If you’ve seen the movie, Crazy Rich Asians, you’ve no doubt “traveled” to Singapore.
But now you can actually do that experience one better.
Protravel International, the leader in luxury travel, has launched a one-of-a-kind curated “Crazy Rich Americans Love Singapore” vacation experience inspired by the sights and sounds seen in the blockbuster movie. Designed by one of Protravel’s top luxury travel advisors and Singapore specialists, the customizable itinerary provides an extraordinary trip in the Lion City to vacation like a movie star.
“Singapore is a multi-faceted luxurious destination for cuisine, design, fashion, shopping, and culture,” said Protravel International President Becky Powell. “It has been growing in popularity and our advisors report it’s among the top five Asian destinations they are booking and on the bucket list of many. Our Protravel advisors are well-versed in providing personalized white-glove service and having the local connections necessary to curate a once-in-a-lifetime vacation like our new ‘Crazy Rich Americans Love Singapore’ trip. This is not an experience you can easily create with anyone else or on your own,” said Powell.
The immersive six-day journey uncovers the best that Singapore has to offer with stays in the world’s finest hotels and a luxury-driven itinerary. Travelers arrive refreshed and pampered courtesy of Singapore Airlines’ first-class experience. A private chauffeured car takes them to their first hotel stay at the famous Marina Bay Sands where a refreshing dip in the iconic infinity-edge rooftop pool and awe-inspiring views await. Meanwhile, a white-gloved butler unpacks their bags in a spacious two-bedroom suite.
A private guide will provide special access to well-known and hidden sites and share the stories behind them to make this a memory of a lifetime. Tours of Chinatown, Little India, and Arab Street offering a colorful cultural immersion, along with the island-nation’s famous black-and-white colonial homes taking a step into history, and not-to-be-missed Singapore Botanic Gardens, Dempsey Hill, and Gardens by the Bay are all part of the journey.
Katharine Christmas is a luxury travel consultant with Protravel in Chicago, who helped to curate the tour. She says, “Singapore is such a luxury destination, and the people who live there, and the people in Southeast know it. My hope is to showcase a lot of the culture, glamour and beauty there, through this tour. But you need to know where to go.”
A special fashion touch is included with a session with one of Singapore’s best-known dressmakers for a fitting of a silk gown or suit. A private visit to view the high-style of local designers like Kevin Seah, Lisa von Tang, and Choo Yilin, renowned for their bespoke handbags, stunning jade jewelry, and cutting-edge Asian-fusion fashion, can also be arranged. A Mahjong master will teach tricks of this ancient game and pass time during a visit to Bukit Pasoh, home to Singapore’s brightly painted shop houses. The journey is not complete without an in-depth exploration of this melting pot of cuisines with influences from around the world at classic Michelin-starred restaurants such as Odette, Forest and Candlenut for lunch and dinner. “Candlenut is the first Peranakan restaurant to earn a Michelin star,” says Ms. Christmas. She adds that the tour will also visit Odette, an acclaimed French restaurant in the National Gallery museum. “It’s one of the world’s best restaurants,” she says.
A tour and samplings at famous street stalls like Chef Chen Hong Meng will exemplify the diversity of culinary offerings. Nightcaps at the uber-plush Manhattan, which was rated #3 on the World’s 50 Best Bars list and #1 in Asia, offers handcrafted cocktails and is home to the first in-hotel whiskey aging rickhouse.
Travelers can take a relaxation break during an overnight on tropical Sentosa Island complete with a stay in a luxurious villa at the Capella Singapore and an afternoon at the property’s Auriga Spa. Here, says Ms. Christmas, “You can get a moon massage – based on lunar cycles – while you reside in the middle of 30 acres of rainforest.” Upon return, guests will be transferred privately to The Capitol Kempinski Singapore, styled after the colonial buildings of a historically rich era with all the modern-day amenities.
“Singapore offers global travelers an immersive melting pot of some of the most unique cultures,” added Ms. Christmas, “The island nation is enjoying a significant moment in the spotlight. This travel experience offers an unparalleled view into the glamorous Singaporean lifestyle depicted on the big screen that cannot be replicated elsewhere. We are bringing the best of the country to life and making the inaccessible accessible to those who crave this kind of authentic experience,” Christmas added.
Guests may further customize their trip with stays in several top hotel choices including Andaz Singapore, JW Marriott Singapore, the W Sentosa, Raffles Singapore (re-opening this summer), St. Regis and others through Protravel’s SELECT Hotels and Resorts Program. Each hotel will offer guests a unique perk, amenity, or exclusive experience available only at that property. For example, in addition to a free upgrade upon booking (you heard that right – upon booking and not upon arrival), all offer breakfast, plus an early check-in.” Other perks at the participating hotels are equally outstanding. “At the Andaz,” for example, says Ms. Christmas, “you can go to the Mr. Stork bar on the roof and enjoy a cocktail in one of the unusual teepees that are so popular.”
Trips are customizable and start at approximately $30,000 per person based on double occupancy including roundtrip first-class airfare, hotels, meals in the itinerary, private guided tours and access, and local transportation.
Protravel International, LLC is a Travel Leaders Group company. Founded in 1984, Protravel International, LLC is a full-service, dynamic travel company with an award-winning reputation. Protravel is headquartered in New York City and supports 20 locations throughout the United States and the United Kingdom, plus a network of hosted agents in all corners of the U.S. Today, approximately 1,000 people make up the Protravel organization. Its expertise in destination, international faring and competitive products – coupled with our superior network of contacts in the airline, hotel, cruise and hospitality industry – makes Protravel one of the most powerful selling forces in the travel industry. Travelers also have access to The Travel Collection by Travel Leaders Group, a portfolio of select travel offers including discounts on international and domestic flights, value-added benefits at lodging establishments, shipboard credits on cruises and savings on escorted and vacation packages.
Adds Ms. Christmas: “There’s no better place to be an expatriate than Singapore. It’s safe, beautiful, multi-cultural, multilingual, and tropical.”
And who’s the perfect client? She says, “A younger couple from the city – for them it would be a wow experience – or for an energetic older couple.” Either way, or if you have kids, the tour has a great deal of “wiggle room” so that you can tailor-make your tour. Who knows? You just may want to spend extra time in one of those teepees in the rooftop bar at the Andaz!