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Let Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay show you the very best of Singapore. No matter what time of year you visit this vibrant region, our downtown hotel in the heart of the Clarke Quay shopping, dining and entertainment district, near the CBD, Marina Bay and Orchard Road, means the city’s best events are just steps away.
When planning what to do during your stay in Singapore, we’ll keep you up-to-date on what’s on and what’s just around the corner.
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Yet another business trip? For many, the idea of constantly jetting off for work sounds glamorous and exciting, but to the frequent business traveller, wanderlust-dreaming can turn into travel-exhaustion. Travelling to Singapore is no bland stopover - this go-to destination for business in Southeast Asia attracts executive travellers from all across the globe. Avoid any unnecessary stress and ensure your trip runs smoothly with these business travel tips and hacks; including essential packing tips, where to stay and making time for you.
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So you’ve read the book, you’ve watched the film, you know the story – boy meets girl, girl meets boy’s family, boy’s family are...crazy rich Asians. The story doesn’t end there. Why not step into the shoes of Rachel Chu or Nick Young and relive the story for yourself – walk the streets they walked, see the sights they saw and eat where they ate.
From The Moment You Land
You may not be flying first-class, like Rachel Chu and Nick Young, but at Singapore’s Changi Airport it’ll certainly feel like first-class. Changi Airport has been named the World’s Best Airport for six consecutive years by Skytrax, and it’s hardly any wonder why. See for yourself what Rachel was raving about in this civilian travel hub that truly goes the extra mile. Aside from all the usual amenities and shopping options, the airport has a rooftop cactus garden, swimming pool with jacuzzi, an enchanted Butterfly Garden (as mentioned in the movie) featuring glass and mosaic structures, a free of charge entertainment deck with Xbox and movie theatre, and much more.
Dine Out At Newton Food Centre
Almost as soon as Nick Young and Rachel Chu touch down in Singapore, Nick takes Rachel to the most notable hawker food centre (open-air food court) in Singapore. It’s here at Newton Food Centre that they, along with Nick’s cousin Colin and fiancée Araminta, indulge in a veritable feast of Singaporean favourites. Located close to the popular shopping destination of Orchard Road, this hawker centre is relatively pricey compared to the many others scattered throughout the island, but it is still possible to enjoy a good meal here at a fair price. Try out a variety of delicious street food including chilli crab, satay, fried oyster omelette and fishball noodles.
THAT Wedding Venue
The ultra-lavish wedding venue is likely near the top of the list of Crazy Rich Asians spots in Singapore for you to see and you will not be disappointed. The stunning, 19th century gothic church where Araminta and Colin’s elaborate multi-million pound wedding took place is known as Chijmes (pronounced as ‘chimes’). It was production designer Nelson Coates that performed the rather brilliant job of turning the church into an ethereal and spectacular garden-like setting. Unless you are crazy rich you may not be planning to book this church for your very own fantasy wedding, but you can still head over to Chijmes just for a walk around or to hang out at its restaurants and bars. Just pop 30 Victoria St, Singapore 187996 into your Satnav to find your way here.
...And THAT Wedding Reception
The spectacular venue where Colin and Araminta’s wedding reception took place is the just as breath-taking in real life. As seen in the movie, the stunning Supertree Grove at Gardens by the Bay is best visited at night when it looks somewhat otherworldly – almost as if it were plucked straight from James Cameron’s Avatar. While your budget may not quite stretch to hiring out the whole of the Gardens by the Bay for the evening, it’s the perfect setting for a date night or an evening stroll. Every night at 7:45pm to 8:45pm, the tree-like structures are illuminated with ever-changing lights as a music and lights show takes place.
Power-Suit to the Parlour
One the many things to do in Singapore is checking out the local shops and nightlife, and it just so happens that Nick’s Mother Eleanor Young, seen dressed in a white power suit, walks down a row of shop houses in Ann Siang Hill on her way to meet Rachel at a mahjong parlour. It’s up to you if you choose to wear a white power suit or not, but taking a stroll down Ann Siang Hill is surely a must. Together with the adjacent Club Street, Ann Siang Hill, is a popular nightlife destination in Singapore’s Chinatown where the once heritage shop houses are now home to dozens of bars and restaurants. To get a real feel of the area, it’s worth heading here on a Friday and Saturday, when the roads are blocked off to traffic and crowds tend to fill up the streets.
A Walk in THE Park
For the setting of Crazy Rich Asians to be the truly Singaporean, Singapore’s most iconic landmark could hardly be left out. One of the most popular places of interest in Singapore is Merlion Park, located at One Fullerton, near the Central Business District of Singapore. Merlion Park’s main attraction is without doubt, the half-lion, half-fish creature and statue (pictured in the movie) fronting Marina Bay. This magnificent emblem of Singapore is completely free of charge to visit and totally Instagram-worthy.
