A Perfect Day in Singapore
This article is part of our "A Perfect Day in..." series that focuses on curating a single day's experience in a new, or known, city. Our focus is attainable luxury travel, cultural and culinary exploration, and off-the-beaten path recommendations.
Singapore is easily one of the most singular and fantastic cities in the world. To write at length on that topic would verge on cliche. Between the tropical climate, impeccable city planning, world class amenities, and the now storied antics of its Crazy Rich people, Singapore clearly punches above its weight (it's tiny) and has rightfully established itself as more than just a gateway to the region, but a destination in its own right.
Personally, what I love about Singapore is how manageable and accessible the city is. While there are a lifetime's worth of nooks and crannies to explore, you can easily get a handle on the basic topography and vibe of the city in short order. Feeling like an insider is something I've come to put a premium on in travel, especially as I leave my "let's see everything" 20's and enter a more adult phase of travel.
There are innumerable way to spend some time in Singapore, but, in our humble opinion, this is a pretty perfect day.
Stay at The Warehouse Hotel. This is a bit of a controversial choice. Singapore has no shortage of phenomenal hotels, but there is something so home-y and plugged in about The Warehouse (part of Marriott Bonvoy's Design Hotel collection). The evening crowd is local tastemakers, and the design and service are impeccable.
8am - Take an early morning swim on the rooftop pool to jumpstart the day (plus it'll already be hot).
11am - Give in to the tourist impulse and stroll through the Gardens by the Bay.
1pm - Grab lunch at the nearest Hawker Center. Exploration is part of the process here... so don't go in with preconceived notions and let your senses guide you to the perfect stall and dish (though if you're feeling stumped, you can't go wrong with the confusingly named, but insanely delicious carrot cake).
3pm - Take in the spectacle, and indulge in some world class shopping, on Orchard Road.
5pm - Grab an afternoon tea and cool off in the pool at the Tanglin Club -- a private social club brimming with old world class. Check to see if you can score a day pass through your concierge. You may already have reciprocal membership if you belong to a social club back home, like the Rainier Club here in Seattle.
7pm- Gauge your energy level. If you're feeling worn out, head back to The Warehouse and order the popiah set menu (a Singaporean specialty, similar to spring rolls) at Po.
If you still have some fight left in you, venture to Red House Seafood and order the legendary black pepper crab.
When you get back to your hotel room, don't forget to wash your face and apply Grüner Evening Ritual oil before passing out, so you'll wake up the next day looking restored and ready to tackle the crowd at the Marina Bay Sands (we know... you can't help yourself).