Night Safari is a park for noctural animals. // © 2017 Singapore Tourism Board
Feature image (above): In Singapore, clients will find opportunities to connect with both culture and the outdoors. // © 2017 iStock
Situated on the equator and just off the southern tip of Malaysia, the
island city-state of Singapore is home to more than 5 million residents as
well as an abundance of sites and activities. Gaining inspiration from
Chinese, Indian and Malaysian traditions, Singapore's world-class culinary
scene and stellar tourist attractions offer a multitude of outdoor
experiences for visitors to enjoy year-round, thanks to the country's warm
Chef Jason Tan's restaurant, Corner House, is located in the center of
Singapore's Botanic Gardens and features inventive "gastro-botanica"
cuisine that focuses on seasonal and unexpected flavors. This
Michelin-starred restaurant exudes quality and elegance, its multifaceted
contemporary menu honors the garden's historic botanist, E.J.H. Corner, who
worked as the eatery's assistant director from 1929 to 1945.
Tan's award-winning creative dishes pair seafood and meat with edible
organics such as plants, flowers, fruit, roots, vines and more. A few menu
standouts include Japanese A4 Toriyama beef and New Zealand blue cod with
"crispy scales" served with Hokkaido scallops, fennel, grapefruit, yellow
capsicum, Ikura roe and basil.
Don't miss "My Favourite Childhood Food Memory," a dessert of peanut
butter, pandan kaya (coconut-and-pandan jam) and toasted bread.
A landmark city hotel, the newly renovated InterContinental Singapore
celebrates the city's multilayered culture. The property offers guests
weekly two-hour walking tours on its Guided Heritage Trail, which visits
the surrounding arts and cultural districts of Bugis and Bras Basah.
Situated in the city center, the hotel is adjacent to the historical
enclaves of Arab Street and Kampong Glam, as well as nearby Little India.
Bright and welcoming, the luxurious InterContinental Singapore features
more than 400 posh guestrooms with heritage-inspired design and
state-of-the-art modern amenities, along with an outdoor swimming pool that
offers a tranquil oasis. The property has an array of on-site dining
options, including the vibrant and modern Ash & Elm bistro; Man Fu
Yuan, a favorite for Chinese cuisine; and Chikuyotei, an upscale Japanese
Additionally, the sprawling lobby bar serves daily afternoon tea and
overflows with natural light, while the Chinese-inspired Club
InterContinental Lounge offers an xtensive fine-dining menu throughout the
With tropical weather all year long, there are numerous opportunities to
explore Singapore's wildlife reserves. One of the major attractions is the
original Night Safari, the world's first safari park for nocturnal animals.
The park features upward of 2,500 animals from more than 130 species in
their natural habitats, and guided 40-minute evening tram tours bring
visitors up close to the creatures. Night Safari is separated into seven of
the world's "geographical zones," including the Himalayan foothills, the
Indian subcontinent, equatorial Africa, the Asian riverine forest, the
Nepalese river valley and the Burmese hillside. Guests can also stroll
along the park's extensive interconnected walking trails to experience a
variety of wildlife that can't be viewed from the tram.
A few fan favorites include the new Australian Wallaby Trail, the
glass-enclosed Leopard Trail and the Fishing Cat Trail. Providing a unique
evening experience for guests, Night Safari also produces shows such as
"Creatures of the Night," which features several of the resident creatures,
and "Thumbuakar Performance," a fire show.