaurants, here’s how to live it up in one of the world’s most expensive cities.
Singapore may be known as a “Little Red Dot”, but contrary to popular belief, there is a long list of activities to immerse yourself in — whether you’re a local or just visiting. Garden City and Lion City are just a few nicknames that this island metropolis holds, but do these nicknames have any weight to them? We say of course! From tourist attractions to bars and restaurants, we’ve put together a list of 35 must-see-do-smell activities for the luxury traveller.
1. Hop on for a magical helicopter ride
Forget boring land tours of the city and go on a helicopter ride over the sunny island. Singapore Heli Services is a company that offers 45-minute helicopter tours around the island. The package includes bird’s eye views of Bukit Timah nature reserve and the Marina Bay area, just to name a few. Equipped with two-way stereo-headsets, passengers will be able to ooh and ah together upon seeing the panoramic views of the island. Visit Singapore Heli-Services for more enquiries.
2. Charter a yacht around Singapore
Hate flying? Opt for a yacht tour instead. Choose from a list of luxury yachts for rent to enhance your trip around the island. Other than a cruise around the mainland, you can spice up your experience with visits to nearby sister islands such as St. John’s island. Yacht charters can be found at ONE 15 Marina and Marine Bookings.
3. Try your luck at the Marina Bay Sands Casino
With one of the world’s largest Swarovski chandeliers as its centerpiece, the Sands Casino is nothing short of opulent. Located in the stunning Marina Bay Sands, the casino is a favourite amongst travellers around the world. Try your hand at one of the 1,000 gaming tables or 1,400 slot machines — you may have Lady Luck smiling down on you.
4. Dine at Waku Ghin
Waku Ghin by Tetsuya Wakuda is a Michelin star restaurant located at Marina Bay Sands. ‘Waku’ stands for ‘arise’, and ‘Ghin’ stands for ‘silver’. The restaurant’s namesake promises an exquisite fine dining experience. The award winning, one–star Michelin star restaurant serves modern Japanese cuisine through a unique dining setting. Serving up the seasons’ best produce every day, the restaurant has 3 private rooms as well as a main dining room, with a chef helming each kitchen Omakase style. Waku Ghin’s specialities include the Marinated Botan Shrimp with Sea Urchin and Caviar and Wagyu.
5. Rent a luxury car
Want to travel in style? With a wide array of luxury car rental companies, find the sports car of your desires. From Lamborghinis to Maseratis, cruise around Singapore’s busy streets. Maybe, just maybe, you’ll feel like you’re part of the Grand Prix line up. Visit Ultimate Drive Singapore to take a look at their catalogues and the list of supercars up for grabs.
6. Take a dip in the iconic infinity pool
A fan of infinity pools? You’re in luck. The world’s largest rooftop pool rests above Singapore’s very own Marina Bay Sands hotel. Feast your eyes upon Singapore’s sparkling skyline 57 floors above ground, and relax in the clouds (almost!). The MBS Skypark is also home to several celebrity chef restaurants such as Spago by Wolfgang Puck, perfect for a night of wine and dine.
7. Have a meal at the 3 Michelin Star Joël Robuchon Restaurant
Helmed by Chef Joël Robuchon, the Joël Robuchon restaurant is Singapore’s first and only three-starred Michelin restaurant. With 30 Michelin Stars under his belt, Robuchon is one to beat in today’s culinary scene. The restaurant has an exquisite menu serving up the chef’s signature French haute cuisine, coupled with refined presentation skills it is no wonder this hotel has its level of prestige. The restaurant is located on level one of Resorts World Sentosa, under Hotel Michael.
8. Dive into the ocean suites at RWS
After your meal, check into one of Resorts World Sentosa’s 11 Ocean Suites. Yes, these 11 duplex units are literally underwater. Framed with floor to ceiling length tempered glass, these windows provide a stunning ocean view of the world’s biggest aquarium exhibit, the Open Ocean Habitat at the SEA Aqaurium. The upper level consists of an outdoor patio and Jacuzzi, while the lower level provides the stunning view of the aquarium — along with a bathtub that is situated alongside the window to complete the underwater experience.
9. Chill out at Sentosa beach club
From Palawan to Siloso beach, explore Singapore’s many beaches along Sentosa Island. Besides some fun in the sun, Sentosa also boasts an array of beach clubs such as FOC — a restaurant bringing a Mediterranean punch, as well as Tanjong Beach Club— a local favourite. Both locations offer a much needed respite away from the hustle and bustle of the city, along with extensive menus to suit your personal tastes.
10. Party at Capital
When veteran nightclub Zouk announced its closure of Velvet Underground, many felt a sense of loss. Thankfully, that sadness was shortlived. Curated specifically for those who enjoy finer things in life, Capital is an ultra-luxe version of its counterparts Zouk and Phuture. Paying homage to the iconic Velvet Underground, Capital ignites a lounge-like atmosphere with plush seating areas. The club also has a cigar lounge, decorated with art pieces personally curated by The Artling.
