How to Live a Day like a Crazy Rich Asian
The movie “Crazy Rich Asians” gave the world a chance to live vicariously through the lives of Singapore’s elite. If your appetite for serious luxury has been whet, but you can’t sustain a lifestyle involving exclusively organic produce, flying first class and mega-mansions, here’s a guide to living like one—for a day, at least.
Morning: Get pampered at Auriga Spa
Located in the 6-star Capella Hotel (yes, the one that hosted POTUS Donald Trump in June this year), Auriga is an award-winning wellness spa that promises to nourish both your mind and body. Opt for the Detox Day wellness experience, a 4-hour package including dry body brushing, body scrubbing, body and facial massages, a facial, and a sumptuous meal at The Knolls. Each individual spa suite is equipped with a private garden, making sure you get the serenity you need.
Early Afternoon: Hop on the Singapore Flyer
What better way to feel like you’re at the top of your game than by sitting in a giant Ferris wheel with a spectacular view of the city? The world’s largest observation wheel outside the United States, the 165-metre-high Flyer is approximately 30 metres taller than the London Eye. Touristy? Sure. But once you sip on a Singapore Sling while the wheel takes you on the ride of your life, you will be singing a different tune.
Mid Afternoon: High tea at ATLAS
By this time, all that sitting around will surely make you a little peckish. Head to ATLAS at North Bridge Road for your afternoon indulgence. Decked out in the Art Deco style of the 20s, stepping into the lounge will make you feel like you’ve walked right into one of Jay Gatsby’s soirees. Give yourself a pat on the back for enduring the unforgiving heat and order yourself an afternoon tea set. You deserve it.
Before Dinner: Squeeze in some last minute shopping
With an hour or two to spare before dinner, splurge a little at the Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. You can’t truly be a Crazy Rich Asian without dressing the part. Chanel, Balmain, Patek Phillipe, Cartier, Louis Vuitton… with scores of luxury brands, this enclave is a true paradise for the black card. Better yet, hire yourself a personal shopper so all you have to do is cough up the cash. While you’re at it, buy your mother-in-law a bottle of Champagne to get back into her good graces after what happened last week.
Dinner: Waku Ghin by Tetsuya Wakuda
2-Michelin-star restaurant Waku Ghin is internationally acclaimed for its contemporary Japanese-European cuisine. Chef Tetsuya is regarded as one of Australia’s finest chefs and was the first ever person outside of Japan to be awarded the title of “sake samurai”. The main dining room seats 25 guests, guaranteeing you an intimate ambience as you savour your 10-course degustation over a view of the Singapore skyline.
Drinks: Party into the wee hours at Altimate
Open a few bottles and get yourself a table at Singapore’s premier VIP club in true socialite fashion. Boasting state-of-the-art technology, premium décor, and the hottest DJs, Altimate is the spot to see and be seen. Don’t let the night end until it absolutely has to. When you’re ready to throw in the towel, arrange for a car to drive you home for some well-earned rest.
Hero image: ATLAS bar