Singapore in an amazing city, well country….well both actually. After being dismissed by Malaysia in the late 1960’s for whatever reason you might care to believe (Malaysia not really seeing the value in Singapore, or the other argument, that the super intelligent Lee Kuan Yew pissed off the Malaysian’s beyond belief that they told Singapore to piss off), Singapore has built itself into a regional super power – which is very impressive considering that its approximately the size of Johannesburg Metro and the East Rand combined. But lead by a phenomenally strong, driven, intelligent and ethical government, Singapore is what Johannesburg should aspire to be. Really, the only way to truly appreciate this modern city state is from the air – and if you are not wanting to climb into a plane or helicopter, then simply ascent to the top of One Raffles Place, to one of the highest and and most exclusive roof top venues – 1 Altitude.
1 Altitude is a nose-bleeding 64 floors above the ground – or perhaps 282m above the ground. It’s high enough to induce acrophobia, which it certainly brought on in me. 1 Altitude towers above the great city state of Singapore, giving those brave enough to visit its lofty heights a spectacular view of the city landscape and one of the most phenomenal places to view the bay and an eastern sunset. Its a place that, primarily, the expatriates frequent. The price tag alone just to end the establishment is enough to push the middle class locals away – around 50 Singapore Dollars for entrance (or around ZAR420). But at least this gets you a free cocktail when you get to the top.
And when you get to the top, and the world lies 64 stories below you, the expertly made cocktail, and in my case a most wonderful Mojito, was very much welcomed, and did much to rest my nerves, and allow me to pry my hands from the cocktail table and let me move around to take some pictures – barely. The roof top bar is surrounded by trees and foliage which, even at this height seem to grow with much ease. Dispersed in-amongst the trees are various day beds and couches to make oneself comfortable – and if are looking for a quick bite, the restaurant one floor below offers various snacks – as prices just a high and the rooftop. My recommendation, save a fortune and wait to get to ground level and find a good place where the locals go – try Wine Connection Tapas Bar and Bistro.
But, without a doubt, its one of the top places to visit while in Singapore. Its a perfect place to see the city that is packed with fantastic public spaces, leading restaurants, galleries and museums. It is no secret that I love Singapore, in fact, its one city/country that I hope to someday move to, live and work in. 1 Altitude is a great venue, and well, a great place to escape the maddening world below, and realize that life should be more about having phenomenal experiences. Lee Kuan Yew took a country rejected, and made it one of the most beautiful, efficient, advanced and exciting places that I have ever been to, and hope to return to soon. 1 Altitude gives you a view of a city state that Lee Kuan Yew knew could be built – and did.
Simply put, Singapore is a city worth exploring, and there is no better place to start with than 1 Altitude.