First Impressions For someone who’d always dreamed of swanning around in Twenties-inspired dresses drinking Singapore Slings, landing at what must be the world’s most brilliant airport, Changi, was beyond exciting. (Note to self: leave plenty of time for some serious retail therapy before the 12-hour journey back to the UK.) The drive from the airport took us past flower-filled gardens and avenues, to where we were finally welcomed with a cool drink – the Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa Resort – with its laidback vibe and a brilliant beach on the South China Sea.
Room for romance We loved the vast modern air-conditioned bedroom with a sea-view balcony – just the job for sipping an evening cocktail and playing spot the passing ship at night with their twinkling lights. Don’t be surprised if you’re joined by …cheeky monkeys. Yes, real live baboons are known to climb onto the balconies, so no hanging your wet cossie out!
Wine & Dine A cluster of eateries and bars means you can dine inside or out, with plenty of intimate romantic corners for honeymooners. Barnacles Restaurant specialises in fresh seafood, and Casserole is ideal for vegetarians, serving Indian, Moroccan, Southeast Asian and Western food all under one roof or, in my case, all on one plate! Noodles, serves, guess what…noodles – fresh and delicious – with a selection of Chinese roast meat and a divine fresh coconut drink. In the heat of the day, The Siloso Beach Bar has a soda fountain and an ice-cream bar by the swimming pools, and you can tuck into salads or pizzas, day or night, at tented beachfront restaurant Trapizza.
We loved The Rasa Spa. You can try kayaking or learning the flying trapeze (don’t worry, there are safety nets) but if, like me, you’re not up to all that action, the spa therapists are passionate about you having a head-to-toe therapeutic journey. My personal recommendation? The Kerstin Florin revitalising facial using pure Swedish products to smooth away any last trace of jetlag. If you like holding hands and wandering, take the Nature Walk and Garden Tour; get the adrenaline pumping at I Fly Singapore the world’s largest wind tunnel for indoor skydiving; or bring out your inner child at Universal Studios. Then the ultra-clean tube or cable car will deliver you to the hustle and bustle of the mainland for a completely mad mix of traditional, colonial and ultra modern buildings, hotels, temples and… did we mention the SHOPPING?
We didn’t love Time was too short to see everything and it rained one whole day solid. That must be why the landscape’s so green!
Go there Shangri-la Rasa Sentosa from £194 per night (email email@example.com) or book a three-night stopover, flights incl. from £769pp with Travelbag (travelbag.co.uk)