When the itch to discover or chill out beckons, Singaporeans’ first intuition is to guide a flight abroad as one of the crucial well-travelled residents within the world — however this implies we typically overlook the adventures that may be found proper on our doorstep.
On your subsequent lengthy weekend, why not rediscover the tradition, magnificence and enjoyable our island has to supply with these indulgent and entertaining actions.
1. Get that floating feeling
Spend some well-earned recharging time the way in which high athletes do — with flotation remedy. Also often known as sensory deprivation remedy or restricted environmental stimulation remedy, it includes floating in a lightless, soundless pod full of 500-600kg of Epsom salts, a conventional healing for irritation, tight muscle groups and stiff joints.
The float helps you free your thoughts from distractions and enter a deep meditative state to cut back stress. These therapeutic properties have been recognized to make the remedy fashionable amongst sportsmen and ladies together with British hurdler Tasha Danvers and American gymnast Aly Raisman — each Olympians — who have been recognized to make use of flotation remedy of their wellness regimens.
At Palm Ave Float Club, you possibly can strive it for your self. Each session lasts an hour to 90 minutes, and there’s a particular three-session introductory package deal for newcomers.
2. Embrace your inside artist
Get your artistic juices flowing at My Art Space, a picturesque studio situated in Istana Park. They provide hassle-free portray classes, so seize some mates or go alone, and unleash your inside Picasso. All supplies are offered for you and a free move of refreshments is bound to maintain the inspiration flowing all through the session.
three. Holiday at home
You are saving on the price of an airfare, so you possibly can undoubtedly justify indulging in just a little luxurious. For a weekend of true luxurious head over to the Capella Singapore on Sentosa.
A contemporary construction that curves round two late 19th-century bungalows that have been restored to their colonial splendour, the Capella is an expensive oasis away from Singapore’s bustling metropolis. Surrounded by 30 lush lawns and sea views, it is the right place to chill out. In the night, order a cocktail at Bob’s and settle in to observe the solar go down.
New members of The Platinum Card® by American Express get pleasure from a complimentary 2D1N keep upon signing up. Platinum Members additionally get pleasure from spa advantages, together with an unique treatment package deal consisting of a 30-minute physique scrub and both a 60-minute physique therapeutic massage or a 60-minute Organic Pharmacy facial treatment for $220.
four. Hit the heritage path
Go again in time with a visit to the National Museum, the oldest museum in Singapore courting again to 1887. Its wealthy vary of reveals inform a multi-sensory and compelling story of the island’s colonial and cultural historical past. Don’t miss the newly refurbished Goh Seng Choo gallery, the place you may be immersed within the world of magic and supernatural beliefs embraced by conventional South-East Asian societies.
Learn extra about Straits Chinese tradition on the Peranakan Museum, which homes the world’s most interesting assortment of Peranakan artefacts. You might be impressed from the minute you arrive because the museum is housed within the former web site of the Tao Nan School, a 106-year-old constructing which options fluted columns and façade-fronting balconies, all harking back to the Straits Settlements bungalows as soon as owned by rich households.
The greatest time to go to is the primary Sunday of every month, once they host particular themed excursions of the galleries and humanities and craft workshops the place you possibly can create Peranakan-style objects impressed by the museum’s assortment.
5. Sanctuary by the ocean
Have an indulgent eating expertise at Platinum Vibes, an unique seafront eating and drinks house only for American Express Centurion and Platinum Members and their friends — obtainable till Dec 31, 2018.
Located on Level 2 of the Marina at Keppel Bay, Platinum Vibes is the one place in Singapore the place you possibly can savour dishes specifically created by two Michelin-starred cooks — Emmanuel Stroobant of Saint Pierre and Yoshio Sakuta of Shoukouwa.
Accompanying the distinctive menu is a wine checklist that boasts over 100 wine labels, which have been curated by wine lounge Park90 in partnership with famed critic Robert Parker. Among these are vintages rated over RP90 — the very best of the very best!
6. Catch a film underneath the celebs
Relive the nostalgia and romance of drive-in theatres — or expertise one for the primary time — at considered one of Movie Mob’s screenings. A roving cinema with common movie screenings throughout totally different places island-wide, it additionally provides non-drive-in screenings.
