It’s the second time I’ve now visited Singapore both this year and in my life and I honestly can’t get enough of it! City’s aren’t generally my favourite place to travel to (although I’m definitely warming to them), as I’ve always been more of a beach and countryside-kinda-gal, but Singapore I can absolutely swap for the sand.
One of the most important factors of enjoyment for me (as I am a bit of a chicken) is feeling safe, and in Singapore I really feel at ease walking around alone.
Singapore has the glamorous sky scrapers, the beautiful marina river and the extravagant restaurants and hotels but the super refreshing thing about this city is the greenery and cleanliness (green and clean!). There’s hardly any rubbish lying around and in just a 10 minute walk from the depths of the city, you’ll get to Fort Canning as well as the Botanic Gardens which are full of tropical trees and lush plants which is such a lovely break from the business of the city.
Singapore have really put a lot of emphasis on nature, with the idea of the movement from a garden in a city to a city in a garden, which, in my opinion – more city’s should aim for. If you do go to Singapore – definitely visit the Botanic Gardens and Fort Canning for some green paradise <3 (the best bit is – they’re free!).
Singapore is however, known as one of the most expensive places in the world – which is great being surrounded by all of the glamour, luxury and beauty but not that fantastic for your pockets if you’re looking to book a hotel. You can get some cheaper hotels on the outskirts, but I really wanted to stay central. So when I was on my search for hotels, I was looking for the best value, most central and highest reviews (I know, I don’t ask for much… :/ ). I eventually came across Hotel Clover (I’ve stayed here twice now as I was so impressed the first time) and you literally cannot get a better location for that price at such a lovely hotel!
Not only is Hotel Clover on Hong Kong street which is just a 5 minute walk to boat quay (a beautiful area to dine on the river), but it’s also only about a 15 minute walk to China Town – which is really interesting and completely different to the Marina so you get the best of everything!
Hotel Clover is so beautifully clean and the rooms are super fresh and well decorated. The only minor downside is that they are on the small side, but you’ve come to see Singapore – you don’t want to be stuck in your room! However the way they arrange the furniture is so space saving that everything fits pretty neatly. Another special point that I loved about Hotel Clover was all of the free toiletries which, as I was travelling round, – I DEFINITELY made the most of. Talking about free – I also love that we got free bottles of water every day of our stay – which is a really lovely touch and sooo appreciated (in case you didn’t know – Singapore is HOT).
For me, The icing on top of the cake, was the rooftop pool on top of the hotel. It’s just what you need after a day exploring around this tropical city; take a dip before venturing out to explore Singapore’s nightlife. Seriously the pool is pretty sweet and offers some amazing views over the city (as well as offering a glass floor section to see underneath – this was cool but pretty sketchy!).
If you’re planning to head to Singapore (which I highly recommend that you do if you haven’t been before as it’s my favourite city in the world), then take a look here on booking.com to find your hotel. If you do like what you’ve read about this super practical hotel and a perfect place to stay to explore Singapore – Hotel Clover, then click here!
(Note – there are a few Clover hotels in Singapore, and they all look fab, but I stayed in number 5 Hong Kong street which I just LOVED).
(This was a waterfall in the Botanic Gardens – how lush!?).
The river at night, is so pretty with so many colours reflecting off it and if you do have more cash to splash, I have been told that The Fullerton, which is right on the river, is uhh-mazing (but I only just got a photo in front of it!) 😉 – you can find it on booking.com here.
After visiting Singapore last time, I wrote about my favourite things to do in the evening, click here to read that blog, or here to read about my favourite Singapore spots in the day.
Thanks for having me Singapore, I had an amazing time and thanks for reading guys. xx