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Well-organised, spotless and orderly, this island city state has a squeaky clean reputation which makes it a delight for tourists to discover on their holiday to Singapore. With English widely spoken and an easy to navigate transport system, Singapore is perhaps the most accessible of Asia’s grand cities. Above all, Singapore is a culturally rich, multi-ethnic mix of Chinese, Malay, Indian and other influences, all of whom retain a strong sense of tradition and identity against the backdrop of modern Singapore. Famed chiefly for its fantastic shopping, Orchard Road still consists of miles and miles of malls, with most international brand names found here.
"Singapore has a fantastically vibrant blend of ultra-contemporary and traditional cultures with wonderful shopping, great parks and gardens and some of the best food in Asia, making it an ideal stop-over for those going to Bali, Australia and the rest of the Far East." - Rachel, Product Manager
For culture lovers, Singapore also offers some of Asia’s best museums, including the fantastic Asian Civilisations Museum which traces the history of cultures across the continent and the newly renovated National Museum of Singapore.
Visit Singapore’s Gardens – Despite space being a premium Singapore has some fabulous parks and gardens – the Botanic Gardens being a highlight some lovely outdoor walks and a dedicated orchid section. Or for the wow factor visit the colourful, futuristic Gardens by the Bay in the reclaimed Marina Bay area, a collection of supertree structures, vast greenhouses creating different climate gardens and an impressive skywalk.
Singapore has some amazing wildlife parks including the Jurong Bird Park with more than 60 species of exotic birds, fascinating feeding demonstrations and a research centre. Or Singapore Zoo with its Night Safari, the world's first night-time wildlife park - the kids will love it as they meet leopards, otters and owls, among other animals, in the Creatures of the Night show.
Located just 15 min from the city centre, Sentosa Island is home to an amazing array of themed attractions, world-class golf resorts, pristine beaches, sea sports and South East Asia's first Universal Studios® theme park. A great day out for the family.
Enjoy a Singapore Sling in the Long Bar or indulge in afternoon tea at Raffles – a must do in Singapore. Raffles was opened back in 1887 and offers colonial decorations, a tropical garden, museum and a Victorian theatre.
Famed chiefly for its fantastic shopping, Orchard Road still consists of miles and miles of malls, with most international brand names found here. Many hotels line this strip and it remains busy throughout the day. Other key shopping areas include Marina and Suntec, both near the financial district. For smaller shops and a more traditional atmosphere, the areas of Little India, Chinatown and Arab Street are a world away from the glass-panelled malls and international coffee houses of Orchard Road. Sim Lim Square is also famed for its array of electronic goods.
Food is also a huge draw for visitors to Singapore with a mouth-watering and extensive array of cuisines on offer. Naturally, Singaporean restaurants excel chiefly at Asian food, in particular Malay or Indian curries, Chinese food and classics such as dim sum. Famous dishes such as Hainanese chicken and rice can be sampled anywhere from a top class restaurant to one of Singapore’s iconic hawker centres. Some of Singapore’s most interesting cuisine can be found at fusion restaurants – particularly the regional cuisine named Peranakan, which is a fusion of Malay and Chinese food and is absolutely delicious.
Singapore is also home to some of South-East Asia’s best night life - in particular the lively Quays and Mohammed Sultan Road; choose a hip bar at Robinson Quay, dine out in Boat Quay or take a junk ride on the river from Clarke Quay. Singapore also offers super clubs, such as Zouk, which have gained recognition on the international party circuit.
Singapore has so many top class hotels, it is difficult to know where best to stay in such a big city. Turquoise has hand-picked a selection of hotels we think best located to explore the city whilst offering excellent service and individual character and charm. The Fullerton Bay is a Turquoise favourite with excellent feedback from our guests time after time. Located bang on the waterfront of Marina Bay, it offers spectacular views of the Singapore Skyline and across to Marina Bay Sands, it really is THE place to stay. A slightly more affordable option the Parkroyal on Pickering is a relative newcomer that has won numerous awards for its design with green leafy environs - Hanging plants and vertical gardens present a stunning view from outside which is re-created on the inside.
Visit our Singapore honeymoons page for full details about our honeymoon collection.
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Tucked away in a secluded bay of emerald waters and dramatic limestone karsts, El Nido Pangulasian in the Philippines is simply sublime. Endless stretches of pristine beaches and a marine sanctuary beneath the waves, you will see why it has been voted as the Most Beautiful Island in the World by Condé Nast Traveller. This really is an untouched, picture perfect haven just waiting to be discovered…
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