Alongside actress Michelle Yeoh, and the movie's breakout star Henry Golding, the unsung hero of the first Hollywood film in over 25 years to have an all-Asian cast is the luxe location of Singapore. “I think our film showcases much of its beauty it in a way that audiences around the world can appreciate," explains Crazy Rich Asians' director Jon M.Chu, “and, hopefully, make them feel like they’re travelling along with us.” Here's how to do Singapore like a Crazy Rich Asian...
When the mighty Eleanor Young bans Rachel from the great family mansion, Nick books them into Raffles Hotel, which takes its name from Sir Thomas Stamford Bingley Raffles, who established Singapore as a British colony in 1819. A masterclass in crisp, airy, colonial architecture, the flagship Raffles Hotel opened in 1887, and its greatest export remains the Singapore Sling, a tipple created in peanut shell-strewn The Long Bar in 1915. Currently undergoing something of a facelift, the iconic bastion of the British Empire is slated for reopening early 2019.
Find Raffles Hotel at 1 Beach Rd, Singapore. Call +65 6337 1886 or visit raffles.com/singapore/
"This had to be a wedding like you’ve never seen before," Jon M. Chu explains about Colin and Araminta's nuptials which take place at CHIJMES. "When you have money and all your friends have money, the difference is in how you make it your own and how creative you can be with it.” In this couple's case, this meant Araminta gliding down the aisle barefoot, walking on water, flanked by guests on custom velvet benches in a meadow of three-foot-high grass. As a former convent orphanage that has now been converted into a lifestyle and entertainment complex which also doubles as a wedding venue IRL, expect a roster of bars and restaurants from Japanese tea houses to Brazilian churrascarias.
Find CHIJMES at 30 Victoria St, Singapore 187996. Call +65 6337 7810 or visit chijmes.com.sg/
Supertree Grove at Gardens By The Bay
Colin and Araminta's glittering, Gatsby-inspired wedding reception was filmed at the strikingly sci-fi Supertree Grove at Gardens By The Bay. As well as being home to 162,900 plants including 200 species and varieties of bromeliads, orchids, ferns and tropical flowering climbers, and being emimently Instagrammable by night, the futuristic Supertrees are embedded with photovoltaic cells to harvest solar energy by day. Supertree Grove is open from 5am to 2am and admission is free, or you can hire it for a party of your own - yes really - here.
Find Gardens By The Bay at 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953. Call +65 6420 6848 or visit gardensbythebay.com.sg/en.html
Spoiler alert: Nick proposes to Rachel at Merlion Park over looking Marina Bay in front of Fullerton Hotel. Half-lion, half-fish, created by local craftsman Lim Nang Seng in 1972 to stand at the mouth of the Singapore River welcome visitors to city, it's one of seven Merlion statues across the island. A Mini-Me, known as the Merlion Cub can also be spotted nearby, with further iterations found on Sentosa Island and Mount Faber.
One Fullerton, Singapore 049213. For info, visit visitsingapore.com
Marina Bay Sands
The couple spend their last night in Singapore at Sands SkyPark looking over the world's highest and longest rooftop infinity pool on the 57th floor of Marina Bay Sands hotel. The symbol of the modern Singaporean skyline affords dazzling views of Supertree Grove and the flowering lotus that is the ArtScience Museum. The five-star property also boasts a Banyan Tree Spa and its own luxury shopping mall called The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands.
Find Marina Bay Sands at 10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956. Call +65 6688 8888 or visit marinabaysands.com
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