Singapore Yacht Charter Guide
With a well-earned reputation for being a buzzing metropolis and an established international business hub, Singapore is an unusual combination of a pristine city state juxtaposed by earthy and exotic Chinese, Malay and Indian cultures.
Nicknamed the Lion City, the city-state of Singapore provides a brilliant, ultra-modern backdrop to a Singapore yacht charter. Sophisticated and urban, high-end designer shopping and incredible cuisine can be found across the various sections of the city. Spend a few days ashore before cruising off into the sunset aboard a Northrop & Johnson charter yacht.
A former British colony, Singapore has thrived since its inception in 1819, and now boasts one of the world’s busiest ports. Sophisticated and urban, you will find five-star luxury hotels, high-end designer shopping and incredible cuisine across the various sections of the city, from Little India to Chinatown. Casinos also are on offer for those hoping to conjure the luck of the Chinese dragon. A melting pot culture offers various sections of the city from Little India to Chinatown; intricate and stunning temples from Buddhist, Taoist, Hindi and other traditions are worth a look.
Visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to dining, shopping, entertainment, wellness and cultural experiences in Singapore. All this in the context of an efficient, safe republic where graffiti-free trains run on time and traffic jams are non-existent.
Firstly, the vivid colour and dense bustle of Singapore City is not to be missed: visit a street vendor and sample the wide range of Asian delights, all of which are heavy with flavour. The city delivers some of Southeast Asia’s best shopping and innovative, stylish restaurants, plus a swathe of top-notch hotels. Stroll down Orchard Road to discover an up-and-coming designer or an old favourite among the many high-end boutiques, and search for hidden treasures in the antique shops of Chinatown. For more retail therapy, head to Haji Lane, which has been likened to New York’s Meatpacking district or Le Marais in Paris.
Nature lovers can enjoy dozens of beautiful city parks, boasting sparkling reservoirs and leafy tracts of forest, where monkeys chatter loudly as they climb among the tree boughs. In having created the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Singapore city is one of only two cities in the world that still retains a patch of primary rainforest. For those who want to work up a sweat with outdoor activities, head to the nearby Kallang River where you can walk, cycle, rock-climb, water ski and wake board.
No trip to Singapore is complete without sipping on an iconic Singapore Sling within the tranquil, colonial elegance of the Raffles Hotel veranda. Dine at Odette, located in the spectacular National Gallery, or at Michelin-starred Braci, and then dance the night away at one of the city’s exclusive clubs.
While Singapore may not be a cruising destination in itself, head to nearby offshore islands to escape from the hustle and bustle. The Singaporean island of Sentosa is host to exciting events, themed attractions, award-winning spas and three beaches. The other southern islands offer more tranquillity: relax on board or go snorkeling in search of resident turtles, bright fish and corals, off one of the eight southern islands of Kusu. Lazarus Island, which sits just three nautical miles south of the main island offers a tranquil atmosphere, pristine white beaches and clear blue waters – but make sure you’re well-provisioned, as there are no shops. 135nm from Singapore lies Tioman Island, located on the eastern coast of the Malaysian Peninsula in the South China Sea, this ecological paradise boasts a number of luxury hotels.
“The start of the traditional Chinese calendar new year is a major event event in Singapore. The festive period runs from the last day of the final month in the Chinese calendar and ends on the 15th day of the first month. Enjoy festive music, colourful parades, stunning firework displays and plenty of lion dances”
Singapore is at the heart of the South East Asian cruising destinations that now make up a significant part of the global yachting map. For an island that is just over 278 square miles, the city-state is rising in prominence, with its world-class marinas and hosting of the Singapore Yacht Show each April.
This city-state is home to various districts, each offering unique experiences. Marina Bay Sands located in the Marina Bay section of Singapore is on the two casinos located on the island. This higher-end version offers luxury at its finest. Roll the dice during your Singapore yacht charter. Perhaps a different kind of green is in your sights. The Marina Bay Sands also offers a renowned golf course, home to the challenging Barclay’s Singapore Open. Bring your clubs and hit the green for a morning round.
The offshore islands of Singapore provide the best beaches. Sentosa is home sheltered beaches, one of which, Palawan Beach, is located on an islet off the coast and can be accessed by a suspension bridge. Siloso Beach and Tanjong Beach also can be found on Sentosa. Siloso provides a social, lively atmosphere of watersports, beach activities and is lined with restaurants and shops, while Tanjong is more secluded.
Enjoy the beautiful Singapore Botanic Gardens, an excellent place for a morning run or jog. Frank Stella installations and Dale Chihuly crystal sculptures welcome you into one of the finest collections of modern and contemporary at the Ritz-Carlton. If you’re in the mood for retail therapy, Haji Lane has been likened to New York’s Meatpacking district or Le Marais in Paris. Finally, take in the whole of Singapore with a ride on the Flyer, best done at dusk so you can watch the city come alive with lights.
- Profit from a morning walk or jog in the Botanical Gardens
- When the sun sets, enjoy the incredible lights of the city skyline from the comfort of your yacht
- Visit the impressive Chinatown Heritage Centre
- The city has a thriving art scene and the Ritz-Carlton boasts an impressive collection in its hallways
- Visit Singapore’s most iconic hotel, Marina Bay Sands, for the world’s largest rooftop Infinity Pool
- Head to the offshore islands for the best beaches
- The Formula 1 Grand Prix in September attracts an UHNW crowd and there are dedicated party zones in Amber Lounge and Podium Lounge
- Enjoy dinner at the White Rabbit, a church turned chic eatery
- If you’re in the mood to dance the night away, make your way to the Ministry of Sound
- Enjoy an evening cocktail cruise offshore to see the incredible lights of the city
Celebrate like a Singaporean! The Chinese New Year is a lively, cheery occasion. In Chinatown you can come across dragon and lion dancers, fire-eaters, dance troupes and traditional musicians. During Deepavali, the Hindu Festival of Lights, Little India’s streets are lit up with bright, colorful decorations. Muslims devote the month of Ramadan to worship, charitable deeds and acts of compassion. To cleanse body and soul they fast from dawn-to-dusk. And Vesak Day commemorates the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha and is a day of joy, peace and reflection. The majestic Lian Shan Shuang Lin Temple, the second largest Buddhist temple in Asia, is a great place to observe celebration of this holy day.