Winter Wonderland Singapore


Over the past couple of decades, Singapore has inexorably grown as both a tourist and business hub in the East. As Singapore has been welcomed into an increasingly globalised community, the city state has assimilated Western traditions. For the fourth year in a row, Singapore will host its annual Winter Wonderland Festival, a celebration that infuses Western and Eastern tradition. With accommodation across the beguiling city of Singapore, thesqua.re offers the ideal base to explore this new Singaporean tradition.

Winter Wonderland Singapore

Hosted at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore’s Winter Wonderland is the premiere yuletide attraction in the city. As you arrive at Marina Bay, you will first be attracted to the magnificent Luminarie light sculptures that illuminate the area. Delicately crafted by Italian craftsmen, there are over 100 light sculptures in the area, with the most prominent being the majestic 22.5 metre tall Spalliera.

Luminarie light sculptures

For a non conventional Christmas event, Ethiopian Dreams provide a jaw dropping circus extravaganza. Earlier in the year, Ethiopian Dreams was a sell out at the Edinburgh Festival. Offering a combination of gravity defying stunts, skills and adventure, ticket prices to Ethiopian Dreams vary depending on age.

Ethiopian Dreams Circus Singapore

For something more traditional, visit Santa Claus himself at the Alpine House. With over 100 presents given away on a daily basis- ranging from vouchers to free carnival rides to beverage tokens-pictures with Santa Claus are available.

Santa Claus Alpine House

Wander around the Supertree Grove, the home of a charming European style Christmas market. Including over 30 festive wooden huts, this market is styled on similar markets in London, Paris and Berlin. Shop for handmade crafts, souvenirs, boutique goods and vintage items before enjoying a glass of mulled wine and something delicious to eat.

Supertree Grove shop

If you’re looking for something more filling than traditional German sausage or mince pie, visit SAVOUR- Winter Wonderland’s gourmet village. Containing five restaurants, SAVOUR offers a sophisticated dining experience which will feature celebrity and award winning michelin star chefs.

Gardens by the Bay Christmas Wonder 2017

This year, Winter Wonderland offers the biggest collection of carnival rides in their history. Featuring bumper cards, chair swings, a ferris wheel, a Christmas train and Tea Cups, the carnival rides are a great way to keep your children entertained during your visit to Winter Wonderland.

winter wonderland carnival rides singapore

Given Marina Bay’s central location, travelling to Winter Wonderland is simple. Take the Circle Line or Downtown Line and depart at Bayfront MRT Station before crossing Dragonfly or Meadow Bridge.

Enjoy Christmas with thesqua.re in Singapore.

Celebrating in New Year in Paris


Paris, the City of Light, offers countless options to usher in the New year. One of the most colourful and exciting places to bring in the New year, Paris is the ideal location to celebrate the end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018. Celebrate the New year in style, with a stay at one of thesqua.re’s luxury serviced apartments.

New Year Tradition in Paris

New Year Tradition in Paris

In Paris, as with the rest of France, the New Year also goes by the name St Sylvestre and begins on the 1st January and ends on February 1st. Consistent with tradition across the globe, French people start exchanging bises at midnight, with the theme continuing throughout January. So don’t be surprised to hear French people exchanging New Year pleasantries for the entire month of January.  

Where to visit?

The Champs Elysees Grande Parade:

The Champs Elysees Grande Parade

Known as the centre of the party, the Champs Elysees is flooded with revelers from around 21:00. From here, it is possible to get a great view of all the fireworks in Paris, with the Eiffel Tower flickering and sparkling in the lead up to the stroke of midnight. Unsurprisingly, the Champs Elysees is the busiest place in Paris on New Year’s Eve.

Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe new year night

This year, the head of Paris’ avenues- the Arc de Triomphe- will host a special event that starts at 11:00. Although one can expect fireworks, plans for this year’s show have been shrouded in secrecy, so head down to the Arc de Triomphe for an evening of surprises.

