Hol­i­day like a Crazy, Rich Asian!

As well as beau­ti­ful peo­ple, the new hit film stars ut­terly jaw-drop­ping lo­ca­tions. Here’s Grazia’s guide to hol­i­day­ing Crazy Rich Asians- style

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THE E v En­ing En­ter­tain­ment Su­pertree Grove at Gar­dens By The Bay

The film’s Gatsby-es­que evening wed­ding re­cep­tion was shot in Sin­ga­pore’s ‘Su­pertrees’, a multi-mil­lion dol­lar park ( gar­dens­bythe­bay.com.sg) with metal struc­tures that soar 50m into the sky and are cov­ered with plants. At night they’re lit, cre­at­ing a mag­i­cal scene, so evening is the best time to visit ( you also avoid the heat). As well as the ‘trees’ there are two domes, one with a trop­i­cal for­est and in­door wa­ter­fall, the other a mass of flow­ers. Book din­ner at Pollen in the Flower Dome and, af­ter en­joy­ing Med cui­sine (from £44 plus taxes for two cour­ses; pollen.com.sg), you can walk around the dome when the other vis­i­tors leave.

THE choice HO­TEL Sarkies Suite at the Raf­fles Ho­tel

Hav­ing flown first class from New York to Sin­ga­pore, the ro­man­tic cou­ple – Nick Young and Rachel Chu – stay at the world-fa­mous Raf­fles Ho­tel, ar­guably the grand­est ho­tel in town. Nick books them into the op­u­lent Sarkies Suite, one of the ho­tel’s pres­i­den­tial suites (and where the Duke and Duchess of Cam­bridge stayed). This will set you back up­wards of £5,000 per night but you can’t check in just yet – the ho­tel’s closed for ren­o­va­tion, open­ing in early 2019. If your bud­get doesn’t stretch to that of a Crazy Rich Asian, take af­ter­noon tea in the new lounge area of the gor­geous lobby ( raf­f­lessin­ga­pore.com).

THE mone y- shot b Each The lus­cious beaches of Langkawi

Sam­sara Is­land, the fic­tional set­ting for the film’s lav­ish hen-do for Nick’s cousin, was ac­tu­ally filmed in Malaysia, at the five-star Four Sea­sons in Langkawi, which is set be­tween a white sandy beach and soar­ing lime­stone cliffs syn­ony­mous with the Malaysian ar­chi­pel­ago. For film star lux­ury, you’ll need to book a Beach Villa (from £1,600 a night; foursea­sons.com/ langkawi) but there are lovely gar­den rooms from £580 per night. The re­sort has two swim­ming pools, one for fam­i­lies and one that’s adults only. Also don’t dis­miss the Rhu bar where the best spot is the swing seat over­look­ing the beach.

THE in­sta­gram­able pool The in­fin­ity pool at the Ma­rina Bay Sands Ho­tel

In the film a squad of syn­chro­nised swim­mers duck and dive here, but even with­out that en­ter­tain­ment, this is a se­ri­ously spec­tac­u­lar spot. The world’s largest in­fin­ity pool – 150m long – gives you a spine-tin­gling view of Sin­ga­pore’s sky­scraper sky­line.

The pool is only open to guests so to swim you need to check in (from £230pn; marin­abaysands.com). Al­ter­na­tively, take in the pool view and sky­line from the ho­tel’s ad­ja­cent Cé La Vi Bar ( celavi.com) which is open to all. 

THE BOU­TIQUE SPOT Cheong Fatt Tze Man­sion bou­tique ho­tel in Ge­orge Town

The exquisite house where Nick’s ice maiden mother meets Rachel over the tra­di­tional Chi­nese game mahjong is ac­tu­ally in Ge­orge Town, the cap­i­tal of Malaysia’s Pe­nang prov­ince. It’s a pic­turesque lit­tle place filled with brightly painted shop­houses with shut­tered win­dows. Rooms at Cheong Fatt Tze Man­sion, named af­ter the 19th cen­tury ty­coon who lived there (14, Leith Street, Ge­orge Town +604 262 0006), start from £100 per night, so you can check in and en­joy the man­sion when all the day-trip­pers have gone.

THE FOODIE HANG- OUT Satay at the New­ton Food Cen­tre

Even crazy rich Sin­ga­pore­ans eat here. Col­lec­tions of street food stalls – two have even been awarded a Miche­lin star – of­fer an aro­matic mix of dishes that re­flect Sin­ga­pore’s many cul­tures – Chi­nese, In­dian, Malaysian and In­dian. In the book, Nick, Rachel and friends head to Lau Pa Sat (18 Raf­fles Quay) with its pretty Vic­to­rian wrought iron ar­chi­tec­ture and easy lo­ca­tion next to the CBD (Cen­tral Business Dis­trict). How­ever, for the film, di­rec­tor Jon M Chu chose his favourite, the New­ton Food Cen­tre (500 Cle­menceau Av­enue North), where you can feast (cheaply) on de­li­cious lo­cal clas­sics such as satay, char kway teow (oys­ter omelette) and hokkien mee (fried noo­dles with chilli, pork, and shrimp).

EX­PE­RI­ENCE SEAFOOD ‘Bawk, bawk, bitch!’ at the Hump­back

The lo­ca­tion for the lunch where Rachel’s friend Peik Lin urges her to take the fight to Nick’s mother is a pop­u­lar seafood res­tau­rant (£30pp; hump­back.sg). It’s on Bukit Pa­soh Rd, a lovely street in Chi­na­town known for its pre­served 19th-cen­tury Per­anakan shop­houses. These candy-coloured build­ings are the ar­chi­tec­ture of the Per­anakan peo­ple. Op­po­site the Hump­back visit The Read­ing Room (19 Bukit Pa­soh Rd, +65 6220 9019) – a cof­fee house by day and cool bar by night.

THE WED­DING DES­TI­NA­TION Or­nate wed­ding cake ar­chi­tec­ture at Chi­jmes Hall

A flower-strewn aisle and lush in­door green­ery trans­formed this neo- Gothic, for­mer colo­nial-era chapel ( pro­nounced chimes), into a fairy-tale so­ci­ety wed­ding venue. It’s ac­tu­ally an event space and home to a plethora of restau­rants in­clud­ing the des­ti­na­tion din­ing White­grass ( white­grass.com.sg), helmed by Aussie chef Sam Ais­bett, which has a Miche­lin star and is on Asia’s 50 Best Restau­rants list. Ex­pect top Aus­tralian and Ja­panese pro­duce mixed with Asian flavours such as Ja­panese yel­low­tail tuna, white beet­root and smoked or­ganic soy (set menu from £30 plus taxes, tast­ing menus from £60 plus taxes).

The ‘trees’ at Su­pertree Grove

Langkawi beach, Malaysia A beach villa

The colo­nial ex­te­rior of Raf­fles Ho­tel

To in­fin­ity, and be­yond!

The Ma­rina Bay Sands Ho­tel

The im­pres­sive gate­way

The Man­sion at night

White­grass Chi­jmes Hall

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