Words by Ali Crisp
Heading to Europe and dreading the long flight?
There is no doubt that the Australia to Europe leg is one of the toughest on the body.
I find it tiring and at times uncomfortable.
This year I thought I’d break up the boredom and relieve my numb bum with a 24-hour stop-over in Singapore.
Here’s how I spent 24-hours in the Lion city.
4.30pm: We collect our bags, clear customs and head to the exquisite Sofitel So hotel in Singapore’s business district.
7pm: First stop is a cocktail at Singapore’s hottest roof-top bar. And, it doesn’t get any hotter than 1-Altitude. Sitting comfortably at 282 metres above Raffles Place, the 1-Altitude is the city’s highest bar. This sleek modern bar offers a 360-degree view of Singapore’s cityscape and at night it is simply dazzling (don’t forget your camera).
There is a cover charge of $30 (includes alcoholic beverage) so it’s not that cheap but it is definitely worth treating yourself. As for my drink – a Singapore Sling of course.
8.30pm: Feeling decidedly peckish we head to Labyrinth, a relatively new kid on the block, in Singapore’s glut of eateries. Sleekly furnished and lit with seductive lighting this abode promises to take its patrons on a gastronomical adventure of taste and texture.
Labyrinth serves traditional Asian dishes with a modern experimental twist. With two set-menus on offer there is no dilly-dallying when ordering.
Choose from the six-course Signature menu $98 (AU$95) or the seven course degustation menu $125 (AU$118). The food was simply delicious and in particular I loved the chilli crab ice-cream – ok, I know it sounds a bit strange, but the ‘wow’, melt on your tongue taste was amazing. And, the rib-eye satay was to die for. You will find Labyrinth at 6 Neil Road, across from the Maxwell Hawker Centre. Best to book ahead.
10.45pm: Being recently voted the second safest city in the world after Tokyo, we opt to walk the short distance to our hotel.
11pm: We arrive back at our hotel to be met by a smiling bell-hop who happily informs us that it’s ladies night at the Hi-So bar on level six. “Very popular with the ladies,” he adds.
Apparently Hi-So is rated at the number two spot for roof-top bars in Singapore. Six floors up we find a swanky terrace decked out in colourful beach style chairs and potted palms – it looks like a funky, sophisticated beach club with a very impressive gold-tiled horizon swimming pool. And, best of all the Ruinart Champagne is just $10 per glass all night.
12.30am: Bed time.
8.30am next day: Feeling a little fuzzy from the evening before we decided to head back to Hi-So – just for a refreshing swim in the golden pool, not for more champagne – honest! Then it's a long breakfast downstairs as the shops in Singapore don’t tend to open until 10am.
10.15am: We hit Orchard Road with its pristine clean street, lined with sparkly ultra-modern glass buildings and street art. With the temperature starting to soar we head into the air-conditioned malls. I’m keen to buy an item from the Singaporean designer collection called Hansel (Mandarin Gallery, A333 Orchard Rd). Her flirty fabrics are fun to wear and her range of shoes are kooky conversation starters. My purchase – a cute Dolman sleeve shirt dress in black and white.
The shopping in Singapore is not cheap, but you can pick up something different and the homewares are fantastic.
1.30pm: After a fun, but exhausting morning of shopping we head to the popular Sentosa Island
resort for a late lunch and a swim. Sentosa Island is a 15-minute trip from the CBD and the island is a fun-seekers paradise with restaurants galore, waterpark, white sandy beaches, golf course, walking trails and Universal Studios.
With not much time to be idle, we head to the famous Tanjong Beach Club for lunch and a swim in the large pool. There is so much to see and do on this island; you really need a few days to experience it.
5pm: Back to our hotel for a shower before taking the 20-minute drive back to the airport.
I’m rested and ready for the next leg of the journey.