Sacre Coeur Festivities

Sacre Coeur Festivities

Located in Montmartre, the Sacre Coeur is a Parisian favourite during the festive period. Slightly calmer than the perpetual buzz of the Champs Elysees, the Sacre Coeur offers stunning views of the city as the sky is illuminated by the effervescent flash of fireworks. At Montmartre, there are countless bars, cabaret shows, and clubs to explore.  If you’re looking for a unconventional way to celebrate New Year’s in Paris, partying in Montmartre may be the ticket.

New Year’s Eve Shows and Cabarets

New Year's Eve Shows and Cabarets

Celebrating New Year’s Eve at the Moulin Rouge is a popular way of spending the evening, although very pricey. Starting at  680 Euros per person in 2017-2018, the evening includes a champagne dinner, music, dancing and caviar, with the Moulin Rouge Orchestra offers a delightful post-midnight show to cap off the evening’s events. There are less expensive packages available that offer fewer perks.

On the morning after the night before, the New Year’s Day Parade on the Champs Elysees is a shore way to remove any muggy heads from the previous evening.

Christmas in NYC


As soon as New York’s Thanksgiving celebrations come to a conclusion, preparation for Christmas begins in earnest. The City That Never Sleeps is a wondrous paradise during the Christmas season,  shedding its frequently tough exterior in place of a lights and decorations. Discover this festive wonderland during your stay with thesqua.re this Christmas.

The official start of New York’s holiday celebrations is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. This year, the parade will run on the 23rd November and will be the parade’s 90th birthday. Head out onto the streets of central New York to witness balloons, floats and the arrival of Santa Claus.

Rockefeller Christmas Tree

Rockefeller Christmas Tree

Although there are several famous tree lighting centres across New York, the Rockefeller Christmas Tree lighting is the most famous by far. On the 29th November at 20:55 precisely, NBC’s Today hosts will light the iconic tree that sits outside the Rockefeller Centre. Adorned with over 50,000 LED lights, the event is broadcast live on television, but it is no replacement for seeing it in person.

Bryant Park Winter Village

Bryant Park Winter Village

One of the most anticipated openings of the New York calendar, Bryant Park Winter Village runs from 28th October to the 4th March, getting increasingly busier over the Christmas period. With a 17,000 square foot ice skating rink, 150 kiosks, food vendors and mulled wine distributors, Bryant Park Winter Village is located outside the Bank of America.

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

Tchaikovsky’s famous Christmas ballet has become synonymous with yuletide goodwill. Artistic director George Balanchine created a New York City infused version of Tchaikovsky’s ballet, which has been performed every Christmas at the Lincoln Centre since 1954. With shows running from November 28th through January 3rd, the closest subway station is the 1 train at 66th Street. There are performances most days, with two a day during most of December.

Christmas Markets

Christmas Markets Chelsea

New York hosts several Christmas markets, where you can purchase handmade gifts, decorations and festive treats. A unique way of doing your Christmas shopping, the markets are incredibly popular on weekday evenings. Union Square Holiday Market, Columbus Circle Holiday Market, Artists and Fleas at Chelsea Market and Grand Central Holiday Fair in addition to the Bryant Park Winter Village are some of the most popular, but New York is a city that rewards exploration and that is the same with Festive markets.

Take a Picture with Santa

Take a Picture with Santa

What is Christmas without a picture of Santa Claus? When in New York, Santa isn’t camera shy and is more than willing to pose for pictures with children and adults. Macy’s Santaland, Winter Wonderland and Bloomingdale’s are Santa’s favourite spots, so be sure to visit him there.

Unusual Things to Do in London


Despite being one of the biggest tourist destination on Earth, London can seem a little too familiar if you never try to expand your horizons and discover new things to do. Apart from the list of the most popular museums and galleries, there are a ton of unusual things to do in London. Here are just a few:

Clowns Gallery Museum

Clowns Gallery Museum

This unique museum is open on the first Friday of each month and allows guests to see photographs, props and costumes that were used by some of Britain’s most famous clowns. An unusual (and unofficial) rule used by clowns is that no two performers can have the same make-up. To make sure that no two clowns were wearing the same makeup, the practice of painting a unique design onto an egg was started. This led to the extensive collection of more than 200 painted egg shells which today sit in the museum. If you want to do something a little bit different, this is your answer.

