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Singapore Destination Guide

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Your guide from the Luxury Travel Experts


Welcome to the Elegant Resorts Destination Guide for Singapore , created to help make your choice of luxury holiday as easy as possible. Here, you will find more detailed factual information about the destination you have selected.

If you require further information, not featured on this page, please call one of our Travel Consultants.

Overview+

Capital Singapore City
Language English
Time Difference 8 hours
Currency Singapore Dollar
Voltage 220/240v

Utterly intriguing and endlessly exciting, unique Singapore is simultaneously a city, an island and a country; its location, at the tip of the Malaysian Peninsula, makes it the true crossroads of Asia, a perfect place to break your journey when travelling on elsewhere in the Far East or Australasia.

Alongside the dazzling skyscrapers, sleek shopping malls and hotels unrivalled in luxury, Singapore remains an intimate melting pot of cultures, its many eclectic districts – including Chinatown, Arab Street and Little India – offering an injection of eastern delights to the increasingly modern and westernised city. For panoramic views across Singapore and the southern islands, journey up to the top of the iconic Sky Tower, or choose from the countless entertainment and dining venues at the city’s vibrant riverside area. Sip a famous Singapore Sling cocktail at the world-renowned Raffles Hotel Singapore, where the drink was created, before sampling some of the country’s exquisite cuisine – whether Michelin-starred or from a bustling, traditional market.

Highlights+

Culture
Prepare to be fascinated and educated as you delve into Singapore’s colourful and multicultural heritage. Travel back in time to the late-19th and early-20th century as you explore the Chinatown Heritage Centre’s reconstructed rooms, before strolling through the glorious sights and smells of Little India, perhaps even stopping to have your future read by a fortune teller. If your cultural cravings still aren’t satisfied, Singapore is home to a huge variety of intriguing and informative museums and galleries; the oldest, The National Museum, houses fascinating, historical Singapore treasures, while Singapore Art Museum showcases a selection of contemporary Asian artwork.

Dining
Food in Singapore, as in much of Asia, is a national pastime and, with such a wealth of dining options to discover, you certainly won't go hungry. The riverside quays feature an eclectic mix of restaurants and alfresco dining, whilst the multi-cultural districts – such as Chinatown and Little India – offer truly authentic and utterly delicious food of their nations. For fine dining, Mandarin Oriental, Singapore offers an exquisite choice of Italian, Cantonese, American Steakhouse and Japanese cuisine, whilst Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore’s selection of world-class, award-winning, restaurants includes Shang Palace, which boasts an illustrious 45-year history and showcases authentic Cantonese cuisine.

Gardens by the Bay
Completely unique and captivating from the moment you arrive, visit the 101-hectare fantasy land that is Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay. Costing a staggering S$1 billion, the botanic garden is filled with space-age bio domes, high-tech, twinkling Supertrees and mind-boggling sculptures. Discover the Flower Dome, replicating the dry Mediterranean climate, before strolling through the tropical, waterfall-filled, Cloud Forest. For inimitable views of this fascinating garden, ride the futuristic OCBC Skyway through the Supertrees, before catching the truly spectacular Garden Rhapsody show in the evening.

Family
An island of thrills, Singapore boasts countless attractions that offer endless fun for the whole family. Head to the glorious Universal Studios Singapore – south east Asia's first Hollywood movie theme park – featuring an enticing selection of attractions, rides and entertainment for families and thrill-seekers, set in seven, uniquely-designed, movie zones. Another unforgettable day out, Singapore Zoo comprises 26 stunning hectares of spacious, naturalistic enclosures that house some cheeky, charming and fascinating animals – including orangutans, Malaysian Flying Foxes and White Tigers. Not only this, the zoo is home to the fun-filled Rainforest Kidszworld – a wonderland of slides, swings, pony rides and farmyard animals.

Shopping
With a huge variety of glorious shopping opportunities, Singapore is the perfect destination for some good old retail therapy. For stunning jewellery, Mustafa Centre in Little India is open 24 hours, whilst Singapore’s famous Orchard Road – stretching over two kilometres – is world-renowned for its DFS (Duty Free Shopping) Galleria Scottswalk, the perfect place to grab a range of luxury goods, including watches, handbags and cosmetics. Alongside the most exclusive designer brands and elegant stores, Singapore offers a quirkier shopping scene; head to bustling Clarke Quay and spend the afternoon in the charming antique shops or, on a Sunday, get lost in the flea market.

Travel Gems+

Singapore Airlines
For the ultimate way to travel, Singapore Airlines offers suites on-board the A380 aircraft. Each suite features sliding doors and window blinds to offer you complete privacy, as well as a fully-adjustable seat, soft leather chaise longue and separate stand-alone bed, plus the finest cuisine served when you wish.

Climate+

For the most part, Singapore remains hot and humid throughout the year, with tropical temperatures rarely dipping lower than 20°C. From the beginning of November until mid-March, the north east monsoon brings cooler temperatures, whilst daily showers can last for long periods of time and can be heavy. The south west monsoon (June to September) brings higher temperatures, but the least amount of rainfall. Whenever you explore beguiling Singapore, we advise that you carry a bottle of water for hydration as well as an umbrella, whilst a light cover up may be useful for when you check out the sleek, air-conditioned shopping malls.

Temperature Guide

These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Singapore.

  Temp °C Rain mm
January30200
February30177
March31198
April31201
May31176
June31157
July31156
August30166
September30172
October31198
November30246
December29272

Getting There+

Flight Information
British Airways and Qantas from London Heathrow to Singapore or Singapore Airlines from London Heathrow and Manchester to Singapore. Flights with Emirates (via Dubai) from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow are also available.

Flight Time
From London Heathrow to Singapore: 12 hours, 40 minutes.

Travel Documentation+

Travelling With Children or Without an Adult

Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.

Visa and Advance Passenger Information

All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.

There are penalties for overstaying your visa. These include fines, imprisonment, corporal punishment (the rattan cane) and deportation depending on the length of overstay.

Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.

For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk

Health+

Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/

In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.

Visit the FCO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice. Additional sources of information include: www.hpa.org.uk, http://nathnac.net, www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.

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