As hosts of Social Spotlight Australia, the ladies have walked the best red carpets in Australia including reporting from the Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival, Race Week, the Logies and at premier film events. Having shopped Singapore, for research purposes, they are ready to take you there! Singapore Sling?
There is a saying in Singapore that this is the place where passion and possibilities meet! So, bring your passion for shopping (and being a little pampered) and join us on this fun adventure. The men are welcome too! Here, fashionistas, foodies, and socialisers meet to create new experiences every day. We have put together an itinerary incorporating all spectrums of shopping from the markets to high end, along with a sprinkle of sightseeing, pampering and a Singapore Sling at Raffles, of course. Plus there’s an optional golf day for partners. Come with us! There’s limited places so be quick.
JENNIFER VINES (pictured left) has worked in events for more than 20 years assisting with organising gala openings and lavish ritzy celebrity events in both Australia and Hollywood for media, luxury cruiselines, airlines and luxury brands. Working and travelling in over 70 countries, Jennifer has also worked as a personal shopper in the Caribbean andand Mexico… she knows how to shop.
MICHAELA BOURKE (pictured right) is no stranger to working to an itinerary! She has extensive experience in management, advertising, marketing and as an events producer. A seasoned customer service expert, Michaela knows how to make things happen, whether it is meeting Oprah (yes she did!) or reporting at red carpet or charity events, Michaela is your go-to-gal.
Costs & dates
|TRIP DURATION||5 days, 4 nights from Brisbane (ask us about flying out of your nearest location)|
|COST^ & DATES||
- Two English-speaking tour leaders from Australia;
- Economy return flight from Brisbane with Singapore Airlines (ask us to quote you if you are in a different city);
- 4-nights twin-share accommodation at the Park Regis Singapore or similar;
- Private transfer to and from airport in Singapore, rail pass in Singapore, cable fare;
- 4 breakfasts, 1 welcome dinner at Clarke Quay, 1 cocktail (Singapore Sling at Raffles);
- Pamper session as specified in itinerary with afternoon tea and a glass of bubbly.
- Travel insurance;
- Spending money and personal expenses;
- Meals not listed, and drinks with meal.
*^T&Cs apply. May sell out. Though we are not expecting any price increases from our suppliers, airline prices and/or taxes could increase. These increases will be added to our quoted holiday costs. *
|Day 1||Arrive SINGAPORE. Transfer to your hotel. This evening we’ll enjoy cocktail hour and
a welcome dinner at Peony Jade restaurant, Clarke Quay.
|Day 2||We start with a brekky tour of Chinatown, then for some serious shopping at the Bugis Street Market. Dinner at leisure.||B|
|Day 3||Let’s go to Orchid Road – one of the main shopping areas in the country with so many malls (so little time!) Tonight it’s a Singapore Sling at Raffles.||B, C|
|Day 4||Let’s take a brief break from shopping to visit the island resort, Sentosa, nicknamed the ‘State of Fun’. Here, we’ll enjoy a pamper session and a visit to the amazing S.E.A. aquarium. There’s a golf package (optional at Sentosa Golf Club) if you prefer or your partner is keen.||B|
|Day 5||After breakfast, we’re off to the amazing Marina Bay Sands luxury mall, casino and canal. Afternoon at leisure. Evening flight home.||B|
|Meals included as indicated: B – Breakfast, D – Dinner, C – Cocktail|
Itinerary in full
Day 1 – WE’RE HERE!
We’re here! Welcome to Singapore. We arrive at 3.30pm (almost cocktail hour), check in and then let’s get out there. We’re off to Clarke Quay. Lying near the mouth of the Singapore River, Clarke Quay (pictured) was the centre of commerce during the late 19th century, but now it is one of the places to be seen; buzzing with life and activity. The waterfront plays host to a colourful kaleidoscope of restaurants, wine bars and entertainment spots.
We’ll head there for drinks at the bar/s of our choosing (optional) and dinner at Peony Jade restaurant. This restaurant specialises in traditional Szechuan and Cantonese cuisines and it has spectacular views of the Singapore River. It is made out of a refurbished “Godown” – a dockside warehouse along the Singapore River and is now very chic. It might be a late night! (D)
Day 2: BREAKFAST FOOD TOUR AND SHOPPING!
What a great way to start the day, with a Chinatown Breakfast Food Tour (lucky we’ll be shopping that off later!) Our mission: to leave no stone, rice cake, or poh piah unturned and to enjoy the first-hand tour with a local guide! We’ll try the diverse flavors and cuisines of Chinatown and dip into a selection of its 260 food stalls to sample some of the typical breakfast goodies enjoyed by Singaporeans every morning. Prepare to try everything from sweet rice cakes to Singaporean-style coffee. Mm! The tour doesn’t start until 8.30am, so we have plenty of time for a sleep in, or to hit the gym, or to dress to shop!
At 11am the Bugis Street Markets open and we’ll be there. At these markets, there is everything from high end labels to bargains! We can shop until we drop, or pep up with coffee of course, while we compare bargains and purchasers. It’s a hub of shopping and trendy cafés, so we’ll be right at home.
There’s a bit of history about this area… from the 1950s to the 1980s it had an interesting reputation as the place to go to see Singapore’s beautiful trans women. Consequently it was a hot tourist destination. But in mid-1980s, it got revamped and tranformed like Cinderella into a complex of modern shopping malls, restaurants and nightspots, and is known as the largest street shopping precinct in Singapore. We’ll do our best to do it justice!
