Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Singapore from lofty heights: The Moët & Chandon Champagne Flight on the Singapore Flyer

The other day I was invited to take a flight on the Singapore Flyer by the team there. I have to say I can never get enough of taking in the twinkling lights of Singapore from high above, and being the world's largest observation wheel, I was intrigued to see how it would compare to that of my hometown London (yes 30 metres taller!) and so accepted.

Yes there are lots of places you can take in the stunning views of Singapore, but for me it's usually up above in some bar somewhere where before long someone nudges you out the way, and it's very seldom you get such a magnificent  360 degree view as with the Flyer.

As we approached this big old baby as dusk was setting in,  at $240 millions worth and a huge 165 metres in height of it,  it's hard not to be impressed by it's sheer magnitude which is hard to convey in a photo at such close quarters...

That aside,  it was no ordinary flight, being treated to the Moët & Chandon Champagne Flight in a sooped up, sleek and very sexy capsule.

Now ordinarily something like this might strike you as incredibly cheesy but there is something strangely spanking about stepping into this pimped up capsule,  tunes pumping on the sound system with drink in hand.

The journey is just the right amount of time taking just over 30 mins, enough to take in all the breathtaking views which stretch to about 45km, but short enough to not get bored. Once the fabulous views of Marina Bay unfold before you, you then begin to pick out the Singapore River, Raffles Place, Sentosa, Changi Airport and everything in between. And there's something about watching it all in the twinkling lights and buzz of rush hour which make it all the more better.

We had to dash off afterwards but there's much more to the the Flyer than just the flight - with lots of restaurants and a hawker centre to suit whatever mood you're in and you can find out more about what's on offer here

Sometimes it' good to be a tourist in the city in which you live, and this was definitely one of those times. 

The Moët & Chandon Flight departs at 3, 5, 7 , 8and 9pm and includes 1 flute of Moët & Chandon champagne, 1 rotation, exclusive check-in and express boarding and the new VIP-themed capsule. Tickets (for adults only) are $69pp and if you feel like going all the way, private capsule packages are also available. For more information see here

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