Singapore skyline at the Marina during twilight


Tranquil, traditional and innovative – Singapore is a masthead for what South East Asia now represents. It’s one of the few places in the world where modern architecture and plentiful green spaces blend so beautifully.

Most of our Asia team have been to Singapore and have sampled the good and the bad of what this vibrant city has to offer. Be clear as to what you are after and they will deliver ideas and inspiration.


Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

Why we like Singapore

Every now and again there is a sheer delight in arriving somewhere which is spotlessly clean, where everything works and where the service, food and accommodation is simply impeccable. Such is Singapore. It can be used as a gateway to the East, as a stop-over en-route to Australasia or for rest and pampering after a journey through less perfect lands. What is there not to like?


What to expect on your Singapore holiday

The former British trading post and colony has carved a unique niche for itself over the past couple of centuries, nowadays offering a vivid combination of ultra-modern skyscrapers, remnants of tropical rainforest, ambitious tourist developments, occasional reminders of the colonial era and an assortment of colourful ethnic urban areas such as Little India, each with a character very much of its own.

Above all, however, it is spotlessly clean (chewing gum is banned!) but despite its rather sanitised reputation Singapore is anything but dull. The visitor is spoilt for choice when it comes to things to see and do: it boasts museums and river tours, plentiful green spaces, a vibrant nightlife, a rich cultural mix, and a whole planet’s worth of culinary experiences.


What do you really love doing? We curate your itinerary especially for you.

Chinese Lanterns, Singapore

Orchard Road Shopping

Shop on Singapore’s bustling Orchard Road with over 5,000 retail and dining experiences.

Front facade of the Raffles Hotel in Singapore

Raffle’s Hotel

Walk down the colonial line and try Raffle’s Hotel’s famous Singapore Sling.

Beach, The Sanchaya, Singapore

Bintan Island

Hop on the ferry Bintan Island in Indonesia for some time on the beach.

Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

Singapore Gardens

Visit the orchid house at the botanical gardens and the contemporary Gardens by the Bay.

Changi Museum, Singapore

Changi Museum

Visit Changi Museum and chapel, a stark reminder of the Japanese occupation.

Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

The Sanchaya £££££

  • Singapore
  • Beach and Island Escapes

The Sanchaya combines an eclectic mix of South-East Asian styles within in a colonial mansion. Shuttered windows, black and white colour schemes and manicured gardens give the feel of a super chic plantation estate. Located on a beautiful white sand beach, some of the 30 villas and suites are set on an inland lagoon, others with ocean views from their veranda or direct access onto the beach. Facilities range from an Olympic size swimming pool to a spa and even archery lawns.

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Raffles Hotel £££££

  • Singapore
  • City

One of the most famous hotels in the world, The Raffles is an icon of Singapore and an oasis of grand colonial style in the heart of an uber-modern city. The 115 suites remain true to the building’s heritage with high ceilings, antique furnishings and a traditional butler to serve each room. Tropical gardens dotted with courtyards and fountains surround the hotel and a swimming pool and bar area can be found on the rooftop. Sample a Singapore Sling at the legendary Long Bar, take afternoon tea and relax in the spa.

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Villa Samadhi £££££

  • Singapore
  • City

Set in a verdant nature reserve of 54 acres, Villa Samadhi is a charming low rise building that was once an army garrison. Now a boutique hotel of 20 rooms, it has retained its 1920’s colonial feel with original shutters, black and white colour scheme and antique furniture showcasing the owner’s journeys through Asia. Each room features recycled timber with high ceilings and wide verandas, and some have private plunge pools or wooden soaking tubs.

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Marina Bay Sands Hotel £££££

  • Singapore
  • City

The three striking towers of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel are said to afford the most spectacular views in Singapore. The iconic infinity pool – the world’s largest rooftop pool – and Sky Park Observation Deck make the most of these stunning views. The hotel has a Banyan Tree Spa, over 80 dining options and a colossal 2,500 rooms, all taking in the skyline.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Paul Craven

Paul is the Conde Nast Traveller chosen Specialist for Central Asia and the Silk Route.

Being from a family with Army connections I can from an early age remember travelling. From camping in Europe and then later being sent to boarding school when we lived in Germany at the age of eight, complete with shorts, long socks, a cap and my suitcase. In appearance not too dissimilar to the children evacuated to the countryside during the blitz.

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