Singapore
Singapore
By Joshua H. Liberatore

If you've inoculated yourself to the semiorganized throb of Southeast Asian cities – the bustle of Bangkok, the tumult of Hanoi – it's time to treat yourself to a weekend in Singapore, where order and design dwarf that of even the most modern European capitals. Excellent public transportation, squeaky clean streets, and well-mannered hospitality greet you at every turn. Plus, how often do you get the chance to spend a few days in a modern city-state? Singapore offers a most rare treat indeed.

Singapore is famous as one of the true dynamos of Asia, with its thoroughly industrialized economy, supremely well-educated workforce, and orderly law-abiding population, but don't think you are stepping into some sort of Westernized clone in the Straits of Malacca. Quite the contrary: WhatsCheaper.com can heartily recommend Singapore as a genuine melting pot gathering regional cultures, languages, religions, and yes, cuisines into a unique and cosmopolitan blend. Have you ever been to a Singaporean restaurant? Exactly! You'd be hard-pressed to find one outside of . . . Singapore. Well, here's your chance to sample one of the world's most diverse and colorful cultures in a very comfortable setting.

There's no shortage of luxury in opulent Singapore – where GDP capita in 2010 was well over $60,000, making it the fifth richest country in the world – so if fancy hotels is what you're after, you'll have no trouble making a booking at any number of five-star hotels (https://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php) in the busy commercial district downtown. And you'll pay for it too, just as you'd expect to in New York City or London. That may sting the wallet after a frugal jaunt in Thailand. On the other hand, as is always the case in Southeast Asia, you can eat extremely well and relatively cheaply at the street level, so no need to despair. And WhatsCheaper.com notes that most of the city's attractions can be enjoyed on foot and gratis.

Singaporeans are adamantly proud of their local cuisine, almost obsessively so. Flavors combine ingredients and cooking styles from China, Malaysia, and India. The fairly large Muslim district of Kampong Glam (literally "Arab Street") prepares lovely halal cooking to satisfy every appetite. Delicious roti, or Indian-style crepes, come filled with spicy curries, goat or lamb, egg and onion, or vegetables. Malay-inflected laksa (noodles with shrimp and egg in coconut broth) or nasi goreng (Indonesian fried rice) are local standards. According to WhatsCheaper.com, the chance to try the Singaporean classic, chilli crab, crabs stewed in a chilli-inflected tomato broth, at an authentic restaurant specializing in the dish should not be passed up. Oddly enough, the dish is more savory than spicy. And the noodle soup fiend will find sumptuous variety in some of the covered food courts that abut many of the busier markets around town. If you are lucky enough to have a local host, you won't escape with fewer than four meals a day. Good thing there's plenty of walking to do around Singapore's charming and visually stunning neighborhoods.

Singapore has all the shopping and high-end malls expected of a city of its affluence and status as an international hub for multinationals and well-heeled tourists. Even a cursory visit to Orchard Road will prove the point, according to experts at WhatsCheaper.com. But if shopping isn't your bag, Singapore's eclectic architecture, both secular and religious, will more than keep you busy for a few days of exploring on foot. Singapore's Indian quarter has a fantastic fresh food market, well worth a stroll through. Historical sites and a dedicated museum document Singapore's brutal occupation by the Japanese during World War II. In few other cities can you wander into a Hindu temple, mosque, Chinese temple, and Catholic church on the same colorful sidestreet.

One of the great advantages of a getaway to Singapore is the solid prevalence of crisply accurate English spoken in the city. Moreover, English speakers will find excellent access to books (both secondhand and new), newspapers, and other media published in their native tongue. WhatsCheaper.com adds that asking for directions or local dining suggestions is never a problem. Combine that with the rational planning and consummate orderliness of the city layout itself, and you'll find very few barriers to efficient navigation and easy mobility throughout your stay. Book your flight (https://www.whatscheaper.com/flight.php) to Singapore Changi Airport (SIN) today to discover this idiosyncratic and magnificent city.

