I had never been to this part of the world, so the journey we were about to embark on was incredibly exciting. From the build-up of what to pack to the coordination of each leg of the journey, the planning process was just the beginning of the fun.
After a long two days of flying, our first stop was Singapore for two nights and one full day. We arrived at the stunning Ritz Carlton and were greeted by the warm and gracious team. If you read my blogs, you know what a fan I am of the Club Experience at the Ritz Carlton. You have an exclusive check-in area, a beautiful lounge overlooking the Marina, complimentary beverages and food. There is usually a fee, but in the end, I find that it pays for itself. The Club was especially beautiful here in Singapore and I would like to thank Jared and Mabel for taking such good care of us. Our room had floor to ceiling windows facing the other direction and a gorgeous bathtub with a window to stare out and dream of tomorrow’s adventures. Thank you Tina Farn for allowing us to stay at your stunning hotel. You truly went above and beyond to make it special and memorable!
We only had one full day in Singapore, so we wanted to make the most of it. I contacted one of our Destination Specialists, Trails of Indochine, and asked them to pull together a full day of touring so we could see as much as possible of this beautiful destination. And that they did! We met our tour guide, Stanley Foo, in the lobby that morning and discussed the type of tour we wanted. He shared that he could also give us some exclusive peeks at how the locals live on our tour. So Stanley and our driver Jason took us on a day of adventure.
It began on a drive to a local neighborhood called Ang Mo Kio where they were having a bird singing competition. It’s a hobby for the older men in the neighborhood and if they win their birds can be worth up to $100,000! He also shared the local coffee shops, markets and Hawker Center of the neighborhood.
From there, we journeyed onto the Gardens by the Bay, to the Merlion Park, to the jail cell at the former Supreme Court, to a trishaw ride through Little India, to Chinatown, Thian Hock Keng Temple, and finally a bumboat night cruise along the Singapore River.
Finally, on our departure day, we headed to Raffle’s Hotel to the Long Bar where the famous cocktail, the Singapore Sling was invented. And the only place in town where you can “litter” the floor with peanut shells!
And now our stay in Singapore comes to an end. What a beautiful city! I cannot wait to come back.
Hotel: Ritz Carlton Singapore
If you book this property through me, you will receive the following amenities:
Complimentary Breakfast for two
$100 food and beverage credit
Early check-in/ late check-out upon availability
Upgrade upon availability