The hottest spots in town

PUBLISHED : Friday, 26 August, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 26 August, 2011, 12:00am
 

HOTELS

Unsurprisingly, Singapore's hoteliers love race week. Expect to pay a premium over normal rates, even more so if your room commands a view of the track.

The Marriott

On busy shopping street Orchard Road, the 30-storey landmark has an MRT station directly underneath it so is minutes away from the track. Their Formula One Premium Package includes three nights in a luxury pool terrace suite, two three-day Pit Grandstand tickets and three-course dinner at the hotel's Pool Grill from S$9,888 (HK$63,705). The Formula One Deluxe Package includes two nights' stay in a deluxe room, two three-day Padang Grandstand tickets and buffet breakfast from S$2,250 (HK$14,496).

The Fullerton Hotel

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, this 400-room hotel occupies a neo-classical building from 1928 which used to house Singapore's post office and government offices. Near turn 13 of the track. 'Grand Prix View' packages from S$1,000 (HK$6,442) a night.

The Fullerton Bay Hotel

The Fullerton's nearby sister hotel on the waters of Marina Bay was named one of the world's top new hotels by Conde Nast Traveller in May. 'Grand Prix View' packages from S$1,200 (HK$7,731) a night.

Marina Bay Sands

Singapore's newest 'integrated resort' incorporates a hotel, shopping mall, art gallery, casino, convention centre, restaurants and nightclubs. The striking building on the opposite side of the bay from turn 22 has transformed Singapore's skyline, its three hotel towers capped by a surfboard-shaped 'Sky Park' on the 57th storey which contains surely the world's most dramatic infinity pool. Rooms during GP weekend from S$599 (HK$3,859) to S$1,049 ($HK6,758) per night.

VIEWPOINTS

Looking for the perfect photo or overview of the race? Here are three suggestions:

Singapore Flyer

The world's largest observation wheel actually sits in the circuit, overlooking the pits and home straight. All Zone 1 ticketholders can go on the 165-metre (42-storey) high wheel for free, though be prepared to queue if you want a bird's eye view of the race start.

Marina Bay Sands

Directly across the water from the Singapore Flyer, the 'Sky Park' at the top of this hotel and entertainment complex is open to non-residents for a small fee and offers superb views of the city.

Altitude Bar

On the roof of Singapore's tallest building, One Raffles Place, Altitude proudly claimed to be the world's highest bar at 252 metres. To their chagrin, Ozone in Hong Kong has recently dwarfed it at around 480 metres, though Altitude is still laying claim to the 'Highest Al Fresco' title.

FUN FOR ALL

Non-petrolheads dragged along by a spouse or parent have plenty to keep them occupied. Shopping lovers should head straight to Orchard Road for the big malls and high-end brand names Hongkongers are used to. Quirkier items can be found in the stalls of Bugis Street.

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore's new 'Integrated Resort' attempts to be all things to all tourists, with a casino, theatres, Ku De Ta nightclub on the 57th floor, umpteen high-end restaurants, an arts and science gallery and yet another shopping mall.

Singapore's multi-cultural heritage is reflected in areas like China Town, bustling Little India and Arab Street areas. Not surprisingly, these are the best places to, say, grab dim sum, go for a curry or smoke a hookah.

The small island of Sentosa just off the south coast has been transformed into a beach/family fun destination. Resorts World is another 'integrated resort' with shopping malls, hotels, a casino, a Universal Studios theme park and the world's largest oceanarium. Elsewhere on Sentosa you can perform an 'indoor sky dive' at iFly, a vertical wind tunnel which replicates free-fall, or just lie on the beach.

The Dempsey and Clarke Quay districts are where most of the dining and drinking options are concentrated, offering bars and restaurants with every conceivable theme and cuisine.

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