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In Singapore for business or the F1 or both?

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View of Singapore skyline from the Lantern Bar, Fullerton Bay Hotel

Then follow Chopstix’s guide to Singapore’s CBD and beyond…

The small city state island of Singapore is immaculately clean and lusciously green with gleaming new skyscrapers juxtaposed by colonial era buildings and plenty of glossy shopping malls and restaurants. Dig a little deeper and you’ll find traditional shophouses with shuttered windows and fronted by undercover walk ways in Chinatown and Little India and a melting pot of cuisines in Singapore’s signature hawker centres.

Being practically on the equator The Lion City has two types of weather: hot and wet or hot and wetter. Although the “wet” season is around September to February there is no bad time to visit. Carry an umbrella with you at all times anyway – either to protect from the downpours or the sun.

 

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The Lantern Bar, Fullerton Bay Hotel

If you’re doing business in the CBD you’ll be spoilt for choice for lunch spots after work hang outs in this compact area bordered by the Singapore river and the bay. A perennial favourite is The Lantern Bar, a glamorous pool side terrace on top of the chic Fullerton Bay hotel and overlooking the water.

The art deco-esque Black Swan is great for salads and surf and turf in a sultry but casual while a short hop over the river, Gunther’s in a charming shophouse serves contemporary French fare to the expense account set.

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Odette at the National Gallery Singapore

The city’s Civic District has recently been spruced up with the main gem being the National Gallery, a stunning monolith that’s actually two colonial structures conjoined with some clever modern architecture. Inside holds the largest collection of Southeast Asian art and the F&B outlets are equally impressive including French fine diner, Odette, and National Kitchen by Violet Oons, the doyenne of Singa’s dining scene with her Peranaken cuisine – a hybrid of Chinese and Malay cooking. Smoke & Mirrors on the top floor is a terrace bar that overlooks the Padang, the bay and CBD

Further afield on Orchard Road is Iggy’s. Owner, wine connoisseur and convivial host, Ignatius Chan was at the forefront of bringing fine dining to Singapore. Newer names have come on the scene but Iggy’s still holds its own with a recent refurb and new chef. 

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Iggy’s, Singapore

A short taxi drive away is the glorious Singapore’s Botannic Gardens. This sprawling tropical eden includes lakes, secluded pathways and the famous Orchid enclave. Go early in the morning or late afternoon like the locals do when the heat is less oppressive. 

Uniquely Singaporean are the Hawker Centres – food stalls grouped together in covered settings and complete with health and safety ratings – so essentially street food for softies. The centrally located Lau Pa Sat is the prettiest with its Victorian wrought iron carousel design. If you’re only going to order one thing make it the satays

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The Warehouse Hotel

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Singapore’s most talked about hotel opening of the year is a converted riverside warehouse among the busy eateries of Robertson Quay. The space retains its industrial design flavour with some quirky details thrown in. 

Parkroyal on Pickering

Based on the fringes of both Chinatown and the CBD the hotel has a spectacular, verdant design and includes an infinity pool with city skyline view.

5 Best Hotel Club Lounges in Hong Kong

In town for business or bleisure? Check into Chopstix’s pick of Hong Kong hotels with great Club lounges. The criteria? Great views and real champagne.

Grand Club, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong

Grand Club, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong

Grand Club, Grand Hyatt
UPDATE: Grand Hyatt’s club lounge has just reopened following a revamp. It still has a sweeping stair case leading up to the best view of Victoria Harbour. They’ve now extended the evening champagne (with canapés) to all day free flow.
http://www.hongkong.grandhyatt.com

The Ritz Carlton Hong Kong

The Ritz Carlton Hong Kong

The Ritz Carlton Club Lounge
Open 24 hours with breakfast, light lunches, afternoon tea, canapés and dessert bar. 465 meters above sea level, it has TST rather than harbour views which are impressive none the less. Best of all there’s an around the clock bar including champagne.
http://www.ritzcarlton.com/Hong_Kong

Shangri La Hong Kong

Shangri La Hong Kong

Horizon Club, Island Shangri La
Lavish decor plus outdoor roof garden with city and Victoria Peak views on the 56th floor. Impressive evening buffet as well as champagne. Also gives you access to the lovely Petrus restaurant for breakfast.
http://www.shangri-la.com/hongkong/islandshangrila/

Four Seasons Hong Kong

Four Seasons Hong Kong

The Four Seasons Executive Club
Fantastic balcony with views of the harbour from the 45th floor. Open 24 hours with champagne available with evening canapés and post dinner – the bar is open until 1am.
http://www.fourseasons.com/hongkong/

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Club Intercontinental, The Intercontinental
Great breakfast (including a la carte menu) and afternoon tea. Mezzanine level looking out at the Hong Kong skyline and over the hotel’s lobby so you don’t feel detached from the action. Champagne with evening canapes.
http://www.hongkong-ic.intercontinental.com

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