Worth getting out of bed for
A few minutes' stroll from the hotel, bayside Merlion Park's water-spouting fish-tailed lion sculpture is the symbol of the city, and worth a snap. From here you can wander the scenic Singapore River, lined with colourful houses and cultural offerings, including the Asian Civilisations Museum at 1 Empress Place on the north bank, which features a Pan-Asian collection of art and artefacts reflecting Singapore dynamically diverse roots. It's SG$5 for an adult entry, or snap up a three-day museum pass for SG$20 for 50 per cent off access to the ACM and seven other museums, including the National Museum of Singapore, National Gallery, and the Peranakan Museum, all within easy reach.
If you caught sight of the shiny-scaled durian-shaped twin domes of the Esplanade arts and theatre complex from the Fullerton Bay Hotel's rooftop bar, then you'll realise it's also a short hop, skip and a jump away too. It's a good spot to catch concerts, festivals, dance and drama performances, with a tasty mix of waterfront dining.
You're so central here that you can fan out to shop, eat or party in Chinatown, the Colonial District, the riverside Quays, Little India, islamic-influenced Kampong Glam, Sentosa Island or Orchard Road's designer boutique drag. To get the lie of the land, take a trip on lofty observation wheel the Singapore Flyer, just across Marina Bay.
The historic Customs House, next door to the Fullerton Bay Hotel at 70 Collyer Quay, is home to a clutch of stylish restaurants if you fancy popping out for a bite. Head to Longtail at #01-03 (+65 6532 1319) for tasty bar bites inspired by Vietnamese and Thai street food and a refreshing mojito infused with Asian flavours on the alfresco terrace.
Wander the opposite way and you'll come to waterside complex One Fullerton, at 1 Fullerton Road, with its brace of bayside dining destinations. Jing at #01-02 (+65 6224 0088) is hip hotelier Loh Lik Peng's answer to modern Chinese, dishing up roasted Peking duck and signature lobster noodles in a dark, design-savvy space that's all brown, taupe and gold, open to the outdoors. Also here are Yamazaki Japanese Restaurant Bar, at #01-05 (+65 6423 1555) and The Pelican Seafood Bar & Grill at #01-01 (+65 6438 0400), where the menu spanschilli crab linguini, panfried barramundi and burnt butter banana pudding.
For a real treat, head to chef Tetsuya Wakuda's first restaurant outside Australia, Waku Ghin (+65 6688 8507) at the mezzanine Casino Level 2 of the Marina Bay Sands complex. Serving only evening tasting menus, this intimate fine-diner creates Japanese-meets-modern Euro dishes, and boasts a sake bar and caviar lounge. Its name reflects the 'silver metal' knives used by Tetsuya.
There are several cafes at the One Fullerton complex.
Rooftop bars are all the rage in Singapore right now, with a clutch of vertiginous views to choose from. Perched precariously on top of the Marina Sands SkyPark on the opposite side of the bay to the Fullerton, Ku Dé Ta bar (+65 6688 7688) is one of the latest additions, and is sister hang-out to the Seminyak, Bali, original of the same name. Offering ridiculously gorgeous vistas of Singapore's skyline and seaside setting, it boasts a glam white outdoor bar and a sultry mix of indoor/outdoor dining. Be sure to reserve ([email protected]) and dress to impress. Entry is via the velvet rope at Marina Bay Sands North Tower at 1 Bayfront Avenue.
It's a bit of a tourist trap, but historic hotel Raffles (+65 6412 1816), at 1 Beach Road, is just a short walk or taxi ride from the Fullerton Bay Hotel. No visit to Singapore is complete without clinking glasses in this elegant colonial edifice, but we suggest bypassing the over-hyped Long Bar and settling into the intimate Writers Bar off the main lobby instead, named in homage to the literati who have stayed here. The classic Singapore Sling was invented at Raffles, but it's a dash sickly and pink. Opt for something less flouro to accompany the old world charm.