Why 48 hours? Well, because this month is Singapore’s 48th birthday of course. Here’s an itinerary to give you some fun ideas.
0800: Live it up like a rock star by checking in for the weekend at the Hard Rock Hotel, where the rooms come with plush furnishings and amenities with a rock and roll edge.
1000: After dropping your bags, it’s time to take a refreshing dip – with a difference. Head down to the Marine Life Park and get up close with creatures of the sea with the Sea Trek Adventure. Don’t rush as you walk among the colourful marine life and stop to admire the gentle giants of the sea that drift by next to you.
1300: After your time in the sea, you’ll be hungry for lunch. Have a one-of-a-kind experience, dine at the Ocean Restaurant by Cat Cora, located inside the S.E.A. Aquarium. Choose from the delicious meal options made with fresh, sustainably sourced produce in the region, while admiring the magnificent views of the Open Ocean Habitat.
1500: Get some relief from the heat at the Adventure Cove Waterpark, which boasts of the region’s first hydro-magnetic coaster, the Riptide Rocket, that provides thrills, twists and dips. Or ride waves up to 2.2m at Bluwater Bay. If you prefer a lazy afternoon tan instead, take a 20 min scenic float ride down the Adventure River.
1900: Once you have dried off, replenish your energy by tucking into old-time delights at the Malaysian Food Street for dinner. Take a stroll along the Waterfront, or pop into CJ’s Bar at Quaich, RWS for live night entertainment, complete with a fully stocked bar. Be sure to catch the Crane Dance at 9pm that combines audio visual technologies with light and water effects to tell the story of the cranes’ graceful courtship ritual.
1000: Wake up bright and early to start your day off at the only Universal Studios theme park in Southeast Asia, Universal Studios Singapore. Spend the morning touring through the various themed zones based off popular movies. Transformers The Ride: The Ultimate 3D Battle, the first of its kind in the world, is one ride you must take.
1300: After the morning fun, have lunch at Tangerine, seated by the eco-pond. Helmed by husband and wife team, Chef Sam and Forest Leong, conscious dining is practiced here, where all ingredients used are from organic or bio-dynamic farms when possible.[Updated 3 Feb 2015: Please note that Tangerine has refreshed its menu since February 2014. The dishes mentioned will not be available with the new menu.]
1430: Take some time to pamper and rejuvenate at ESPA at Resorts World Sentosa. Get a massage and facial or choose the Hammam, a Middle Eastern cleansing ritual designed to revitalise the mind and body. ESPA provides the first authentic hammam in Singapore with a full-sized scrub plinth and oversized rain showers. Don’t forget the other facilities such as the Crystal Steam rooms, Rock Saunas and Vitality Pools.
1830: Spare no expense for the last meal of your weekend getaway. Dine at Feng Shui Inn helmed by Chef Li Kwok Kwong and feast on authentic fine Cantonese cuisine. The popular dishes here include Roasted Beijing Duck wrapped in a ‘Mexican’ Bun and Stir-fried Sliced Grouper with Fresh ‘Huai Shen’ and Luffa. After your meal, it’s time to head home, having completed your 48 hour break away from every day life.
Not to be missed is the Lake of Dreams, a choreographed display of fire, water and light, at 9.30pm located on Festive Walk. After the shows, head back to the hotel to unwind in your room or hang out at The Rock Bar and groove to the tunes of resident band Raw Energy.
This article first appeared in the RWS Invites magazine.