Day 1: Relax by the bay

1. Marina Bay

Start your journey in comfort by settling into PARKROYAL on Beach Road. If the flight to Singapore’s gotten your muscles tensed into knots, spend the afternoon at St Gregory Spa on the hotel’s dedicated Wellness Floor, where you’ll also find a fitness studio that offers yoga, pilates and a range of cardio classes. Once you’re done unwinding, head out for a leisurely spin on the Singapore Flyer for panoramic views of the city. Head there at around 7pm to catch the sunset, or even opt for dinner on the Flyer with the Premium Sky Dining Flight.

Day 2: Get artsy

2 Civic District

Get a glimpse of Singapore’s colonial past at the buildings of the Civic District. At The Arts House, admire the neo-Palladian architecture of what was once Singapore’s Parliament House. There, you can purchase tickets to a play or performance — simply check The Arts House’s event calendar for more information. To experience more of Singapore’s arts scene, head to The Esplanade and treat yourself to a free public performance at its outdoor theatre or concourse, or grab tickets to any of their other ongoing shows. Don’t miss out on the venue’s diverse shopping (Alexandria Maison, Supermama) and dining options (Orgo, Restaurant Labyrinth, Tomo Izakaya).

Day 3: See the wildlife

3. Wildlife Reserves Singapore

Take a walk on the wild side at the Wildlife Reserves Singapore parks. The Singapore Zoo, River Safari, Night Safari and Jurong Bird Park are the best places to appreciate wildlife in the Lion City. The parks also offer guided tram tours so you can enjoy your trip at a leisurely pace, as well as plenty of F&B options such as Mama Panda Kitchen near the Giant Panda Forest in River Safari. Be sure to get the adorable panda-shaped red bean buns while you’re there!

Day 4: Parks and trails

4. Singapore Botanic Gardens

Explore one of the greener areas of the garden city with a stroll at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. The 156-year-old tropical garden is the city-state’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it’s the perfect place to marvel at a beautiful array of flora and fauna. Go on the Healing Garden Tour to learn about the medicinal use of plants, or sign up for gardening or floral arrangement workshops. Stop to take a breather at one of the cafes in the Gardens, Halia or Food For Thought — after all, what’s more relaxing than a spot of tea with a lush, lovely view?
 

5. Queenstown

If you’re looking to explore a historic Singapore neighbourhood away from the city bustle, sign up for the Queenstown Heritage Trail, where you can learn more about the district’s most iconic landmarks. Stops on the trail include the Alexandra Fire Station, the former Malayan Railways, the black-and-white colonial bungalows of Portsdown Road and the Sri Muneeswaran Temple.

Day 5: Explore the old and new

6. Tiong Bahru

A walk through one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Singapore, Tiong Bahru, will have you marvelling at the Streamline Moderne architecture of the area’s shophouses. The neighbourhood may be old, but is now home to a variety of hip tenants. Shop at niche independent boutiques and stores, such as BooksActually, Strangelets and Nana & Bird. Then, experience a slice of Singapore’s café culture at eateries such as Forty Hands, Plain Vanilla Bakery, Chapter 55, and The Orange Thimble.

Day 6: Experience island life

7. Sentosa Island

A relaxing trip to Singapore isn’t complete without some time spent at the beach, so slather on the sunscreen and head to Sentosa! The quieter beach on the island is Tanjong Beach, where you’ll find white sand, serene waves, and Tanjong Beach Club (the place to be for fancy cocktails and good grub). Once you’ve soaked up enough sun, hop on a tram or monorail and head to Resorts World Sentosa to shop, grab a bite, or try your luck at the casino. When you’re done for the day, opt for a cable car ride back to the main island for some stunning night views of Singapore.

Day 7: Retail therapy

8. Dempsey Hill

If you’re looking for some sophisticated shopping, Dempsey Hill is the place to go. The area has less of a shopping crowd, but still provides a wide variety of retail options — there’s Singapore’s very own edition of the iconic Dover Street Market, and COMO Marketplace, which carry an array of Asian epicurean products from artisanal suppliers across the world. Just minutes away is Orchard Road, the city’s most popular retail district, where you can treat yourself to even more shopping.
 

9. Singapore Changi Airport

Get to the airport early and dedicate an hour or two to some duty-free shopping at any of Changi Airport’s departure terminals. From Adidas to Burberry and Godiva to Gucci — there’s your last minute souvenir shopping sorted.