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6 of Joss Stone's Favorite Places


The British soul singer shares some of her top stops from New York to Singapore.

Published on Jan 13, 2017


LOCAL CONNECTION

Without music, I would never have had the opportunity to travel to all these beautiful places around the world. While long-haul flights are hell and give me crap skin, the minute I land somewhere, I cannot wait to immerse myself in that place.

Joss Stone
Courtesy of Joss Stone.

 

SCI-FI SINGAPORE

While I was in Singapore performing for the Singapore International Jazz Festival 2016, I was really chuffed to be staying at (1) Marina Bay Sands (doubles from S$449), because it was just a stone's throw away from (2) Gardens by the Bay. That park is super weird and kind of cool. The giant metal trees there remind me of some kind of alien life form. I sent photos of the place to my brother and he thought it was out of this world. I like how Singapore is so sci-fi and yet there are these lovely touches of nature.

Marina Bay Sands
Bayfront Avenue. Courtesy of Marina Bay Sands.

 

FAVORITE FOREST

I'm surrounded by a lot of nature in my hometown in Devon. Just a few minutes' drive from my place is (3) Blackbury Camp. I like to walk really deep in just before the sun sets because at that time, the birds will all perch themselves on trees and start talking to each other. It is absolutely magical.

Blackbury Camp
Blackbury Camp. Adam Burton/Robertharding/GettyImages.

 

NEW YORK STATE OF MIND

I may have grown up in the countryside, but New York is also home to me because I have many good friends there. My favorite club is (4) The Village Underground (US$10 entry fee) because it's such a cozy, friendly place for live music. Also, the food there is amazing. I've been vegetarian since I was born and, in my opinion, (5) Blossom Restaurant (dinner for two US$70) is the best place to get organic vegetarian food.

Blossom Restaurant
Blossom Restaurant. Courtesy of Blossom Restaurant.

 

SWINGING THROUGH BALI

Everything about Ubud is gorgeous, but what I remember most about the place is the (6) Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary (entry Rp40,000). I love animals and those baby monkeys there are just absolute cuties!

— As told to Melanie Lee.

 

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Joss Stone. Katja Ruge/The Hell Gate/Corbis
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