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The Singapore Experience

Singapore 2016

sunny 35 °C

Well what can I say, here we are back in Singapore our first visit since 2009 and wow what a change.

We normally opt to stay in Orchard Road area, however this time we decided to stay in the new marina Bay Area at the Pan Pacific then the Marina Bay Sands and what a brilliant decision that was.

Well before you arrive you look at the pictures on the web and think wow that looks good, take my word for it that has nothing on the real thing. We arrived at Changi airport mid afternoon on the 4 September and hailed a cab to the hotel. As we got closer the Marina Bay Sands loomed in the distance - what a fantastic design and the closer you get the more impressive it looks at the foot of the Marina Bay Area.

I will say more about the Marina Bay Sands in a few days after our stay on the 8 September.

Now back to the Pan Pacific another fantastic 5* hotel around marina bay on raffles boulevard. We arrived to a great welcome from the staff wishing us happy anniversaries and birthdays (as this holiday is a treat for special birthdays and anniversaries this year).

We are shown our rooms (which are fabulous with floor to ceiling windows with views of the city and the bathroom ain't half impressive too with rain shower, power shower and glass windows with view into the room (there are automated blinds for privacy) if u want it.

After dropping our bags we head to the Marina Bay Area and are taken aback at the sheer wow of it all - it's awesome. You can walk all around the outside past the art and science museum the city buildings (bankers paradise) and the Fullerton hotel and the merlion. There are boat trips around the bay and a fantastic laser show each night that comes from the marina bay sands hotel. We were spellbound - it's expensive but worth every penny. We had street food with the locals at the hawker centre which was absolutely delicious and good value for money. However if u drink alcohol anywhere it is expensive - a pint of cider or a small glass of wine is around £12 each.

Back to the Pan Pacific which I cannot speak more highly about. The second evening at the hotel we attended a reception with the management (got a personal invite) free flowing champagne and canapés (which were delicious) for a couple of hours - not half bad loved it and everyone was very friendly.

Well after several glasses of champagne we headed off to boat quay for a lovely Chinese meal and 2 rounds of free drinks then you guessed it - bed time.

Now to this evening (Tuesday 6 September) we decided to opt for the hotel buffet and what a great decision that was. I have never had such impressive food anywhere in the world on my travels. I would highly recommend the Pan Pacific buffet at Edge (every Tuesday evening). Firstly what can I say, wagyu beef (lots of ways) best quality ever, seafood galore, the best chicken, pork and lamb ever and then the impressive desert station - to die for and I do not normally do sweet things. I would like to congratulate the staff who both served on at the restaurant and each chef at each food station they were all excellent. If you do go definitely pay the extra 10 Singapore dollars for the free flowing red and white wine it is well worth it.

All in all tonight's buffet topped off a brilliant day which was spent at Sentosa Island this morning and by the pool this afternoon as its been a scorching day. We waited 7 years to come back to Singapore to do the luge again (as we only did one ride last time and as they say once is not enough) so true, this time we had 3 goes which was brilliant fun. We also did the cable cars too which were good with great views.

Well I am signing off now - more in a few days 😀

Posted by SCorbett 08:57 Archived in England

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