MUST SEE IN Singapore LIST:

  • 1. Singapore Botanic Gardens
  • 2. Chinatown
  • 3. Singapore Zoo
  • 4. Changi Prison
  • 5. National Orchid Garden
  • 6. Kranji War Memorial
  • 7. Sri Mariamman Temple
  • 8. Singapore Cable Cars
  • 9 Temple of 1,000 Lights (Sakya Muni Buddha Gaya)
  • 10. National Museum of Singapore

Singapore EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. Thaipusam - January
  • 2. Chinese Festival of Arts (Huayi Festival) - February
  • 3. Mosaic Music Festival - March
  • 4. Singapore International Film Festival - April
  • 5. Singapore Arts Festival - May
  • 6. Beerfest Asia - June
  • 7. Singapore Street Festival - July
  • 8. National Day Parade - August
  • 9. Nivarathri - October
  • 10. Singapore Sun Festival - November

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W Singapore
21 Ocean Way, Singapore
By Krystal Fike

The W Singapore – Sentosa Cove is poised on an island near the nation’s southern coast.  Although it is separated from the mainland by the waters of the Keppel Harbour, it is by no means a secluded area.  Just less than two miles square, the island is home to the Singapore Zoo’s Night Safari, the Singapore Art Museum, and Universal Studios Singapore®, not to mention a plethora of shopping centers, historical districts, and cultural hubs.  Guests can travel via taxi, bus, or public transportation from Singapore Changi Airport, located less than 30 minutes away; alternatively, the hotel’s world-class Whatever/Whenever® concierge service can arrange arrival by private car.  Complimentary self-parking and optional valet parking is available for hotel guests, and check-in is at 3p.m.

Accommodations, with appellations like “Spectacular Room” and “Marvelous Suite”, certainly live up to their names.  The bright and airy décor ranges from “nature-inspired” to “avant-garde”.  The technologically inclined will appreciate the 40-inch LED TV, Wi-Fi internet access, and iPod docking station.  Those seeking comfort will surely enjoy the provided plush robe and slippers as well as the W Signature Bed with a down comforter and choice of headrest from the W Pillow Menu.  Guests can take in the view, whether of WET® outdoor pool, the marina, or the South China Sea, while sipping or snacking from the minibar or Munchie Box.

Amenities abound at the W Singapore – Sentosa Cove.  WIRED business center lets you stay connected, while AWAY® Spa allows you to unplug.  After exploring the island or working out in the hotel’s gym, relax in the W Lounge or party at WOOBAR.  You can also use the W Hotels iPhone app to order 24 hour room service and receive special offers.

Check-out time is a generous 12 p.m., so you can revel in the comfort of your stay.  At WhatsCheaper.com, we will happily assist you in making your reservation at the W Singapore – Sentosa Cove, so click here (https://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php) now!

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Mandarin Oriental Singapore
5 Raffles Avenue, Marina Square, Singapore
By Sandy O'Neal

The Mandarin Oriental hotel in Singapore is a situated on Marina Bay with magnificent views of the Harbour, the Ocean, and the city.  It’s just minutes away from the central business district and nearby an array of things to see and do.  The city is one of the world’s busiest seaports and has a thriving financial district which is a hub for international business.

There are 527 elegant guest rooms and suites that have been designed with oriental subtleties while maintaining their comfort.  All rooms offer floor-to-ceiling windows that give you a panoramic view of the city skyline, the ocean, and the harbor.  Rooms have been tailored with the business traveler in mind.  They include large desks, and most of the amenities found in your office.  Wireless internet access is available.  

The hotel Business Center is second to none.  The Business Center features video conferencing facilities, access to email and internet, use of the meeting rooms, and teleconferencing facilities.  There are 15 flexible function rooms that will accommodate any meeting or event you have in mind.  The rooms are equipped with state-of-the-art technology and offer natural daylight and garden views.

Escape from the cares of the day by scheduling a rejuvenating spa treatment.   You can maintain your workout routine with a visit to the fitness center, of by attending a yoga class with instructors from the Oriental Spa.  A welcome respite at the end of the day might include a refreshing swim in the beautiful 25 meter pool.   Bring your tennis racquet and spend some time on the outdoor tennis courts.

There are six restaurants and bars right on-site to serve even the most discerning palate. Dolce Vita is a great place to savor Italian cuisine and a magnificent Harbour view.  You can tantalize your taste buds with authentic Cantonese cuisine at the cozy Cherry Garden. MELT – The World Café offers International cuisine with an Asian focus.  At the end of the day, the Axis Bar and Lounge is a great place to re-connect with friends and family and enjoy your favorite cocktail or a delicious cappuccino.  You will enjoy a magnificent harbour view from the Axis.  

