Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition [This exhibition has ended.]
Almost 100 years after it set sail in 1912, RMS Titanic the ship of dreams, has arrived on Singapore’s sunny shores. This is the first time the travelling exhibition is making its appearance in Southeast Asia at the ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands. Featuring over 275 authentic artifacts, 14 of which have never been seen before, visitors get a chance to step into extensive re-creations of different parts of the ship - the extravagant First Class cabins to the basic Third Class Cabins, the iconic Grand Staircase, Boiler Room and other locations on the ship. Learn about the life of Titanic at nine themed galleries, chronologically arranged to tell the story of its construction, life on board, its final moments during the ill-fated sinking, and the wreck’s discovery. Visitors to the exhibit will also be thrilled to receive replicas of boarding passes containing names of actual passengers onboard the Titanic.
Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition runs from 29 October 2011 through to 29 April 2012.
Opening Hours: Daily 10am – 10pm (Last Admission at 9pm)
Address: ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue
Transformers: The Ride
The latest addition to Universal Studios Singapore’s theme park family is the Transformers Ride, which debuted on 3 December 2011 after much anticipation. It is the world’s first theme park attraction based on the film franchise of the same name, Hasbro’s iconic Transformers brand. The motion thrill ride features 12 scenes, all of which showcase the most advanced evolution of immersive theme park entertainment with its hyper-realistic 3D high-definitive video and visual effects stimulators. In this latest ride, guests will be transported onboard advanced motion-based ride vehicles into the Transformers universe. They will also have a chance to be transported by an Autobot called EVAC (created exclusively for the ride) and combine forces with Optimus Prime and the Autobots in an ultimate 3D battle against the villainous Decepticons.
Opening Hours: Daily 9am – 6pm
Address: Located within the Sci-Fi City zone at Universal Studios Singapore, Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway
Maritime Experiential Museum
Learn about Southeast Asia's rich maritime history in the most innovative and interactive way at Singapore's first maritime museum, the Maritime Experiential Museum. With its distinctive maritime themed environment, the museum features more than 400 rare objects, bringing to life the Maritime Silk Route via life-sized historic ship replicas, shipwreck artifacts, interactive exhibits and educational programmes for all ages. It is also home to the world's first multi-sensory 360-degree Typhoon Theatre where visitors get to experience a simulation of a shipwreck right from their seats.
Opening Hours: Daily 10am – 9pm
Address: Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway
ION Sky Observation Deck
Spread across two levels, ION Sky offers a stunning 360 degrees panoramic view of the city from the highest point in the heart of Orchard Road, comprising both an observation deck and an event space. The wide open space is also aimed to host international runway shows, exclusive product launches, as well as high-end parties. It is also home to the urban-themed restaurant Salt Grill, owned by celebrity chef Luke Mangan. Boasting a height of 218 meters, the ION Sky is even higher than Marina Bay Sands SkyPark which is 200 meters high. Once at the top of the deck, visitors can get a closer look of the city surroundings in real-time through the observatory's high-tech Tellscope, promising an immersive viewing experience. Admission to the ION Sky observation deck is at $16 for adults and $8 for children.
Opening Hours: Daily 10am - 8pm with choice time slots
Address: Levels 55 and 56, ION Orchard and Residences, 2 Orchard Turn
Gardens by the Bay
An ongoing project by National Parks Board (NParks) to transform Singapore from a “Garden City” to a “City in a Garden”, the Gardens by the Bay will comprise three distinctive waterfront gardens: Bay South, Bay East, and Bay Central, stretching across the mouth of the Singapore River. The largest of them all, Bay South, located right next to the Marina Bay Sands, will showcase the best of tropical horticulture and garden artistry, with a massive display of tropical flowers and coloured foliage. Visitors can expect a Conservatory Complex consisting of special themed domes (Flower Dome, “Cool Dry” and “Cool Moist” Domes), each displaying plants and flowers from different regions in the world. Another note-worthy feature is the Supertrees. Man-made trees with heights between 25 metres and 50 metres, they will be home to a wide variety of exotic ferns, vines and orchids, amongst other plants. The Supertrees are also embedded with environmentally sustainable energy and water technologies, providing shade and shelter in the day time, and lighting and ambience decoration at night.
Artist Impression of the Supertrees
The first phase of the Gardens Bay South is scheduled for completion by the end of 2011 and is targeted to open in June 2012.
After all the excitement and buzz, Swedish fashion retailer H&M have finally opened their first Southeast Asian flagship store in the heart of Singapore’s shopping scene at Orchard Road. This means good news for those who regularly travel to other cities with H&M outlets for their H&M shopping fix. Located at Orchard Building and covering an area of 30,000 square feet spanning across three levels, the store is home to a wide variety of fashion and accessories for women, men, teenagers and kids. With its fashionable pieces and affordable pricing, it is set to be the next favourite shopping hotspot in town.
