City Sophistication: Exhilarating Experiences With Four Seasons Asia Pacific
We're sharing our Top 3 can't-miss experiences in some of the most sought-after cities in Asia Pacific that you're going to love to try. Where will your next trip take you?
Mumbai. Hong Kong. Singapore. Shanghai. Jakarta. Sydney. These are cities with boundless energy and excitement; where you can move along to the rhythm of the street; or get swept up in the sensations of designer fashion and of-the-moment art galleries; where the food is out of this world; and excitement is in the air. This summer is the ideal time to take in the best of the most exciting cities in the world: Four Seasons in Asia Pacific.
Visit any of our dynamic destinations and check out some of these one-of-a-kind experiences from our expert Concierge team.
- You Deserve a Steal. The Chor (“thief” in Hindi) Bazaar is renowned across the city as the place to go when you want to find … well … anything. If you want a figurehead from a 19th-century ship, you can probably find it. If you’re looking for a traditional English tea set, they probably have that, too. And when you’re ready for something a little more sparkly, the Zaveri Bazaar next door has all of the diamonds, gold and silver jewellery you could dream of.
- Wash. Rinse. Repeat. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime sight. A sea of people literally “airing out their laundry,” or in this case, washing it. In India, dhobis are employed by affluent families to wash their clothes. Visit Dobhi Ghat and you’ll witness the time-honoured tradition of washing the laundry by hand. Watch this mesmerising sight of people soaking the clothes and striking them against the rocks for cleaning and you’ll never look at laundry the same way again.
- Up for a Spot of Spelunking? The Elephanta Caves, located just a ferry ride away, are a complex of ancient cave systems. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, these ancient caves are a great vantage point from which to soak in the city’s skyline.
- Set Your Sights High. It gets no higher in Shanghai than the World Financial Center, located in the heart of Lujiazui. Comprised of 101 storeys, this soaring structure rises 492 majestic metres and features an observation deck of angled glass walls and see-through floor panels. It’s an adrenaline junkie’s dream.
- Go Yum Yum for Dim Sum. You won’t have to go far to find award-winning dim sum in the city. In fact, Si Ji Xuan restaurant at Four Seasons is world-renowned for having some of the best you’ll ever taste. On weekends, the restaurant offers an unlimited à la carte selection—perfect when you want to try everything under the sun.
- Creativity. Chinese-Style. Once a textile mill, the Suzhou Creek Art District is a wonderful complex brimming with creative energy. Home to more than 100 galleries and studios, once you step through the doors, you’ll get caught up in the latest in Chinese culture and cutting-edge art.
- Step Into the Slow Lane. Travel back to a more tranquil, slower-paced Singapore with a visit to Pulau Ubin, the last “kampong” or village in Singapore. A 10-minute bumboat ride from Changi leads you to a place where meandering paths and coconut palms encircle rubber plantations, secluded beaches and dense mangrove forests.
- A Little India in “Little India.” You’ll likely smell the intoxicating scents of coriander and earthy spices long before you arrive. Little India is home to the Southern Tamil people in India, and their street food, culture and intricate temples are ready to welcome one and all.
- Drop In on an Orangutan or Two. The Singapore Zoo is home to more than 2,500 animals that are free to roam in their spacious habitats. Marvel at the intelligence of the elephants at the “Elephants of Asia” exhibit. And for something truly different, try a night safari with a personalised tour along a walking trail.
- Take a Wild Ride, or Three. The island of Sentosa is a one-stop shop for all things vacation. Home to Universal Studios, several golf courses, a water park and oceanarium, it’s where the locals go to get away from city life for a while. And it’s where you can go for thrill rides or 18 holes of tropical golf.
- Go Boat Bar Hopping. Singapore is home to some of the most amazing ethnic cuisine offerings in the world. Hop a bumboat ride along the Singapore River and stop into the various restaurants and bars along the shore. Before you depart, don’t forget to try the chilli crab and Haianese chicken and rice—the most famous local dishes.
- Would You Like to Take Flight? The Jurong Bird Park in Singapore is THE place to go if you are fascinated by our feathered friends. Apart from the aviary, the park is also home to a Falconry programme. If you’re ready to try your hand at this ancient art, falconers will show you how to feed, fly and even handle these awe-inspiring raptors.
- Café? Museum? Both? Café Batavia at Fatahillah Square is an icon in a city filled with icons. Set in the middle of the Kota Tua, the old city, the café is a tribute to the history of Jakarta. Dine in the company of art from around the world and make sure to stop into the Churchill Bar upstairs for a little taste of the colonial life.
- A Taste of the High Life. Kemang street is where visitors can find a little taste of home, wherever home may be. Along this laid-back street are trendy nightspots and restaurants featuring cuisine from all over the world. You can also find a host of unique art galleries and boutiques.
- Live as the Locals Do. The Taman Mini Indonesia Indah is a culture-based recreational area. If you want to get a dose of the life in Indonesia, this is a must-visit. From traditional houses, ceremonies and cuisines to museums and theatres, it’s here that you can really soak in the life of a local.
- The Loftier Side of Sydney. See what Sydney looks like from 134 metres above, atop one of the most famous bridges in the world—the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Choose from three different guided climbs, each offering a different perspective on this iconic attraction.
- An Evening With the Animals. For those who have always wondered what happens in a zoo overnight, here’s your chance to find out. The Taronga Zoo invites visitors to spend the night in the company of over 100 species of exotic animals. Begin with sunset drinks and snacks, continue on a twilight tour of the zoo and end with breakfast and a behind-the-scenes morning tour.
- Hit the High Notes. Whether it’s a VIP backstage tour of Sydney’s famed Opera House, or an afternoon of culinary delights and live opera, there is no shortage of ways to immerse yourself in one of the modern wonders of the world. Discover the magic of Jorn Utzon’s magnificent creation in the company of expert guides and some of the best voices on earth.
- Grab a Seat Next to the Seated Buddha. The Tian Tan Buddha, also known as the Big Buddha, is one of the world’s tallest outdoor, bronze seated statues in the world. Located near the Po Lin monastery, a trip to see the Buddha is not complete without a stop into the nearby fishing village of Tai O.
- Beach Hopping in Hong Kong. A beach may not be the first thing that springs to mind when you’re thinking about Hong Kong. Truth is, there are a surprising number of secluded islands boasting amazing beaches—all just a short hop away from the Star Ferry Pier. Allow us to pack you a picnic lunch for a relaxing beach day just outside the city limits.
- To Market, to Market to Buy … Well, Anything. Temple Street Night Market, Ladies Market, Bird Market, Jade Market. No matter what you are in the market for, there’s a market in or around Hong Kong for you. No matter what’s on your shopping list, our Concierge will gladly help you find a stall, a street or an entire market just perfect for you.