One of Singapore’s most impressive new attractions is Gardens by the Bay. With two large temperature-regulated enclosures, the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest, and parkland spread over a large area of Marina Bay, this is a must-visit for guests to the city. There is nothing quite like the Gardens by the Bay anywhere in the world. The grove of towering ‘supertrees,’ their trunks covered in thick foliage, provide a dramatic first impression, both day and night.

 During the day, the OCBC skyway takes visitors on a high altitude walk above the trees, offering startling views of the surroundings. As the sun sets, head to the main supertree, where restaurant and bar Indochine occupies the two floors at the summit – one of the more unique locations for a sundowner in a city full of iconic rooftop bars. As night falls, crowds gather at the base of the trees to enjoy the atmospheric light show, a calming prelude to the nightly MBS laser show at 8pm.

Although entry requires a ticket, the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest are recommended for visitors, whether green-fingered nature lovers or families on a a day out. The Flower Dome provides the ideal place for a walk in the park, its temperature kept to a temperate 23-25C – there’s no danger of breaking into a sweat here! The assembled collection of plants from across the globe includes huge Baobabs from Africa, giant cacti, a one-thousand-year-old olive tree and a huge selection of flowers – look out for the Dahlia exhibition currently on show and the beautifully decorated Chinese New Year garden.

In the damp misty Cloud Forest Dome next door, a man-made waterfall cascades down a mountain of rare plants from the tropical highlands. Discover a world of orchids, bromeliads and begonias as you descend from the summit.

Beyond the domes, there are acres of park to walk through, with food and refreshments available at a selection of restaurants and the waterside hawker centre Satay by the Bay. For a special experience, book a table at Pollen (see review on page xx) in the Flower Dome and enjoy haute cuisine in a Mediterranean garden.

18 Marina Gardens Drive, tel: 6420 6848, www.gardensbythebay.com.sg

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