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MALAYSIA-SINGAPORE

Singapore is a country located in an island in the south of Malaysia. We decided to book the flight from Barcelona entering by Singapore and leaving by Kuala Lumpur to take advantage of visiting a new country (quickly only). Singapore is the cleanest city we have ever seen, it’s wonderful and very modern, with an incredible extreme mixture of races and people and in the few hours that we spent there was very pleasant.
The prices of Singapore are cheaper than in Barcelona but not much cheaper. It is a very modern city that conserves some colonial houses and nice districts like China Town and Little India
How to arrive
We bought the ticket in the travel agency Viatges Iberia in Mataró: 0034 93-755 25 80, [email protected], we paid 1.034€.

The flight Barcelona Frankfurt with Lufthansa takes 1 hour and 40 minutes. In Frankfurt we have had just the time to change and take the flight Frankfurt - Singapore that takes 11 hours and half.
In the international airport of Singapore we took a taxi that costed 16$ till hotel 81 Palace.

Eat & Sleep
Hotel 81 It is a hotel chain with many hotels and we choose one of the cheapest with a metro station 5 minutes walk, which leads us to the center of the city.
We paid 49€ for a double room without breakfast. It is a simple hotel and probably not the best choice of the chain

Update May 2012

The Saff Design hotel with small rooms and located in China Town. Highly recommended for lovers of design that don't want to pay the exorbitant prices of Singapore. Prices around 100€
 
Scarlett Boutique hotel with the rooms totally different decorated. Located in the heart of China Town. Highly recommended for design lovers
 
1929 Another boutique hotel also located in China Town. Highly recommended for lovers of design that don't want to pay the exorbitant prices of Singapore. Prices around 100€.
 
New Majestic Among my favorite hotels in Singapore is the New Majestic, for its original design and its excellent Cantonese restaurant. Everything in a very cool wave or vintage style. From 125€ onwards.
 
Fullerton Elegantísimo hotel en la bahía de Singapur. Ubicado en un edificio de corte clásico, donde anteriormente estaba situada la oficina de correos de Singapur, es ahora un clásico totalmente renovado y lugar de encuentro para los locales. Su terraza de Lighthouse es otro must en Singapur. Muy famoso su brunch dominical. A partir de 300€.
My pics link here
 
Fullerton Bay Luxury hotel design open since 2010. I loved it. Its swimming pool and terrace Lantern is a must see in Singapore. Prices from 400€ onwards
 
Ritz Carlton Probably my favorite in Singapore due to its location, decoration of the rooms modern but account, vintage inspirations with 608 rooms, Club Lounge to help in everything. Art scattered throughout the hotel. Swimming pool surrounded by vegetation. I love this hotel and in addition has Nutella breakfast if requested in advance. Prices from € 300 onwards

Mandarin Oriental Another excellent hotel of Mandarin Oriental that offers 527 rooms with an oriental inspiration. Its magnificent pool to swim with the best views of the Bay of Singapore. At 7 am yoga is offered for all guests. Its awesome and recently refurnished spa, is as in all Mandarin is unique and exclusive. Spectacular breakfast (Nutella included) and an exclusive lounge club. Don't miss the gastronomic experience with the Cantonese Restaurant Cherry Garden, my pics link here
Prices from 300€ onwards
My pics link here
Marina Bay Sands Opened in February 2010, it is the largest Singapore hotel 2.571 rooms, beautiful and with what is probably the largest infinity pool I've ever seen. A must go for a drink. What I did not like at all were the services. The level of services offered it's not what I expect from a luxury hotel. Rooms from € 250 onwards. It has a huge casino, shopping centre, theatres, Convention Center and exclusive restaurants

Capella Sentosa This hotel opened in 2009 is located at the Sentosa Island, 15 minutes away from the centre of Singapore. It is a resort with different infinite pools, gardens, in a colonial building of 1.890 which includes a Convention Center and a modern building with 112 rooms where the smallest one measures 77 m 2. Spectacular. The Auriga spa is the centre of relax and luxury. I enjoyed a wonderful massage and a great afternoon tea. Rooms from € 300 onwards

Fort Canning only 5 minutes away from Orchard Road, was inaugurated in December 2010. Located in fort Canning Park, one of Singapore's landmark, once used as a base for the British Far East Command during World War II, totally restored. It has 86 modern rooms with reat views to the gardens. Two big pools and no spa. Gattopardo the well known Italian restaurant offers in the evenings free cocktails for guests at the Tisettanta.

