The first place that will come to any local’s mind would be the Swissotel Hotel, with its 73 floors, previously known as the Westin Stamford Hotel. It’s one of the highest hotels in the world (tied in 13th place with Oasis Skyway Garden Hotel in Shanghai, China, and JR Central Hotel Tower in Nagoya, Japan) but isn’t really the highest points in Singapore. That accolade is a three-way tie with United Overseas Bank Plaza One, Republic Plaza and Overseas Union Bank Centre at 280 metres.
Nevertheless, the hotel’s bar and restaurants still offer amazing views on their 70th to 73rd floors. The 70th floor is shared by three dining establishments, where you can bask in the absolute luxury of fine dining at Equinox and City Space. The first serves up Southern French Nouvelle cuisine, where the cooking is kept uncomplicated and uses fish, seafood, veal, green vegetables, game birds and the freshest possible ingredients. This style of cooking is also heavily influenced by the region of France it originated from. The restaurant was ranked the 4th best in Asia by The Miele Guide in 2009/2010 and it was also in the top 39 on the S.Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants List 2010. Go during lunch or dinner to sample their set menus and marvel at the world beneath your feet.
If you don’t fancy French food, there are other cuisines worth trying out. Choose from authentic Western or Asian cuisine at the Equinox Restaurant. Savour your food as you dine in the three-storey, 165-seater restaurant with simple yet bold design elements such as rice-paper lanterns, wooden trellis and a floor-to-ceiling wall of mother-of pearl.
City Space Bar
Finally, chill out at City Space, a stylish lounge bar that’s located on the same floor. Wind down after a hard day of sightseeing and treat yourself to prestigious wines, spirits and cigars as well as the finest delicacies. Photo opportunities abound as you take pictures of the interior, with the ceiling’s sparkling suspended Murano crystal spheres, or even revel in the panoramic views at your feet.
New Asia Bar
Visit the hotel’s highest bar on the 71st and 72nd floor at the New Asia Bar and wine and dine at new heights of splendour. The bar is a glitzy affair, attracting the well-heeled. Spend your time here in a blaze of glamour, treating yourself to a luxurious pub experience. Remember to make your way up to the roof terrace if possible, to gaze upon Singapore in all its glory before you get too inebriated. Also, make sure your cameras are always close by your side. You wouldn’t want your memories of the trip to plummet down 73 storeys. Avoid the crowds by going during lunch time where you can dine in style and be surrounded by fantastic views of Singapore.
Another glitzy must-visit for more indulgence would be Singapore’s highest bar, at 1 Altitude. The bar, located on the 63rd floor of the One Raffles Place building, takes the honour of having the highest and most panoramic views. Once you’ve taken some great shots of Singapore at night, you can then tuck your camera away and spend the rest of the night in merry-making and enjoying the experience of hobnobbing among Singapore's elite.
If your trip to Singapore has been timed around a special occasion, like an anniversary perhaps, and you’re stumped for things to do to make the occasion a truly memorable one, well, Singapore’s attractions might just get you out of the bind. Take in the beautiful sights of Singapore in the world’s largest observation wheel, the Singapore Flyer, which soars at 165m above sea level as well as the newly revamped Jewel Cable Cars.
You could opt for the regular cable cars or the Singapore Flyer ride, but if you really want a romantic evening together with your significant other, or to treat your best friend, it’s doubtful that you’d want a party of strangers to witness your moments together. Instead, opt for a dose of luxury with the signature flights that you can get from both the Singapore Flyer and the Jewel Cable Cars. You could choose to have a Moet and Chandon ride or the Signature Cocktail Flight for S$69 per person, or dine in luxury with Full Butler Sky Dining on the Singapore Flyer for $299++ per couple. Over at the Jewel Cable Cars, you can also choose the Sky Dining option to wow your significant other and have amazing views of the harbour (and have a longer ride from cable car station to destination) from about S$248 nett per couple. Time to dine in style for an unforgettable birthday or anniversary. If you’re taking this route, it would be wise to pre-empt your significant other into packing or purchasing outfits suitable for this occasion.
Get up high and see Singapore from an unmistakable vantage point while living in the lap of luxury. Treat yourselves to the finest bars and restaurants Singapore has to offer, while looking at the world beneath your feet.