The Calibre Man's Guide to Singapore
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There are many reasons why Lonely Planet named Singapore the #1 Tourist Destination for 2015. It is one of those places that has a little something for everyone – food, culture, history, technology, and shopping all rolled into one beautifully majestic city.
STAY: Splash some cash and stay at the Marina Bay Sands, the most recognisable building in the Singapore skyline. Consisting of three individual towers that are joined at the top by arguably the most amazing infinity pool in the world, take in the breathtaking view of the city as you do your morning laps.
SHOP: What do you think of a Louis Vuitton floating island? Yes that’s right – LV’s first store in South East Asia is built on a ‘floating island’ on the water next to Marina Bay Sands. First stop is the travel room, which features travel accessories and luggage, to buy an extra case to fit your many other purchases.
EAT: The best Japanese food in town can be found at Shinji, in the Raffles Hotel. The omakase menu (a menu selection entrusted entirely to the chef) focuses on only the best seafood the region has to offer. Otherwise, Tippling Club just catapulted onto this years Asia's 50 Best Restaurant list at number 23 - head there for Ryan Clift's (from Vue De Monde) 'affortable avant-garde' menu, and one of his signature cocktails from the bar.
DRINK: Head to the birthplace of the Singapore Sling, the Raffles Hotel’s Long Bar, for the unofficial drink of Singapore. Recipes vary, but according to Raffles Hotel, the original was made from gin, cherry liqueur, Benedictine, pomegranate juice and pineapple juice to create the foamy top.
PLAY: Want to add a little adventure to your life? Jump on a ferry and head to Sentosa Island. Boasting a 2km stretch of pristine beach, two golf courses, and Universal Studio’s theme park, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Want to get in touch with your natural side? Experience the spectacular gardens of Gardens by the Bay. Walk amongst 1000 desert plants in the Sun Pavillion, or experience the wonder of the Cloud Forest.