I’ve always been fascinated by Asia. It’s probably the one continent that perfectly blends deep-rooted culture with unbelievable modern technology. So, I naturally always knew my honeymoon would be somewhere there. Tokyo was my preferred destination but as I was starting to learn, in marriage, the couple (read as the wife) decides these things.Thankfully, my wife also loves Asia and is also a fan of big cities like me. So while we both agreed that we wanted a big city in Asia we had different places in mind. I wanted Tokyo, while she wanted Singapore. So Singapore it was.
We had never visited Singapore or had any idea what to do there so we had to speak with our travel experts at Target Travels for help. We only knew it was a beautiful little city-state with the world-famous Marina Bay Sands Hotel. But what else could be happening there. The first meeting with Eniola at Target Travels was all we needed. She immediately spoke of Sentosa Island and all it had to offer. We Googled and were instantly sold. We got them to book our tickets, make all necessary reservations and basically pamper us from Lagos to Singapore and back.
We also wanted to do a quick stop in the UAE. Like most Nigerians, my wife and I had visited Dubai more than a few times but never Abu Dhabi. It felt like a good idea to do a two-day layover before continuing to Singapore. Target Travels came to the rescue once again with reservations at the lovely Yas Island. Impressively, all of these were done weeks before we were meant to proceed. The only thing that stood between us and the trip then, was our wedding.
We left Lagos for Abu Dhabi on the 10th of February, arrived the beautiful Yas Island in our chauffeur driven Mercedes and stayed at the Radisson. After a well-needed rest at night, it was time to hit up the fabulous Yas Water world. It was the perfect way to start off our honeymoon adventure. There were slides, rides, a massive beach themed swimming pool and just unbelievable stuff for all the fun you can possibly think of that is water related. We had the most amazing time there.
Day two in Yas Island was spent at Ferrari World. It has the fastest roller coaster in the world. That was all we needed to hear for us to decide to get on. A regular rollercoaster isn’t scary enough so why not do the fastest. I ended up taking the ride as my wife chickened out (and she’ll kill me for saying it here) and it was both the scariest and most exhilarating thing I’ve ever done. We proceeded to see an LED themed stage play after that to cool off then went to have a few drinks. After that, it was time to head to Singapore.
We arrived Changi Airport (rated the best airport in the world for so many years now) and proceeded to Sentosa Island in another chauffeur driven Mercedes (thanks again to Target Travels) and I could instantly see why the country is so popular. The scenery was stunning all the way. But nothing prepared us still for how beautiful Sentosa Island would be.
We arrived the Sofitel Sentosa Island Resort to the most serene atmosphere. Lush greenery, water and fountains everywhere, birds chirping, little ponds and lakes in corners and a lovely bottle of champagne and chocolates to welcome us. We toasted to a great week and then settled in to rest away the flight time and most importantly time difference and resultant jet lag.
Day two had us walking to the beach, which was right behind the hotel. We took in the fresh air and enjoyed the wind before proceeding further down the beach strip to the zip line and sky jump area. We first had to jump off a 5-storey building with nothing but a harness to hold us just before hitting the ground. The jump was so scary that one of us backed out at the last-minute (I wonder who that was). The zip line wasn’t as scary even though the length it went on for was unbelievable. We both took the ride and enjoyed every minute of it.
Next up was the free hanging cable ride. Probably the scariest thing we both did on the trip. We rode slowly without a cover, over the island and couldn’t wait to get to the end and just get off. We returned from the ride both driving mini race cars through the woods back to our initial start point. Lunch followed that before ending the day with a long swim in the pool. It was an exhilarating experience.
Day three had us at Universal Studios. Yes, THE Universal Studios. We rediscovered the kids in us as there were way too many rides to choose from and restaurants to eat at. We really did feel like kids in a candy store. We ended up taking about 4 rides, which completely blew our minds before deciding to enjoy a late lunch at a local Singaporean restaurant, eating from hot pots and wooden bowls. We proceeded on a brief stop at the mall and ended our day.
Day four had us take a ride in the most beautiful cable car probably in the world. The cable car towers over the entire city and takes you on an hour-long ride with a view of down town Singapore from an unbelievable height. The lovely sights and alone time together in our cable box, was the perfect way to end our stay at the lovely island. After the cable car ride, it was time to hit the city and say goodbye to Sentosa
The rest of our honeymoon was spent at the gorgeous Marina Bay Sands. We wanted to stay there just for the infinity pool, which is probably the scariest pool in the world. Our three-day stay there was eye-opening. From seeing the largest and arguably busiest hotel lobby ever, to walking around the largest mall you’ve ever seen located within a hotel, to having dinner at the most luxurious man-made garden, and the gorgeous views of the marina bay behind the hotel, it felt like we never had enough time to see all of the hotel.
But we did try to take in as much as we could. Our honeymoon suite came with access to a champagne lounge for free and you know I sure took advantage of that one. We also took out time to go into the city and catch a movie (Deadpool was awesome), before spending our final night in Singapore clubbing. At that point though, we were both exhausted and all honeymooned-out. The club located at the top of the hotel was packed and seemed like fun. But this young tired newly wed couple couldn’t party for too long. We needed to sleep and prepare for our journey out the next day back to Lagos.
In a nutshell, we enjoyed every minute of our honeymoon and are grateful that we spent them at the places we chose and the way we did. Also, we are really grateful to Target Travels for making it all easy. I for one, have always hoped to have an unforgettable honeymoon and thanks to my beautiful wife, it sure was. We definitely will never forget it.