Fiction gets larger than life as Crazy Rich Asians, the book-turned-movie, finally hits the screens in India. The plot follows two Asians settled in America, Nick (Henry Golding) and Rachel (Constance Wu) as they visit Nick’s family in Singapore, who, no spoiler, are crazy rich. While we wait for the film with popcorn-clenched hands, we draw up a few experiences for you in Singapore that let you live like royalty, while the bank balance lasts anyway.
A 24-hour personal butler service, four bathrooms with a Jacuzzi each, a private gym and spa along with a panoramic view of Singapore’s skyline: these are only a few of the luxuries that a night at the Chairman Suite inside Marina Bay Sands grants you. The good life comes at a high price, however, at close to S$ 15,000 a night.
As evening sets and Singapore glitters as it does, you can step into CÉ LA VI, the bar by the popular infinity pool and take a swim while sipping on some bubbly. After all, the rich and the glamorous do.
...on a boat. When you've got nothing holding you back, why limit yourself to land? Throw a blowout party on a rented yacht while you cruise along the water. You can pick a more private 4-seater yacht or one as big as this one that accommodates 40 guests. Food, champagne and the likes will all be taken care of. After you're on board, you can decide to go jetskiing, have a BBQ or simply lay back and look at the view--the world is your oyster.
Where better to splurge than at Orchard Street, Singapore’s answer to New York’s Saks Avenue? It is the mecca of luxury shopping in Singapore, with more than 30 malls lining the streets and over 200 retail stores. The Ngee Ann City hosts Takashimaya, a mall that has brands such as Burberry, Hermés, to Cartier and Christian Louboutin. ION Orchard has brands like Bottega Veneta, Fendi, Prada, and Miu Miu, among others. There are other malls such as Paragon and Palais Renaiisance. And then there are the individual designer stores that line the road on both sides.
What have you done if not explored the food scene of Singapore yet? From the cheapest Michelin star restaurant in the world (which is part of a Hawker’s street) to some of the best fine dining restaurants, there’s a lot you can spend your money on. One such Michelin Star restaurant is CUT by Wolfgang Puck, regularly deemed one of the best steakhouses in Singapore. A meal here can easily set you back by 300 dollars per person, and if you choose to go for the rare Hokkaido snow beef to your meal, you can expect that price to go up much higher. Other expensive meals include Waku Ghin, Shinji, Iggy’s where meals can run up to more than $S400 dollars per person.
After all those heavy meals you've eaten, parties you've thrown and shopping bags you've carried back from Orchard Street, you need a little more pampering. Throw yourself in the literal lap of luxury as you visit the best spas of Singapore. You can have a mini-concert during your massage session with a spa with a private cellist at the Ritz Carlton Spa. Or perhaps, visit Turkey in the middle of Singapore at ESPA where Turkish Hammam baths, Japanese-style Onsen baths and rock saunas await you.