A luxury-lover's guide to Singapore

This is a city perfect for indulging in the finer things in life – from gourmet food and shopping to great art and views.

World business capital Singapore is a haven for lovers of luxury.
  • Andrew Tan
  • January 2019

If you’re ideal holiday involves shopping, cocktails, browsing galleries and maybe even a helicopter ride, then Singapore could be the perfect destination for you. While there’s plenty on offer for budget travellers, there’s even more for those who enjoy a little luxury.

Shop at Mandarin Gallery

If you’ve only got time for one mall, head straight for Mandarin Gallery, a calming upmarket respite from the crowds of Orchard Road. You’ll find an eclectic selection of international labels like Boss, Bathing Ape and Y-3 as well as acclaimed homegrown retailers Choo Yilin Jewellery and womenswear brand Beyond the Vines. For a breather, refuel at patisserie Antoinette, where the cakes are to die for, or head to the Michelin-starred Shisen Hanten in the adjoining Mandarin Orchard hotel.

The grand Mandarin Gallery features all the top brands
The grand Mandarin Gallery features all the top brands.

Helicopter over the city

Having successfully transformed from a fishing village to a global city, enjoy a visual feast of the island state’s remarkable skyline from the top with a helicopter ride. The 45-minute sightseeing tour by Singapore Heli-Services covers the Southern Islands and the northern coastline. We suggest combining this with a VIP concierge service so the chopper can pick you up from your hotel and take you to your next destination in the city in spectacular fashion.

Stay at Lloyd’s Inn

An elegant urban oasis, Lloyd’s Inn is just a five-minute walk to the city’s most famous shopping stretch of Orchard Road. There are plenty of stylish hotels in Singapore but this boutique hidden gem nestled amid greenery, with minimalist interiors and a dipping pool (don’t dive in – it’s not a swimming pool) never fails to impress my globetrotting friends.

Retreat to the sanctuary of Lloyd's Inn
Retreat to the sanctuary of Lloyd's Inn.

Have cocktails at Lulu’s Lounge

Opened by New York natives Joshua and Sarissa Schwartz – the brains behind the ultra-cool bar Employees Only SingaporeLulu's Lounge knows a thing or two about having a good time. Sip on cocktails such as Whisky Pucker Up, served with a flirty twist and a fulsome set of lips on the froth, while live acts by the likes of the Kinky Boots cast and international DJs round off an always excellent outing. You won’t want to go home.

Lulu's Lounge is a must-try eclectic bar.
Lulu's Lounge is a must-try eclectic bar.

The Intan

Steep yourself in the traditions of Singapore’s Straits Chinese population at this award-winning private museum in the residence of founder and owner Alvin Yapp. His passion for his culture is on full display: expect antique furniture, porcelain ware from China, intricate French beaded slippers and multi-coloured enamelware, complete with Alvin’s lively explanations of their significance. The one-hour tea tour includes Peranakan light bites. A more customised tour, which includes lunch or dinner, can be specially arranged.