Singaporeans are known for working hard – starting early, and finishing later than in most places. The fast-paced lifestyle of this business city can overwhelm new business travellers, especially if you’re in the country for a relatively short period and have back-to-back meetings. Here are some tips to help you unwind and take it easy in one of the world’s busiest cities.
There are plenty of places to get a relaxing spa treatment in Singapore, from hotels and resorts to spa chains and outlets. You can choose from simple treatments to complete relaxation packages that include calming aromatherapy, rejuvenating facials and invigorating scrubs.
Depending on the type of spa and surroundings you’re after, Singapore has a host of providers. The Banyan Tree Spa at Marina Bay Sands for example, is on the 55th floor with a view of the sea or the city.
There are plenty of fun places in Singapore to just sit and watch the world go by. If chilling is more your thing, a rooftop bar or restaurant is the perfect place to watch the city unfold below. Many of the best bars and rooftop restaurants are around Marina Bay.
Grab a table with a view (it’s not difficult to get one on weekdays, and with a reservation on weekends) and enjoy a relaxing drink. Singapore is a hub for food and beverages and finding a good drink to help you unwind is easy.
At Marina Bay Sands, try having your drink served with panoramic views of the city and ocean at Flight, located 57 storeys high atop Sands SkyPark. For something less dramatic but still offering wonderfully relaxing bay views, make your way to the Promenade and take a seat at the water-facing bar at Bread Street Kitchen or Southcoast.
If you prefer to just cruise, go on an evening river boat ride, one of the more relaxing night activities in Singapore. The quaint bumboat replicas cruise along the Singapore River, past the city’s financial district. Chinese lanterns and soft lighting on the open-air boats make for a pleasing ambience among the city’s hustle and bustle as you coast past Singapore’s attractions such as the Merlion, Clarke Quay, and Marina Barrage.
Boat rides vary in timing so pick one that suits you. Pickup and dropoff spots are conveniently located around the Singapore River and Marina Bay. Visit the Singapore River Cruise website for more information.
If the weather is poor, or you’re just looking for a different water cruise experience, hop across to Marina Bay Sands and board a sampan (flat-bottom wooden boat) for an indoor cruise along the Canal by The Shoppes.
If you prefer to get active, a brisk walk or jog through the city is just the thing. Make your way up the bay past the Marina Bay Financial Centre along the Singapore River and make your way to the Gardens by the Bay. The Gardens offer plenty of quiet spots to regroup and the Supertrees make for an extremely unique ambience.
There are plenty of ways to de-stress before, during and after your business trip. Depending on what appeals to you, there’s always an option to suit your requirements. And naturally, a good night’s sleep in a comfortable bed makes all the difference.