11. Have Champagne brunch
What better day to end a meal than with a glass of bubbly? Choose from a variety of Sunday Champagne brunches offered by grandiose dining locations. Brasserie Les Saveurs at the St Regis Hotel is one of these locations offering wondrous spreads of international cuisine alongside free flow champagne choices. With their palatial space and a menu set to tingle your tastebuds, this will no doubt be a luxurious brunch experience. Do visit St Regis Hotel Singapore for more information.
12. Try indoor skydiving
Fulfill your dream of flying in Singapore’s first indoor skydiving simulation, IFLY Singapore. Made up of a five-story vertical wind tunnel, take a leap of faith into wind speeds blowing up to 180km/h and experience what it is like to skydive at 12,000 feet in the air. There will be an instructor on site at all times to guide all participants during their flight, so hop on down and give it a whirl!
13. Shopping at Orchard Road
The most famous strip in Singapore is undoubtedly Orchard Road — Singapore’s number one shopping district. Lined with shopping centers such as the renowned Ion Orchard as well as Takashimaya, we have to say that a day simply isn’t enough to finish this stretch. Filled to the brim with luxury brands such as Chanel and Dior Homme, Orchard Road is the one stop destination to satisfy your shopaholic tendencies.
14. Visit Botanic Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
The Singapore Botanic Gardens is the island’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, having earned the title just two years ago in its Jubilee year. A symbol of Singapore’s status as a Garden City, the Botanic Gardens is home to a National Orchid Garden, which boasts the world’s largest orchid display. Consisting of a beautiful Swan Lake, the gardens are a perfect place for some fresh air during an evening stroll. If you’re lucky , you might also be able to catch performances at the Symphony Stage.
15. Go museum-hopping
With many museums located within the Civic District, museum-hopping is a must-do in this part of the city. We recommend hitting the National Museum of Singapore first, followed by a trip to the Singapore Art Museum. Last but not least, head down to the newest addition to Singapore’s cultural scene — National Gallery Singapore. With both permanent and temporary exhibits, these museums will give you both a taste of the past and current Singapore.
16. Go for sunset drinks at 1-Altitude
What’s better than a great drink? A great drink with a killer view, of course. The highest rooftop bar in Singapore, 1-Altitude offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the cityscape. Hit up 1-Altitude’s Sundown Affair, happening daily from 6-8pm.
17. Relax at ESPA, Resorts World Sentosa
After a long day of shopping and sightseeing, visit the ESPA Spa at Resorts World Sentosa for some serious pampering. The massive luxury wellness center is an oasis far away from the concrete jungle that is the mainland. Immerse yourself in the Crystal Steam Room— where chocolate and gold mosaics twinkle. Or treat yourself to an hour in the Rock Saunas, which boast a gorgeous view of the lush surrounds.
18. Find the secret underground bars in Singapore
Fancy a little peace a quiet away from the crowds at Clarke Quay? Visit Singapore’s speakeasy bars— some of which are located right under your noses. With top-notch cocktails and spirits that can only be unlocked with secret passwords and serious detective skills, you’re guaranteed a night filled with adventure. These secret locations include top bars such as 28 HongKong Street and Operation Dagger.
Get a hole in one at Singapore’s sprawling golf courses, some of which are located along the ocean. Known as the Number one championship golf course in Asia, The Serapong a unique course set along the beautiful backdrop of the Singapore Harbour. Headed by the Singapore Golf Club, the course also has a sister course — The New Tanjong Course. This course is set against the Singapore Straits, proving that the sport also comes with a splendid view.
20. Universal Studios Singapore VIP tour
The Universal Studios Singapore (USS) is the island’s equivalent of Disneyland! With eight different attraction zones, there’s something for all ages. Feel like a celebrity at USS with its exclusive VIP tour. Start your day at the VIP lounge along with complimentary drinks, complete with red carpet treatment. With the VIP tour, get your own private escort and skip the long lines on all attractions to ride your favourites as many times as you want! The tour lasts up to five hours, with adult tickets at $298 and child tickets at $228.
21. Gillman Barracks
Singapore’s first contemporary arts cluster, Gillman Barracks, is comprises of ten galleries located in five different buildings. Home to international galleries, restaurants and bars, the estate was built back in 1936 and was used as military barracks until the 1990s. Now a prime spot for art events such as the annual Art After Dark, Gillman Barracks remains a tranquil location for art buffs.
22. Watch a performance by the Singapore Lyric Opera
Since its inaugural performance in 1991, the Singapore Lyric Opera has been an undeniable piece of this little red dot’s arts scene. Having put on classics such as Madama Butterfly and Turandot, the opera puts on yearly shows of Opera in the Park in the Singapore Botanic Gardens, as well as the performances by the SLO Children’s Choir. For more information, visit Singapore Opera.
