ZINVO’s Favourite Destinations heads to the financial hub of Southeast Asia this edition with a look at Singapore. To explore this small yet powerful island nation, we’ve got our collection of ZINVO Blade watches in tow

 

Located in Southeast Asia on the tip of peninsular Malaysia, Singapore is the world’s only island city-state.

Consisting of a main island along with 62 additional islets, this country — commonly called the Lion City — has a total area of just 719 kilometres-squared, yet it is considered a global commercial, financial, and transportation hub.

 

Boasting such titles as the world’s most “technology-ready” nation and the city with the “best investment potential,” Singapore is the second-most competitive country on the planet with the third-largest foreign exchange market, the third-largest financial centre, the third-largest oil refining and trading centre, and the second-busiest container port globally. On top of all of this, this tiny state is home to an amazingly diverse culture, breath-taking natural beauty, one of the world’s best cuisines, and an entirely multicultural population.

 

And if that’s not enough to convince you that this is a must-visit destination, take it from Eduardo Saverin; Facebook’s multi-billionaire co-founder handed in his American citizenship and moved to Singapore in 2009.

 

DOWNTOWN

 

Getting around Singapore is rapid and hassle-free thanks to its MRT — or mass rapid transit — railway system, which covers the entire country. Used by the majority of the population, it is also ideal for visitors as it links to all of the island’s unmissable sites.

 

Well-known for its unbeatable cuisine, one cannot pass by Singapore without stopping to eat at the famed local haunt: the Newton Food Court. Serving up an array of mouth-watering Singaporean fare, the centre’s vibrant colours, scents, and sights invite all foodies to come in and experience the whopping 83 food stands on offer.

 

Once you’ve satisfied your hunger — for the time being at least — the next obligatory visit would be the 156-year-old Singapore Botanic Gardens. Considered a World Heritage Site, these gardens were integral in transforming the island into a tropical “Garden City” and, today, house the planet’s largest orchid exhibition. Costing only 5 Singaporean dollars (just over 3 euros) to visit, this is guaranteed to be the lowest-cost method of taking in a piece of paradise. If you’re an animal lover, however, then a trip to the Singapore Zoo is also a must. Considered one of the world’s best zoos, animals are displayed in open, naturalistic exhibits, while many flock to this site to see first-hand the largest captive colony of orang-utans worldwide.

 

MARINA BAY SANDS SKYPARK

 

Opened in 2010, the integrated resort of Marina Bay Sands holds — at 2,561 rooms — Singapore’s largest hotel and — with 500 tables and 1,600 slot machines — the world’s largest atrium casino. Also including the exclusive The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands mall, two large theatres, the ArtScience Museum, top-tier “celebrity chef” restaurants, two floating Crystal Pavilions, and an ice-skating rink, this is the luxury addicts dream place. Designed by renowned architect Moshe Safdie, its iconic structure can be seen here in the background of our limited edition ZINVO Rose Gold Blade.

 

Crowning the Marina Bay Sands is the astonishing 340-metre-long Skypark that includes a stunning 150-metre infinity pool, which — at 191 metres above ground — is the world’s longest elevated swimming pool. You’ve likely seen this incredible site in many selfies across social media, as it has, unsurprisingly, become a favourite spot for snapping jealousy-inducing pics. In fact, the Marina Bay Sands witnesses 40 million visitors each year!

 

 

 

Unquestionably a bucket-list destination, Singapore has something to offer every type of traveller. If you’re contemplating an Asia-based trip sometime soon, you cannot go wrong with planning a visit to this unparalleled place, whether for a weekend getaway or a longer sojourn.