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Explore Singapore

Singapore hosts a wealth of resort-hotel properties that attract an international crowd, with superb spas that draw inspiration from the region"s rich medley of multicultural influences.

Welcome to Singapore

A truly vibrant mecca of multiculturalism awaits anyone who journeys to the Southeast Asian Republic of Singapore. Located off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsulaseparated from Malaysia by the Straits of Johor to the north and Indonesia"s Riau Islands by the Singapore Strait to the southSingapore comprises 63 islands and a population of about five million. Singapore has been known by many names throughout the ages beginning with Temasek, meaning "sea," and ending with Singapura, or Singapore, which in Sanskrit means "Lion City."

Vicinities include the Central Business District, comprising the Orchard Road shopping hub, Marina Bay, and the financial and civic districts; the separate island of Sentosa, where visitors will find a Universal Studios theme park and Singapore first casino; the Woodlands and Jurong areas to the north and west, which make up residential and industrial neighborhoods; and the eastern coast, also a residential spot, and home to the Changi Airport. Although Singapore is an urban setting, it"s also full of breathtaking botanical gardens and rainforests for travelers to enjoy.

A Cultural Snapshot

Singapore has four official languages: Chinese, English, Malay and Tamil. Many of its citizens are bilingual or even multilingual, so it follows that in such a diverse country, visitors will discover a wealth of culture, cuisine, arts, history, shopping, nightlife and architecture. Business is also booming, as the country possesses a sound infrastructure and ruling government, along with a favorable economic climate.

Places to Go

There are also plenty of diversions to be found in the city of Singapore, so after enjoying an outdoor adventure or unwinding with a Singaporean spa treatment, visitors can explore ethnic enclaves such as Little India, Chinatown, and Kampong Glam (Arab Street), shop on Orchard Road, or visit the Asian Civilizations Museum and the National Museum of Singapore. Then, at the end of the day, happily weary travelers can down a Singapore Sing at the Long Bar, the site of the drink"s creation.

Best Time to Visit

Seasons and temperatures vary little here, which makes packing for a trip to Singapore delightfully easy. Visitors should note that the country is hot and humid (annual temps range from about 75 F 90 F); April and May are the warmest months, while November through January experience the most rainfall.

Food for Thought

Singapore"s cultural diversity is reflected in its tantalizing dining options, from Chinese and Indian food to fusion and Peranakan cuisine. Epicurean delights also include culinary establishments from the likes of famed chefs such as Daniel Boulud, Guy Savoy, Mario Batali and Wolfgang Puck.

Country Customs, Currency and Etiquette

A bit of fast facts to make a trip seamless: U.S. citizens do not require a visa to visit Singapore. Tipping is generally optional, though it is discouraged at high-end hotels and restaurants that automatically have a 10% service charge (for those that do not include a service charge, around 10% is plenty) and prohibited for services provided at the airport; tipping in taxis is also not the norm though some suggest rounding up the fare. Time difference: Singapore is 13 hours ahead of American Eastern Standard Time (New York) and 16 hours ahead of American Pacific Standard Time (Los Angeles). Local currency is the Singapore dollar, and major credit cards are accepted in most places. Practices like chewing gum, jaywalking and littering are deemed inappropriate and may lead to a fine.

Spa-ing in Singapore

Many of the spa and wellness businesses in Singapore take a holistic approach to pampering body, mind and soul. Others, such as the Auriga Spa at the Capella Singapore, highlight treatments that are deeply rooted in Singapore"s Malay and Chinese heritages.

Spa Heritage & Treatments

Spas in Singapore often draw inspiration from other Asian countries and incorporate Traditional Chinese Medicine, Malaysian and Indonesian massage techniques, and Ayurvedic philosophies into treatments. Many Singapore spa services are rituals that combine massage, wraps and soaks. The Singapore Flower Ritual, for example, is a mixture of deep-tissue massage, a coriander and jasmine paste, and a soak in a frangipani-filled tub. Other Singapore spa treatments use ingredients such as ginseng, aloe, rice, coconut, papaya, mango, pineapple, Indian Ocean salt, ginseng, orchid, green tea and lotus blossom.

Spa Etiquette

These general dos and don"ts apply at most spas, but remember to be punctual, cancel appointments with plenty of advance notice and leave your cell phone or other electronic devices at home or in your spa locker (make sure they"re switched off!). And while it"s standard to leave a 15%-20% gratuity in the Americas and Europe, tipping in some Asian countries can be tricky. Tipping at spas differ a great degree, though hotels and resorts in Singapore often include a 10% spa charge. And when it comes to the decision to bare or not to bare at spas, on a scale ranging from 5 = "keep it all on," to 1="take it all off," many Asian countries appear to fall somewhere in the middle. Spa-goers typically go to a spa"s relaxation room before or after a treatment in their robe and slippers; spas offering facilities like sauna, steam and Jacuzzi generally incorporate them into the men and women"s locker room area in this arrangement you can go au natural, go au natural and wear a towel around you or wear a swimsuit. In coed facilities, swimsuits are generally worn.

Spafinder Partners in Singapore

Current getaway partners in the Spafinder network combine classic luxury and authentic Singaporean charm: Capella Singapore on Sentosa Island attracts visitors with its lush rainforest setting, pristine South China Sea views and personal assistant services, while the Mandarin Oriental, Singapore, in the area"s Marina Bay district, entices with numerous culinary options, contemporary-style accommodations and the exquisite spa at the Mandarin Oriental.

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