Singapore is so much more than just numerous attractions. I love its history – how sense of place and time intertwines, and the evolving city narrative that is constantly being reimagined.
Michael Martin, General Manager of InterContinental® Singapore, talks secrets, romance and the ultimate in luxury.
Falling in love with Singapore
Singapore is so much more than just numerous attractions. I love its history – how sense of place and time intertwines, and the evolving city narrative that is constantly being reimagined. I am also drawn to the mix of neoclassical architecture design with local heritage influence, part of the reason why I am based in InterContinental®Singapore.
Other things that I truly enjoy would be the stability and structure that the city provides, the lush greenery that made Singapore Asia’s greenest city. One of the new activities I have picked up while in Singapore would be team fitness training.
Off-the-beaten path experience
I highly recommend a visit to the 150 years old Singapore Botanical Gardens, also the first and only tropical botanic garden on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Apart from guided tours and hands-on workshops, one can always just relax with your partner or the family in one of its many restaurants.
The perfectly romantic Saturday
My romantic Saturday would appeal towards history buffs and foodies. It will start late morning with a brunch with my wife at the rustic, heritage site of Dempsey Hill. We will then proceed to the National Museum of Singapore and revisit the intriguing stories of Singapore and the world together.
Atmospheric dining experience plays a big part in where we choose to dine, so we will make our way towards Amoy Street for modern Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, and end of the night with a crafted cocktail or two around the area.
Best nightlife in the city
More than one nightlife experience stands out – I would say, the best nightlife experience in the city would definitely be the multitude of entertainment and dining options due to the strong restaurant and bar culture. The vibrant local cocktail scene has grown significantly in the last few years, especially with the opening of a number of top Asia bars in Singapore, like Manhattan, Atlas and 28 HongKong Street. At InterContinental Singapore, we are very excited as well as we are currently working on a new concept bar, due to be unveiled in Q4 2018.
A Perfectly Luxurious Sunday
A luxurious Sunday would be one that we can be a bit more indulgent with our time – by spending the day in a more leisurely manner.
I will start off the day at Ash & Elm’s Sunday Champagne Brunch. The luxury of dining leisurely at our own pace with its à la minute petit plates, and free-and-easiness of choosing what we want from the extensive brunch spread as showcased by the interactive culinary theatres, topped off with unlimited champagne and wines, make it the best brunch in town on Sunday for me. Do keep a look out and get a conversation going with our chefs helming the open kitchens, Louie, the sommelier, and Pierre, the restaurant manager. The perfect way to complete my luxurious Sunday would probably be to end the rest of the day basking in the excitement in a hospitality suite at the Singapore Grand Prix.
Interesting experiences near InterContinental Singapore
In Singapore, there are incredible experiences being crafted around every corner by locals. For InterContinental Singapore, our incredible location within the arts and cultural district of Bugis and Bras Basah has given us an edge to share proud heritage (eg. walking distance to Singapore Arts Museum or a train stop away to National Gallery over at City Hall), world class attractions (eg. Gardens by the Bay and great shopping experience at the adjoining Bugis Junction Shopping mall), and amazing galore of dining optionsat the hotel with new signature dishes at Man Fu Yuan, our Cantonese fine-dining, or classic high tea over at The Lobby Lounge, as well as around the hotel.
All guests staying with us at Club InterContinental rooms or suites are invited to join us in a guided two-hour heritage walking trail on Saturdays within the Bugis precinct to discover the history and learn how these areas around the hotel have transformed and become what they are today.
Mr Michael Martin,
General Manager, Intercontinental Singapore
Regional General Manager, Intercontinental Hotels Group, Singapore, Malaysia & Batam
© This article was first published in Aug 2018 – World Travel Magazine Online.
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