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MY TOP PICKS: BEST BARS IN SINGAPORE

April 23, 2016

Enjoying a cocktail or two and getting all dressed up is one of my favorite things to do and I made it my mission to find out where in Singapore were the most amazing places to go. With just one night to fully enjoy the bar scene I managed to experience three of the best bars in the city. Each one had their own unique style and atmosphere with something different to offer.

Manhattan

This New-York style bar located within the Four Season’s Regent Singapore truly left me speechless. The bar currently holds position number 5 on Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2016 list and position 35 on the World’s 50 Best Bars 2015 list, and I can now see why.

The bar boasts a glamorous interior that is dimly lit making for a rather romantic and seductive atmosphere which is perfect for sipping on their world-class cocktails. The bar also has two very interesting features – an ingredients room and a rickhouse, the first ever in-hotel rickhouse might I add, and without getting too technical a rickhouse is a storage room of wooden barrels that are filled with spirits that are left over time to age and blend.

Me and my boyfriend were treated to several cocktails and bar snacks which were just incredible – go for a Spectrum Punch or a Mad Dog cocktail, you won’t be disappointed! The chef, Nicholas, personally delivered the food and just listening to him describe it was an experience in itself. The presentation and attention to detail of this bar is spectacular – they stamp their ice with their logo… I mean, I never even knew that was possible? I loved this bar and you have to go. It is a must!

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Southbridge

Another favourite venue of mine for evening drinks during my trip to Singapore was Southbridge. This intimate rooftop bar is located in the lively Boat Quay area overlooking the Singapore River and offers 360 views of the city’s unforgettable skyline. The bar prides itself on its oysters, which if you have never tried them then here is the perfect place to do so. They make for a good picture opportunity, served on a long platter resting on top of little stones and pebbles.

The cocktails are delicious, crafted by experienced bar staff and the best part is the drinks don’t cost the earth like most of the bars you may go to in this bustling metropolis. Another thing I loved it here at Southbridge was the atmosphere – laid-back and lively all at the same time which is the best combination. When we arrived at around 9pm the bar was thriving with a great crowd of people, mostly young professionals getting ready for a night out, and the buzz of the place was electric.

I would highly recommend that you plan a visit to Southbridge when you are in Singapore, it will not disappoint you that is for sure. It closes at midnight however, so get there early and watch the sunset!

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Flight at Sky On 57

This super sleek rooftop bar has the best view in Singapore hands down. Located right on top of the Marina Bay Sands hotel, on level 57, you will feel on top of the world taking in the glittering city below. The staff are really on top of their game here and feel like no matter what you order it will be delivered beyond your expectations.

Flight is a watering hole for those who want to feel like a VIP offering bottle service with a twist! So instead of your standard mixers like lemonade, coca cola, or orange they have a variety of exotic concoctions to compliment your choice of spirit and suggestions can be found on the menu to make sure you pick the best one.

What’s more, if you don’t finish your bottle that night they will save it for you for the next time you come or if you want to let your friends or family come and use it then that’s also an option too. The bar’s cocktail menu was extensive but will undergo a revamp pretty soon making it even better, the manager explained that the bar will focus more on executing traditional cocktail recipes in a way that enhances each element of the drink, stripping them back and adding in a modern flair.

Overall this was another venue you have to visit. The service is great and the cocktails are just beautiful (I recommend Flight’s version of the Singapore Sling) and finally you will never want to leave because of that view.

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Hotels, Reviews, Singapore, Travel

MY WEEKEND STAY AT HOTEL YAN: SINGAPORE

April 20, 2016

Spending the weekend in one of my absolute favourite destinations in the world – Singapore – whilst making my way back over to Bali for the last leg of my year-long Southeast Asia adventure has been one of the highlights of my trip. My time was spent wining and dining at roof top bars, shopping on the gorgeous Orchard Road, taking panoramic pictures of the city’s skyline and relaxing after a long day (or should I say, long night) in what felt like a home away from home.

Hotel YAN was everything I needed and more. Here is my review of the hotel:

The Hotel Concept

The director was kind enough to give me a run-down of the hotel’s concept. The word YAN is translated from the Chinese language and means Swallow, the bird. The exterior design of the hotel mimics that of a birds nest and you will see all around the premises the hotel’s logo which is the feather. The decor can be described as industrial-chic, reminiscent of the steel industry that used to dominate the area in which the hotel is located called, Kampong Glam.

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Location & Getting About

After landing at Changi airport me and my boyfriend managed to catch a shuttle bus to the hotel which was a really convenient and cheap alternative to jumping in a taxi. We paid 9 SGD each and reached our hotel within around 30 minutes (after dropping off two passengers before us). The hotel is located in the “hipster” area of Kampong Glam which is a 15 minute drive into the city centre or if you prefer public transport you will find, just around the corner, Lavender MRT station which connects you to Singapore’s version of the subway.  The area itself has a variety of boutique cafes, restaurants and a shopping centre. It is alive with culture being home to Singapore’s old Malay royalty and neighbour to Little India.

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First Impressions 

As soon as we stepped out of the taxi two of the hotel’s friendly porters were there to take our luggage which met us at our room. When we walked into the reception area the decor captivated me and I also have to mention that it smelled so good! In fact each floor of the hotel has its own unique smell selected personally by the director.  Check-in was speedy and the receptionist was very attentive – anticipating my needs before I even needed to ask for anything.

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Deluxe King Bedroom

The room was cozy and featured a king sized bed with bright white bed sheets. To contrast, the room also boasted dark wood furniture and an interesting wall piece that could be used to store your small belongings on and also hang up your clothes. Just behind the bed was a long desk where you found the kettle along with tea and coffee, and the mini bar which was in fact free – another small thoughtful gesture.

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20160417_160924The bathroom was connected to the room, interestingly, by floor to ceiling glass panels which were fully exposed to the bedroom. However, you could cover the bathroom unit over with a curtain if you wanted more privacy. All toiletries such as shampoo, body lotion and hand soap were all organic.

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Everything in the room is branded with the feather logo and this attention to detail was very impressive, even the towel labels embodied this small logo. Overall, the room is fully equipped to tend to all of your needs – free bottled water, fast wifi, international TV and comfy slippers.

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Final Thoughts

Overall, Hotel YAN was perfect for a weekend away in the cosmopolitan city of Singapore.

20160416_181312The hotel, being only 4 and half months old, was already accommodating plenty of guests and the success of this boutique establishment, in my opinion, will only continue to grow over time. The director informed me that the restaurant called Nido (which translates to “Nest” to follow the hotel’s theme) would be open in just a few weeks and would offer the only service that was truly missing on my stay – food and beverage.

I would definitely recommend this hotel to my friends and family and would without a doubt return on my next visit. It is a hidden gem within a city that has so much to offer.

For more information: www.Hotel-Yan.com