God’s Own Junkyard

God’s Own Junkyard

Not only is this bizarre and beautiful collection of salvaged neon signs absolutely refreshing, it is also the largest collection of neon signs in Europe, making it a must see.

Grant Museum of Zoology

Grant Museum of Zoology

This unusual museum is a hidden treat for anyone that enjoys finding things off the beaten track. It is the only one of its kind and has been around for more than a century. It showcases animal skeletons, taxidermy specimens and other creatures that have been preserved in fluid. Don’t miss out on the elephant skull.

So there you have it,  a short but sweet list of unusual things that anyone can, and must, do on their next trip to London.

Designers to Look out for During London Fashion Week


With London Fashion Week fast approaching, designers and curators are frantically preparing to impress the fashion world. As always, much anticipation surrounds London Fashion Week- one of the four major fashion weeks in the world along with Paris, New York and Milan.

london fashion week

From the 14th September to the 19th September, creativity, innovation and unabashed audacity take centre stage: but what designers should you be paying close attention to?

Who? Amanda Wakeley

When? 14th September, 19:00.

Why? Opening London Fashion Week Fall 2017 is Amanda Wakeley OBE. Born in 1962, Wakeley is best known for her cocktail dresses, evening wear and accessories. Purveying a “clean glam” signature style, Wakeley has recently developed everyday wear, including knitwear, day dresses and tailoring

Who? Ralph & Russo

When? 15th September, 20:30.

Why?  In 2014, Ralph & Russo became the first British brand to be selected by the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture for Paris Fashion Week in over 100 years. Since then, much excitement has surrounded the house, with Chambre Syndicale’s former president stating: “We expect savoir faire, which is being lost, and Ralph & Russo have it”.

Who? Molly Goddard

When? 16th September, 12:00.

Why? This up and coming British designer has earned plaudits for her work over the past several years. The 2016 winner of the British Emerging Talent Award, Goddard is set to become a more recognised name across the fashion world thanks to her capsule footwear collection with Topshop and upcoming Topshop showspace.

Who? Emporio Armani

When? 17th September, 19:00

Why? Established in 1975, Emporio Armani is one of the most lauded houses in the world. Although the Armani house is currently offering much more than just sartorial elegance, the brand is built off the success of their fashion lines. Offering a wide range of clothes and accessories, Armani is perhaps the most widely recognisable name at this year’s London Fashion Week.

Who? Pringle of Scotland

When? 18th September, 12:00

Why? With over a 200 year history, Pringle of Scotland is one of the oldest fashion houses in the world. However, the house has always possessed a thoroughly modern, pioneering outlook. Renowned for its cashmere products, Pringle has shaped the fashion industry throughout history and continues to do so to this day.

Who? Tommy Hilfiger

When? 19th September, 19:00

Why? One of the most respected designers in the world, Tommy Hilfiger has transformed into a cultural icon. Celebrating the essence of classic American style, Tommy Hilfiger, founded in 1985, delivers premium style, quality and value to customers. Closing this fall’s fashion week, Tommy Hilfiger’s collection is not to be missed.

Rated Apartment wishes all our guests and friends a very Happy New Year 2017!


Wishing You All Happy New Year 2017 by RatedApartments Team

As the new year rolls in, we reflect on the year gone by and look forward to what the new year may hold in store. It’s the time of the year to extend our warmest New Year Wishes and say thank you to all our guests and friends for being an integral part of ‘Rated Family’.

Filled with so much of goodness, 2016 has been a wonderful and rewarding year for our organization and we hope that it will end on a good note. We are delighted to embark on a new journey and explore new opportunities to achieve our goals but our greatest achievement will always remain to ensure ‘happy customers’.

