When someone utters the words business travel, the first thing that comes to mind is men and women in business suits, jet setting around the globe, rushing across cities for meetings, and then back to the airport for their flights back home. We admit, the life of a business traveller in this day and age is extremely fast paced. They often travel to different countries around the globe for just enough time to attend important meetings and take care of any other assignments for their respective companies and then fly back home. Understandably, the life of a business traveller doesn’t exactly paint the picture of relaxation, to say the least. But you know the old adage ‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’. Well, it’s true. Considering all the running around business executives do, it is important to make sure they take out time to wind down and relax every once in a while. The constant stress of work coupled with the physical stress caused by travelling so often can undoubtedly take a toll on not just one’s physical well-being but also their mental health.
Now, that we have spoken about just how important it is to slow down and de-stress regularly, let’s move on to the ‘how’; how business travellers can relax in a city they are travelling to. To be honest, each city offers travellers a lot of distinct ways to relax while they are there. So, other than the generic activities most people around the world usually engage in to loosen up, each city kind of has it’s own ‘how to relax’ list. For the purpose of this article, we’ll start off with Singapore. Why this particular city, you ask? Because it is a global business hotspot. Among the highest ranked Asian cities in practically all aspects of global business, Singapore is home to several Fortune 500 companies such as Flextronics and Wilmar International. It enjoys the stature of being one of the most popular business hubs in the world due to a variety of other reasons including its high-quality infrastructure, competent administration, reasonable taxes, etc. With that being said, Singapore is not all about work. It has no dearth of mediums of relaxation and is an extremely accessible city that is well-connected by various means of transport for intra-city travel.
This is perhaps the most obvious item on this list, but you will understand why. Singapore is filled to the brim with places where you can get an extremely relaxing spa treatment; from spa chains and outlets to different hotels and resorts, there is no shortage of choice when it comes to choosing where you want to spend a rejuvenating day. Besides that, there’s also an ample number of spa treatment types for you to choose from. You can either opt for a rather simple treatment or you could go in for a complete relaxation package which includes revitalizing facials, soothing aromatherapy, and refreshing scrubs that ensure your entire body is tended to.Wait, there’s more in the choice department. Singapore has a wide variety of providers that are located in beautiful surroundings and offer stunning views. Case in point: The Banyan Tree Spa at Marina Bay Sands. Located on the 55th floor, this spa offers a view of the city and the sea. So, if it is a spa with a view you are looking for, you are sure to find it here.
Cruise around the city:
The charm of a quiet boat ride in a city as beautiful as Singapore is quite unparalleled. So, if you too would like to do that, just hop on one of the picturesque bumboat replicas for a cruise past Singapore’s financial district, along the Singapore River. The open air boats, adorned with quaint Chinese lanterns and soft lighting, provide an extremely satisfying setting against the backdrop of the city’s frenetic life as you sail past its celebrated attractions such as the Merlion, Marina Barrage, and Clarke Quay.
What makes the prospect of a boat ride in Singapore even better is that they vary in timing, so you can always fine one that suits you and your schedule. Furthermore, pickup and drop-off spots for these boat rides are located around the Singapore River and Marina Bay — so that is another non-issue issue off the list. Also, if the city is experiencing poor weather at the time or you just want a different water cruise experience, simply hop across to Marina Bay Sands where you can board a flat-bottom wooden boat a.k.a. sampan for an indoor cruise wherein you sail along the Canal by The Shoppes.
Take a walk:
If neither a spa or a boat ride are your thing or if you would prefer to engage in a more ‘active’ activity, we suggest you head out for a jog or may be just a brisk walk through Singapore. And before you start wondering, here are some suggestions of the scenic routes you can take: Start with moving towards the bay past the Marina Bay Financial Centre along the Singapore River and then make your way to the Gardens by the Bay. And if you are in mood for a quick break, there are plenty of quiet spots in Gardens that flaunts an extremely novel ambience, thanks to the Supertrees.
And if you are a morning person, it’d be a lovely idea to get in a sunrise yoga session at the top of Marina Bay Sands.
Visiting a city like Singapore means there are lots of places where you can just kick back and relax. And what makes that prospect even better is the fact that Singapore is a hub for food and drinks, so finding a good place to help you unwind is as easy as ABC. So, for this purpose, you can either visit a rooftop restaurant or bar where you can sip on your favourite drink and eat your favourite food and also watch the city go about its business below. If you are visiting one of these spots on a weekend, it is advisable to get a reservation whereas you can just walk in on a weekday and will find a table for yourself in all likelihood.
And if you are hankering for a new and better view, make your way to the Marina Bay Sands, where you can enjoy your drink with panoramic views of both Singapore and the ocean at Flight. Yet another spot with an equally lovely view is the Bread Street Kitchen by award-winning celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay.
Shop till you drop:
A lot of people engage in some retail therapy to unwind. If you too are one of the lot, Singapore is loaded with areas where you can shop your way to glory. We’ll start off the ‘where you can shop in Singapore’ list with the most popular, and perhaps a bit cliched, Orchard Road. The nearly 2.2 kilometres-long boulevard is lined with trees and offers ample pomp and extravagance. Orchard Road’s shopping belt includes a sea of shops and restaurants that ensure that there’s something for everyone. From luxury brands and high street fashion to grade A restaurants and fast food joints, there’s so much to do here.
But if you are looking for something less cliched, Mustafa Centre in Little India, Tiong Bahru Road, and Seng Poh Lane are also great spots for some quirky shopping.
What you have here is a concise list of what a business traveller can do to relax while in Singapore. But as you may have realised while reading this piece that Singapore is a fascinating country that has so much to offer despite its relatively small geographical size. It is evident that there is so much to explore in the many streets of Singapore and its food centres and boutique shops. So, if you are headed there for work, extend your stay by a day or two and indulge yourself in this thrilling amalgamation of the world.