City view: Marina Bay

 The first Michelin Guide Singapore debuted last year, a landmark moment for local foodie culture. Included in the guide are two hawker stalls, each of which was awarded one Michelin star -- meaning the cheapest Michelin-starred meals are available in Singapore. (The local classic chicken rice costs less than US$2 at one of those starred stalls.)

The 634-room JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach opened last December, next to Suntec City Convention Centre. The property has 18,400 square feet of meeting space.

Enjoy chicken, lamb or shrimp satay, freshly grilled by a street vendor.

The centerpiece of the Singapore City Gallery, near the central business district, is a room-sized architectural model of this city-state, built to perfect scale and updated every few months to reflect Singapore's rolling five-year development and expansion plan. In an island nation that covers less than 278 square miles, such planning is both essential and a key to the nation remaining a global financial capital in sustainable fashion and expanding when there is, literally, no more space to expand. Thus has Singapore created a blueprint for the city of the future, in terms of urban planning and sustainability. Here is some of the latest news from this distinctive destination.

Singapore is preparing to welcome a slew of new hotels this year to accommodate rising demand. Among them is the InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay, a  225-room luxury hotel in the space formerly occupied by the Gallery Hotel. The property is in a vibrant walkable district along the river, amid scores of popular restaurants and bars. It is slated to open in the second quarter of 2017.

The Sofitel Singapore City Centre is poised to open in May, between Chinatown and Tanjong Pagar Centre. The 222-room luxury hotel  will include an outdoor pool, an executive lounge offering city views, a nearly 6,700-square-foot ballroom, eight meeting rooms, a gym, and various restaurants and bars.

The Duxton Club, expected to debut in September, is a unique restoration project that will result in a pair of boutique hotels, 600 feet apart. The 50-room Duxton House and 138-room Duxton Terrace are in prewar colonial shop-house buildings in a stylish neighborhood bordering Chinatown. The Duxton House is a conversion of eight adjoining three-story buildings, while Duxton Terrace comprises 14 adjoining three- and four-story buildings. The landmark complex was originally built in 1929.

The boutique 37-room Warehouse Hotel opened early this year in a converted warehouse complex in Robertson Quay. The venture is the first hotel from popular local restaurant operator Lo & Behold.

The 308-room Hotel G Singapore debuted in late 2016, near Marina Bay and the Suntec City Convention Centre. The lifestyle property offers a fitness center and a restaurant on-site.