Singapore: how to holiday Crazy Rich Asians-style

It's officially the world's best city live and work (according to HSBC), so why not take a trip to Singapore to live out your luxurious dreams?

Home to one in 25 of Asia’s richest people and now the fourth richest country in the world, Singapore essentially exudes luxury. This sparkling city, with its glassy skyscrapers and high-end hotels is the perfect setting for the latest blockbuster: Crazy Rich Asians.

Whether you’ve seen the film or not, one look at these gorgeous hotels and attractions will have you booking a First Class ticket…

Sleep in sumptuous luxury

This city has some of the world’s finest hotels. The obvious and eye-wateringly expensive choice is the Raffles. Famous for its bar, where the potent Singapore Sling cocktail was invented in the early 1900s, this stunning property is reopening after renovations in 2019. Being one of the first to stay here is surely a classic Crazy Rich Asians experience.

But if you’ve not quite got the cash to splash on the city’s most famous residence, perhaps try The Fullerton Bay Hotel, which has spectacular views from its rooftop pool over the bright lights of Singapore.

Or, the ultimate in affordable luxury, the Park Hotel Clarke Quay, which is ideally located next door to the Central Mall and has lovely views of the river.

The Fullerton Bay Hotel via booking.com

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Dine on fabulous food

Singapore has 39 Michelin-starred restaurants, so you’ve got plenty of brilliant food to choose from. Burnt Ends, Nouri, Sushi Kimura, Ma Cuisine and Jiang-Nan Chun all received stars this year, but two-Michelin-starrede Odette is said to be pushing the culinary landscape of the city forward.

Alternatively, for far fewer Singapore dollars, you could indulge on fantastic Asian fare by way of street vendors in Chinatown.

Spend your days splashing out

Singapore is almost unparalleled for shopping. The Orchard Road is the centre of it all, with over a mile of malls and designer shops to spend days browsing – and burning holes in your pockets. For a bargain, head to Far East Asia and Lucky Plaza for affordable fashion and food. For fashion all in one place, head to the biggest mall in Singapore: VivoCity.

Markets-wise, the city does well too. Chinatown Street Market is a wonderful melee of artwork, candles, clothing and street snacks. And for something completely different, try an amble around Little India – there’s traditional Indian fabrics galore here.

If shopping isn’t your bag, spend a day lounging by the epic rooftop infinity pool at the iconic Marina Bay Sands hotel, as seen in Crazy Rich Asians. At night, take a trip to the Gardens By the Bay, also in the film, to gaze upwards at its unusual ‘supertrees’, which are spectacularly lit come darkness.

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