Lindy Klim's Guide to a Fashionable Weekend in Singapore
For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of visiting the island city-state of Singapore, add it to your bucket list—stat. And for those of you who have only experienced the inside of the airport—next time, don’t just stopover, stay. As one of the most exhilarating, bustling cities in the world and just an easy eight hour flight away, Singapore is ready and waiting to be explored.
Balinese princess, former model and fashion entrepreneur Lindy Klim has just returned from the Southeast Asia hotspot with her family and is already planning her next visit. In the meantime, the mother-of-three has shared with us her must-visit locations as proof as to why you should definitely stay. Have kids? Even more reason to stop in.
“Singapore is an amazing playground for the whole family to enjoy—this is one country that has it all—for kids and for adults,” says Klim. “The diverse cultures can be experienced and savoured in the food and markets and it’s such a delightful way to open up the children’s eyes and perspective to the rest of the world, while feeling safe the whole time.” Read on to find out why Singapore is one of the world's most impressive destinations.
Bread Street Kitchen by Gordon Ramsay
Good food has always been a love of mine, and dining well in a restaurant that’s buzzing with excitement is always a treat. This celebrity chef's restaurant certainly is worth the visit, but don’t stop there, go to all the different markets and restaurants in the food courts at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands and find yourself eating food from all over the world.
Bay Level, L1-81, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands.
Relax with some cold drinks and delicious food poolside while listening to good music at Tanjong Beach Club. We enjoyed oysters and salami sausage pasta. Unwind on the deck and if you have children, they’ll stay entertained by swimming in the pool. This was the perfect way for us to spend our afternoon and before we left we went for a paddle and a swim on the beach.
20 Tanjong Beach Walk, Sentosa.
Marina Bay Sands has as one of the most mesmerising pools in the world with an amazing view at 57 levels high. If you are staying there, you can enjoy a drink by the pool, or if you are visiting, a drink on the rooftop is still worth doing to soak up that incredible view.
10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore.
We particularly enjoyed the neighbourhood of Tiong Bahru. Explore the epitome of old-meets-new Singapore and discover the small picturesque streets, artisan bakeries and coffee shops. Some of my favourite homeware shops can be found here. The area is truly a treasure and grown-ups will enjoy the history and charm of old time Singapore. There are some great photo opportunities around every corner too.
The cultural neighbourhoods
Having been dazzled by the new, it is always interesting to experience the contrast of the old. This is especially true in a place like Singapore where you can see the history from all the different people who have moved there from foreign ports. You can see the influence of Chinese, Malay, English and European everywhere you go. From the pockets of Chinatown and Little India through to the homewares and antique shops, the diversity is so rich.
The kids loved the ‘Garden Rhapsody’ at Gardens by the Bay. Lay down and let the lights and music carry you away. My son loved this the most out of the whole trip. Go and see why.
I loved the gardens themselves. The waterfall in Cloud Forest was a spectacular sight but the sound of falling water was what I remember most. It’s super relaxing, so time it at the end of a few days of activities.
18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953.
The rides, the characters, the attractions—it was a great action packed day out at Universal Studios Singapore. The kids charged around excitedly deciding where to go next. All the kids loved the Madagascar attraction the most. Whatever the age group, you can find a good time. Get ready for a long day and wear some comfy shoes. In fact, the hardest part was home time!
8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269.
Singapore Zoo was my favourite place to visit. The orangutans at Jungle Breakfast were hilarious and the kids were thrilled to be sitting so close to them. It was a great opportunity for “compulsory” selfies, too. Tip: Try and get a seat for breakfast right next to the barrier so you can watch them eat while they watch you eat—hilarious! Jungle Breakfast will be a memory for all of us forever.
80 Mandai Lake Rd, Singapore 729826.
Skyline Luge Sentosa
Why walk when you can float above the treetops at Skyline Luge Sentosa. Wow what a view! The luge part was fast and furious, the whole family had a bit of a race. I lost!
Rocco, my son, is a little scared of heights but he still felt safe on the chairlift, which took us back up the hill afterwards. I love holiday activities that don't leave the kids exhausted and this one was a winner.
45 Siloso Beach Walk, Sentosa.
At first the kids were reluctant to go to the ArtScience Museum—“museums are boring!” Well I can tell you that it was an unexpected hit and they all loved it.
The Future World exhibition was incredible and it was wonderful to see the kids getting fully involved. At one point they all made drawings, which were scanned and then came to life as animations on the floor and walls of the museum. Without a doubt, everyone’s favourite part of the ArtScience Museum was the room of diamonds titled Crystal Universe. It was hypnotic and oh-so-moving.
6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018974.
Bumboat ride around Marina Bay
To see the city via a bumboat ride around Marina Bay is stunning and so peaceful. I loved seeing the kids dreamily watching the city lights as we cruised slowly down Singapore River. If you time it right, you can see the Marina Bay Sands light show from your bumboat. It’s a low-key activity that is also low-cost and low maintenance and all the kids found it highly entertaining whilst keeping their energy levels intact for the next activity!
Singapore has pretty much the best shopping of anywhere I have ever been. You won’t be alone if you love to shop. The shopping centres are thriving with people and are all the centres are perfectly air conditioned. Each shopping centre seems to cater for a different wallet and Orchard Road has just about everything you could ever want.
Hidden away on Sentosa Island is this special resort, Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort and Spa. The newly refurbished family-friendly Sofitel certainly doesn't skimp on the luxury. Don't miss the complimentary fish spa and keep your eyes open for the peacocks, which add a touch of magic to this beautiful resort. We treated ourselves to the hotel’s own spa and we loved its waterfall, mud pool, and range of incredible massages. Plus, the children were entertained with cooking classes and a great playroom.
2 Bukit Manis Road, Sentosa.
For more Singapore travel inspiration, shop Lonely Planet's Singapore Travel Guide ($16).