A WEEKEND IN SINGAPORE FOR THRILL SEEKERS
There is a lot to do in Singapore if adventure is what you seek. From action-packed activities to thrilling exploration. Allow us to lead the way.
The ultimate spot to 'check in' for those who like a packed itinerary and tons of things to eat, see and do. A stone's throw away from attractions, dining, nature walks, adventure, and only a 15-minute drive from the city centre, Resorts World Sentosa, Hotel Michael and Equarius Hotel are where it's at. Equarius Hotel is almost an oasis ideal for nature lovers and families as it is a stone's throw away from nature hikes and the island's numerous attractions. Hotel Michael is named after one of America's greatest contemporary architects, Michael Graves. Here, the walls are adorned with beautiful art and the rooms are designed in a gallery style with mural-adorned walls and artistic furnishings. Lap pools, Egyptian cotton sheets, duck down duvets and in-room wine chillers await if you can tear yourself away from this action-packed itinerary, that is.
You can easily spend more than half a day doing everything thrilling there is to do at the Universal Studios Singapore, a theme park with 14 thrilling rides and six themed zones. Fantastic adventures and adrenaline rushes aplenty at the rollercoaster Battlestar Galactica: HUMAN vs. CYLON™ and the 3D TRANSFORMERS The Ride. There is also the Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure, the indoor thrill ride Revenge of the Mummy, and many more. Catch your breath in-between with character meet-and-greets and just soak in the ambience at this fantastic movie-themed park.
Go on a gastronomic adventure with a variety of ‘across the Causeway’ dishes under one roof. Visit the Malaysian Food Street: a food court packed with Malaysian hawker favourites such as Heun Kee Claypot Chicken Rice, KL Jalan Alor Hokkien Mee (Malay-style noodles with dark sauce), Penang Hokkien Prawn Mee, Malacca Chicken Rice Ball, and Lim Brothers' Char Kway Teow. Flavours are bold with several ingredients imported from Malaysia to ensure authenticity.
On Sentosa, you can go from feeling like you are in Malaysia to a Hawaiian beachside spot that will get that blood pumping in mere minutes. Ola Beach Club gives you sand, sea, a pool, beachside cabanas, an in-house DJ and even an action-packed water sports programme. Try your hand at paddleboarding and kayaking with water-propelled jet packs, and get on (and try not to fall off) a banana boat or a donut tube ride. After all that action, kick back with Tiki cocktails and Hawaiian-themed nosh in one of their waterside cabanas.
The day is not done for thrill-seekers, especially those activities that only come alive at night. The Night Safari Singapore is where you should go after sundown to see over 2500 animals in their natural, after-dark habitat, including apex predators like the Malayan Tiger as well as tapirs, pangolins and clouded leopards.
Once you are fueled up from a hearty in-room breakfast from your luxurious digs at Hotel Michael or Equarius Hotel, make a ‘cable-ski’ line for the East of Singapore and the Singapore Wake Park. No prior experience is needed; the purpose-built park within a lagoon has cable systems to cater to riders of all experience levels and kids as young as 6.
How does one eat a 'thrilling' lunch in a clean and safe Singapore? Here is a suggestion, try the hearty, spice-laden Fish Head Curry. There is nothing bizarre about it, except that it is the whole head of An Go Li fish swimming in a rich, unctuous curry of tamarind, coconut milk and a medley of spices and aromatics. Delicious with a side of rice and fighting your dining companion on ‘who gets to eat the eye?’ is a done thing. We recommend trying this at either Samy’s Curry or Muthu’s Curry.
Did you know that our little island has its fair share of forests and nature? A thrilling way to explore our great outdoors is via the Forest Adventure. Navigate through an outdoor obstacle course and fly down a zipline across Bedok Reservoir. You will feel like climbing trees and getting up, close and personal with the jungle.
Get back to Sentosa Island for the last thrill of the day. iFly Singapore is as close as it gets to actual skydiving, but instead, you will ‘fly’ inside the world’s largest themed wind tunnel, which is 16.5 feet wide and 56.5 feet tall. Guided by professionals, expect to soar as you enjoy the evening view from 18 feet tall acrylic glass walls, as lights glitter over the South China Sea and Siloso Beach.
It has been a busy weekend with all that adrenaline pumping; we don't blame you if you want to kick back and take it easy after all that activity. Luckily, Sentosa has its fair share of chill spots and several that serve delicious island-themed cocktails. Not your typical local beer or standard-issue house pour spirit. These holiday drinks are exotic, tropical, and so much fun to 'cheers' to the end of a great weekend.