Singapore is one of my all time favourite cities. I love the place and was lucky enough to visit recently on the way to Australia from the UK when I experienced a different side to it than the first time I visited pre-kids when it was all about the shopping, food and evening cocktails with a view. This time it was all about the water parks, botanic gardens and, happily, still a lot about the food!
Here are a few of the things I've enjoyed and loved most during my visits.
Gardens by the Bay
There is a lot to enjoy at the spectacular Gardens by the Bay. We loved the stunning views from the Skywalk and the kids had the time of their lives in the children's water park before a delicious dinner at Satay by the Bay hawker centre. It was definitely worth staying for the evening light show when the iconic tree sculptures light up in time to music. There's a lot we didn't see including an indoor waterfall in one of the conservatories that sounds amazing and is definitely on the list for next time!
This trip we stayed at Somerset Bencoolen Apartments which were perfect for families and in a great location, however I couldn't help dreaming of Naumi where I stayed in 2011. It's a gorgeous, boutique hotel with a stunning rooftop pool and lots of thoughtful details and extras that made it a really special place to stay. Our stay here was some time ago now but from what I've read and heard it is still just as perfect!
One of the best things we discovered for kids was all the fantastic water parks. In addition to the one at Gardens by the Bay, lots of fun was had at the Botanic Gardens and possibly, best of all, the Pirate Ship at Palawan beach on Sentosa Island.
We enjoyed many scrumptious eats at Hawker Centres around the city. They were all fantastic and great for kids as being noisy and messy is all part of the experience.
Kaya toast - a breakfast delight of toast prepared with kaya (sweet coconut jam) and butter that we dipped in soft boiled eggs - is perhaps not to everyone's taste but I absolutely love it and couldn't imagine visiting Singapore without indulging in at least one.
I still feel like I've barely scratched the surface and can't wait to go again some time!!