I always take a deep breath as I enter the Fullerton Bay. The hotel's signature scent, a fresh and alluring mix of white jasmine and ylang ylang with hints of red rose and a musky base note (I know because I'm so obsessed with the fragrance I asked what it was), sets the tone for the entire Fullerton Bay experience.
A gleaming glass box floating in the Marina, the Fullerton Bay is a sleek and sophisticated choice in the heart of modern Singapore. While there are several restaurants in and around the hotel, the jewel in its crown is undoubtedly Lantern: a rooftop bar with views out over the Marina next to the Fullerton Bay's 25 meter infinity pool. Tented in white silk and studded with chandeliers, this is where I bring out of town guests for a memorable "welcome to Singapore" drink.
There is no shortage of diversions around Marina Bay. Shops, restaurants, bars (many of them on rooftops), museums and theaters are all on your doorstep. For amazing local food, head to the hawker center next to the Esplanade (appropriately called “Gluttons Bay”) or, my favorite, Lau Pa Sat at 18 Raffles Quay.
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Fancy a dip?
The Fullerton Bay Hotel's rooftop infinity pool is so inviting that I've been tempted to stick my toes in while enjoying a drink at nearby Lantern bar. Unfortunately the pool is reserved for hotel guests. If you are lucky enough to be staying here, grab one of the lounge chairs in the shallow part of the pool. Add a dab of sunscreen, a good book and the gorgeous views and you've got the recipe for a perfectly lazy Singapore afternoon.