Think Singapore! What comes to mind is a bustling city with sleek modern architecture, swanky bars, top-notch restaurants and iconic shopping streets and all of this housed in lush greeneries that adds vibrancy to the city’s streetscape!
Let’s make a quick getaway from the central business district for a fix of fresh air as I guide you on an exploration of the magnificent green spaces within this beautiful city.
Gardens By the Bay
Located in the heart of Marina Bay and spanning over 101 hectares of reclaimed land, this multi-award winning Gardens by the Bay offers mesmerizing waterfront views across three gardens.
A unique feature of Gardens by the Bay is the misty Cloud Forest. Replicating the humid conditions found on tropical highlands, this 35-metre tall mountain is covered in lush vegetation amidst the world’s highest indoor waterfall.
Visit the Flower Dome, a venue replicating the cool-dry climate of the Mediterranean region where you will find a collection of plants from all corners of the globe and learn how they adapt to their environment.
Be sure to walk across the suspended walkway of the famous Supertrees. These are 9 to 16 storey tall tree-shaped structures offer an impressive bird’s eye view of the gardens. While you are here, you must not miss the “Garden Rhapsody” – a daily show of choreographed lights and music amidst the Supertrees at 7.45 pm and 8.45 pm.
Singapore Botanical Gardens
Take a stroll through the Singapore Botanical Gardens, the country’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. This 158 year old green space features such highlights as the National Orchid Garden which boasts the world’s largest Orchid display. Try to identify Singapore’s national flower, Vanda Joaquim, among the species and hybrids on display!
Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
For nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is home to approximately 40% of country’s indigenous flora and fauna. This Reserve is designated as one of the ASEAN Heritage Parks and is located on the slopes of Bukit Timah Hill, Singapore’s highest hill towering at 163-metres high.
20 years ago, I began my career as a humble porter. Since then, Les clef d’Or Concierges has always been an inspiration for me. My interest towards this little-known profession called Concierge was further spurred by fellow concierges as they serve the guests whole-heartedly with respect, pride and confidence. Initially, I felt I could not achieve the standards of a concierge, but I was driven by my curiosity and desire for challenge. Being young and determined, in order to upgrade myself, I took all the available training and courses. I clearly recall walking through the streets of Singapore trying to gain a better understanding of the neighbourhoods, the restaurants and shops, as well as deepening my knowledge of the entire island. True enough, with guidance and motivation from Les Clef d’Or colleagues, I fulfilled my dream of being a Concierge!
Located in the vibrant Marina Bay and a mere 20 minutes from Changi International Airport, Conrad Centennial Singapore is one of the most esteemed addresses in the city for both business and leisure travellers alike. The guest rooms and suites exude an air of effortless modern luxury with Asian touches featuring thoughtful extras such as stunning marble bathrooms with double-vanity sinks, rain showers, in-room Nespresso machine with complimentary capsules, branded bath amenities and 55” adjustable HD televisions.
Hilton Honors guests checking into the Conrad Centennial Singapore can select and access the room of their choice on their smartphones with the Digital Key function on the Hilton Honors app. The app also allows guests to pre-order their preference of bath amenities, choice of pillow from the extensive pillow menu and room service, all prior to arrival via the Conrad Concierge option on the Hilton Honors app.
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