It’s best to stay somewhere central on your visit to Singapore, so that you can easily see each movie location. Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay Hotel offers 403 extra-spacious guest rooms and suites with incredible views of the Singapore River and city skyline, and it’s a short 15-20 minute walk from Ann Siang Hill, a 10-minute drive to Chijmes and only a 20-minute drive from Changi airport. Just outside the hotel the Fort Canning MRT Station (2-minutes’ walk) has direct connections with both Gardens by the Bay (4 stops on the Downtown Line) and Newton Food Centre (9 stops on the Downtown Line).
Small as it may be, the Little Red Dot packs an astonishing amount of exciting attractions ranging from scenic riverside restaurants offering alfresco dining to endless shopping and entertainment opportunities. The Clarke Quay area is one of the top attractions in Singapore, the ideal base for travellers: this huge riverside commercial district consists of several historical buildings that have been beautifully restored and now a fantastic array of leisure, entertainment, and dining options.
We invite you take a look at top places to visit near Clarke Quay that you will not want to miss out on during your next stay in Singapore.
Clarke Quay For Leisure Travellers
Clarke Quay Central mall has a central location only steps away from Clarke Quay MRT station. Here you can shop for some unique souvenirs and gifts to take home with you and then recover from a retail therapy session by enjoying a drink or a bite to eat at one of the mall’s riverside facing restaurants and coffee shops.
As the evening draws on, Clarke Quay comes alive with dozens of entertainment venues offering live music and a lively atmosphere. Variety of choice is one of the reasons why this is one of the best-rated attractions in Singapore: here you'll find everything from wine bars to classy cocktail lounges, Latin dance bars, and late-night cafes.
Clarke Quay For Families & Groups
Clarke Quay is the ideal place to enjoy quality time with family and friends. Riverside cruises depart from Alkaff Quay and are a great way of taking in some of the main sights in Singapore from a different viewpoint. Step aboard one of Singapore’s legendary bumboats which have been retrofitted with zero-emission electric engines, and relax whilst listening to the tour guide and taking in Singapore's iconic skyline.
Besides Clarke Quay Central Mall, there is also Liang Court, a six-storey shopping mall and one of the most popular nearby attractions from Novotel Clarke Quay. Whenever you don’t want to wander far from your hotel, you can come for a casual family meal or for coffee and cake.
Clarke Quay For Business Travellers
Clarke Quay is known for its upscale riverside restaurants that are perfect for entertaining clients or simply winding down after a busy day. There are also several floating restaurants moored at Clarke Quay, consisting of refurbished junk boats and steamboats where you can sample exquisite local specialties. The best of international cuisine is represented here too with choices ranging from Persian to French, Mexican, Vietnamese, Japanese, and more.
Alternatively, why not treat yourself to a session of pampering and relaxation? You won’t have to wander far to find exclusive massage and spa venues, beauty salons, and nails bars offering the type of top-class services you need to feel invigorated.
Clarke Quay For Active Travellers
Fort Canning Hill is one of Singapore’s green lungs and one of the top places to visit near Clarke Quay. Coming here for a morning walk or jog is the perfect way to start the day. Along the way, you will come across pretty colonial buildings, a spice garden and several panoramic viewpoints. If adrenaline-laden sports are your thing, you will definitely want to check out G-Max, a reverse bungee jump that tops the list of nearby attractions from Novotel Clarke Quay for lovers of extreme experiences.
Our location, situated close to the historic Singapore River and Clarke Quay, is one of the chief reasons to book a stay at the Novotel Hotel which is in the heart of the city. Furthermore, our proximity to the MRT Downtown Line Singapore via Fort Canning Station also means that the rest of the city is easy to get to, providing a convenient way to begin exploring the rest of the city. There are many Downtown Line attractions that we could mention. In this article, we'll draw your attention to some of the best ones. Whether you are looking for tourist attractions, things to do or great restaurants, the Downtown Line is a superb way of discovering them all.
If you are looking for quality food places Downtown Line is the perfect means of accessing them. For example, Jalan Besar Station is just two stops on the line from Fort Canning. Within a few minutes of leaving the hotel, you could be soaking up the smells and tastes of the Berseh Food Centre, famous for its yong tau fu stall among other things. Among the best food places Downtown Line has to offer, this station is also the one to stop at if you are seeking a fine example of Indian cuisine – just head onto Dunlop Street where you will find exactly what you are looking for.
