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My husband and I will be in Singapore for New Years. We are staying at Singapore Marriott Hotel. Any suggestions on how to celebrate?

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    As noted above, there may be fireworks on New Year’s Eve. If so, they would most likely be down at the Marina on the waterfront (around the Singapore Flyer and the new Marina Sands casino hotel), so you may want to go there as you won’t have a view from your hotel. It be quite crowded, although of course will be extremely orderly in terms of streets being closed and police presence). You may want to go on the early side, you could pack a light dinner/snacks. The good thing is that you won’t be cold. It probably will be quite difficult to get a taxi back (or possibly down) from the marina area, so use the bus or the MRT. If you don’t mind, walking its about 2 miles and would take maybe 45 minutes to an hour.

    Speaking of the Flyer, I am sure it is quite possible to book a cabin to be on the wheel at midnight. Probably would cost a bomb, but might be worth it. I understand it is possible to have a meal on board as well. See http://www.singaporeflyer.com/.

    A good option for viewing fireworks would be a hotel restaurant with a water view. The first which leaps to mind is the new Sands casino, I have not been to any of the restaurants so can’t speak to views, look on a website or see if others have thoughts. They do have a quite large rooftop area which could be quite interesting for fireworks. The Fullerton has at least one restaurant with a marina view. Also, there is the new Fullerton Bay hotel, jutting out into the marina which has a rooftop restaurant that should work. (I have not been to that hotel yet as it only opened about a month ago. I believe there are other waterfront dining options as part of this hotel complex which may be opened by New Years. ) I don’t think there would be any possibility to have views from the Raffles, but you could step out onto the street for the fireworks (but note that streets may be jammed). Also consider the Fairmont (has several view restaurants including two rooftop ones), the Mandarin Oriental (either the Italian restaurant or the rooftop bar), the Marina Mandarin (don’t know anything about their restaurants). The Blue Potato at the Merchant Court may also work, they have nice river views and mostly likely you could see the fireworks from there.

    There are tons of small restaurants in the Boat Quay area along the Singapore River next to the marina which would work, as you could either see from the restaurant or step out onto the street during them. Places like Indochine at the Empress Place museum (this has an outdoor terrace that would be ideal IMO.) Also try places like Kinara for good Indian (http://thekinaragroup.com) , but really there are tons of choices there, see a guidebook or Singapore foodie/restaurant guide website. For any of these, book early esp if you want an outdoor table. I would put in a good word for Flutes at the Fort, which is a lovely restaurant in a restored bungalow with good food, see http://www.flutesatthefort.com.sg/. (It is not located on the river, and while it does have a terrace and some city views, I can't say for sure whether the fireworks would be visible from there, or only partially visible. I think you would have a least a partial view, but really don't want to mislead you, so ask the restaurant. You could also step out into the streets, which may be jammed at that point.)

    It is probably quite possible to join an organized boat trip either for dinner or just for firework viewing; I would check the website of the Singapore Tourism Board at http://www.visitsingapore.com. if there is any information.

    Otherwise, the Orchard Road area right where the Marriott is located is likely to be packed and streets closed for some or all of the time up to and after midnight, and that may be a good way to join the celebrations. The Marriott has a very nice street café, but perhaps that is a little too close to the action…hard to say. You could also go someplace like Les Amis au Jardin in the Botanic Gardens, and then walk back to the hotel enjoying the celebrations. I think it’s about a mile or so. I would walk on Nassim Road to try to get a peak at some of the lovely bungalows and embassies – maybe gate crash a party there?!) See http://www.lesamis.com.sg

    If you can’t or don’t want to be on the waterfront, you might consider dinner someplace like Rochester Park, which has a number of very good restaurants, most with outdoor space, and is likely to be quite festive. See Graze http://www.graze.sg/ or Da Paolo http://www.dapaolo.com.sg/bistro_rest.htm, Drawback to this is getting a taxi back to your hotel after dinner. The nearest MRT stop is Buena Vista and is probably a 10-15 minute walk, so the MRT would be an option.

    You could also consider Holland Village, which has several streets with restaurants, virtually all of them outdoors, which could be quite festive but slightly less crazed than Orchard Road. Look at places like Dao Paolo (see above, they have several outlets) or Bistro Petit Salut
    http://www.aupetitsalut.com/index.html. Drawback here is again getting a taxi back, although Holland Village has good bus service and you could walk to the Buena Vista MRT, probably 20 minutes or so. (There will be an MRT stop at Holland Village sometime next year, but I doubt in time for New Years.)

    Another option would be the Dempsey Road area, which is a former army barracks now re-developed with shops and restaurants, including Sam’s Curry, a Singapore institution, see http://www.samyscurry.com/index.html. There are also other good restaurants with outdoor seating, including another branch of Petit Salut and Da Paolo. There is good bus service from Dempsey Road, and if you were really up for it, it is walkable back to the hotel, it’s about 1.5 miles. Again, it won’t be cold and Singapore is very safe.

    Note that at hotels you are likely to run into rather expensive set meal dinners. Stand-alone restaurants also have set meals for late evening dinners. If you don’t want to pay them, then go to dinner early in the evening when there should be regular seatings.

    As a final thought, if you belong to a golf or country club at home, and they have reciprocity with the Singapore Cricket Club, this might be a good and different choice for a celebration dinner and then see the fireworks. Or just have a drink at the bar. See http://www.scc.org.sg for info on whether there is reciprocity for any club you belong to at home. I don't believe any hotel could get you in, but it may be worth asking.

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