If you’re employed within the CBD, take a look at the Singapore Open Air Cinema Club hosted by co-working house, Hive. This cosy setting is only a stone’s throw away from Clarke Quay and it provides one thing for everybody by screening a complete vary of movies, from cult classics resembling Thelma and Louise and The Breakfast Club to latest hits like Lion, starring Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel.
7. Wine and dine in model for much less
It is a broadly recognized reality — the nationwide pastime of Singaporeans is consuming. That applies not solely to sampling hawker fare, but in addition to testing eating places and bistros that provide nice meals and a memorable expertise.
Thanks to Love Dining privileges, American Express Platinum Members can get pleasure from upscale eating at interesting costs. Enjoy as much as 50 per cent off the invoice at over 50 of the best eating places and inns in Singapore, together with:
- Conrad Centennial Singapore
- Fairmont Singapore
- Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel
- Swissôtel Merchant Court
- Swissôtel The Stamford
- The St. Regis Singapore
- W Singapore – Sentosa Cove
eight. Put your greatest face ahead
Feeling worn out after a busy week within the workplace? A spa treatment is the right technique to soothe drained limbs and unwind a weary thoughts.
Head to Adeva Spa. Conveniently situated inside Paragon mall, you possibly can cease by to benefit from the Natura Bissé Diamond Whitening System, which was awarded the ‘Best Spot-Busting Facial’ on the Harper’s BAZAAR Spa Awards 2017. Or pamper your self with Signature Face Spa remedies like Botanical Radiance and 3D Lucent.
Alternatively, go to Spa Rael at Goodwood Park Hotel to bask in a variety of Natura Bissé Face Spa remedies. These characteristic luxurious Spanish skincare that can be found in top-tier retailers worldwide, resembling Harrods, Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus.
If you need to add a contact of radiance to your weekend, make your technique to The Ultimate for the Natura Bissé C+C Vitamin Face Spa. This particular treatment is designed to present your pores and skin a lift with a strong dose of Vitamin C to counter the influence of free radicals, leading to radiant and agency pores and skin.
American Express Platinum Members get pleasure from 25, 30 and 50 per cent off à la carte companies at Adeva Spa, Spa Rael and The Ultimate respectively.
9. Discover a smorgasbord of delights at Sentosa
Sentosa is home to fashionable points of interest like Universal Studios Singapore, however the island additionally hosts a variety of distinctive and thrilling actions.
Rub shoulders with statues of the wealthy and well-known at Madame Tussaud’s — the right spot for Instagram-worthy photographs.
There’s no must fly to Bali — you possibly can be taught to surf proper right here at Wave House Sentosa. Qualified instructors information you thru the motions till you possibly can carve or backside flip like the very best of them.
Swap skyscrapers and concrete for lush tropical greenery with a go to to The Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom. This multi-sensory interactive expertise provides the right escape from metropolis dwelling.
American Express Platinum Members get pleasure from complimentary weekend parking at VivoCity on Friday, Satuday and Sunday, after 5pm, for a fuss-free expertise in your technique to Sentosa.
10. Chillax with a bar hop
Singapore is quick changing into one of many bar capitals of the world. There are native favourites and award-winning institutions which have been round for years, after which there’s additionally a continuing stream of latest locations opening up and shocking us week by week.
American Express Platinum Members can discover all that Singapore has to supply as they get pleasure from a variety of advantages at among the hottest bars and golf equipment on the island.
At Nutmeg & Clove on Ann Siang Hill, Platinum Members can get pleasure from a one-for-one deal on their first drink. For a novel tackle the classics you already know and love, the bar provides a cocktail menu impressed by native herbs, fruits, flowers and spices found within the William Farquhar Collection of Natural History Drawings.
The Secret Mermaid at Raffles Place is a tasting room and cocktail bar devoted to American craft spirits. Pick from a big selection of gin, whiskey, vodka, rum and extra, with one-for-one off the primary drink for Platinum Members.
The Mad Men Attic Bar alongside North Canal Road — designed in a contemporary industrialist model — options avenue artwork from native graffiti collective RSCLS. Platinum Members can get pleasure from complimentary Kirin Beer or Pure Blonde Bottled Beer as they chill to stay music.
Zouk is a mainstay of the island’s nightlife scene and Platinum Members get complimentary entry with a visitor, entry to the brand new Zouk Members Lounge and discounted drinks all evening lengthy so you possibly can occasion proper by means of to the early hours!