Southern Islands

TREASURE island booms

Singapore has come a long way from its humble beginnings as a fishing port to become a modern, flourishing metropolis. In the past 10 years alone, the city state has transformed itself into a booming economy at the heart of Southeast Asia.

Monday, 16 July, 2012, 12:00am

Luxury districts - Singapore

Defining luxury

District 9, the famed Orchard Road area, defines luxury and social status. Some of the largest shopping malls are found here, such as ION Orchard, 313@Somerset, Paragon and Orchard Central, as are some of the most prestigious homes.

Nature or business

3 May 2012 - 12:00am

VIEW TO luxury

Cashed-up mainland investors are making a beeline to the door of Singapore's luxury residential property developers. As David Neubronner, head of residential project sales at Jones Lang LaSalle Singapore, says, their interest has risen dramatically over the past few years.

3 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

GLOBAL appeal

Foreign buyers accounted for 60 per cent of the high-end market in Singapore in the first six months of this year, up from 46 per cent last year, according to an analysis by Cushman & Wakefield. Chinese and Indonesians have dominated the upmarket segment, making up almost half of all high-priced purchases.

30 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

SPOILT for choice

Every great global city becomes known for its iconic luxury residential buildings, and in Singapore, several districts stand out.

The waterfront district around Sentosa Cove is highly prized, especially among foreign nationals, who are allowed property ownership.

30 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

ROARING success

Last year, Singapore attracted 3.14 million business travellers who spent an estimated S$5.26 billion (HK$34 billion), which is why one of the city's focus areas is to strengthen its position as a leading convention and exhibition city in Asia.

Contributions by MICE are hoped to help reach the country's goal of S$30 billion in tourism receipts by 2015.

14 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Setting trends in Asia

A number of new hotels in Singapore have proved the island city-state to be a major Asian player in the field of design.

29 Jun 2011 - 12:00am


Singapore is a clean, green, hyper-efficient machine, and one of the most user-friendly cites in Asia. The multilane freeway from Changi International Airport is bordered with flowering trees and shrubs. The Mass Rapid Transit zips its way round the island with barely a hint of a rumble or rattle. Taxi drivers help passengers load their luggage into the boot.

23 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Singapore resort lures MICE groups

Imagine you were on board an Arabia-bound cargo ship in the Strait of Malacca 1,000 years ago. Hit by a tropical typhoon, the ship rolls from side to side and starts to sink as the lights dim, and when they finally come back on, you find yourself on the seabed in the depths of the ocean, surrounded by shipwrecks and marine life.

11 May 2011 - 12:00am

Ups and downs

Is the love affair between investors and Singapore's luxury property market over? For a long time, it seemed the Lion City's prestige market could do no wrong, achieving what one industry player observed as 'crazy prices'.

29 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Hotel offers night with the Merlion

Hotels are constantly looking for creative ways to market themselves. The Kowloon Shangri-La is celebrating its 30th anniversary by inviting the public to submit pictures they have taken of the hotel over the years in a photo contest and a promotion, offering discounts to those celebrating their birthdays in the Tsim Sha Tsui East property.

20 Apr 2011 - 12:00am


The Rasa Sentosa Resort reopened in January as Shangri-La's Rasa Sentosa Resort after an S$80 million (HK$493.74 million) renovation lasting 10 months.

6 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Capella Singapore

What is it? Conde Nast Traveller's Hot List this year named the ultra-luxurious Capella Singapore one of the top new hotels in the world. And while resort executives are reluctant to reveal which moguls are regular visitors, fans of Jackie Chan will recognise Capella's tranquil cascading pool and sprawling grounds from pictures on his blog.

14 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

A seamless experience

A leonine pride is evident as Singapore savours two new integrated resorts - Marina Bay Sands and Resorts World at Sentosa - that have lifted its tourism and Mice profile.

Revenue from business travel and the Mice sector is a boon to Singapore's tourism receipts.

24 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Singapore's biggest gamble becomes a reality

Gambling used to rank with chewing gum as one of the great sins in strait-laced Singapore. Not any more.

Judging from the opening of the city state's first casino this month, Singaporeans are eager converts to blackjack and roulette despite long being warned about their evils.

24 Feb 2010 - 12:00am