Love nature? Rediscover Singapore with this travel itinerary for eco-travellers
Itching to travel and discover new places? Perhaps it’s time to look at our own backyard for new adventures to satiate your wanderlust.
In early September, we ran a poll on CapitaStar@Work asking our community to vote for the travel style that best suits their personality. “Nature lover” received the highest votes and as promised, here are our picks of places for nature lovers to eat, stay, play, and shop.
Get the best of both worlds when you dine at Poison Ivy Bistro located within Bollywood Veggies Organic Farm. Not only are you at the heart of the farm, you can also enjoy the most direct farm-to-table experience with every dish. Remember to pop by the farm after your meal to pick up some greens for your home or office!
Poison Ivy Bistro, 100 Neo Tiew Road, Singapore 719026
For a more urban garden setting, try the Artemis Grill & Sky Bar for some Mediterranean fare. Eco-travellers will appreciate that the restaurant is on the same floor as the Sky Forest — where the building’s distinct petal-like wind funnel that helps with the building’s wind circulation is. The building itself has been awarded the BCA Green Mark Platinum for its environmentally sustainable features and design. And have we mentioned the view from the 40th floor is simply breathtaking?
Artemis Grill & Sky Bar, 138 Market Street, CapitaGreen Rooftop (Level 40), Singapore 048946
It’s in the details
If you’re looking to level up your staycation, look no further than the Ascott Orchard Singapore. The serviced apartment has short-term stays and offers an urban alternative to eco-travellers who prefer to be closer to the shops. The Ascott take their Green practices seriously and use materials made from sustainable sources and recycled products. The building has also been awarded the BCA Green Mark Gold Plus for its efforts in environmental sustainability and energy efficiency. So you can enjoy your staycation knowing that you are in good “green” hands.
Ascott Orchard Singapore, 11 Cairnhill Rd, Singapore 229724
Did you know that Singapore is surrounded by 64 offshore islands? Coney Island, St John’s Island, Lazarus Island, and Pulau Ubin are just some you can visit to immerse yourself in nature and take part in a number of activities such as hiking, cycling, fishing, and birdwatching. Most of these islands retain their rustic charm and offer visitors a quick getaway with their tranquil vibes and relaxing settings. These islands are also rich in history so you might even pick up a thing or two about Singapore’s past while you’re at it!
Explore by foot
If you prefer to keep your nature adventures in the mainland, Singapore boasts an extensive network of nature reserves, parks, and gardens. The Singapore Botanic Gardens has a number of attractions to suit every nature lover’s fancy from orchids to heritage trees to fragrant plants.
For a slightly more challenging nature walk, try one of the hiking trails in MacRitchie Nature Reserve or Bukit Timah Nature Reserve (they have one for every fitness level). The Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve is also one for the books especially if you’re looking for close animal encounters. It’s home to wide biodiversity so macaques, crocodiles, snakes, wild boars, otters, and birds are a common sight.
Or how about a journey to the west? The newly revamped Jurong Lake Gardens should also be on your list with its nature trails and nature areas. Hint: Look for the famous Lone Tree for that perfect Instagram shot. The Lone Tree is a sculpture made of recycled iron and can be found in the Grasslands area.
Singapore’s wild side
If you’re also an animal lover, then it’s time to revisit the four attractions under the Wildlife Reserves Singapore, the Singapore Zoo, Night Safari, Jurong Bird Park, and River Safari. While many of us have visited these places at least once in our younger days, they are always worth a trip because every visit offers a different experience. It’s also worth mentioning that unlike traditional animal enclosures, the Singapore Zoo and Night Safari have open exhibits that adopt naturalistic habitats, elevating the experience and bringing you closer to your favourite animals.
Fashion and sustainability
The fashion industry leaves behind a significant amount of carbon footprint and pollution. Part of the reason why shopping at The Fashion Pulpit is such a rewarding experience is because you can shop guilt-free—both in terms of your wallet and the environment. The store gives old clothes a new lease of life and more mileage to help reduce carbon footprint through its clothes swap concept.
The Fashion Pulpit, 5 Straits View, Marina One The Heart, #01-04, Singapore 018935
Every little counts when it comes to leading a more sustainable lifestyle. The Green Collective SG believes in creating zero waste and plastic, and their multi-label concept store reflects that with its curation of eco-friendly, green, and fair-trade items. Pop by their lifestyle store at Funan and you’ll be surprised by the wide variety of products you’ll find, from sustainable wines to skincare to even kitchenware!
The Green Collective, 107 North Bridge Road, #02-18 Funan Mall, Singapore 179105
Before you embark on your eco-travel within Singapore…
Remember to practice social responsibility, mask up, and call ahead to enquire about your destination. Certain places/attractions currently have time-allocation and may require you to book ahead to secure your spot. And while you’re enjoying your experiences in nature, remember to be respectful of nature – take nothing but photographs and leave nothing but footprints behind!
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