Marina Bay Sands
This is one of the most recognisable hotels in the world with the location, the architecture, and of course the infinity pool. There's a Skypark observation deck on the roof where you can grab a beer and admire some of the cities most iconic landmarks. You'll get to see Gardens by the Bay, the Singapore Flyer, and the durian-shaped domes of the Esplanade. Worth noting that you now have to be an overnight hotel guest to access the infinity pool. It was worth it!
Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay is so much more than the supertree grove that many people think. It's an entire complex with so much to see and do. There's an indoor Cloud Forest, a Flower Dome, World of Plants, The Canyon, plus plenty of aquatic life at Dragonfly & Kingfisher Lakes. The supertrees and observation decks are the absolute highlight, but just a heads up to spend extra time there.
Botanical Gardens Founded in 1859, The Singapore Botanical Gardens are set in a stunning landscape with plenty of tropical fauna on display. The Gardens have been a centre for plant research in Southeast Asia since the 19th Century and was rightful granted UNESCO status. Whether you're a solo traveller or with friends, this is a beautiful spot to take a walk. Also worth checking the calendar as there's regular free concerts inside the park.
No trip to Singapore is complete without a visit to Raffles Hotel for a Singapore Sling. The internationally recognised cocktail was founded at Raffles Hotel back in 1915 and is now a tradition amongst tourists who visit the city. A second tradition then follows, which is to eat monkey nuts and throw the shells on the floor (I'll let you Google what this one is all about). Tradition aside, The Long Bar is a great place to hang out and socialise.
The neighbourhood of Chinatown is great to wander around, as there's a real mix of the old and the new. There's historic temples and medicinal halls as a present reminder of the past, but then there's new bars and indie boutiques. Just like any Chinatown globally, there's the traditional gates as you enter the neighbourhood, followed by street markets. Immerse yourself and get lost in the narrow roads whilst sampling street food.
Sentosa is an island just off the coast, but has multiple connections to the mainland. You can reach the island via car, cable car, pedestrian boardwalk, and monorail. The island is suitable for all ages and packed out with so many things to do. For the kids there's Universal Studios, Adventure Cove Waterpark, and Madame Tussauds. For the adrenaline junkies, there's AJ Hackett offering bungy jumping and a giant swing. For those wanting a view, there's Tiger Sky Tower offering great views, especially at night. Regardless of all these endless attractions, I found Sentosa Island a great place to relax on the beach and take a walk through the lush greenery.
The Merlion Park is a big Singaporean landmark and major tourist attraction in the downtown area of the city. Weighing 70 tonnes, the Merlion Status is iconic, and you're also at the perfect spot for great views. You'll see Marina Bay Sands Hotel and the skyline in full flow. See if you can find the merlion cub, which is a smaller statue. You'll find this is one of the most popular meeting points across the entire city.
Although I spent a night staying at Marina Bay Sands, this is not the hotel I would recommend. Instead, I had an amazing experience at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, which is a 5 Star Hotel located next to Merlion Park. This is a grand building that was formerly the National Post Office. The rooms are stunning throughout, the pool area overlooks the river and skyline, and the old school bellboy at the entrance gives a very welcoming feel from the off. This is a very central location next to many tourist attractions and transport links. I cannot speak highly enough about this hotel.
Firstly, don't miss the opportunity to visit a Hawker Centre whilst in Singapore. This is an open-air complex with many street food stalls. It's low-cost and gives you the opportunity to try many different dishes. On the basis of being a huge fan of the TV show, my recommendation will be the "friends cafe". Yes it's gimmicky, but you can't pass up an opportunity to sip coffee on the legendary sofa. There's a decent food menu available too, as well as a gift shop with plenty of souvenirs from the hit TV show.