Singapore: A Melting Pot of Cultures
I arrived at the Shangri-La hotel at 3 a.m. after a 19-hour flight, and I was received with champagne and beautiful smiles. This beautiful tropical resort has gorgeous lush landscape, waterfalls, and ponds.
The expansive infinity pool is so refreshing and inviting on those hot Singaporean days and nights, and the hotel had great food choices and variety, served with great attention and care.
We visited the diverse but well connected different neighborhoods of Singapore: Little India, China Town, and Arab Street.
The markets were full of locals and tourists from all over the world, which brought me to this conclusion: Singapore is not only a pre- or post-cruise city port, it’s much more than that, combining the icons of the past and present, where you can see the old, like Raffles and the Old Supreme Court, along with the new modern structures of the Marina Bay Sands hotel, the Esplanade, and the Gardens by the Bay.
I have a future date with Singapore next year, and can’t wait to explore this destination in more depth!
The Raffles has Old World charm and character. I would also stay there, and it will be under major renovations next year!
The best hotels to stay at and watch the nightly light show at the bay, is the either the Ritz Carlton or Mandarin Oriental.
The Marina Bay Sands is a huge resort with 2,561 rooms, with its infinity pool on top with a skyline view, and is very impressive; however, it’s way too small for this size of resort. The hotel is very busy and reminded me being in a Las Vegas Casino.