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ONE-DAY ITINERARY: MARINA BAY SANDS WITH THE FOLKS

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 8 Mar 2019  


Whether your parents or in-laws are visiting Singapore – or you’ve been tasked to plan a trip here for the family – this itinerary is all you need for a day around the Marina Bay area.  
 

9am – 12pm: Breakfast and a little TLC 

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Photo: Toast Box 

Start your day in Toast Box or Rasapura Masters food court with the quintessential Singapore breakfast: sturdy Nanyang-style coffee (this guide to local Singaporean drinks will put you in good stead, kaya (coconut jam) and butter toast, and soft-boiled eggs flecked with pepper and a dash of soy sauce. Then whisk the folks off to their next respective stops. 
 
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Clock in some TLC at Buff’d Nail Spa or Salon 360° – or, for dad, an adrenalin-inducing ride on the official F1 circuit over at Ultimate Drive, whose options include the Ferrari F430 F1 Spider, Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder and McLaren MP4-12C. Alternatively, seek solace in Banyan Tree Spa – located 57 floors up in the heart of Marina Bay Sands – for a couple spa treatment to soothe the mind and body.  
 

12pm – 2pm: Lunch with a view

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After a luxuriously lazy morning, tuck into lunch over views of the Singapore Strait and Infinity Pool – the world’s largest! – at Spago Dining Room by Wolfgang Puck. Choose from the a la carte menu, or try the three-course Express Prix Fixe Menu (S$48++); options for mains include Steamed Japanese Sea Bream, and the Grilled Angus Beef Burger. Fun fact: the American-Austrian chef and restauranteur behind Spago also holds a 2018 Michelin star for CUT, located in The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands – where yet more lunchtime options await.

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Both Yardbird Southern Table & Bar and Bread Street Kitchen by Gordon Ramsay front the waterfront promenade, while Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer attracts long queues for its CrazyShakes and stacked burgers. Or retreat for a spot of dim sum at one of these restaurants around the integrated resort.

2pm – 6pm: Afternoon jaunts

Future World


It’s now time for a proper exploration of the Marina Bay area. Even if your parents or in-laws aren’t into art, Future World or Minimalism at ArtScience Museum make perfect photo opportunities. The former, a collaboration with well-loved Japanese collective teamLab, promises interactive fun for all; think digital flowers and waterfalls that part with the touch of a hand, and a seemingly infinite Crystal Universe illuminated with thousands of lights.

When you’re done, take your time wandering the scores of mid- to high-end stores set within The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands – dad might appreciate the luxury watch shops and, if he’s an audiophile, Devialet’s futuristic speakers.

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Minutes from Marina Bay Sands by foot is Gardens by the Bay, a 101-hectare expanse set with two domed conservatories and Supertrees. Look this way for our complete guide to the attraction, including hidden art installations and when to catch the free nightly Garden Rhapsody show. The Gardens can be explored leisurely in three to four hours.

6pm – late: feast, then catch a musical 

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You’d likely be famished from all that walking, but don’t stop at a meal: book a Show & Dine Package online beforehand, which includes dinner at Adrift, CUTor Daniel Boulud’s db Bistro & Oyster Bar – followed by a Broadway or West End musical from 8pm. Upcoming shows include The Phantom of the Opera and Aladdin.

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If you’d rather take in the rest of the Marina Bay area, make for the Event Plaza to catch Spectra, a free nightly light-and-water show set against the city skyline. For an alternative vantage point, stroll past Red Dot Design Museum and down toward the stretch fronting Fullerton Bay Hotel. The Merlion Park is located here, along with other attractions like Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay. You’ll also be able to grab some picture-perfect shots of Marina Bay Sands.

After all that fun, retreat to your room or suite in Marina Bay Sands – there are scores of options, from Luxe Suites with exclusive views of the Gardens or harbour, to spacious Family Rooms on the lower floors. Certain room tiers include breakfast at RISE or David Myer’s Adrift, too. The options are endless, but be sure to read up on these travel tips in the lead-up to your trip to Singapore.
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