When your travels lead you to Singapore, the Mandarin Oriental is an excellent place to stay and comes highly recommended by WhatsCheaper.com.  Book your next stay by following this link  (https://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).

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Sheraton Towers Singapore
39 Scotts Road, Singapore, Singapore
By Sarah Hay

Come indulge in the sights, sounds and mysteries of Singapore when you stay at the Sheraton Towers Singapore. Located near the Orchard Road entertainment and shopping area, and the Newton Circus outdoor food market, the Sheraton Towers makes getting around easy, with the Mass Rapid Transit stop next door. Culturally, there are many museums, like the Singapore History and Singapore Art Museums, as well as many mosques, temples, and local recreational destinations in the area as well. Corporate offices of 3M, Motorola and Proctor & Gamble are all less than ten miles from the Sheraton.

The 420 guest rooms at the Sheraton offer a variety of standard amenities, including 40” LCD televisions, high speed Internet access (for a fee), round-the-clock room service, complimentary daily newspapers, irons and ironing boards and mini bars. Balconies, pool view and connecting rooms are available as well. Check-in is 2 p.m., and check-out is 12 p.m.

The hotel itself has every convenience the discriminating traveler needs, including a gift shop, an outdoor pool, sauna, spa services, fitness center, limousine and car rental services, as well as childcare, laundry, shoe shine, and butler services. There is a 24-hour front desk and concierge as well, for any reservations, any time of day. There are three restaurants, as well as a lobby and pool bar, to help keep you well-fed.

For meetings and events, there are 17 event venues at the Sheraton, covering over 13,400 square feet of space, including a grand ballroom. Business amenities feature videoconferencing services, outdoor function space, and catering services are available as well. So, when your next business or personal trip brings you to the exotic and enticing land of Singapore, be sure to stay at the Sheraton Singapore Towers, and let the experts at WhatsCheaper.com find a great price for you at this hotel, just click here: (https://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).

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St. Regis Singapore
29 Tanglin Road, Singapore, Singapore
By Jessica Howell

Consisting of 63 islands, the parliamentary republic of Singapore, is nestled between Malaysia to the north and Indonesia to the South.  With lush green rainforest and nature parks covering approximately 23% of Singapore, as well as a vibrant city life, Singapore is a mecca for travelers wishing to experience the best of eco-friendly travel and urbane elegance. If you are planning to visit this eclectic city, WhatsCheaper.com recommends booking your stay at the St. Regis Singapore.

At the St. Regis Singapore, modern culture meets the fine art of hospitality.  Check in at The St. Regis Singapore is at 3 pm and check out is at noon.  Guests will enjoy elegantly appointed guest rooms, stunning vistas of the downtown skyline, and spectacular service.  Each of the St. Regis' 299 guest rooms and suites have been individually decorated, providing every guest with a one of a kind experience.  At the St. Regis no two rooms are the same, but all guest rooms and suites feature the same luxurious amenities.

Every guestroom at the St. Regis is decked out with state-of-the-art electronics and telecommunications, including Singapore's very first IP phone.  Guests can also enjoy in-room movies, satellite channels, cable channels, and a video library on a 40" flat screen HD television.  Every room is also equipped with a CD/DVD player, speaker telephone, outlet adaptors, and a Bose Lifestyle System.  Wi-Fi and high speed internet access is also available in every room for a modest daily fee.   

After a long night out frequenting one of Singapore's vibrant clubs, fall into St. Regis' luxurious beds featuring fluffy feather down comforters, 350 thread count sheets and signature St. Regis feather pillows.  If you do not have time to visit the St. Regis' Remede Spa, you can pamper yourself in your very own spacious bathroom.  With elegant French marble, double basins, bathrobes and kimonos, a refreshing rainforest shower and exclusive amenities and spa toiletries by Laboratoire Remede, you will think you have been blessed with your own private spa.  

With the number of tourists visiting Singapore increasing by thousands every year, WhatsCheaper.com recommends that you join the trend and discover by Singapore is quickly becoming a top destination for travelers from all over the world.  If you are planning on visiting Singapore, WhatsCheaper.com insists that you book your accommodations at the St. Regis Singapore:  (https://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).

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