Here we are again, on board the new Qantas A380 bound for Singapore, our favourite 3 night Asian stopover and Singapore is the best place for it if you are travelling with small children like we were.
The flight was surprisingly good once, of course, Tom and Reilly went to sleep, but night flights are definitely the best option when you have 12 hours air time in front of you! Katie and I took it in turns to entertain Reilly who woke up 5 hours in and wouldn’t go back to sleep…but hey, we have got it down to a fine art and we made many new friends up and down the aisles! Our two stewardesses were magnificent especially as they allowed us to sit in their seats behind the galley!
It was a shame I did not notice our flight number and arrival times had changed from the original booking (we had been due to leave London a day later) resulting in the transfer being delayed by half an hour – we had made it all the way from London and were not feeling too bad! Our luxury transfer soon got us to the Mandarin Oriental, our favourite stopover hotel in Singapore. Great for kids as well as adults especially as we had been upgraded to an extremely spacious suite! The ‘Melt’ restaurant’s morning and evening buffet offers outstanding multi-cultural cuisine and for lunch, if you’re not out seeing the sights, the poolside snacks are delicious too. In fact, the swimming pool on the 5th floor commands an absolutely outstanding view of the city, the ferris wheel (the ‘Singapore Flier’) and the quite amazing Marina Bay Sands hotel which looks like something straight out of a James Bond movie.
We had opted to pop out to Sentosa Island this afternoon. We think the cable car onto the island will be popular with the children followed by a walk along the sea front and a bite to eat at one of the many local food stalls and restaurants. When the children grow up a bit we will definitely go to the Universal Studios, sadly they are too young for the majority of rides.
Dinner tonight with Judy and Yvonne from Tour East should be fun, we always make a point of catching up with them and will be updating them this time on the acquisition of Bridge & Wickers to the Ultimate Travel Company and how we might be able to give them even more business. Perhaps a steak at Mortens or an Italian at their Dolce Vita poolside restaurant here at the Mandarin Oriental itself as we will have a babysitter for only 3 hours and will not want to go too far away, will let you know how it goes next time. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more detailed information about what to do and where to go on your Singapore stopover.