Singapore

If you want diversity, then Singapore is the place to find it. With over 42% of the population not native to the country the term global city was invented for this fabulous destination; culturally accepting and a shining beacon of acceptance Singapore is where all races and religions exist in a harmony that lifts the spirits and warms the heart.

The city spans this island country and makes Singapore unique, it is a financial powerhouse with a thriving port, manufacturing industry and a plethora of millionaires, the skyline is dominated by brightly lit skyscrapers, yet nestling alongside this clean and modern centre are the green spaces that make this garden city one of the most liveable places in the world.

Singapore has its fair share of top notch luxury hotels but for reasons other than its amazingly luxurious facilities the must visit hotel in Singapore is the Ritz-Carlton, you know that in this glittering city to be described as special is an accolade that really means something and the Ritz-Carlton manages it – not by virtue of its location on Raffles Avenue or it’s attention to detail that makes every room special but by the amazing array of artwork that it has on show.

Works by Andy Warhol, David Hockney and Henry Moore all grace the interior of this hotel and give it that stand out appeal that truly deserves a round of applause.If comparing luxury hotels then there can be no better known hotel on the island than Raffles, the name speaks for itself and this hotel needs no introduction, the historic grand structure is still able to see off the competition and to remain regal and proud amongst the legions of pretenders to the crown.

The culinary influences in Singapore are just as diverse as the population with Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Indian and European food recognisable on most menu’s, the fusion of foods that this eclectic mix  of cultures has produced are simply stunning; the highlight of the cuisine and that truest to the origins of the island are the many regional delicacies  that use a heady mix of Malay spicing and Chinese recipes known as Nyonya food.

Almost everyone eats out in Singapore and most restaurants never seem to close, the thriving fine dining scene tends to be less popular than the national obsession with cheap eats and some of the best food in the country can be found in the most unexpected of places; Nyonya cuisine can be found in the Katong district and this along with Chinatown is the best place to head for authentic food at a knock down price.

If you want the best view of the city then head up into the air, the Singapore flyer is an observation wheel that stands at almost 550ft tall, the view from the top is unbelievable and spans across to the neighbouring countries of Malaysia and Indonesia – an unbelievable way to see an unbelievable city and should not be missed.

The Vision of the city has always been to be a ‘city in a garden’ and a visit to the Botanical Gardens only affirms this desire, over 20,000 orchids can be seen in the beautiful orchid garden and the heady aroma is beyond description. The newly opened Gardens by the Bay are an attraction in themselves with amazing themed areas and indoor waterfalls.

The climate in Singapore is hot and humid throughout the year and although the winter months are typically the monsoon season the rains are manageable as long as you pack an umbrella. The migrant nature of the population ensures that no tourist will feel isolated and with much to appeal to all nationalities this global city truly is the perfect year round destination.

The September F1 race can make hotel booking difficult particularly those hotels that line the course of this famed night race – however if you can visit the city during this event  the electric atmosphere makes the difficult hotel booking worth the inconvenience.

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