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EIC on the Move Luxury Staycation in Singapore

EIC on the Move Host Raul Manzano, together with the Singapore Tourism Board, shows you Singapore’s most luxurious staycation spots–from hotels, resorts, and spas to bars and restaurants. Check out his new discoveries in the third episode of EIC on the Move

Raul Manzano, the host of EIC on the Move, takes us on another adventure in Singapore, where new adventures await in the luxury scene.


“Thanks to the non-stop development, balanced with its goal to be the greenest city, Singapore has become one of the most dynamic and exciting destinations in the world,” he says in the third episode of EIC on the Move. “There will always be something new to discover.”


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And this is really because Singapore is truly the ideal model city for modern Asia, with decades of meticulous planning for this small country (which is just about 275 square miles!). Come and join us in this episode where Raul indulges in the extravagant Marina Bay Sands, takes a ride around the city on a Bike tour, and visits the premiere bars.


Marina Bay Sands

“Iconic for its radical and futuristic architecture, the Marina Bay Sands is the modern marvel of Singapore,” begins Raul. Designed by architect Moshe Safdie, the interiors of this integrated resort was inspired by the stacking of playing cards - a genius gesture for a full-blown resort and casino. “Its amenities, art museums, shopping and dining experiences are unrivaled which makes this place unique and definitely the first of its kind in Asia.”


This integrated resort development is all about luxury: from the 57-storey tower of extravagant hotel rooms and luxury suites with personal butler services, or that iconic Marina Bay Sands SkyPark which crowns the three towers and offers 360-degree views on the observation deck. Enjoy the sunrise or sunset in the infinity-edged swimming pool that overlooks the horizon.


But the epitome of luxury is in the hotel itself: the rooms similarly offer unparalleled views of the city, including the Luxe Collection Rooms curated to deliver an elevated home-away-from-home experience that comforts, soothes, and excites the user.


After Raul gets a tour of the best rooms, he gets introduced to the Marina Bay Sands Mobile App that you can use for accessing unique features during the stay, such as the latest deals, attractions, restaurants and shops, and if you have your Sands Rewards membership account, you can also get exclusive deals and offers!


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Rise, Marina Bay Sands

Raul continues his journey around Marina Bay Sands by visiting “Rise.” He shares that this is best for those who want to experience different cuisines.


“If a buffet style experience is more to your taste, the Marina Bay Sands has Rise, which features a smorgasbord of Southeast Asian flavors,” says Raul. “Indulging here gives you a taste of Singapore’s flavors and influences from all over the globe. Perfect for anyone with an appetite,” he adds.


Here, you can feast on a glorious variety of cuisines from all over the world: From Singapore Chilli Crab, Australian Wagyu Beef Cheek Rendang, Wagyu Beef Rib-eye, and Slow-cooked Iberico Pork Ribs.

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Retails Experience via the Buggy Ride @ The Shoppes

Shopping, of course, is one of Raul’s biggest passions, and admittedly, it’s always been part of his Singapore itinerary. He continues his tour by going around The Shoppes via a buggy ride. An experience for the VIP guests like Raul.


“The Personal Shopping service offers guests private shopping sessions at luxury boutiques across the property. From having first-hand access to the newest collections aboard a VIP buggy service, the Personal Shopping service gives its guests a one-of-a-kind shopping experience,” he adds.

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He went around some of his favorite stores: Vacheron Constantin, which spans over 150 square meters and offers a comprehensive collection of timepieces, including the very latest models and boutique-exclusive pieces. The design, of course, is inspired by the refined aesthetic of the Vacheron Constantin Maison in the heart of Geneva, while the boutique concept is adorned with luxurious interior design that matches the brand.


Likewise, he also visited the German luxury fashion house Hugo Boss, to check out some of their clothes, accessories, and fragrances.

Wakuda, Marina Bay Sands

After all that walking, Raul is ready for another meal, this time in Wakuda.


“The world of Wakuda is yet another culinary adventure that takes its guests through an array of modern Japanese signature dishes,” says Raul. The Japanese restaurant is headed by one of Australia’s finest, Chef Tetsuya Wakuda. His restaurants have constantly been part of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, Forbes Travel Guide, and since 2017, his restaurant Waku Ghin has been awarded 2 Michelin stars. “Truly, this restaurant will be another dining experience for the books!” says Raul.


