Singapore’s wealth is conspicuous, especially compared to other Southeast Asian nations, and the good news for travellers is that countless billions of dollars have been innovatively spent on quality infrastructure and superlative visitor attractions, which together with the countries highly dedicated personnel, deliver world-class service.

If you arrive by air, even the airport itself shimmers with exuberant vitality, with unusual and stimulating features, such as a nature trail, Orchid garden, Sunflower garden, Butterfly garden, interactive displays and extensive entertainment facilities and shopping.

For luxury and VIP guests, welcome can be provided at your aircraft with expedited luggage collection and visa formalities ensuring smooth passage to your onward transfer, for which a wide range of luxury cars and limousines are available. Luxury helicopters, aircraft and yachts are also available should these be required for you travel needs.

The most famous of Singapore’s many very fine hotels is the Raffles, a global icon of the British colonial era, and which has from 1887 welcomed the most famous personalities of every decade from Royalty and Presidents to the most revered of leading cultural luminaries, many of whom have exclusive suites named after them.

Exuding colonial charm, the Bar and Billiard Room relives the past, while the Raffles grill, Tiffin Room, Raffles courtyard, Ah Teng’s Bakery, Writers Bar and Long bar with steakhouse provide the gastronomic and liquid pleasures, including the original Singapore Sling.

The luscious interiors of the Fullerton Bay Hotel immediately declare its refined mix of modern design with sophisticated elegance. The Lantern rooftop terrace bar has a swimming pool and is an excellent evening location for its views over Marina bay and the city skyline. Refined dining is available in the La Brasserie and The Clifford Pier restaurants, both beautifully designed sitting areas with fine views. The hotel has a range of finely decorated luxury rooms and suites each with a balcony affording access to the fine city vistas.

The Shangri La Hotel is located in the business district and one of Asia’s leading hotels, set in peaceful gardens. The hotel is comprised of three distinct areas, The Tower, Garden Wing, and Valley Wing, each providing high class accommodation choices. The Valley wing is the most exclusive of all, its luxury suites having been the choice for heads of state, leading business figures and many other luxury guests. A range of cuisines is available in the Nadaman, Shang Palace, The Line and Waterfall restaurants, and the tropical gardens feature a large swimming pool.

Another luxury hotel that cuts its highly distinctive presence into the Singapore skyline is the Marina Bay Sands, an unusual structure featuring the vast rooftop SkyPark, a truly amazing feature of which is its infinity pool lipping the dizzying 200 metre drop, from which you can look over the city skyline. The elevated SkyPark also has lounge areas, restaurants, bars and a shop.

The dining options are immense, truly global in scale, and many of the dozen restaurants are run by some of the world’s most renowned celebrity chefs. The accommodation in the three fifty five storey supporting towers, offers 2,500 rooms, of which 230 are luxury suites of varying grades up to the Presidential, all of which come with the services of a personal butler.

The entertainment is first class, featuring Broadway musicals, Artscience Museum, Casino and luxury designer shopping mall, with its very own canal and gondola rides, truly a world away from the reserved charm of Raffles. Even if you don’t stay here, the SkyPark alone is well worth the visit.

There are many other very fine luxury hotels in the city, which you might consider, such as the Capella, Intercontinental, Grand Hyatt, Ritz Carlton Millenia, Marriot, Fullerton, Fairmont, Regent, Four Seasons, St. Regis and Mandarin Oriental among others. Boutique style luxury is ably provided by the Parkroyal and Sofitel So.