Eight stops on from Jalan Besar Station is Bedok Reservoir. Here, it is a short stroll to the park which also takes its name from the nearby reservoir. Although the parkland is worth walking around in its own right, the attractions here are what excite most visitors. At Water Adventure, it is possible to rent kayaks and have a go at paddling. There is also a hugely popular treetop adventure area which is a great option for adventurous people or those with older kids to keep entertained.
MRT Downtown Line Singapore also has plenty to offer those who want to relax and engage in some well-deserved retail therapy. We suggest taking the line to Bugis Station, where it intersects with the East West Line. Here, you will discover an array of shopping opportunities in a great choice of stores, many of which are highly competitive. Bugis Street has in the region of 600 different retailers, the majority of which are fashion shops. Looking for a new outfit or pair of shoes? This is the place to head. Bugis Street is also well-known for its Korean retailers who sell a wide range of products.
Singapore's magnificent Gardens by the Bay is an enormous, futuristic, vibrant and colourful nature park composed of three separate parks; Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden and Bay Central Garden, all of which enjoy wonderful waterfront views. If you are in Singapore, visiting these gardens is a must as there are numerous points of interest, particularly the solar-powered Supertrees -two of which are connected with suspended walkways that provide jaw-dropping bird's eye views of the gardens below. Gardens by the Bay can be easily accessed by Downtown line via Bayfront MRT Station
Singapore is not only a versatile, colourful, breathtakingly beautiful destination in its own right - it is also a great base for exploring the immediate surroundings. Its favourable location allows for a number of exciting day trips. Varied and tantalising like the Lion City itself, each of those opportunities for a one day trip from Singapore offer a moment of exhilarating discovery for the busy travellers, a breath of fresh air and a ton of new perspectives on a time budget. Sails up!
Of Singapore's islands, Sentosa is perhaps the first choice for a holiday getaway from Singapore. It has a well-deserved reputation for being busy: a day there offers a large variety of sports and entertainment activities for the energetic visitor. Sentosa is one of the islands near Singapore you can reach on foot, so forget vehicular transport and take a walk down the newly renovated Sentosa Boardwalk instead!
If you seek refuge from modernity, Pulau Ubin is the place to go! Singapore's last traditional enclave, the island will take you on an impressive trip back in time. You can immerse yourself in the Chak Jawa wetlands, follow the picturesque river bends on specially designed bike paths, and walk through large abandoned quarries as you explore the origins of Singapore.
Deriving its name from the narrow, shallow channel that separates the lush piece of land in two, Sisters Island is a snorkeller's paradise and one of the most famous islands near Singapore. It is popular for its breathtaking reefs and rich aquatic life. Sisters Island's strong vegetation and natural shelters also make it an excellent picnic destination. Just mind the curious monkeys!
Pulau Hantu makes it to the must-see islands to visit from Singapore thanks to its amazing swimming and free-diving affordances. You are likely to enjoy your very own lagoon, dive into crystal clear waters, and spot a number of eye-catching marine species, such as sea horses, damselfish, or clownfish in their natural habitat. Pulau Hantu is probably one of the most classically relaxing day trips from Singapore.
A holiday getaway from Singapore that crosses over into neighbouring Indonesia, Bintan is a ferry ride away. It takes 45 minutes to the shiny Bintan Resort, an ultra-luxurious holiday complex. If you are after a one day trip from Singapore that provides some contrast, opt for the one-and-a-half hour ferry ride to Bintan's rural town Tanjung Pinang. The beaches are less glamorous but just as enjoyable!
Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Johor Bahru (JB) is a large bustling city in southern Malaysia and makes an interesting day-trip from Singapore, especially if you like shopping as there are very impressive mega malls and flea markets. JB, which has recently undergone a considerable cosmetic makeover, boasts a number of intriguing temples, mosques and museums. It is also home to Johor Bahru Premium Outlets which has around 130 designer outlet stores available such as Calvin Klein, Tory Burch, Coach and a lot more offering loads of discounts all-year round.
Batam is one of the islands to visit from Singapore when you are searching for full-on fun times. Something of an expat colony, the island is rich with eateries, bars, casinos, and other entertainment establishments to fulfill your heart's every desire.
Here, we offer some options to experience the nightlife in Clarke Quay, a vibrant waterside frequented by business travellers and young professionals. Thanks to a wide choice of bars and restaurants in Clarke Quay, visitors are sure to find a venue that is to their liking. Many restaurants have great bar areas too – or even resemble theme pubs. What’s more, the cuisine is truly worldwide: from American and European to Asian and Australian.
