This year’s National Day Parade (NDP) to celebrate Singapore’s 50th birthday is certain to be the biggest show that the republic has ever put on. To commemorate this landmark anniversary, the parade will be held at the historic Padang, which is where Singapore’s independence was first declared. To keep the celebrations going, there will also be National Day performances and displays at various locations around the Marina Bay area.
These are the best hotels to stay at to soak in the festivities of NDP 2015, in the heart of the action and with a great view of the NDP fireworks. Don’t forget, in the weeks leading up to the main event on 9 August, there will be plenty of fireworks displays, parades, air shows and naval rehearsals to enjoy, too.
Swissotel The Stamford
Check in to the Swissotel The Stamford to watch the parade at the Padang without having to jostle with the crowds on the ground.
Even better, the hotel is allowing up to seven non-staying visitors per room, so you can share the view with your closest friends and family. If you plan to party till the wee hours of the night, you won’t have to worry about catching a ride back home since this hotel is within walking distance of many bars and restaurants in town.
Ideally situated a stone’s throw from the Padang, this newly reopened hotel is offering excellent rates of up to 50% off during the month of August. Guests can also enjoy 50% off buffet breakfast rates and a late 3pm check-out so you will get to sleep in after the celebrations.
If you happen to be at the Carlton on a Saturday morning, sign up for the hotel’s complimentary morning yoga session, too.
Fullerton Bay Hotel
Situated right on the water’s edge, this boutique hotel offers a stellar vantage point to observe the aerial and naval displays during the NDP. Choose a bay view room to enjoy the party on your private balcony, or join other guests at the hotel’s rooftop bar if you prefer a convivial atmosphere.
As part of the celebrations, guests get to enjoy a free Merlion mocktail at The Landing Point lounge, a $50 dining credit to use within the hotel and a complimentary heritage tour to brush up on Singapore’s history.
The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore
The bay view rooms in this plush hotel will give you a panoramic outlook over the ongoing SG50 festivities, especially the performances and fireworks displays at the Float@Marina Bay, which is the world’s largest floating stadium and the second of two main venues for the NDP celebrations.
Room reservations come with a buffet breakfast, $50 hotel credit, a bottle of Louis Roederer champagne and a limited-edition SG50 lion beanie soft toy keepsake.
Pan Pacific Singapore
Guests are in for a staycation treat at the Pan Pacific. The hotel overlooks Marina Bay, ensuring you a great view of the spectacular fireworks displays.
Indulge in a complimentary breakfast and enjoy a daily credit of $50, which you can use at the hotel’s dining and spa facilities. On top of that, guests also get to enjoy 20% off dinner at the Pan Pacific’s various restaurants.
Mandarin Oriental Singapore
Enjoy a complimentary bottle of champagne to toast Singapore’s Golden Jubilee while revelling in the celebrations at the Mandarin Oriental Singapore. You will also get a $50 hotel credit, which can be used at the spa or selected dining outlets during your stay. T
Here’s no need to rush the next day either as the hotel is offering a late 4pm check-out.
What better way to celebrate Singapore’s 50th birthday than with a stay at the grand old dame of luxury hotels that’s just a short walk from the Padang?
The hotel’s Celebratory Suite Package is a once-in-a-lifetime indulgent treat, which includes a stay in the historic Presidential Suite and a photography portrait session with top Singaporean lens man, Russel Wong.
Also included in the package is breakfast served in-suite, a five-course dinner at the Raffles Grill and a commemorative Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso watch featuring the hotel’s 125th anniversary engraving.
To gain insights into one of the most historic buildings in the country, you can also sign up for a $20 Raffles Walk of Fame tour of the hotel, conducted by volunteer guides from the National Heritage Board’s Preservation of Sites and Monuments Division. Take a peek into the hotel’s private nooks and crannies and discover more about the famous luminaries who have stayed here, including Elizabeth Taylor, Karl Lagerfeld and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.