20 Oct 2020
We’re all probably feeling in need of a rejuvenating break right now, but with overseas travel restricted we need to consider our options closer to home.
There’s actually so much on our doorstep we may not know about. With Audi on demand, we can help you escape the everyday stresses and satisfy some of those travel cravings. Simply book online from the extensive fleet of vehicles and pick up your Audi from Audi Centre Singapore, or have a concierge deliver the car to you.
Looking for some inspiration? We’ve come up with a two-day drive itinerary with a nature theme. Hidden green lanes, peaceful backwaters, and plenty of healthy fresh air await.
Morning: Coney Island
(Park at The Punggol Settlement, 500 New Punggol Road Singapore 828617. Parking fees apply)
Start in the far northeast corner of Singapore by directing your in-car navigation (standard on all Audi on demand cars) to The Punggol Settlement. From here, it’s a gentle 15-minute stroll along the waterfront Punggol Promenade Nature Walk to get to Coney Island Park West Entrance. Bicycles are also available for rental, if you prefer exploring on two wheels.
Once you’ve crossed the narrow causeway to rustic Coney Island it feels like you’ve left civilisation miles behind. While only 81 hectares in size, it’s packed with diverse natural habitats, including mangrove, sandy beaches, forest and grassland. The island has a calm atmosphere that’s perfect if you want to practice mindfulness. Listen out for the sweet birdsong from the Oriental magpie-robin as you stroll beneath the shade of the wispy casuarina trees.
Visitor tips: Set out early if you want to avoid being outdoors during the hottest part of the day. Wear long trousers and covered shoes for protection from insects such as sandflies. Avoid bringing snacks that might attract the native macaques.
Lunch: Sembawang Park
(Car Park 1, Sembawang Road. Free parking)
Jump back in your Audi and skirt westwards around the coast to reach tranquil Sembawang Park. Nearby you’ll find historic Beaulieu House. Built as a private residence in the 1910s, the pretty conservation building is now home to a Chinese seafood spot with magnificent sea views over the Straits of Johor.
Early afternoon: Masjid Petempatan Melayu Sembawang
(27B Jalan Mempurong, Singapore 759055. Free parking)
A couple of minutes’ drive away lies another hidden gem, one of the last Malay kampung mosques in Singapore. Built in 1963 by local villagers, the serene Masjid Petempatan Melayu Sembawang is nestled in a forest clearing with lush gardens on all sides. Check out the majestic rubber tree looming over the mosque, the only surviving remnant of the former rubber plantations that once stood here.
Mid-afternoon: Upper Peirce Reservoir Park
(Along Old Upper Thomson Road. Free parking)
Time to point south and drive inland to Upper Peirce Reservoir Park. This is reached via the snaking S-turns of Old Upper Thomson Road where dense foliage presses in so close on all sides you can almost touch it. You might not know that this narrow winding road is a piece of local motorsport heritage, as it formed part of the street circuit for Singapore’s original Grand Prix races in the 1960s. Life moves along at a much slower pace here these days, with Upper Peirce Reservoir Park making a chill spot for some post-lunch snoozing while enjoying refreshing breezes off the reservoir.
Make a small detour before reaching our final stop of the day, turning off Alexandra Road to explore Alexandra Park, a hilly estate of old black-and-white properties set above Hort Park. Pull up for a moment on Canterbury Road to soak in glorious sunset views over the valley to distant Kent Ridge.
Overnight: Sofitel Sentosa
(2 Bukit Manis Road, Sentosa, Singapore 09989)
Our staycation pick is the Sofitel Sentosa, a luxurious oasis tucked away among 11 hectares of tropical woodland. Splendid peacocks roam the gardens, calling out loud greetings as they treat new arrivals to magnificent displays of their feathers. With its elegant pools, waterfalls and airy, light-filled heritage buildings, this feels more like a chic resort in Bali or Thailand. End the day in style with a sumptuous dinner at the hotel’s Italian restaurant The Cliff with breathtaking views of the South China Sea.
An active start kicks off with a pre-breakfast jog along Sofitel Sentosa’s private rainforest boardwalk. This secret pathway emerges like magic right next to Tanjong Beach where early risers will feel like they’ve got the entire island to themselves.
Mid-morning: Kent Ridge Park Pond
(Car Park B, Kent Ridge Park, Vigilante Drive, Singapore 118176. Free parking)
After checking out of your Sentosa idyll, a 20-minute drive brings you to Kent Ridge Park, reached via a steep climb up bendy Vigilante Drive. Walk down a series of paths and steps, following signs to “Pond”, to reach two hidden away natural water features that look like wild backdrops to the movie Jurassic Park. It’s hard to believe that they sit adjacent to modern offices and high-tech laboratories lining Science Park Drive. While they are no dinosaurs, over 30 species of dragonflies have been recorded here and it’s mesmerising to watch these insects in action.
Tip: Dragonflies love sunshine, so the best time to spot them is between 10am-2pm.
After all that outdoor exertion it’s time to let your Audi do all the work with a meandering drive north through the Kranji countryside. From some angles, these sleepy backroads look like you’ve landed among the rural lanes of Italy or France.
Lunch: Bollywood Veggies
(100 Neo Tiew Road, Singapore 719026. Free parking)
The goal is “Paradise”, aka Bollywood Veggies, a four-hectare “eco” farm filled with 20 types of banana trees and many other exotic fruits, rice paddies, vegetable plots, spices and herb gardens. The innovative enterprise is run as sustainably as possible with no pesticides or chemical fertilisers used on site. A healthy lunch at the Poison Ivy bistro followed by a guided farm tour makes a fine way to set up body and soul for the trip back to “normality”.
Returning home feeling more refreshed, the only thing left to do is to start making plans for your next Audi on demand driving adventure!
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