Since my very first stay at a Shangri-La Hotel I’ve known that they are different to other hotel chains, they’re better! I now refer to it as the ‘Shangri-La Way’. You know you are going to have a great experience because they always go that little bit further to make you feel welcome and most importantly to make you feel special. I always feel special when I arrive and this stay at the Shangri-La Hotel Singapore was no different. Let me set the scene for you!
Wow, so its Christmas week already, it feels like yesterday I was excited about heading off to Cambodia at the end of July. We have had so many amazing experiences this year and it’s going to be hard to top in 2017 but I’ll give it a red hot crack! So I thought this week we would wrap up the highlights of the year including our favourite hotels in each place.
When I decided that we would head to Singapore for a couple of days on the way to Cambodia, the first thing I thought was ‘I’m staying at the Marina Bay Sands’. I, like most of us have seen the photos and thought that’s going to be me one day!
The Night Safari opened in Singapore in 1994 and was the first zoo to showcase nocturnal animals. The park is divided into seven geological regions that you can explore via four walking trails. If you are travelling with kids or those not up to walking the tracks there is also a tram ride that drives around all the exhibits and provides a live commentary as you go.
The River Safari officially opened in February 2014 and is just a minute walk from the entrance of the Singapore Zoo. The park is a fresh water river themed wildlife park, with dedicated zones that highlight famous waterways from around the world. There are around 200 native animals in the zones to explore and learn about.
Singapore Zoo is world renowned for its spacious, open air enclosures and I have to admit its by far the best zoo I have visited. Depending on what list your reading, you will always find Singapore Zoo somewhere in the top 10 zoo’s in the world. A zoo’s a zoo you might be thinking but it really isn’t.
Gardens by the Bay is a must see on any visit to Singapore and was one of the attractions that made it onto our short list of things to do during our recent visit. It’s been 13 years since Craig and I first visited Singapore, there was no Marina Bay back then and Sentosa Island was nothing like it is now. This man made tourist mecca really is worth a visit even if you’re only on a stopover.