This journey takes you to the buzzing island metropolis of Singapore for an indulgent stay in one of the most luxurious hotels in the world, Raffles, where classic colonial opulence meets the Orient. Wander around the exclusive designer stores and comb the markets for trinkets, feast on gourmet cuisine and sample some of the more unusual culinary delights of Singapore. Top it all off with a cruise in a private yacht around the island and a stay on the breath-taking Bintan Island, part of Indonesia and just a 45 minute ferry trip from Singapore.
The world’s finest hotel
Our English-speaking driver will meet you at the airport for your private transfer to perhaps the world’s greatest hotel, Raffles. Standing where it has always stood, at the crossroads of civilisation and culture, a colonial oasis in the heart of one of the world’s most exciting cities. First opened in 1887, and since then a destination in its own right, Raffles Singapore epitomises the romance of the Far East – an intoxicating blend of luxury, history and colonial ambiance that no other hotel can match. The suites have been elegantly furnished with period pieces including Oriental carpets arranged on teakwood flooring, 14-foot ceilings and a elegant veranda.
Located right beside the Esplanade is Makansutra Glutton’s Bay, an open-air, moon-lit food centre that is a hotspot for visitors and the sleepless in Singapore. Surrounded by retro-inspired push-carts you can take your pick from a wide range of famous local treats, such as fried carrot cake, oyster omelette, chilli crab and roti jala (lacy pancakes served with delicious curry) – or try the more unusual roti kaya fondue.
Discover the colonial side of Singapore with a visit to Saint Andrew’s Cathedral – learn about the history of this monument and admire its distinctive architecture and interior and enjoy some serenity as you walk the grounds before heading on to Reflections, nestled within the lush greenery of Bukit Chandu (Opium Hill), is a gallery showcasing the dedication, courage and unyielding determination of the Malay Regiment soldiers who defended Singapore during the fierce battle of Bukit Chandu.
One of our favourite views of Singapore is from the water, so jump aboard your private yacht for the day, setting off from Sentosa Island and the southernmost point of continental Asia. After boarding the yacht at Sentosa’s One degree 15 marina club, prepare to see the spectacular Singapore skyline with the majestic Marina Bay Sands and Singapore Flyer standing out from the crowd.
The final leg of your trip takes you to the beautiful island of Bintan, Indonesia, just a 45 minute ferry ride from Singapore where you’ll rest your head at the Banyan Tree, the only all villa resort on the island. Nestled atop the secluded bay of Bintan, the villas are perched on the hillside on stilts offering breathtaking views of the South China Sea in luxurious and beautifully furnished surroundings, with each villa featuring traditional Indonesian architecture and authentic local décor. A contrast from the bustling city of Singapore, soak up this serene island environment amid birdsong and calming lap of waves on the beach and unwind in total seclusion high on the hill soaking in the peace and serenity of the forest surroundings.