Opening Hours: Weekdays: 10am – 10pm, Weekends: 10am – 11pm
Address: Orchard Building, 1 Grange Road
One of the newest kids on the block and named after London’s exclusive fashionable address, Knightsbridge is home to upmarket retail outlets and flagship stores such as American youth apparel Abercrombie and Fitch, American classics Brooks Brothers, hip fashion brand Tommy Hilfiger and not forgetting British high street fashion retailer, Topshop. Like H&M, this stylish retail mall is located along Singapore’s most prominent shopping district Orchard Road, and is housed within the luxurious Grand Park Orchard Hotel. Spanning across 8,000 square meters in retail size, it offers retailers unique concepts such as customizable retail spaces via double façade frontages, and direct street access – something that is entirely new in Singapore.
Opening Hours: Daily 10.30am – 10pm
Address: 270 Orchard Road
Louis Vuitton Island Maison
Housed in a glass and steel pavilion floating off Marina Bay Sands, the Island is Louis Vuitton’s first Maison in Southeast Asia, and also Singapore’s fifth store. The luxury landmark spans across four levels and incorporates both art and cultural elements in its retail space, housing an art gallery, bookstore, the exclusive Travel Room, private lounge, and an outdoor deck overlooking the Marina Bay cityscape for visitors to relax while shopping. There are three different ways to get to the Maison – from the outdoor bridge, arriving via a boat and disembarking at Island jetty, or through Marina Bay Sands Shoppes Basement 2, where a tunnel and ascending travelator will lead to the centre of the pavilion.
Opening Hours: Sun to Thurs: 10am – 11pm, Fri, Sat & eve of public holidays: 10am – 12am
Address: Crystal Pavilion North, #B1-38/39 & B2-36/37/37-A, Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Avenue
Avalon and Pangaea
Glittering additions to Singapore’s nightlife scene are two of the hottest night clubs in the U.S and Europe, Avalon and Pangaea. Both opened after much anticipation in July 2011 at the Crystal Pavilions in Marina Bay Sands. Occupying the top two levels of the Pavilion and spanning over 17,000 square feet with impressive high fashion interiors, Avalon features some of the world’s leading DJs and live concerts in a multi-sensory interactive environment. Pangaea on the other hand, with its red snake skin lounges and muted lighting, has a more intimate and sophisticated lounge club setting, akin to a European “bottle club”.
Opening Hours: Avalon: Wed to Sun, 9pm till Sunrise, Pangea: Thurs to Sat, 8pm till Dawn
Address: Crystal Pavilion South, #B2-05 (Pangea) & Level 1 (Avalon), Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Avenue
KU DÉ TA Singapore
Designed and perched 200m above the city on an impressive 14,500-square-foot space on the roof of Marina Bay Sands, KU DÉ TA boasts a multi-tiered layout with several venues integrated into one – club lounge, outdoor bar with poolside terrace and a restaurant which offers both al fresco and indoor seating. Whether you're planning for a formal business lunch, a casual brunch, or a romantic dinner by candle light, guests will be pleased with the creative menus and freshest organic ingredients used at the restaurant helmed by award-winning chef Dan Segall. With Chef Dan’s background in Japanese cuisine, expect to whet your appetites with his modern take on Asian dishes.
Over at the club lounge, club connoisseurs can look forward to an intimate clubbing experience on the indoor circular dance floor fit for 170 people, rocking to tunes rolled out by world-class DJs. If you'd much rather relax, try KU DÉ TA’s signature cocktails while lounging about the spectacular infinity pool at the SkyDeck. Feeling adventurous? Head straight for the unique selection of drinks prepared by KU DÉ TA's very own resident mixologists and of course, enjoy the 360 degree panoramic view of the stunning Singapore city skyline from the SkyBar.
Restaurant & SkyBar: Lunch: Daily 12 – 3pm, Dinner: Daily 6pm till late, Weekend Brunch: 9am – 3pm
Club Lounge: Daily 6pm until late
SkyDeck: Daily 9am till late
Address: SkyPark at Marina Bay Sands North Tower, Level 57, 1 Bayfront Avenue
Joël Robuchon Restaurant and L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon
Much to the delight of food enthusiasts in Singapore, culinary sorcerer Joël Robuchon has opened his first outlets in Southeast Asia at the Resorts World Sentosa. Chef Joel, known for his passion for excellence, is the world’s most decorated chef with 26 Michelin stars on his plate. Guests to both restaurants will be amazed by his repertoire of inventive French classics, fused with international influences from Asia and Spain. The 54-seat Joël Robuchon Restaurant is a fine dining restaurant serving traditional French cuisine, promising only the freshest dishes with produce sourced from around the world. L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon on the other hand is more experimental with its casual yet intimate setting, with the eating counter surrounding the entire kitchen where the guests’ food is prepared, providing a full view of the chefs at work.
Opening Hours: Daily 5.30pm – 10.30pm
Address: Hotel Michael Level 1, Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway
International Cruise Terminal
Scheduled to be completed by the end of 2011, this new cruise terminal in Singapore’s Marina South is set to make Singapore the one-stop cruise hub of Asia. Covering 28,000 square meters in size, which is one of the biggest in Asia, the new terminal will be ready to handle some of the world’s mega cruise-liners by 2015, which previously docked at the older Pasir Panjang container port due to height and berth limitations at the current Singapore Cruise Centre.
Artist Impression of the International Cruise Terminal
The new location at Marina South has deep waters and a large turning basin with no height restrictions, enabling it to accommodate the next generation of cruise liners being built now. It will also be able to handle 6,800 passengers at a time and double Singapore’s berth capacity.