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The Luxe Guide To Singapore


A clean and green city, a unique melting pot of different cultures and traditions. In recent years, the little red dot has scaled to new heights with its thriving arts scene and attractions, delectable local cuisine and bustling nightlife. Whether it is a visit to the touristy sights or an experience off the beaten track, there are many more reasons why you should spend some time in Singapore!

Dining


Restaurant Andre

A regular on the world's most prestigious gourmet food lists with two Michelin stars, Restaurant André is the brainchild of celebrity chef André Chiang. Experience Chef Chiang's signature 'Octaphilosophy' that underpins every creation by him, be it a dish on his ever-changing menu, or the ceramic ware used in his restaurant.

Candlenut

As the first and still the only Peranakan restaurant with a Michelin star, Candlenut serves up a modern reinterpretation of Peranakan food while keeping its taste true to tradition. This is your chance to have an authentic taste of Peranakan culture, one Kueh Pie Tee at a time.

Corner House

Enchant your taste buds with Chef Jason Tan's delightful 'Gastro-Botanica' creations. Under Chef Tan's hands, botanical elements no longer just serve an aesthetic purpose but plays an integral role in enhancing the overall flavour of his dish. The one Michelin star establishment's location is the historical home of E J H Corner, the Assistant Director of the Botanic Gardens from 1929 to 1945, and is nestled within Botanic Gardens which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Odetta

Located at National Gallery Singapore, Odette is helmed by Chef Julien Royer and has been awarded two Michelin stars for its exquisite Modern French cuisine. While spellbound from tasting the Miso Abour Trout, or the 55’ Rose Smoked Organic Egg, don't forget to check out Odette's glass enclosed kitchen and watch the chefs work their magic.

The Song Of India

For lovers of Indian cuisine, the one Michelin star Song of India ups the ante with a menu that adopts a variety of culinary traditions from different regions in India. Get ready for a breathtaking dining experience with Chef Manjunath Mural’s signatures, like the mouth-watering Bengal Prawn Curry.

Tiong Bahru Market

If you are looking for the best true blue local fare, you have to visit this place. Originally a wet market set up before 1950, the Tiong Bahru Market lives and breathes Singapore’s food heritage. Today, with almost a hundred food stalls housed there, including two 1-Bib Gourmand Michelin star winners - Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice and Hong Heng Fried Sotong Prawn Mee - you will be spoilt for choice with quality local food. Just be prepared to face long lines!

Dine On Board A Cable Car

Be dazzled by the gorgeous Singapore skyline as you dine over a thousand feet above the sea. You can choose from two dining options - Dining on Cloud 9 and Singapore Delights. The latter features a bento box of 7 local delights like Fried Chili Crab Meat and Keropok, a crispy snack. If spicy is not your thing, go for Dining on Cloud 9’s fine-dining spread.

Relax


Ikeda Spa Prestige

Ever marveled at how the Japanese have such flawless skin? At Ikeda Spa Prestige, you will be able to enjoy Japanese-inspired beauty treatments in an authentic ryokan setting. Make sure to check out their signature Geisha Organic Facial, done with a paste made from powdered nightingale droppings. For the ultimate full-body rejuvenation, try the Zen Candle Massage, where a mix of top-grade ingredients like rich Shea and sweet almond oils are melted at precisely 42 degrees and then massaged into your skin.

Farm Visit At Bollywood Veggies

You may know Singapore for its bustling cityscape, but hidden in the NorthWestern countryside is a gem named Bollywood Veggies. Here you can relax as you take in the calming sights of tropical greens and enjoy local food made with organic ingredients, freshly harvested from their farm.

If you are feeling extra adventurous, pair the farm visit with a tour at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, which is just a short drive away.

Remède Spa At The St. Regis Singapore

Drop by Remède Spa for the famed Bastien's Duo treatment, a favourite among A-listers like Naomi Campbell, designed by French celebrity podiatrist Bastien Gonzalez. Two therapists will work simultaneously at your hands and feet to bring your nails back to perfection. Alternatively, the Perfect Synergy treatment marries two of Remède Spa's signatures - Bastien's Pedicure and a customised facial - that is guaranteed to impress.

A Short Yacht Trip

If you are game for some fun in the sun while cruising down the Singapore waters, book a day charter with our signature St. Regis Butler service, or approach Lloyd Marine, Singapore's largest luxury yacht charter company. For a slightly more exotic experience, consider an overnight charter to Batam in Indonesia.