It seems a getaway in Singapore thanks to the National Park that surrounds it. The building was formerly the base of the British during the second world war and later private Club The Legends. The completely restored building is very nice, has 86 rooms with views to the Park. The Gattopardo restaurant is Italian and among the most renowned of the city. Tradition and modernity. Almost perfect services. But spa with two swimming pools
My pics link here

Four Seasons in Orchard Road, opened in 1994, 20 story building and 255 completely refurbished rooms. Note that with its ipod central system, you can see your content on the TV. They have a floor for couples with many romantic details. I like this!
Two swimming pools, one for adults only and one for families. The spa has no views
My pics link here
Video of my room link here

Grand Hyatt located at and open around 40 years ago, this hotel is totally refurnished, inside you thinkn you're in a new hotel. Officially is a business hotel but some details in its decoration let you think you are in a resort, it has a lush garden with a waterfall. Rooms are wide and with a very nice contemporary design. A must is the Damai spa with beautiful stone bathtubs in the treatment rooms.

Mövenpick Heritage Hotel Sentosa is the latest of the luxury hotels arrived in Singapore. Located in Sentosa island, just few meters away from the metro station, offers three kind of rooms, the standards with lots of space and very nice, the onsen suites with 63m2 and an onsen in a private patio, and the  heritage rooms which have at least 40m2 and a butler to assist you 24hours. Don't miss the WOW, World of whiskey inspired in the famous Waldhaus am See St. Moritz where there is a weekely paring dinner. Prices from 150€
My pics linkar aquí

The Sultan a boutique hotel, with kind staff and lovely rooms. Wifi can be improved

Naumi one fo the newst design hotels in the heart of Singapore

Wanderlust great crazy design hotel in China Town

Restaurants:

 

We only had one evening and we did not even look for something special. We chose a shopping mall full of restaurants: Imperial Treasure La Mian Xiao Long Bao (Marina Square) (6 Raffles Boulevard #02-138, Marina Square Singapore 039594, Tel. 0065-6338 2212, Fax 0065-6339 26 22), nothing special.

Update May 2.012

Casual:
Ganga  Indian vegetarian in Little India
 
Banana Leaf Apolo  Indian (non vegetarian) in Little India
 
Soup Restaurant Chino Chinese food in a local Chinese chain
 
Shin Yeh Chinese taiwanese

French Restaurants:
The French Kitchen , Absynthe
Different Restaurants:
The wild rocket , Blu , André , Tippling Club
Italian Restaurants:
Oso , Otto , Garibaldi
Classical and historial Restaurants:
Les Amis , Au jardin , Iggy’s
Restaurants with great views:
Salt grill , Si Chuan Dou Hua
Chinese Restaurants:
My Humble House , Majestic , Chinois By Susur Lee , Hua Ting , The disgruntled chef ,
My humble house
Indian Restaurants
The song of IndiaWhat to see & doSingapore is a modern city, a city of businesses that we think it’s the cleanest one we have ever seen, even in the subway is strictly prohibited to eat, and they put fines if you eat or you smoke in the subway.

You must walk around China Town and Little India. And if you have time enough a funny thing is to visit the island of Sentosa that is a kind of amusement park where you must pay absolutely for everything except to go to the beach; things to do: to raise the Carlsberg tower (with nice views around), to swim with dolphins, to visit butterfly and insects farm, the underwater world.... There is an internal bus that goes around the island and costs 0,90$.
To arrive to Sentosa we took a cable car where price includes the entrance to the island and costs 11.90$ for a return ticket.

To move around Singapore we chose the subway although the taxi has a reasonable price. Curiously the metro ticket is a hard card that once is used you must give it back to the spending machines and they give you back 1$. The price of the subway depends on the distance but it’s around 2 and 2,5$ (it includes 1$ that later will be given back by the spending machine)

The Raffles hotel is a charming building that must be visited or if you can try to spend some nights at this wonderful colonial Raffles hotel. At the Raffles you can also enjoy the Sundays brunch for 65$ and it is possible to have dinner for 45$ with free buffet. It is a precious historical building with gardens and a general elegance that is worth to go although only to take a picture.

Tourist information of Singapore: http://www.yoursingapore.com/content/traveller/en/experience.html