Get the Most Out of Your Singapore Travel Experience

9 Insider Tips from the Capella Singapore Personal Assistant

Singapore is one of the most beautiful and sophisticated destinations in the world, whether you are traveling for business or pleasure. It’s an island, a city and a country, all in one.

Singapore’s diverse mix of cultures - Chinese, Malay, and Indian - sets a backdrop for unique, even magical, experiences in everything from fine arts and recreational activities to nightlife and epicurean flavours. When it comes to accommodation, you will find everything from budget-friendly hostels to some of the finest luxury hotels in Southeast Asia.

This extraordinary variety is sometimes daunting for visitors, especially if you are on a tightly scheduled business trip or vacation. To transcend the ordinary travel experience and make the most of your visit, here are some tips courtesy of Capella Singapore's Personal Assistants.

Be ready for the weather and respectful of Singapore’s regulations.

Expect a warm, humid climate, with sudden showers, so pack a small umbrella to keep with you at all times.

Dress casual for the tropics with loose fitting clothes and light colours to reflect the sun. A sun hat is always a good idea.

If you rent a car, be aware that the laws against driving intoxicated are strict, as are the seat belt laws. For a stress-free Singapore visit, choose public transportation and taxicabs.

  • You can look up public transportation routes on the Internet. Free Internet access is available at most cafés.
  • Taxis are generally easy to find, except on Friday nights, but you can always ask your Capella Singapore Personal Assistant to pre-book a taxi for you. Taxis are not allowed to pick up passengers at intersections and Singapore’s seat belt laws are strictly enforced, even in the back seat.

Map out an adventure.

Singapore offers many memorable opportunities to be a participant as well as a spectator. For example:

  • Crawl through old tunnels and discover original guns, cannons, film clips and photographs at Fort Siloso's World War II museum. Are you a history buff? Read up on the battle for Singapore ahead of time to make the trip even more meaningful.
  • Journey to East Coast Park for cable skiing, cable wakeboarding and sailing.
  • Ride the bumboat to Pula Ubin and explore the old Singapore of forty years ago.

Your Capella Singapore Personal Assistant can book your tickets and arrange comfortable transportation to start your adventure on a high note.

Sample the best of Singapore nightlife at Resorts World.

At Resorts World Sentosa, you can see Dale Chihuly's magnificent glass sculptures, feast on some of Singapore’s best culinary delights, and dance away the night to music from live DJs.

For those who want to roll the dice, Resorts World’s brand new casino presents a wide variety of table games, slots and electronic games, in a magnificent setting. Be sure to ask about the dress code when planning your visit.

Eat well, and often.

Locals say, "Eating is Singapore’s national sport!” In Singapore, you can find high-end restaurants with celebrity chefs, including Guy Savoy and Wolfgang Puck, as well as mom-n-pop shops serving authentic local authentic dishes like Chili Crab, Chicken Rice, Laksa, and Curry Fish Head.

Capella Singapore's Personal Assistants are available to recommend the best for your preferred cuisine.

Get to know Singapore’s family-friendly side.

Families can have breakfast with the monkeys at the Singapore Zoo, enjoy hands-on experiments at the Science Centre, and explore natural avian habitats at the Jurong Bird Park. Don’t miss a visit to the award winning Night Safari, set in a tropical forest and open only at night.

During the day, your whole family will love the thrilling rides and themed shows at Universal Studios Singapore. Some of the main attractions include a 3D experience on the Transformers ride and an action packed adventure on the Battlestar Galactica.

Your Capella Singapore Personal Assistant can make these experiences even more special (and easier for parents) by arranging for buggy rides at the Night Safari and express passes for Universal Studios.

Get in the holiday spirit, Singapore-style.

Singapore celebrates many cultural festivals and holidays, such as the Mooncake festival and Chinese New Year and of course, Christmas, among many others.

You are invited to celebrate these festivities at Capella Singapore. On the first day of the Chinese New Year, a lion dance troupe performs the traditional New Year blessing ritual in the Main Lobby. Guests are invited to come and observe this vibrant display of sights and sounds. You can also enjoy a traditional Chinese New Year spread at Cassia, Capella Singapore’s authentic Chinese fine dining restaurant.

During the Mooncake festival, you can take home some traditional homemade moon cakes packaged in a luxurious wooden collector’s item box.

Come year end, Capella Singapore presents a series of Christmas themed menus. From the annual tree lighting Ceremony at the Capella Singapore lobby to a delightful Christmas Brunch buffet and cookie decorating classes for the children, Christmas at Capella is perfect for all.

Paving the way to the New Year is Capella Singapore’s annual New Year’s Eve party – Capella Under the Stars. Join in a night of vibrant celebration with live performances from international artists and an epicurean dinner spread.

Lose yourself in the Gardens by the Bay.

Located ten minutes from Capella Singapore, this horticultural masterpiece presents a stunning garden landscape, overlooking Singapore's Marina Bay financial district. Featuring eighteen 50-metre, man-made “Supertrees” serving as vertical gardens and two climate-controlled biomes featuring exotic, non-native flowers and plants, this breathtaking 250-acre oasis offers a stunning contrast to the dense urban character of downtown Singapore.

You can head down to Gardens by the Bay at night to catch the beautiful display of lights and colours from the “Supertrees” and flower domes.

Relax before and after your cruise.

An architectural icon in itself, the newly opened Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore (MBCCS) is designed to accommodate the world’s largest vessels. Before you embark or after you return from your cruise, you can catch a bird’s eye view of Singapore from the Singapore Flyer, explore the local art scene at the Esplanade or commune with nature at Gardens by the Bay.

The International Cruise Terminal, as it’s also known, is located just ten minutes from the Capella Singapore Hotel, setting the hotel as the perfect choice of accommodations before and after your cruise.

Your Capella Singapore Personal Assistant can arrange for private limousine services between the hotel and cruise terminal.

Save time for shopping.

Capella Singapore is located just 10 minutes away from Orchard Road, Singapore’s major shopping belt which features a wide variety of high-end to mid range shops. Vivo City, located just five minutes away from Capella Singapore, is the largest shopping mall in Singapore and was designed by famed Japanese architect Toyo Ito to create a lifestyle experience, beginning with the futuristic building that houses the mall.

No time to shop? Your Capella Singapore Personal Assistant will be happy to pick up any items you forgot to pack.