Picnic At Marina Barrage

Instead of hitting up the usual tourist spots like the beach, why not have a picnic atop Singapore's 15th dam? A modern engineering and architectural feat, it features views of both the city's skyline and the greater straits of Singapore. This is a great hangout for families where you can kick back and fly kites with your children.

Entertainment


Esplanade - Theatres On The Bay

Also known colloquially as "the Durians" due to its resemblance with the notorious tropical fruit, Esplanade is the largest performing arts venue in Singapore. Every year, the world-class facility showcases a wide range of programmes and regularly plays host to big-name acts from all over the world. If you happen to be in the area and have some time to spare, you can try to catch some free performances.

Cherry Discotheque

Flashy red neon signs, glamorous checkered flooring, old-school arcade games - this place is 80s Neo-noir done to a T. Vibe out to the crème de la crème tracks of hip hop as Cherry's resident DJs work it at the deck. Whether it's for the music or the ambience, this fashionable venue is the place to be at.

Jazz Legends At Astor Bar

For a perfect evening of style and refinement, revel in live jazz music performed by resident jazz pianist-singer, Ron Sinclair, at the Astor Bar while sipping on a glass of Chilli Padi Mary. The spicy concoction is a St. Regis Singapore exclusive and is an inventive spin on the classic Bloody Mary, a key part of the St. Regis heritage.

Comedy Masala

Be right at the epicentre of Singapore's thriving stand-up comedy scene at Comedy Masala. Hosted by Pakistani stand up comedian Umar Rana every week, you can catch some of the best international and local comedy talents take on a diverse range of topics, no holds barred.

Crazy Elephant Bar

Established in 1994, Crazy Elephant Bar is a premier Rock and Roll venue. Being a stalwart in the local night scene means that it has built up a loyal and passionate fan base of both locals and expatriates. With a selection of rock classics by the likes of Eric Clapton and Led Zeppelin, you are bound to know at least one song you can sing along to.

Arts


Singapore Art Museum

Since its inception in 1996, the Singapore Art Museum (SAM) has emerged as a key player in the contemporary arts scene in Southeast Asia. Over the years, it has built up one of the most important collections from the region. If you are an art aficionado and would like a fresh perspective on contemporary art, you can consider adding SAM to your must-visit list.

The Projector

Take a quick trip back in time at The Projector, a cinema converted from the iconic Golden Theatre which was at one point the largest cinema in Singapore. You'll be able to catch independent and local films here while seated in flip-up chairs, a fixture of cinemas in 70s Singapore. If you have time, you can chill out at their Intermission Bar that looks straight out of a retro Wong Kar Wai film.

Gilman Barracks

Situated at what used to be a naval base and military barracks of the British Army, Gillman Barracks is now a prominent contemporary arts enclave that houses leading international and homegrown galleries, alongside eateries like The Naked Finn. It is a must-stop destination for the discerning art collector.

Art Appreciation By St. Regis Butler

As a resident at The St. Regis Singapore, you have exclusive access to one of the world's finest art collections that features over 70 works by world-renowned artists like Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró. It also counts works of Asian and Nanyang luminaries such as Chua Ek Kay and Georgette Chen in its highly varied collection, which you do not want to miss.

Register your interest with our St. Regis Concierge for a session of Art Appreciation that happens daily at 6pm, and be prepared to be awed as our butlers take you through the storied backgrounds of these artworks.

Opera Gallery Singapore

Head down to Opera Gallery for an intimate viewing experience of an exquisite selection of artworks by artists ranging from old masters, like Salvador Dali and Ting Shao Kuang, to emerging young talents across the globe. Situated conveniently at ION Orchard, Opera Gallery is a member of a network of 11 art galleries worldwide well-known for being leading dealers of modern and contemporary art.

Shopping


Beyond The Vines & Choo Yi Lin At Mandarin Gallery

At Mandarin Gallery, you will be able to shop amongst a thoughtful curation of high-end local labels which includes two homegrown brands, Beyond The Vines and Choo Yi Lin. Beyond The Vines' understated and sophisticated apparel will appeal to modern women, while award-winning label Choo Yi Lin works primarily with type A Jadeite to produce a range of jewellery that fuses an Asian tradition with timeless elegance.

Apple Store At Orchard

For those who swear by Apple products, the Apple Store at Orchard, Apple's flagship store in Southeast Asia, is a must-visit. Just a stone's throw away from The St. Regis Singapore, you can check out the "Today at Apple" space on the second floor where free hands-on sessions taught by local creatives will be conducted.

