If there ever was a year to visit Singapore, 2017 is it. The “Lion City” is roaring with state-of-the-art accommodations, culinary creations and nightlife, proving itself to be so much more than a financial centre or a mere gateway to beach holidays in nearby Malaysia or Thailand.

The island city was recently thrust into the limelight as the star of BBC2’s Amazing Hotels, which featured the triple-tower luxury hotel, Marina Bay Sands.

If the £3.5 billion resort isn’t reason enough to book a flight, here are ten reasons to visit Singapore this year.

1. This incredible rooftop pool

10 reasons why you should visit Singapore in 2017

While the epic Marina Bay Sands has everything from its own museum to high-end shopping and 60 different restaurants, the pool is its crown jewel. It’s the size of three Olympic swimming pools, making it the longest elevated infinity pool in the world. It’s good Instagram fodder too – #marinabaysandspool has drawn thousands of posts.

2. Cool new hotels

10 reasons why you should visit Singapore in 2017

A new breed of hotel is taking over the city, epitomised by the uber stylish Warehouse Hotel. Open only since January, it’s housed in a 19th century ‘godown’ (warehouse) on the banks of Robertson Quay and is a showcase of local talent, from the furniture to the food. The structure was once a hotbed for secret societies and underground liquor distilleries, and the modern take on industrial style embraces the building’s heritage.

3. Rooftop bars

For booze and views, Singapore has a buzzing rooftop bar scene that attract locals for post-work libations. Bars like Loof keep it casual, while tiki bars like Potato Head Folk provide a more intimate setting, but the views from whichever bar you choose will be unparallelled. Looking for something a touch more posh? Try SuperTree by Indochine, which offers al fresco views over Singapore’s skyline.

4. Amazing parks

Of all the parks in Singapore, Gardens by the Bay is one you can’t miss – it’s number one attraction in the city, with parks that boast more than 1 million plants, ranging from species in temperate climates to tropical forests and habitats. The views are outstanding, the retreat from the bustling city is therapeutic and the waterfront gardens provide the perfect place to take in Singapore’s distinct scenery.

5. It’s a melting pot of culture

10 reasons why you should visit Singapore in 2017

From the annual bazaar at Geylang in June to the Hindu festival of lights – Deepavali – in October, Singapore’s diverse population offers visitors a chance to experience not just one, but many different cultures. Temples, mosques and churches, are often located near each other, and the merge of religions and cultures is evident throughout the city’s food, music and language.

The Maxwell Food Centre offer dozens of different ethnic cuisines all under one roof, and residents of Singapore even share a common language called Singlish, which is a slang consisting of English, Malay, Hokkien, Teochew, Cantonese and Tamil words.

6. Festivals of all types

10 reasons why you should visit Singapore in 2017

Whether you’re a foodie, music junkie or fan of cultural festivals, Singapore has plenty of annual events for visits during every month. Are you a foodie? Taste local food at the Singapore Food Festival (July). which features some of the world’s finest restaurateurs. If you fancy music, dance the night away at the outdoor Neon Lights festival (November) or take in the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, which hosts events all year round.

On the fifth day of the fifth month in the Chinese lunar calendar, expect high-octane Dragonboat races (July) and rice dumplings or visit during the Muslim holiday of Ramadan (May-June) for night markets that offer special sweets and savouries for those fasting.

7. Good temperatures all year round

A bonus of booking a trip? There’s really never a bad time to visit. Singapore’s hottest month is February, with temperatures averaging around 27°. The coldest month is January, with averages at at 26°C. The lack of month-to-month temperature variation makes planning easy.

8. Shopping

10 reasons why you should visit Singapore in 2017

From some of the finest boutiques to Singapore’s trademark flea markets, shopping here caters to any budget. For hip, artsy finds, check out Tiong Bahru for independent book, vinyl and clothing stores. Looking for a more luxurious experience? Don’t miss Orchard Road, a 2.2km shopping belt where you can let retail therapy run its course.

9. Arts and design

Singapore is rich with a diverse art scene, as the city truly mixes old and new in every sense. Colonial buildings stand tall next to cutting-edge skyscrapers, and art from all eras are on display at top-billed exhibitions, galleries, museums and fairs. The National Museum of Singapore showcases heritage pieces, while the National Gallery oversees the largest collection of modern art in Southeast Asia. For more international art, the ArtScience Museum offers rotating exhibits of international legends like Dali and Picasso.

10. Cool neighbourhoods to explore

Singapore’s different districts are known for distinct character and charm. Visit Dempsey Hill for chilled-out restaurants, bask on the sunny beaches of Sentosa Island or explore ethnic cuisines and shopping at Kampong Glam.


Source : standard.co.uk