Need a break from last-minute shoppers? We’ve got you covered.
At this time of the year, it seems like everywhere in Singapore is thronged with people – from Orchard Road to the heartland malls. Where can one go for some space and quiet?
St John’s Island
Everyone knows about Pulau Ubin, but the popularity of Singapore’s “last kampung village” has made it increasingly crowded in recent years. For a slice of island life minus the crowds, hop on a ferry to St John’s Island. Located about 6.5km off the main island, this tropical haven is so quiet and serene, you’ll hardly believe you’re still in Singapore. While there, you can also make your way to Lazarus Island, where you’ll find a small but pristine beach.
For more information on ferry timings, click here.
Kent Ridge Park
While Singapore is home to many beautiful parks and gardens, I have a soft spot for Kent Ridge Park, mostly because my family grew up in the area. This park is also steeped in history, as it is where one of the last battles for Singapore was fought during World War Two. Today, Kent Ridge Park is a tranquil space filled with lush greenery, perfect for wandering around getting lost in your thoughts. As Kent Ridge Park is part of the Southern Ridges, you can also slowly meander your way from here to Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park, HortPark, or Labrador Nature Reserve.
You don’t have to fly all the way to Australia or New Zealand for a farm-stay experience. Book yourself into the clean and comfortable D’Kranji Farm, and enjoy a particular serenity you won’t be able to find in the city. During your stay, be sure to explore the surrounding Kranji Countryside – this link provides you with useful information on self-guided walking tours to Bollywood Veggies, Hay Dairies, Sungei Buloh, Kranji War Memorial, and many more.
Punggol Waterway Park
Whether you’re looking to do a long-distance run or for a spot where your kids can let off some pent-up energy, the family-friendly Punggol Waterway Park has it all. Plus, it’s large enough so that you don’t feel boxed in by other runners or park-goers. The quiet and peaceful atmosphere of the park combined with the abundance of greenery will help clear your mind and put you in a better mood for the festive season.
For more information on how to get to Punggol Waterway Park, click here.
No time to travel too far out of the city? Capella Singapore is an oasis of calm located away from the hustle and bustle of town but still fairly accessible even if you don’t drive. Make a beeline for Bob’s Bar, which affords you with gorgeous views of the South China Sea. It’s particularly beautiful at sunset! Or, take a leisurely stroll around the hotel’s verdant tropical gardens – the soft breeze against your face and the sounds of birds chirping will make you forget you’re even in Singapore.
Capella Singapore is located at 1 The Knolls, Sentosa Island
13 Dec 2016