The city break is one of the most romantic vacation options for a couple. From the experience of all the modern luxuries the destination has to offer from the sense of adventure, trying out completely cultural experiences and seeing architecture together for the first time, it can feel magical. Singapore might not be the first city you think of when it comes to that lovers’ adventure, as far away and as costly it can be (depending on what you want to do there). However, here are just a few reasons you and your partner should think about taking the plunge into this unique South Asian jewel.
Memorable moments in another world
There’s nothing quite like being together to experience a brand-new festival or grand spectacle beside the person you love. Chinese New Year may not exactly be a foreign experience for many, but there are few places that do it quite like Singapore.
All of the city’s Chinatown district lights up with gorgeous lanterns and all kinds of decorations from the stalls of the markets. With lion dances, acrobats, parades, and a firework show that rivals the most famous and popular in the world, it’s a fantastic time to be in the country if you can schedule your trip just right.
One of the most beautiful things about Singapore is just how culturally diverse it is. Malay might be predominant language (next to English), but there are populations of English, Chinese, Indian, Tamil, and much more. One of the highlights of such a mix is the sheer volume and variety of arts to see. If you want a romantic date night with a theater performance, then Esplanade, the Theaters on the Bay, might just be the place for you.
It’s a huge complex that features 2,000 seat arena, shopping center, and even a library devoted to different music, film, dance, and theater. The sheer range of shows, from Indian dance to classical western dramas to Chinese Opera means that there is always something on and it’s rarely even in the same genre thing that was on the month before.
Want somewhere you can relax with your partner and take in a view that has your heart soaring in your chest? Singapore’s skyline is truly a sight to behold. Modern skyscrapers, centuries-old temples, European churches, and sprawling gardens and parks all blend together to make it seem almost like a Utopia. The city cherishes its skyline and offers plenty of different spots where you can enjoy it, too.
Stellar, a fine dining restaurant on the top of Raffles, the second tallest building in the city, is just one such spot. There are clubs, bars, cable cars, and even swimming pools throughout the city allowing to treasure this one view you absolutely must not miss when you visit.
Up for a romantic stroll?
If you prefer to explore the wonder to better take it all in rather than being sat in one spot, then what could be better than a walk hand-in-hand with your partner? Thankfully, while more egregious PDAs are considered bad etiquette, hand-holding is perfectly a-okay with the locals in Singapore and the city’s many flourish gardens and parks are the best places to do it.
The Singapore Botanic Gardens merit the visit perhaps more than any of the other green places in the city. 183-acres of trees, floral arrangements, lakes and more, it’s visited by roughly 4 million every year. What’s even more impressive is how immaculate it is. Cleanliness is a very big deal in Singapore and it makes the gardens stand out all the more.
Plenty of sun, sea, and sand
If you want to get away from the city for a while, then you can do that just as easily. The city of Singapore takes up the vast majority of the islands and most of the parks and gardens are nestled somewhere within that concrete jungle. For those looking for a break, the beaches might just be the splash of natural beauty you need to get your Zen and soak up some rays. If you don’t mind some company, Siloso Beach is the most popular and by far the most well-suited to lounging. If you don’t mind a hike, Punggol beach is even more picturesque to some but its dotted with huge rocks that add some visual appeal but mean it isn’t very well suited to setting a towel down and lying there.
Get your own slice of heaven
Singapore is an incredibly modern city and a bustling destination for globe-trotters, so it should be no surprise that there is are all kinds of luxury accommodation. For those who truly want to lavish themselves in luxuries and live off room service (with the kind of extravagant budget you would expect), luxury hotels like the Marina Bay Sands have everything you hope for.
However, if you prefer your own romantic space that still has plenty of space for the two of you, you can just as easily find a big room for rent. Singapore is often thought of as a destination only for the rich. However, there are accommodation options that can fit just about any budget.
Plenty of plates to share
With such a mix of cultures in one spot comes an extravagant mix of cuisines, as well. Depending on where you go, you can find European, Chinese, Malay, Indian, Japanese, and all other kinds of dishes on offer. It’s an amazing destination for vegetarians, too, with hundreds of veggie and health-food restaurants.
The steamed rice dish, nasi padang is one of the most popular dishes of the country, served just about anywhere. Seafood is a must when visiting an island, however, and the spicy seafood noodle soup, laksa, is one of the freshest and most refreshing items you’ll find on most menus.
Take the time to chill
Singapore is as busy as a city gets (though certainly much cleaner in most areas) but there are lots of places to put your feet up and enjoy a little quiet time when you’re done with the opera, the restaurants, and the markets. Tiong Bahru is an excellent neighborhood filled with little cafes, boutique stores, bakeries, and restaurants. It feels a little smaller in scale compared to the other areas of the city center or the boisterous Chinatown, but that doesn’t mean it’s lacking. One of the most charming stops in the neighborhood is Bincho, a mee pok stall in the wall by day and a trendy Japanese restaurant by night.
Then join the party
Once you’ve refueled and had a coffee and a bite to eat, then you and your partner might feel like dancing the night away. Zouk is one of the city’s most popular and trendy clubs and particularly well-suited to those who like their music loud and hard. If you time your arrival right, however, you can find a much greater diversity to their music festival, ZoukOut, held on the aforementioned Siloso beach.
It goes from dusk till dawn every December, when the weather is at its finest in the country. If you prefer something a little more subdued, Ann Siang Hill and Cross Street have lots of bars with regular live music and the party tends to spill out into the street as the night goes on, taking a more chilled-out atmosphere.
Singapore’s recent development into a world-class vacation destination is still overlooked by a lot of vacation-goers, but that doesn’t mean it’s unpopular. It has that bustling city feel that can make you and your partner feel lost in another world.