While we now know a little bit more about the highly anticipated Trump-Kim summit to be held here in Singapore on June 12, so much of it is still shrouded in mystery.
In particular, why have three hotel areas in particular been gazetted (that is to say, been made high-security areas) for the event? These hotels, Capella Singapore in Sentosa, Shangri-La Singapore near Orchard Road and the historic The Fullerton Hotel Singapore are all some of Singapore’s top hotels and have seen their share of royalty and celebrities, but which one will be ultimately used for the summit?
Rumour has it that Trump and Kim will stay at either or the Shangri-La or the Fullerton while the event itself will be held in Capella. And while chances are slim of actually seeing any of these leaders without breaking some laws, we’ve put together a few places you might be able to casually wait it out, who knows, you might be able to watch history being made.
FYI, currently these areas will still be allowing guests and visitors to enter, they will simply be subjected to more security measures which can include bag checks.
Even if you don’t want to see the two heads of state, these places and experiences are worth a visit!
If you’re around Capella…
Inspired by the glory days of Havana, Bob’s Bar is a Cuban-styled outdoor alfresco bar situated within Capella Singpaore. Offering an array of unique cocktails, it has a laid back, relaxed feel with large lounging sofas and areas to relax in (and people watch).
Bob’s Bar @ Capella Singapore, 1 The Knolls, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098297, Mon – Sun: 12pm to 12am, Phone: 6591 5047
After a long day making deals, even world leaders might want to soothe the aches in their shoulders right? Book a treatment at Auriga Spa, where they spa treatments incorporate traditional techniques and organic products, and who knows who you might meet.
Auriga Spa @ Capella Singapore, 1 The Knolls, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098297, Mon – Sun: 10am to 10pm, Phone: 6591 5023
A quick way to get a bird’s eye view of Sentosa, Mega Adventure is the place to visit for those who love sun, sand and sea. If you’re up for an adrenaline rush, try the Mega Zip, a flying fox that zips down to the beach at 60kph and is said to be the steepest flying fox in all of Southeast Asia.
Mega Adventure Park, 10A Siloso Beach Walk, Sentosa Island, Singapore 099008, Mon – Sun: 11am to 7pm, Phone: 6722 3785
In the evening, this spectacular night show is a combination of wonders and mysteries filled with coloured lights, water fountains and 3D effects that allows your “imagination to take flight”. With fireworks on at the end of every show, perhaps this would be the place to celebrate a good resolution?
Wings of Time, 10 Beach View, Sentosa Island, Singapore 099538, Mon – Sun: 740pm to 805pm, 840pm to 905pm, Phone: 6377 9688
If you’re around the Shangri-La…
The Lobby Lounge at the Shangri-La is the perfect place to sample local delicacies in the comfort of the air conditioning. The indoor garden setting is also decidedly relaxing (while the hotel’s out-of-the-way location keeps things extra private).
The Lobby Lounge, 22 Orange Grove Road, Shangri-La Hotel, Lobby Level, Tower Wing, Singapore 258350, Mon – Sun: 730am to 1am, Phone: 6213 4288
This newly opened space in the hotel would be a great place for Trump (or Kim) to sit down for a taste of freshly grilled surf and turf. It’s long list of wines and excellent cocktails also makes it a great place for anyone to spend a few hours.
Origin Grill and Bar, 22 Orange Grove Road, Shangri-La Hotel, Lobby Level, Tower Wing, Singapore 258350, Mon – Sun: 730am to 1am, Phone: 6213 4595
Founded in 1981 by the late Michael J Sweet and Julie Yeo, Antiques of the Orient retails Asian artifacts like Chinese porcelain, furniture and sometimes even maps and prints. The shop also carries a variety of Antiquarian maps and prints, particularly with a focus on Southeast Asia and Singapore. Some of them date back to the 16th Century.
Antiques of the Orient, 19 Tanglin Road, Tanglin Shopping Centre, #02-40, Singapore 247909, Mon – Sat: 10am to 530pm, Sun: 11am to 330pm, Phone: 6734 9351
Featuring Chinese contemporary art, Yang Gallery is a must visit place for those who appreciates oriental antiques and fine art. Perhaps the diplomats will choose to drop in to purchase some art to take home as a souvenir?
Yang Gallery, The Shopping Gallery Hilton, 581 Orchard Road, #01-11, Singapore 238883, Mon – Sun: 10am to 7pm, Phone: 6721 8888
If you’re around the Fullerton…
Tucked away in The Fullerton Hotel, The Fullerton Spa is a quiet, private spa with award-winning treatments using Aromatherapy Associates products from the UK. Indulge in a few hours of relaxation in their spa, or check out the 25-metre infinity pool. Who knows who might be there for a pre-meeting swim.
The Fullerton Spa, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, Fullerton Square, Singapore 049178, Mon – Sat: 10am to 10pm, Phone: 6877 8183
If you’re more interested in the history of the country rather than the historical meeting about to happen, check out The Fullerton Monument Tour, which showcases the building’s transformation from colonial outpost to modernized metropolis. Even better, this tour will give you exclusive access to preserved locations within The Fullerton Hotel.
The Fullerton Monument Tour, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, Hotel Concierge, Singapore 049178, Mon: 11:15am, Thurs: 11:15am, Sat: 3:45pm, Phone: 6733 8388
A preserved art deco building built in 1941 and designed by Swan and Maclaren, The Fullerton Waterboat House now houses a variety of restaurants, including a fabulous rooftop bar that not only offers a view of The Fullerton Hotel, but also of Marina Bay Sands.
The Fullerton Waterboat House, 3 Fullerton Road, Singapore 049215, Mon – Fri: 12pm to 230pm, Additional timings on Mon, Tue and Fri: 6pm to 11pm, Sat: 6pm to 11pm
Perhaps you’re more keen to experience a little American-Korean cuisine as opposed to waiting for a glimpse of their country leaders. In this case, head over to CulinaryOn where cooking classses can be organised for groups in a fun, entertaining manner. Try everything from baking to barista classes here for a little cultural immersion.
CulinaryOn, One Raffles Place, Tower 2, #04-63, Singapore 048616, Mon – Sat: 8am to 11pm, Sun: 8am to 1030pm, Phone: 3108 0385
By Sean Tham, June 2018
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