Tonight – Dinner at leisure (we may not be able to move but I’m sure we can sip a wine or two…) (B)
Day 3: SHOP ORCHARD ROAD
Brace yourself, we are going to glam up and shop Orchard Road, (after breakfast that is… we need our strength). Just so you can get into training, Orchard Road is the main shopping area of the country with multiple malls and we mean multiple. It is a 2.2 kilometre-long boulevard shopping
precinct and entertainment hub! What to buy here? What can’t you buy here… clothes, shoes, bags and accessories from the BEST global brands. Allegedly, there’s duty free brands to savour including Louis Vuitton, Prada, Gucci, Hermès, Loewe and Bvlgari.
Did you know, that Orchard Road got its name from the plantations that the road once led to – fruit orchards, nutmeg, and more? I know, we’re a wealth of knowledge… thank goodness for Google. There’s so many shopping centres and retail outlets we can’t even begin to list them, so here’s some photos to excite you (spot the Prada and Vuitton logos…mm!)
Cocktail hour: Singapore Sling at Raffles
Included in our trip (on Day 3) is a complimentary Singapore Sling at Raffles, of course. And boy, have we earned this long, tall, gin-based cocktail after today’s shopping effort.
Here’s a shot of us trying one early, just for research purposes of course.
It’s dinner at leisure, so you can opt out or we can wander around and find somewhere buzzing to eat, and maybe have another drink! (B + COCKTAIL)
Day 4 – SENTOSA ISLAND: PAMPER AND SIGHTSEEING
We’re having the day off shopping to pamper ourselves and see a bit of this amazing location including the aquarium via an exciting cable ride. We’ve got a choice of pamper treatments with afternoon tea and bubbly included… so exciting! But we’ve earned it.
So after breakfast, we head to Sentosa Island via cable car (pictured)! Sentosa is an island resort off Singapore’s southern coast, and it is connected by road, cable car, pedestrian, boardwalk and monorail. We’re going to take the cable car (if you can’t cope with heights, let us know and we’ll put you on the monorail). It’s Singapore’s premier island resort getaway (just 15 minutes from the CBD) and it is not called the ‘State of Fun’ for nothing! Be blown away by the panoramic views on our journey.
When we arrive, we’ll visit the S.E.A. Aquarium, home to more than 100,000 marine animals of over 1,000 species, across 50 different habitats, each one as fascinating as the next (okay, we got that from their website). It’s an experience you won’t forget especially when we’re surrounded by water viewing areas and walking through clear underwater tunnels! Best not to see Jaws or Sharknado before we go.
After we have explored the amazing S.E.A. Aquarium, it’s time to be a little spoilt. Included in our package is an afternoon at the ESPA SENTOSA (Sentosa is known for all the fun things… did we mention that?) You can choose one of three treatments (subject to availability)... maybe a neck or a foot massage? Then we’ll enjoy afternoon tea with a glass of bubbly. That should prepare us for our final morning of shopping tomorrow! After our pampering, we’re back on the cable car and back to our hotel for a night/dinner at leisure. (B)
PREFER TO PLAY 18-HOLES AT SENTOSA GOLF CLUB OR HIT THE DRIVING RANGE? (optional)
If you would like to hit the greens instead of a pamper, the Sentosa Golf Club is calling your name. Designed by world-renowned golf course designer, Ronald Fream, the course measures 6493 meters from the championship tee. A challenging par-72, it is one of the top five championship courses in Asia, not to mention the impressive Singapore harbour backdrop. (Approx. $499 for 18-holes, buggy fee and club hire. Ask us for a quote).
Day 5 – OUR FINAL SHOP! MARINA BAY SANDS AND AFTERNOON AT LEISURE
It’s our last shopping day, and naturally we’re going to do it in style! After breakfast we head to the Marina Bay Sands… wait for it, this is something else!
This gorgeous complex is more than just a three-towered hotel, it has everything including: theatres; a museum; a light and water show that is the largest in Southeast Asia; an inifinity pool – the world’s longest with its 146-metre vanishing edge; celebrity chef restaurants such as Sky on 57 (by Justin Quek), Spago (by Wolfgang Puck); nightclubs; gardens with hundreds of plants, and a public observatory deck on the cantilever with 360-degree views of the Singapore skyline. Plus, there’s a Casino Block with up to 1,000 gaming tables and 1,400 slot machines.
But let’s talk shops… there is more than 300 stores and F&B outlets, featuring boutiques such as Cartier, Prada, Ralph Lauren, Chanel, Gucci, Hermès, Emporio Armani, Dior, Dunhill, Vera Wang Bride, a Hermès watch boutique, and Herve Leger – let’s face it, we’ll be right at home! A canal runs through the length of the shops and we can go for a ride if inclined or exhausted (optional).
The day is optional – stay at Marina Bay Sands, or visit the casino, shop, dine, or see other tourist attractions in Singapore… whatever your heart desires on your last day in Singapore. (B)
EVENING: This evening, with our full suitcases, we fly out at 9.30pm and arrive home at 7.05am the next morning. We suspect there will be a bubbly or two at the airport, and a teary farewell as we reminisce about our grand adventure. Next, maybe Dubai?
“We would love your company, so grab some girlfriends, boyfriends, a husband, wife, your mum, or come by yourself, and join us for this party away!”