With 2016 coming to a close, we would like to reach out to each one of you, who have been a significant contributor to our success stories, adding more credentials to our name. Team Rated Apartments wishes all its valued guests and friends lots of happiness, and good fortune in 2017. This year also, we look forward to introduce some special offers and events to make everyone merry and promises to offer brightest and cherished travel experiences in any endeavor that we pursue.

Rated Apartments appreciate your honest feedback, and it always motivates us to try and think of ways to improve our serviced apartments further.

Happy Holidays and wish you all a very happy and prosperous New Year 2017!!

Travelling to London for the first time? Here are the things to know


London is one of the most popular international destinations packed with so many good things but you do need to plan in advance to make the most of your time in this wonderful city. This huge fast paced metropolitan city can be hard for the first time visitors if they do not know where to start from. To make your planning simpler, here are few important things that you should know to relish your time in London. Here are few tips that we have put together that first time visitors must know to make their trip easy and exciting!

London Travel Tips

Look before you step – While walking on the streets of London, be mindful and watch the traffic that can be coming from the other side of the road. So to help the pedestrians, there are many signs on the pavement, at street crossings. Look for the signs and it will remind you which way to look.

Transit in London – Take bus rides or walk to see the city. You can also use the underground for quick transportation and avoid the rush travel during non-peak hours between 9:30 am and either before 4 pm or after 7 pm. This way you can also save yourself a few pounds. Grab a Tube map, showing the network of tube lines, stations as well as the layout of the city. This will help to avoid any confusion.

Get an Oyster Card – You cannot pay your tickets in cash. If you want to take a ride on the bus, you must buy a ticket or an Oyster Card. In case you are traveling a lot in the city, it is better to buy an Oyster Card that can be used to pay for all your public transport in London. The card with credit of £20 can cover a return journey from Heathrow plus travel around Central London for one or two days.

The local currency – Unlike the rest of Europe, the UK has Great British Pounds. In many shops euros are still accepted but in return as a change you’ll get the currency in pounds. In ATM also, you’ll get money in pounds. Whether you take out cash or use a credit card around, 3% will be charged by your bank. Also some credit cards have no foreign transaction fees as it depends on the cards you are using.

English are serious about breakfast – If you like simple, home style food, you will surely enjoy indulging in English food. Relishing English food can be bit heavy, particularly the breakfast. Though you’ll get to see many attractive restaurants, offering full English breakfast but you must know what you’re getting into before sitting down. There are many variations, but in general an English breakfast includes two eggs, toast, streaky bacon, baked beans with a grilled tomato. Sometimes, black and white pudding is also added to this feast. Even if a full breakfast may not appeal to all but it is an experience that you must try at least once, if you are in the city.

Learn to say it right – Learn the tricks of saying simple words rightly. In London, some common words are used differently altogether like elevator is referred as a lift, lines are called queues, the toilet as loo, chips are called fries. So know the words well!

Where to stay in London – If you are only staying in London for a short time it would be best to stay in the neighbourhoods of central London. This will save your travelling time and you can easily avoid wasting time traveling. Getting around the city via public transportation is also very easy and fast so don’t worry too much. To get the feel of a local, you can choose to stay in a homestay rather than an expensive hotel. Get a great deal in rental apartments that are fully-furnished and well-maintained. Surely you’ll find a home away from home!

Visit the Museums – During your short stay in the city, makes sure to visit the Museums. Entry to these Museums are 100% free. Must visit Museums are the British Museum and the Natural History Museum –these are also two of London’s most popular and best ones.

Go for bargain Shopping – There is nothing new when I say London is one of the world’s most expensive cities to visit but London is a paradise for shoppers’ as well. The city has lots of bargain options to checkout for high street fashion. Some of these stores include Absolute Vintage, H&M, Monki, Primark and TK Maxx. In all these stores, you can pick and shop your latest fashions essential without a designer price tag.

Leaving London is permitted – If you are in London, extend your travel schedule for more than a week as you are allowed to leave the city without any permit. There are many great nearby cities to explore, which are just 1-2 hour journey from London. Use your extended holidays and explore the nearby location like Cambridge and Bath in an easy day trip.