Best of Jewel
It first began with the need to expand the capacity of Changi Airport’s Terminal 1 as well as its open-air carpark. This led to a strategic vision with the conception of Jewel as a gem of a destination, to augment Changi Airport’s position as a leading air hub globally and boost its appeal as a stopover destination for travellers.
The stunning result is a mixed-use development with gardens, attractions, retail, dining, a hotel and facilities to support airport operations. This integration of nature with engineering marvels housed under a striking glass and steel dome is poised to make headlines.
Golf with a View at Marina Bay Golf Course
Located strategically in the heart of town, it offers golfers great accessibility and a picturesque view of the city skyline, be it day or night. Designed by South African Phil Jacobs, the course has a unique link-styled design with dramatic features, including 91 pot bunkers.
In Singapore, even something as mundane as a dam can be turned into a hotspot for recreational activities. Built across the mouth of the 350-metre wide Marina Channel, the Marina Barrage creates the country’s 15th reservoir, supplying around 10 per cent of the nation’s water needs.
As the water in the reservoir remains calm all year around, it’s ideal for some soaking wet fun, whether it’s kayaking or for the more team-spirited, a dragon boat race. If water sports is not your thing, then head to the rooftop of the barrage, which boasts a green space that’s popular for flying a kite, or just to chill out with the family.
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
The wetlands of Sungei Buloh are a dream come true for keen nature lovers. At this sprawling 87-hectare ecological site, you can catch migratory birds escaping the cold on their way to the warmer climes of Australia – with some having come as far away as Siberia.
Elsewhere, crabs, mudskippers and mud lobsters can be found in their natural habitats, and viewed from a distance at observation posts that dot the park.
The Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve is Singapore's first ASEAN Heritage Park and a world-class eco-tourism experience first discovered in 1986 by a group of birdwatchers from the Malayan Nature Society.
Three years later, the government designated the site as a nature park in 1989 and officially opened it in 1993. To properly experience the wetlands, you can take the free guided tours, while activities like art classes and a prawn farming demo will keep you busy the whole day.
If you want to take a break from the concrete jungle of the city, head to this ecological gem in the north-east of Singapore for a breath of fresh air.
Singapore Botanic Gardens
A testament to Singapore’s reputation as a Garden City, the Botanic Gardens is the country’s first UNESCO Heritage Site, joining the ranks of iconic landmarks such as Cambodia’s Angkor Wat and The Great Wall of China.
Established in 1859 by the Agri-Horticultural Society, 60 acres of land were transformed from a disused plantation into the popular recreational garden you see today.
As well as being a favourite recreation venue for jogging, dining or just lazing about, the sprawling grounds are also a leading centre for botanical and horticultural research.
Highlights include The National Orchid Garden, which boasts the world’s largest orchid display, with over 60,000 plants and orchids.
Meanwhile, the SBG Heritage Museum features interactive and multimedia exhibits and panels that detail the Gardens' rich heritage, while the CDL Green Gallery displays botanical related exhibits.
Kids will have a blast at the Jacob Ballas Children’s garden where they can play and learn all about plant life. A host of restaurants and cafes are also available to satisfy thirsty and hungry visitors after a day out in the sun.
And once you’re ready to step back into the concrete jungle, the Orchard Road shopping district is mere minutes away.
MacRitchie Nature Trail & Reservoir Park
Mention MacRitchie to any Singaporean and the talk will certainly turn to cross-country runs, nature trails and the TreeTop Walk.
Anchored by Singapore’s largest reservoir - part of a water catchment system that captures rain water - the park and nature reserve at the very heart of Singapore is a popular destination for runners, water sports enthusiasts, and of course nature lovers.
Avid trekkers wanting to enjoy the tranquillity of walking with their heads above the trees can head to the MacRitchie Treetop Walks, a 250-metre aerial free-standing suspension bridge spanning the two highest points within MacRitchie.
Take an exhilarating walk around the 11km nature trail loop known as MacRitchie Trails, located within the tropical rainforest of Central Catchment Nature Reserve. You'll likely bump into long-tailed macaque monkeys, squirrels and monitor lizards. If you're lucky, you may even encounter colugos (flying lemurs) or owls!
Avid water sports enthusiasts can try their hand at kayaking and canoeing at the reservoir, as these amenities are available.
With so many attractions and scenic spots of nature on offer, MacRitchie is an excellent destination for anyone who loves fun and the outdoors.