Destination guide

See the best of the Lion City from Singapore vacation rentals

If you think you know Asia, think again. Fast-paced, multicultural and modern, Singapore's got a buzz about it that's hard to beat. It might be a major commercial hub, but it also draws vast numbers of travellers looking to check out attractions like Marina Bay, the Gardens by the Bay and Sentosa Island resort. Most Singapore vacation rentals are apartments, and this makes Singapore a top pick for single travellers, couples and smaller groups hunting for a city break with a difference. You'll also find some bigger condos and even houses if you're wanting to vacation with a larger group.

History

Singapore's well-known for its striking, modern architecture, but there's a whole lot of history hiding behind those gleaming skyscrapers. If you're into historic buildings, why not check out some of multi-ethnic Singapore's gorgeous places of worship like the Thiang Hock Keng Temple, Sri Mariamman Temple or Sultan Mosque? There are also a whole lot of sobering memorials and museums dealing with the Japanese occupation during World War 2 that you can visit from your Singapore vacation rental, including the Lim Bo Seng war memorial and the Changi Museum.

Activities

Activities and attractions in and around Singapore

Are you hoping to find attractions to visit in the city? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable holiday rental, you'll want to experience everything that Singapore has to offer. These are some of the major attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Universal Studios Singapore® (3.1 mi / 5.1 km)
  • Singapore Turf Club (11 mi / 17.8 km)
  • Singapore Flyer (0.8 mi / 1.3 km)
  • Singapore Zoo (9 mi / 14.5 km)
  • Marina Bay Golf Course (1.3 mi / 2.1 km)
  • Marina Barrage (1.4 mi / 2.2 km)
Natural highlights

Exploring the gardens and other natural features in Singapore

Whether you're an adventurous traveller or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Singapore is a great place to spend some time outside. Here are a few of the area's most eye-catching features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • National Orchid Garden (3 mi / 4.9 km)
  • Gardens by the Bay (1.1 mi / 1.8 km)
  • Singapore Botanic Gardens (2.9 mi / 4.7 km)
  • Bukit Timah Nature Reserve (7 mi / 11.2 km)
  • Esplanade Park (0.2 mi / 0.3 km)
  • Merlion Park (0.3 mi / 0.5 km)
How to get there

Travelling to and around Singapore

Fly into Singapore (SIN-Changi), the closest airport, located 10.5 mi (16.8 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you might consider flying into Batam Batu Besar (BTH-Hang Nadim), which is 21.5 mi (34.6 km) away.

You can see more of Singapore by catching a ride on the metro at City Hall Station, Esplanade Station or Clarke Quay Station.

How to get around

Singapore's got a great public transport system, with plenty of buses and rail services. You'll also find taxi fares are pretty reasonable, and if you can stand the humidity then you could join the many Singaporeans who choose to get around by bike. Driving in Singapore is pretty expensive thanks to congestion charges and expensive licensing schemes aimed at reducing congestion, but car rentals are available if that's how you like to roll. The multi-awarded Singapore Changi International Airport is a major hub for international flights, while the Port of Singapore is a popular stop for cruise ships.

Food & drink 

Singapore's mix of ethnic groups means its cuisine boasts a heady blend of different flavours, with local favourites including rich chili crab and tasty chicken rice. For a real taste of Singapore, get your spoon into a bowl of the shrimp-flavoured coconut soup known as Katong Laksa. Singaporeans love to eat at open-air hawker food courts, where you can fill up on mouthwatering dishes at insanely reasonable prices. Centrally located vacation rentals are just a stone's throw away from the historic Raffles Hotel, the birthplace of one of the city's most famous exports, the Singapore sling. This famous gin-based cocktail was devised by a bartender at the hotel in the early 20th century.

Essential info

The city-state covers an area of 721.5 sq km, and has a population of around 5 and a half million. Thanks to its rich history, Singapore's got 4 official languages – English, Malay, Mandarin and Tamil – and if you're getting currency beforehand then it's Singapore dollars (SGD) that you'll need to order in. Singapore's got a well-deserved reputation as one of the safest major cities in the world, but if you do run into trouble, you can get the police on 999 and the ambulance/fire service on 995. The city's also got a bit of a thing about cleanliness, and you can drink water straight out of the tap without any worry.

Where to stay near Singapore?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 983 holiday rentals near Singapore. From 599 Condos/Apartments to 225 Houses, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Singapore is on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Singapore?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of holiday rentals for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Singapore:

  • Orchard: 271 holiday homes
  • Little India: 102 holiday homes
  • Geylang: 262 holiday homes
  • Outram: 200 holiday homes
  • Downtown: 264 holiday homes

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Singapore?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places in Singapore. From HomeAway travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Novena: 977 holiday rentals
  • Singapore Botanic Gardens: 917 holiday rentals
  • Tiong Bahru Plaza: 985 holiday rentals
  • Jem: 918 holiday rentals
  • Tiger Sky Tower: 986 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Singapore listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Singapore?

Yes, of course. HomeAway offers 599 Condos/Apartments in Singapore. Our other popular types of Singapore holiday rentals include:

  • Houses: 225 holiday houses
  • Studios: 551 holiday houses
  • Hotels: 116 holiday houses

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Bed & breakfasts and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Singapore?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 454 holiday homes with pool available in Singapore. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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