23. Attend the Singapore Grand Prix
A fixture in the Singapore night scene, the annual Singapore Grand Prix holds the title for being the first night race in the Grand Prix series. The event takes place on the stunning Marina Bay Street Circuit and is the first street circuit in Asia for F1 races. Far from being just another street race, the Grand Prix also consists of music performances at the Padang, with notable alumni Queen and Maroon 5 having performed in previous legs.
24. Singapore Rendezvous
An annual luxury lifestyle event, the Singapore Rendezvous hosts a variety of luxury exhibitions and shows for property, collectible vehicles, motoring, art and more. Guests will be able to enjoy bites from fine classical restaurants and a sunset bar, along with an extensive wine list. Held at the Raffles Marina, this is an event poised for the glitterati.
25. Ride the Jewel Cable Car
Connecting Sentosa Island to the mainland, the Singapore Cable Sky Network runs from Mount Faber to Sentosa Station. Enjoy a VIP tour onboard a glass floored, Swarovski crystal covered, ambient-lit cable car cabin. Th tour provides a different perspective on the city’s skyline, and even consists of an exclusive set meal at Faber Peak Singapore on top of the personalized experience.
26. Fly in or out of Singapore in a private jet
Singapore’s Changi Airport is one of the world’s top airports, providing world-class service and facilities. The airport also consists of Asia’s first standalone private jet airport located next to Changi’s Terminal 2, JetQuay. With Guest Relations Officers handling your travel formalities, you can sit back and relax with the many luxury facilities available such as the private spa and massage chairs.
27. Take a private buggy through Singapore Zoo
Charter a buggy for your own safari adventure at the Singapore Zoo. A private guide will take you through the attractions on a seven-seater limousine buggy. The tour also allows one to fix their own itinerary, including visiting animal shows and feedings.
28. Savour Singapore Art Week
The annual Singapore Art Week is a pioneer event in the Singapore arts scene. Taking place in the first quarter of the year in January, Singapore Art Week brings excitement and inspiration to start off the New Year! Soak yourself in art at the annual Art Stage Singapore, an exhibition that showcases the best galleries and works from the region. Additionally, visit the annual Singapore Biennale for a lesson in both history and art.
28. Enjoy the SEA Aquarium VIP Experience
Get an insider’s look on marine life with the exclusive SEA Aqaurium VIP Package. With a chance to enter the aquarium before anyone else, as well as access back-of-the-house feeding areas and sections, the VIP package is sure to take you under the sea. Included in the package is access to the back-of-the-house at Dolphin Island, allowing visitors to play with and marvel at these graceful animals.
30. Walk around Tiong Bahru estate
Tiong Bahru is lauded as the oldest housing estate in Singapore, yet it is rather bustling for its old age. A prime spot for up-and-coming as well as established cafes and eateries, the estate has become a hipster hotspot for tourists looking to soak up some heritage as well as locals seeking an adventure. The estate is also home to several hidden bookstores and galleries, perfect if you’re looking to have a quirky trip.
31. Fill your stomach with hawker food at Newton Food Centre
A trip to Singapore simply isn’t complete without a taste of its famous local food, and Newton Food Centre is known for its variety of Singapore’s local delicacies; from Chili Crab to Prata to Chicken Rice. Wash them all down with a refreshing glass of sugarcane juice — the perfect remedy to the island’s humid weather.
32. Find your Zen at Como Shambhala
Como Shambhala is Singapore’s most exclusive wellness retreats, located at a convenient location along the streets of Orchard Road. Pop by to the centre after a long day of shopping, and be treated to a holistic wellness experience. Offering a range of activities such as Yoga, Pilates and massage therapy, Como Shambhala is the one place to get OM-board with your body and mind.
33. Create your own fragrance
Create your own bespoke perfume at Fragrance Du Bois Singapore, a workshop that specialises in olfactory art and perfumery. Located in the heart of the city at the Fullerton Hotel, the fragrance house provides consultations with their master perfumer to find out what your personal preference is. Your signature fragrance will come packaged in a crystal bottle, perfect for either a gift or for your own usage.
34. Have high tea
Settle down in a plush armchair with a stack of pretty pastries at one of Singapore’s many high tea places. Try Colony at Ritz Carlton Singapore for a relaxing meet up and chat over coffee and cakes. However, there is a clever twist to this location. Instead of your normal english tea trays, the pastries and cakes are served in a five tier ceramic tiffins, a subtle nod to local Singaporean culture.
35. Marvel at Gardens By The Bay
A sprawling 101-hectre garden, Gardens by the Bay features two massive greenhouses: the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest. Both attractions contain some of the most exotic flora and fauna, along with seasonal exhibits such as “Blossom Bliss”— featuring cherry blossom flowers. With sprawling lawns and giant art pieces adoring its facade, Gardens by the Bay is a horticultural heaven for locals and visitors alike.