Your holiday: Singapore
Known as Asia’s Garden City, it’s the perfect place for a family break
1 Parklife Singapore is the world’s greenest metropolis and, with the airline Norwegian now flying there from Gatwick, it’s even more accessible. Windsor Nature Park has a network of walking trails, including a 150m-long sub-canopy walkway. Spot turtles, lizards, dragonflies, pangolins, deer and snakes.
2 Take the family The kids’ll have just as much fun as you. Sentosa Island resort has great, child-friendly attractions, such as ifly (indoor skydiving), Universal Studios and the Skyline Luge.
3 Incredible architecture From the ‘starchitect’-designed Marina Bay Sands hotel and the ‘shophouses’ of Chinatown, to the grand National Gallery Singapore, its buildings are awe-inspiring.
Garden of dreams Gardens by the Bay park, with over 250,000 species of plants, is just a five-minute walk from the central business district. Highlights include the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest conservatories. Look out for the huge Venus flytrap plant and thundering waterfalls!
5 Take a tipple When it comes to cocktails, there’s only one place to go – Raffles Hotel. The ginbased Singapore Sling was created here by barman Ngiam Tong Boon in 1915.
6 Animal life Singapore Zoo is famous for its ‘open’ design, with creatures in large enclosures surrounded by moats or other nonintrusive barriers. And it’s easy to get around in trams, boats and even horse-drawn carriages.