The key to Wakuda is in the ingredients, Chef Tetsuya derives the purest flavors from prized produce such as the Tasmanian ocean trout and Ora King salmon from New Zealand, quality Tokujo AA uni from Hokkaido, or the delicate umibudo (sea grapes) and mozuku (seaweed) from Okinawa. All these are exclusive to Wakuda.


Some of the must-try dishes include the Spicy Tuna Tartare, the Tempura Soba, and Wagyu Yaki Udon, or the Sauteed Canadian Lobster.


Banyan Tree Spa, Marina Bay Sands

For the ultimate luxe experience, Raul headed to the Banyan Tree Spa. “Once you come into this spa, a sense of tranquility immediately hits you,” says Raul. “It’s a sanctuary for the senses.”


The spas feature massages and beauty treatments, set with Oriental-inspired water gardens and warm-toned private treatment rooms on the 55th floor of Marina Bay Sands. Part of the well-curated menu also include a range of holistic treatments, full body massages, calming baths, and facials.


Violet Oon at Jewel Changi Airport

Raul then shares a big tip for those who can’t bear to leave Singapore just yet–why not make your departure experience memorable by visiting Violet Oon at the Jewel Changi Airport. Violet Oon is a well-known Singaporean chef with several restaurants under her belt. She is known for her authentic Peranakan cuisine.


“Anyone who arrives or departs from the Changi airport should not pass on this exquisite restaurant,” shares Raul.


Indeed, Violet Oon features an elevated all-day dining menu showcasing local favorites and one-dish delights, making it a great parting shot for travelers because it’ll make you appreciate Singapore’s diverse and nuanced culinary heritage. Check out the dancing flames of the glassed-in open grill room or grab a drink at the long bar.

Skai at Swissotel the Stamford

But Raul isn’t going home just yet, because he still needs to visit two other iconic Singapore stays. One is Swissotel Singapore the Stamford where he went up to the 70th floor for Skai, a contemporary bar and grill with one of the highest, and most breathtaking views of the city. Apart from its great cuisine and Rose selection, Skai has kept the tradition of High Tea alive and well with their signature teas paired with some delectable teacakes.


“If there’s any place with the perfect balance of ambiance in Singapore, it’s got to be here,” says Raul.


Their high tea is from 3-5PM, Sunday to Friday, and here, you can expect savory dishes such as Turkey Spinach Pesto, Duck Raspberry Pistachio, Pumpkin Hummus, and Caviar Buckwheat Blini with Sour Cream; or sweet dishes like Japanese Potato Cheesecake, Citrus Pistachio Tartlet, Okinawa Brown Sugar Macaron, and Madagascar Vanilla Scones, among others, along with choice of TWG Tea or Gourmet Coffee selections.


Fullerton Bay Hotel

As for Raul’s final hotel stop in this episode, he visited the Fullerton Bay Hotel in Singapore. The Fullerton brand, of course, is synonymous with elegance and class, and their Singapore offering gives that sense of gravitas, and more.


“It takes on a modern and sleek approach for its guests,” says Raul. “No doubt that Fullerton has gained its reputation because of their impeccable services and long history with the city. This hotel pays tribute to a bygone era,” he adds.


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And before Raul left, he dropped by the Lantern Bar at the Fullerton, another great destination on the 8th floor. This rooftop bar got its name from Clifford Pier’s historic Chinese name, ‘Red Lantern Pier,’ as this pier was the key landing point for Singapore’s early immigrants and seafarers.


Raul recommends this for those who want to relax. “With its array of Signature cocktails, anyone looking to lounge and unwind after a full day should find themselves here,” he says.


Finally, Raul caps the episode by looking back at his Singapore adventure.


“Singapore’s passion for luxury and a lifestyle that exudes a culture so rich in history–creates a modern-metropolitan city unlike no other in Asia. This trip was another highlight for me, and I’ll be sure to come back again for more discoveries and meaningful moments!”


  Watch the full third episode here:




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