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Marina Bay Sands
Estimated to be the world’s most expensive resort (it cost nearly $6 billion to build), the eye-popping Marina Bay Sands features a large, spectacular art and science museum shaped like an open lotus flower.
SkyPark
Marina Bay Sands' greatest claim to fame might be the SkyPark: One of the world’s longest cantilevered platforms, it rises more than 650 feet into the sky and features a long infinity-edge pool (pictured), observation deck and several restaurants and bars.
Resorts World Sentosa
Resorts World Sentosa strikes a more family-friendly note with its outpost of Universal Studios. The theme park might be smaller than most movie-oriented fantasylands, but it’s no less appealing.
Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore

Sister to the Fullerton Hotel, one of Singapore’s most iconic properties, The Fullerton Bay could easily have fallen into the underachieving younger sibling role. Luckily, the 100-room property lives up to the family standards with smart interiors. Rooms have a sumptuous kick with rosewood accents and velvet settees—a lovely complement to the killer views over Marina Bay from the floor-to-ceiling windows. And with a brasserie-style restaurant dishing out haute comfort eats, a jazzy rooftop pool bar and location on Clifford Pier right across the water from Marina Bay Sands, it’s little wonder that the hotel is a favorite of visiting celebs and fashionistas.

Pictured: Marina Bay Sands seen from the Jacuzzi Room at the Fullerton Bay Hotel.

Tea Time
High Tea at The Landing Point at The Fullerton Bay.
Capella Singapore
A 15-minute drive from Singapore’s Central Business District, the island of Sentosa has turned into a favorite weekend spot for Singaporeans who go to relax on the beach and play at the island’s many attractions, including Resorts World Sentosa. But the island was somewhat under the radar for foreign visitors until three years ago, when the 112-room Capella Singapore opened on a 30-acre patch near the ocean. Designed by Sir Norman Foster, with interiors by Aman-favored designer Jaya Ibrahim, the property brings a sleek sophistication to the island. It comprises a late-19th-century British colonial building and modern wings, with expansive rooms that feature an urbane mix of clean lines and dark woods. Villas come with plunge pools, and all guests have personal assistants at their beck and call. This might be Singapore, but Capella is a resort in the truest sense of the word. To wit: the property’s three pools, gardens and top-notch spa, where treatments are based upon the different phases of the moon.
The Merlion
Tourists and locals alike, taking photos at the unique "Merlion" statue.
The Merlion
Another view of the Merlion.
Restaurant Andre
One of Singapore’s most celebrated chefs is Taipei-born André Chiang, who presents an eight-course menu organized around a selection of moods or rubrics at his Chinatown Restaurant Andre. His French nouvelle fare is undoubtedly high-concept and artistic. In fact, you may feel bad eating it—until you take that first bite.
The Singapore Food Trail

Foodies worldwide hail the Chinese, Malay, Indian and Eurasian influences of the local Singaporean cuisine. And the city’s hawker centers are some of the best (and cheapest) places for a great eat. Bonus: Singapore’s strict hygiene laws mean the city’s street food is hands-down the safest you’ll find in Asia.

The latest hawker center to open in the city is The Singapore Food Trail at the Singapore Flyer, the giant observation wheel, and it gathers some of the city’s most popular hawkers in a space modeled after a 1960s Singaporean street. Nearly 20 stalls have been set up offering comfort food favorites such as chicken rice (poached chicken served over rice with a bowl of fragrant broth), satays, pork noodles and sugar cane juice served in painted tin cups.

Duxton Hill
Once full of opium and gambling dens, the formerly seedy heritage neighborhood Duxton Hill—which very proper Singaporeans rarely spoke of—has been reinvented as a trendy stomping ground for the city’s glitterati. Now you’ll find buzzy restaurants and stylish bars and lounges tucked away in historic shop houses. Among our favorite stops: Tapas restaurant Sabio offers up jamon Iberico de bellota and glasses of albariño in a chic, mod-meets-Moorish space. Next door, caviar bar/restaurant Buyan pours infused vodkas and wines from its nearly $4 million collection.
Museum of Art & Design
Try this innovative retail space on Orchard Road in Mandarin Gallery that is part museum of contemporary art, part gallery and part high-concept lifestyle boutique.
ION Orchard
For high-end shopping in Singapore, head to Orchard Road, with its glizty shopping malls and countless tony boutiques. One of the latest to open is ION Orchard, a glimmering, eight-floor, glass and steel, spape-shipesque structure. The mall houses many recognizable luxury labels along with an art gallery and observation deck with 360-degree views of the city.

Text by Elizabeth Woodsen
Photographs by Lauryn Ishak

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