Singapore is jam-packed with fun things to do. Stretch your legs discovering the island's green spaces, shopping strips and beaches or, if adrenaline-pumping rides are more your thing, head to Sentosa. For those looking to slow things down, get pampered at a luxury spa or relax at a local pool.
Local Knowledge: Making a Public Splash
Crash pad doesn't come with a pool? Don't weep into your Tiger Beer. Singapore has some seriously impressive public pools which, at a couple of dollars or less, are among the island's best bargains. Try these:
- Jurong East Swimming Complex A wow-inducing combo of giant wave pool, lazy river, water slides, wading pool, Jacuzzi and Olympic-sized pool. Expect huge crowds on weekends. It's a 600m walk from Chinese Garden MRT; take exit A then walk northwest along Boon Lay Way and turn right into Jurong East St 31.
- Jurong West Swimming Complex Thinner crowds are the trade-off at this aquatic park in Singapore's far-flung west. It too features a lazy river, alongside a water slide, wet-play area for young kids, Jacuzzi and two 50m pools, one sheltered. Take exit A at Pioneer MRT and walk west for 350m.
- Pasir Ris Swimming Complex Across in Singapore's northeast, this S$40-million show-stopper comes with two water slides, wading and learner pools, Jacuzzi and a 50m pool. It's also packed on weekends. You'll find it 300m north of Pasir Ris MRT, take exit A, on Pasir Ris Central.
- Toa Payoh Swimming Complex A simple, satisfying combo of wading pool and two 50m pools. Separate diving and competition pools are used for elite training by Singapore's national water polo, diving and synchronised swimming teams. It's 300m east of Toa Payoh MRT, take exit A and follow Lorong 6 Toa Payoh.
Most public pools let you pay using the EZ-Link transport card. You will need to bring your own towel, and you should always double-check opening hours, as pools sometimes close for maintenance. Visit www.myactivesg.com for more information.
Spas & Massage
Pampering is big business in Singapore, from hole-in-the-wall reflexology stalls to luxe day spas. Midrange to high-end spas can be found in most malls and five-star hotels, with Spa Esprit a popular option. At the other end of the scale, People's Park Complex has no shortage of places offering very affordable reflexology, shiatsu, and even feet-nibbling fish. Rates vary from around S$25 for a foot massage to over S$200 for a full-day package.