Photo credit: Marina Bay Sands
With world-class attractions and dining establishments, Singapore is consistently ranked as one of the most expensive cities in the world. However, enjoying luxurious experiences in Singapore does not necessarily have to burn a hole in your pocket. Whether to celebrate special occasions like birthdays and proposals or just to treat yourself, there are surprisingly affordable, yet extravagant, activities you can indulge in.
Here’s how to get a taste of the high life in Singapore without costing you a bomb.
Be mesmerized by a stunning view of colourful fishes right from your bed
Ever dreamt of sleeping amongst the fish in a floating villa in the Maldives? You may be able to fulfill that dream closer to home in one of the 11 exclusive underwater Ocean Suites at the Resorts World Sentosa.
Get up close and personal with fish, sharks and manta rays from the comfort of your bedroom. Photo credit: Resorts World Sentosa, Ocean Suites
A stunning floor-to-ceiling window separates the Ocean Suite from the 40,000 marine animals in the S.E.A. Aquarium. Drift to sleep beneath this spectacular view or take a soak in the sunken jacuzzi tub right next to the window as hammerhead sharks and giant manta rays glide lazily past you. It might very well be one of the most unique experiences of your life!
Damage: S$3500 per night
Cruise around town in a supercar
Ever fantasised about driving a supercar? Now you can. Bring that dream to life with Ultimate Drive and go for a spin through downtown Singapore along the scenic Marina Bay.
Take your pick between a Ferrari or a Lamborghini at Ultimate Drive. Photo credit: Ultimate Drive
The basic 15-minute drive package follows parts of the F1 street circuit past iconic landmarks of the civic district. You can also customise your own route around the island for a drive of up to one hour. With a top speed of 300 km/h, this will be one of the best rides of your life (even though you are unlikely to reach a speed anywhere near the top speed on Singapore’s roads).
Damage: Starting from US$280 for a basic 15-minute drive package
Set sail on a luxurious private yacht
One of the best ways to admire Singapore’s coastline is by lounging on a private yacht, an ice-cold glass of beer in your hand and the fresh ocean breeze in your face. Throw an epic boat party or explore secluded islands in Singapore waters with your friends with yacht rental company Marine Bookings.
For a special island getaway like no other, you can even sail to Malaysia, Indonesia or Phuket for the weekend. When the sun gets too much, continue the reverie in the air-conditioned, beautifully furnished lower decks of these luxury yachts while grooving to the hippest party beats.
Damage: From S$1200 for 18 guests, 5 hours’ sail with 2 crew members on board
Savour culinary masterpieces at Waku Ghin
Overlooking the magnificent Marina Bay, 2-Michelin star modern Japanese restaurant Waku Ghin is one of the top-ranked dining experiences in Singapore.
Feel a million bucks in the grand interior of Waku Ghin, helmed by celebrity chef Tetsuya Wakuda. Photo credit: Marina Bay Sands
Their signature 10-course degustation menu brings an explosion of delightful flavours to the palette, comprising dishes such as marinated botan shrimp with sea urchin and caviar, and braised Canadian lobster with couscous and tajine spice. The service is impeccable, and the presentation of every dish is flawless. It may even seem too beautiful to eat!
Waku Ghin’s dishes are not only delectable to eat, but also a feast for the eyes. Photo credit: Marina Bay Sands
Although S$450 per person is admittedly a substantial price to pay, it is worth it for a mind-blowing, once-in-a-lifetime culinary experience.
Damage: S$450++ per pax
Dress to impress in the latest designer styles
Instead of splurging on designer clothes you might wear only once or twice, why not rent them?
Be spoilt for choice with Covetella’s curated collection of elegant dresses. Photo credit: Covetella
Take your selection from a curated collection of chic outfits from designer clothes rental companies like Style Theory and Covetella. Rent outfits for all occasions, as well as matching accessories like bracelets and clutches to complete the look. Men can also rent beautifully tailored suits and tuxedos from studios like La Belle Couture.
Find a gem for any event at Style Theory. Photo credit: Style Theory Singapore
Now you can have a rotating wardrobe of the latest runway fashion at a fraction of the retail price. This could be your chance to experiment with styles and looks that you may never have dared to try! Every item is dry-cleaned and pressed before and after your rental.
Damage: S$129 monthly subscription (Style Theory), from S$80 per outfit (Covetella), S$250 per suit or tuxedo (La Belle Couture)
Some special occasions are worth commemorating in style. You don’t need to break the bank for a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will make you feel like a million dollars. And the memories? The memories are priceless.