No tickets to the National Day Parade (NDP) celebrating Singapore’s 53rd birthday?
Photo: Chester Chen
If you’re a lover of finer things in life, you’ll want to check into The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore before the fireworks go off. Located just minutes away from Gardens by the Bay, the Art Science Museum, the Singapore Flyer and other iconic locations, it makes sense that this luxury hotel offers some of the best views of the Marina Bay area. In fact, guests staying on weekends between July 4 and Aug 12 can opt for the National Day special, “Celebrate with Singapore” room package. Starting from $650 per night, the package is inclusive of overnight accommodation in a Grand Marina room, a scrumptious local heritage breakfast buffet at Colony, and even an exclusive Singapore-themed Ritz-Carlton lion beanie.
At Marina Bay, 7 Raffles Ave, Singapore 039799, tel: 6337 8888. For more information, visit ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/singapore/offers/celebrate-with-singapore
Photo: Pan Pacific Singapore’s official website
Pan Pacific Singapore is another amazing spot to view the fireworks, especially since the hotel is located only a stone’s throw away from the Padang. Of course, another reason is you get to enjoy the mesmerising view in air-conditioned luxurious comfort, thanks to its spacious rooms complete with balconies, access to the sprawling outdoor swimming pool and round-the-clock fitness centre and complimentary breakfast — which are included in its National Day Fireworks Package. Do take note that the offer is available only for bookings made before Aug 9, for stays over the fireworks display dates (July 6, 13, 20 and 27 and Aug 3 and 9).
At 7 Raffles Blvd, Singapore 039595, tel: 6336 8111. For more information, visit https://www.panpacific.com/en/hotels-and-resorts/pp-marina/offers/national-day-fireworks-package.html
Mandarin Oriental Singapore proves itself worthy of its 5-star luxury hotel rating time and again, with amenities like luxury spa treatments making it a perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of Singapore life despite being conveniently located right in the centre of the city and central business districts.
Its hotel rooms seamlessly combining subtle oriental touches with luxurious contemporary comforts, and are even described as rooms with “city views”, “ocean views” and “city and Marina Bay views” on its website. So remember: ask for one on a high floor, preferably the Marina Bay View room with floor-to-ceiling windows. Or, get to BAY@5, the alfresco poolside lounge that offers equally great views of the bay, or at Axis Bar and Lounge!
Situated Atop Marina Bay Sands, CÉ LA VI’s (the former Ku De Ta) is an obvious choice for the spectacular night, with its unblocked views and electric atmosphere. This year, catch a sneak peek of the NDP fireworks and airshows at CÉ LA VI! Be camera-ready on these following dates: 6, 13, 20, 27 July and 3 August before the big day.
Follow their Facebook page to check out its upcoming National Day Festivities!
The views will be hard to beat at Singapore’s highest urban craft brewery – if you aren’t convinced you can visit its Facebook to see a video of the Singapore flag flypast during the Singapore NDP rehearsal. Book early – their tables and terrace bar seats are extremely popular.
This year, celebrate with Level33 with an unobstructed view of Marina Bay and the spectacular fireworks display. Plus, enjoy the chef’s special menu of local delights with a twist! Book your seats early: call at +65 6834 3133 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You’ll have to “chope” or reserve your spot at this beautiful pedestrian bridge linking Millenia Walk and The Float at Marina Bay areas with Marina Bay Sands. You might need to head there in the early noon, as it’s at the heart of the action – it will be crowded with people and things will get very loud, so do take care if you are bringing the little ones.
If you wish to view the ‘works with throngs of people and for free, there’s no better place than at the open-air spaces at the front of Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay. There are two main areas to try — the seats and steps near the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre, and the benches along the whole Waterfront Promenade toward the Esplanade’s upcoming Waterfront Theatre. Just remember to be careful of any construction works (since the new theatre is being built) and of course, the Singapore River.
Standing at a peak of 282 metres (63 storeys) above ground, this outdoor post is supposed the “world’s highest alfresco bar“, with a stunning 360-degree view of Singapore. Stretching across the 61st – 63rd floors of One Raffles Place, this world-class nightlife destination – complete with an extensive cocktail list, comfy loungers and a lowered dance floor amid palm trees – will offer one of the best options to see the fireworks in its full glory.
This year, indulge in a glass or two of its exclusive local-flavoured cocktails and kick back to an impressive view of the iconic aerial display and spectacular fireworks at the World’s Highest Alfresco bar. See what the bar has in store on its Facebook event page!
Want to be right in the thick of the action? Then this location (right opposite from the other large, free open-air viewing area that is the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre and Waterfront Promenade) will guarantee you a spot in the middle of all the lights, fireworks and aerial displays.
You might not be able to see the NDP show itself (the area faces the back of the stage at The Float @ Marina Bay) but at least it’s a wide area for the fam to navigate plus you can grab dinner or a break at the many dining options at Marina Bay Sands (and with air-con too!)
Can’t deal with the madding crowd but still want to catch the explosions in the sky? You can do so here from a distance, away from the loud noises. What else is good about this spot: It’s perfect for a picnic, with enough ground for the kids to gambol or even fly kites while you wait for the show to start.
If the Helix Bridge across the waters appears too popular and crowded, there’s still another older (but no less advantageous) spot for you and your LO watch peonies and chrysanthemums in the night sky: Jubilee Bridge that links the Merlion Park and Esplanade – Theatres by the Bay. Which means you can get to visit the mythical icon statue (if you haven’t already) and catch the NDP display all on one super special day.
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