Bynd Artisan

Established by a third-generation business owner of Singapore's oldest bookbinder, Bynd Artisan sells custom-made notebooks and bespoke leather products of exceptional quality. You can also interact with their small band of craftsmen and witness them at work when you visit their atelier at Holland Village.

Singapore Trading Post

Stepping into Singapore Trading Post's shopfront is like entering a page in a picture book on Singapore's illustrious colonial past. Inspired by the historical East India Trading Company, the shop is stocked with items like cushions and lamps, all carefully sourced from across the region. It is the perfect place to purchase a memento for your visit to Singapore.

Kevin Seah

Book an appointment with Kevin Seah, an established Singaporean atelier, for a made-to-order shirt or a bespoke suit. Your orders will be made from the finest selection of fabrics from all over the world and shipped to your home. However, be prepared to be put on a waiting list for his custom-made creations.

Nature


The Singapore Botanic Gardens is undoubtedly one of Singapore's most iconic attractions. Not only is this sprawling garden in the heart of the city a favorite destination for locals to relax and connect with nature, it also has historical significance as the country’s oldest garden. Founded in 1859, the Botanic Gardens is the only major garden in Southeast Asia that is landscaped in the English style - one of the reasons it became Singapore’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site.

To enjoy views of the Botanic Gardens from the comfort of your residence, request for a garden facing room at The St. Regis Singapore. Those who wish to take a leisurely stroll to the Garden, just minutes away from the hotel, may also obtain a guided map from The St. Regis Concierge. Here are seven exceptional experiences to enjoy when you visit the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

1. Indulge in excellent classical music

One of the defining moments of a visit to the Singapore Botanic Gardens is enjoying an outdoor classical concert in the verdant green meadow by the Symphony Stage. The Singapore Symphony Orchestra holds regular concerts featuring classic favourites as well as scores from popular movies which are hugely popular with local audiences so if you are in town during one of the concerts, do head on over with a picnic in tow (see next point) for a quintessential Garden City evening out.

2. Savour a gourmet picnic with your family

Create moments that your family will cherish by treating them to a delicious gourmet picnic at the Botanic Gardens. Leave this in the good hands of the unparalleled The St. Regis butler service, which offers a Family Traditions at the St. Regis Singapore experience at the Gardens which includes packing a picnic lunch created by masterchefs comprising a sumptuous salad and sandwiches that even the littlest kids will love. The experience also includes a personalised guided tour of the Gardens and round trip transfer.

3. Meet some VIPs

Get up, close and personal with some of the most famous personalities in the world, such as Jackie Chan, Shah Rukh Khan and William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge - or at least, their floral counterparts. One of the most underrated sights at the Botanic Gardens is the National Orchid Garden, which houses over 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids of orchids. It is a time honoured tradition in Singapore to name unique orchids after visiting dignitaries and with many of these orchids on display at the Orchid Garden, this is a rare opportunity to meet multiple celebrities all under one roof.

4. Go on a learning experience

Take the little ones to the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden, where they are encouraged to frolic and explore to their heart’s content. With a suspension bridge, tree house and garden maze built into an organic garden, this is an engaging way to encourage kids to learn about nature through play. They’ll have so much fun, they won’t even realise they’ve learnt valuable lessons while they’re there.

5. Geek out on ginger

Most people are familiar with ginger as a spice commonly used in Asian cooking but there’s more to it than meets the eye. Marvel at the mind boggling variety of ginger varieties at the Ginger Garden (spoiler: there's over 250 species found at the gardens) and admire the head turning flowers and beautiful leaves of this vibrant plant species. This beautifully landscaped garden within the Garden is a joy to explore and the ginger plants are thoughtfully categorised according to their region of origin to turn this stroll into a unique round-the-world trip.

6. Walk through living history

Singapore develops at a breakneck pace, but nestled within the Botanic Gardens is a beautifully preserved slice of history. There is a small six-hectare section of primary rainforest here, with many of the rare trees and plants dating back to before the founding of modern Singapore in 1819. This is also where you can get a glimpse into the country’s history as this is where trees that were once of economic importance, such as rattans, Jelutong and fruit trees can be admired.

7. Encounter "Jurassic Park" at the evolution garden

Hurtle back further through time right to the beginnings of the planet at the evolution garden, featuring a lush landscape that could have been a scene in the movie Jurassic Park. Some of the highlights here include the giant tree ferns and cycads that have existed since prehistoric time, lending an otherworldly atmosphere to the garden. There are also examples of other ancient plant specimens, such as fossilised tree trunks and giant clubmosses to admire.