Southeast Asia’s melting pot city of ethnic diversity and international trade draws in leisure and business travellers year-round and the list of attractions are abundant. With a rich cultural history, the mix of old and new architecture throughout Singapore showcases heritage colonial buildings, temples of various religions, eclectic shophouses to iconic skyscrapers. Each of the city’s vibrant neighbourhoods house a list of 5-star hotels to choose from and with good reason. Be it Orchard Road for endless shopping, or at Marina Bay with instant access to the entertainment-fuelled esplanade, or on the fun-packed Sentosa Island, there is a myriad of activities and exquisite food to indulge. Whether visiting a Michelin star restaurant or a Hawker food centre, you cannot leave Singapore without trying the famous Singaporean mud crab or Hainanese Chicken rice. Singapore is also notorious for its green parks and lifestyle. This includes integrating nature as evident with the magnificence of their Gardens by the bay. The Singapore Night Safari is a must-visit Wildlife reserve. Observe and witness the animals that come alive in the cooler tropical climate at night rather than during the day. Have you decided which area has won your luxury hotel vote?
No matter how incredible your luxury hotel is, you won’t want to spend too much time in the room when you’re in such a remarkable city like Rome. The ancient city’s vast history means there’s plenty of interesting sights to check out. And, of course, plenty of fine Italian food and wine to taste, too! Here are seven of our favourite things to see, do, and eat in Rome. 1. The Colosseum Even if you’re only in Rome for a weekend, you cannot leave the city without visiting its most iconic monument. During Roman times, the Colosseum served as the city’s largest arena, where gladiators shed an unimaginable amount of blood. The building’s structure is most impressive from the inside, but as you can imagine, it’s often crowded with tourists. Therefore, be sure to buy a skip the line ticket before visiting. 2. Roman Forum & Palatine Hill There are many historical sights in Rome, but some are much more worth seeing than others. The Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill are the oldest parts of the city, full of preserved ruins giving a glimpse into Roman life. As you walk around the grounds, you will feel like you have been transported back in time. Standing on top of Palatine Hill will allow you to look down on the historic town and ponder what life was like during that era. However, you will get the most out of this experience by taking a guided tour. 3. Eat Gelato to your heart’s content You’ll find gelaterias on almost every street in Rome, and honestly, most of them are exceptional. However, if you’re an ice cream connoisseur like me, I recommend the renowned ‘Giolitti’ or ‘Valentino’. Both are close to the Trevi Fountain, and they serve an overwhelming range of flavours. Even so, the pistachio one is to die for! 4. Explore Trastevere Trastevere is Rome’s bohemian neighbourhood and a great place to spend a relaxed evening. In these narrow cobbled streets, you’ll find both traditional and hip trattorias, fine wine bars, and craft beer pubs. There are also many quirky artisan and craft shops here, and the whole area is bursting with character. Trastevere offers an authentic slice of culture, along with a bustling, lively nightlife. 5. VIP access to the Vatican The Vatican Museum is one of the most iconic places to visit in Rome; however, it is also the most crowded. No one wants to spend their vacation queuing for hours for an attraction, and luckily at the Vatican, you don’t have to. Instead, you can avoid the crowds by joining a VIP only early tour of the museum, including a delicious breakfast buffet in the courtyard. This exclusive tour is limited to 20 participants, so you need to book in advance. It starts at 7 am, which gives you (almost) private access until the doors open to the public at 9 am. 6. Enjoy an aperitif at a rooftop bar An aperitif is an Italian tradition of having a pre-dinner drink to whet your appetite. Many of the city’s luxurious rooftop bars are ideal for having an aperitif while watching the sun setting over the city skyline. Ambrosia Rooftop Restaurant & Bar is one of my favourites. The view from here is incredible, plus they serve some of the best high-end Italian fare and cocktails. 7. Shop til you drop in Via Condotti If you fancy doing a spot of designer shopping while in Rome, head to ‘Via Condotti’. This street is lined with all the best high-end Italian designers, such as Christian Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton and Gucci.