Cox & Kings Customer Review : Singapore Spectacle
Singapore aims straight for the heart with its shiny skyscrapers, modern tourist attractions and spectacular food scene! Read on to know how Vandana Sharma lost her heart to this fascinating destination on the Singapore Spectacle trip with Cox & Kings.
If like me, you travel to eat, then Singapore is the place for you! Vibrant hawker centres co-exist with quaint cafes and Michelin-starred restaurants to make the Lion City a culinary mecca of sorts. I experienced just that during my recent trip with Cox & Kings.
After weeks of extensive research, speaking to like-minded travellers and bloggers, I discovered that Cox & Kings offered some exciting packages, especially for families with little kiddos. So, with tickets booked, rooms reserved and a ‘must-eat’ list in hand, my family and I set off to make some new memories.
Day 1: Singapore Flyer & All That Jazz
After landing, we were met by a Cox & Kings representative, who guided us to our hotel. Soon we were off for a city tour, which was quite nice and not rushed up. My mother was especially fascinated with the panoramic views of the entire island city that was visible from the Singapore Flyer.
In the evening we decided to walk down to the historic Clarke Quay, which is located on the banks of the Singapore river. The riverside mall is a stark example of how heritage conservation and modern design can go hand-in-hand.
For those who love hair-raising, adrenaline-pumping experiences, there’s the G-Max Reverse Bungy, which catapults you to a height of 60 metres at a whopping 200 km/hr. With a three-year-old in tow, we decided to go for something a little more sedate, like a cruise down the waterways in a bumboat where we enjoyed several helpings of Pollo en los Palillos (chicken on sticks). This was followed by a visit to the Wings Bar, inspired by the golden era of aviation in the 1940s. I couldn’t have asked for a better beginning to my epicurean journey, as we got served some of the best buffalo wings and smoked ribs ever.
Day 2: This Is Not Just Any Garden…
The next day was all about exploration and adventure at Gardens by the Bay. As my eyes took in the rich emeralds and fiery reds of the Mediterranean and tropical flora at the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest, I couldn’t help but agree with a guidebook I had read on the flight, which read; “the world’s aspiring ‘City in a Garden’ is an unexpected wonderland for fans of all things green and natural”.
The evening was dedicated to satiating our tastebuds. We decided to got with our Cox & Kings representative’s recommendation and went to Yu Cuisine. This is a charming restaurant located at the far end of the Marina Bay Sands. It had a unique underwater theme, which was elevated with exquisite aquatic motifs. We had high hopes from this place, and luckily, we weren’t disappointed! We tried the Hong Kong Aberdeen Chilli Crab, Cream King Prawns and the Golden Lava Custard Bun.
PS: I also experienced gastronomic nirvana that day!
Day 3: More Food Please…
You would think that after such a sumptuous meal, our tummies would have rebelled at the sight of more food. Ha! Think again! We had only gotten warmed up. Since there were no planned activities for day 3, we decided to visit to the famous China Town. This place is just 10 minutes away from Marina Bay Sands, but it seemed as if we had been transported to another world altogether. Adorned with traditional lanterns, Chinatown was a riot of colours. But we were there for the food, so we headed straight to Maxwell Food Centre for its famous Tian Tian Chicken Rice.
Day 4 & 5: Chilling At Sentosa
The remaining two days in Singapore, were dedicated to the many wonders of Sentosa Island. Of course, the most obvious thing to do was to visit the Universal Studios theme park. After an obligatory selfie at the famous entrance, we got lost in the Far, Far Away and Madagascar zones. The boat rides and chilling roller coasters are something my family and I will not forget any time soon.
Since it was our last day in Singapore, we decided to treat ourselves to something fancy. So yet again, we went ahead with a strong recommendation by Cox & Kings, and landed up at Joel Robuchon located in Resorts World Sentosa. With its amazing array of artisanal bread, cheese, tea trolleys and seasonal produce, it was a challenge to choose from the menu.
Day 6: Bye Singapore!
So the trip was finally over, and we were at Changi airport. Just another airport you think? You couldn’t be more wrong. The city’s many marvels extend to the airport as well. For instance, it is home to a dessert heaven named Bengawan Solo, which is famous for its sinful desserts. We opted for the Pandan Chiffon Cake and Kueh Lapis Sagu, or the rainbow layer cake. If you’re a tea connoisseur, you must head to the TWG Tea Boutique at Changi airport. This place has a mind-boggling 800 special blends from across the globe, all served in exquisite tea cups and tea pots! My husband had a field time checking this place out.
As we stepped into the aircraft, all set to bid adieu to the Lion City, I couldn’t help but recall lines by writer Cristian Bonetto: “What I love most about Singapore are the sharp and constant contrasts: smoky temples in the shadow of skyscrapers, luxe condos backing onto jungle, old-school shophouses housing secret cocktail dens. I can travel the world without ever leaving the island… . Dig deeper than the ‘sterile’ cliches and you’ll find a place more complex, contradictory and addictive than you might imagine.”
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About The Author
Vandana Sharma loves good food, travelling and adventure, in that particular order. This is the first time she has shared her travel experience, and she hopes to ultimately create a own food blog sometime soon.