When In Singapore Don't Miss These Experiences

From dining on a private island to a ride on the Orient Express, consider something different for your Singapore trip
Unmissable experiences in Singapore
Unmissable experiences in SingaporeShutterstock

Singapore is not just about high-rises and squeaky clean streets. Theres much to explore and immerse in, in and around the global city. Here is a list of must have experiences when visiting this island nation.

Ikeda Spa Prestige

Japanese Hinoki onsen  spa for couples
Japanese Hinoki onsen spa for couplesIkeda Spa

Japanese Edo-period inns used to be found in hot-spring resorts, much like the original European spa. Taking its cue from there, the ryokan-style suite includes a hinoki (cypress wood) tub for two that releases its oils as you soak in mineralised water to the accompaniment of a cool spray mist - as if sitting in an onsen in December. Consider adding on the organic geisha facial with nightingale droppings. It's like two holidays for the price of a rub.

Price: From SGD 100

Address: 6 Eu Tong Seng Street, ikedaspa.com

Singapore is surrounded by nice little islands. Hopping onto a boat for a trip to one of the most beautiful ones will prove rewarding.

Yacht to Lazarus Island

Stay at Lazarus island in luxury
Stay at Lazarus island in luxury

Planning to propose? Charter a boat - Sunseeker Manhattan 60, plus scooters and jet boat tender - to get off the island and make off to Lazarus Island with an overnight Billionaire's package. Also included diamond jewellery, designer dress, and champagne to celebrate your success. Price on enquiry, somethingspecial.com.sg

The Sanchaya, Bintan

A private Estate, set in expansive tropical gardens - right on the beach
A private Estate, set in expansive tropical gardens - right on the beachTheSanchaya/Instagram

Never mind the big resorts. Retreat to the serene new Sanchaya's 26 villas and suites on the ivory beachfront up north. Pristine white sands and exclusive villa accommodations offer a private holiday blissful here.

Price: From SGD 435 thesanchaya.com

Prive at Keppel Island

Go for exhilarating experiences around Singapore
Go for exhilarating experiences around SingaporeShutterstock

Got extra yacht hours to waste? Go eat at Prive, a dining and wining venue on Singapore's only private island. Chef Robin's five-course menu with wine pairings is a very handy SGD 128, for scallops and salmon and Aussieonglet or barramundi and duck. theprivegroup.com.sg/prive


Orient Express Singapore to Kuala Lumpur

The opulent dining car on the Orient Express
The opulent dining car on the Orient ExpressBelmond

Arrive or depart in greater style than any business class lounge or flight with the legendary Eastern & Oriental Express in the actual Orient, complete with teakwood-panelled observation car. The train is running only to Kuala Lumpur in 2024 offering a 3 Night 'Essence of Malaysia' package at $3,758 per person and a 3 night 'Wild Malaysia' package at $5,850 per passenger. More details here

Scoot Airlines

Speaking of arrivals and departures, we like the "why pay extra for what you don't need" policies of fun and youthful Scoot airlines for the other leg of your ex-Bangkok itinerary. Again, save the pennies for the experiences that matter. From SGD 154 on ScootBiz, flyscoot.com

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