International and local cuisine
Visitors might want to start from an ideal base, the pleasant surroundings and the superb choice of bars, clubs and restaurants near the Novotel Clarke Quay. Zouk and Attica, for example, are both iconic nightclubs for those who like to party the night away. The Crazy Elephant is one of the best live music bars in the area and is known for its friendly atmosphere and decently priced drinks. Meanwhile, the Square Restaurant offers all-day international cuisine and local specialties, while an open kitchen means that diners can interact with the chefs.
Alternatively, business travellers looking for a quick bite to eat in the Clarke Quay area might like to head to The Ranch Steakhouse By Astons. Travellers will surely enjoy the delectable and mouth-watering aromas of the premium beef. Situated at Clarke Quay in Downtown Singapore, this dining area also includes an outdoor bar for guests to enjoy the vibrant view of the city.
Buzzing ambience and gourmet choices
Gone are the old street food stalls in this popular part of Singapore. Now, the restored historic colonial shop houses at Clarke Quay are a focus for pubs and restaurants. A perceptible buzz accompanies the happy hours for drinks in the themed bars, while the eateries range from gourmet pizza to seafood from the southern oceans.
For delicious late night dishes, Ramen Keisuke Lobster King dedicates itself to the delights of the prized crustaceans. Choices include four different soups ranging from broth to rich creamy and spicy. All come with prawn dumplings, chicken char siew, pork belly, noodles and bamboo shoots.
Moreover, for more variety, the Jumbo Seafood Riverside Restaurant also offers freshly caught shellfish and fish from an expansive menu. It's a vibrant, bustling place with the option of an outside seating area. The 'drunken prawns' and chilli king crab are especially to die for!
Oriental restaurants to try in Clarke Quay area
The abundance of bars, restaurants and nightlife in Clarke Quay means that visitors to this part of Singapore can enjoy the food and hostelry of their choice. Peony Jade Chinese restaurant blends art with cuisine, to delight visually as well as gastronomically. Finally, back at the Novotel, the elegant Dragon Phoenix Restaurant offers the best in Cantonese food.
If you're staying in Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay with your squad and are looking for excitement and adventure, you'll be pleased to learn that the area has a lot of epic outdoor activities to try. Here are five fun things to do in Singapore:
1. Forest Adventure
Forest Adventure in Bedok Reservoir Park is always an exhilarating experience, involving numerous treetop challenges. If you're up for it, why not get your team to attempt the Grand Course? It's jam-packed with zip lines and obstacle courses to really test your physical ability and mental strength. Out of all the outdoor activities in Singapore, it's the perfect way to get active and bond with your squad. Be challenged by this awesome obstacle courses and conquer your fear of heights! Along the journey, there are guides on hand to assist and provide you some safety briefing before you embark on the courses. And, of course, keeping you safe! Make sure you stay hydrated as the weather can be very humid.
2. Surfing at Wave House, Sentosa
Get your friends together and head to the tiny island of Sentosa, known for its predominately man-made beaches, beautiful landscape and for being the hub of fun water-based activities to do in Singapore. The Wave House Sentosa is the place to go; a simulated wave surfing attraction bang in the middle of Siloso Beach. Even complete novices will soon be catching man-made waves that reach heights of up to 3 metres in the FlowBarrel and FlowRider wave pools.
3. Combat Skirmish Singapore
If you're looking for a team-building and bonding activity with your homies, then check out Combat Skirmish at Fort Siloso, which is also on Sentosa Island, Singapore, which offers outdoor laser tag combat games for all ages. You can play exciting combat games on the very ground Japanese and English troops fought during WWII. With 13 different types of gun installed with state-of-the-art technology, it's one of the most unforgettable outdoor activities in Singapore.
4. GX-5 Xtreme Swing
If you're feeling brave, why not challenge the squad to this terrifying ride? It's located in Clarke Quay and you'll hear the screams as you approach. GX-5 Xtreme Swing involves rapid flying and free fall thrills. It's one of the best places to visit in Singapore but is not recommended straight after dinner!
5. Kayaking at MacRitchie Reservoir Park
Kayaking – it's a great bonding activity for your crew, as well as being a great exercise. One of the best places to visit in Singapore is the MacRitchie Reservoir Park where you can hire kayaks from the Paddle Lodge. If you're a novice at kayaking, you'll only be allowed to hire the 'sit-on-top' kayaks for safety. This means you will get pretty wet so bring a change of clothes. If you and your friends are experts, you can have fun in the competitive zones. See if you can spot some of the many macaques that fly around the area looking for picnic scraps. It's cash payment only so bring plenty of coins.