The trend for Singapore ‘staycations’ seems here to stay – and with good reason. No Changi dash, being on hand in case Junior has a complete meltdown on Granny, and some pretty darn fine hotels right here on the island. Here, we round up our ‘staycation’ favourites for down time without the transit.
Sleep: A modern-day palace, the lavishly decorated St. Regis is the reservation for a special occasion. Plush sofas and beds with luxury duvets and pillows, together with fabulously heavy drapes, make it the perfect place for a long lie-in sans nippers.
Service: The legendary St. Regis Butler Service will have you feeling like a VIP before you pop that first bottle of champagne.
See & Do: For art-lovers, the St. Regis showcases one of the world’s premier collections, with over 70 works of art by internationally renowned artists including Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall and Joan Miró, as well as Asian artists Georgette Chen, Cheong Soo Pieng and Li Chen.
Shop & Dine: Orchard Road is just 5 minutes away – ‘nuff said!
Spa: No staycation is complete without some actual R&R, so be sure to pop into Remède Spa for a few treatments. The Ice Fountain, a millennia-old European bathing tradition of using snow to cleanse the body, sounds like it’s well worth a try.
29 Tanglin Road | 6506 6888
Sleep: Minimalist rooms and that view – check us in.
See & Do: We reckon you won’t move too far from the iconic 150-metre rooftop infinity pool with a bird’s eye view of Singapore. Katy Perry and Jessica Alba have been spotted here, too.
Shop & Dine: Marina Bay Sands’ restaurants aren’t to be sniffed at – there’s Skypark’s KU DÉ TA Restaurant and Sky on 57, or celebrity chef restaurants Guy Savoy and Wolfgang Puck’s CUT on the lower levels. Throw in world-class shopping, theatre, Gardens by the Bay and a casino, and you’ll feel wonderfully far away from Singapore suburbia.
Spa: Head-to-toe pampering fifty-five storeys up? Banyan Tree Spa is the ultimate place to recharge.
10 Bayfront Avenue | 6688 8897
Sleep: An island hideaway on Sentosa, Capella Singapore’s contemporary accommodation overlooks the South China Sea or the resort’s lush landscaped garden. Splurge on the villa or manor if you fancy a private plunge pool or outdoor shower and bathtub.
Service: It doesn’t get any better than being chauffeur-driven around in Rolls-Royce Phantoms, now does it?
See & Do: Golfers get privileged access to Sentosa Golf Club’s two 18-hole golf courses. But if hubby’s golf clubs haven’t been invited along for the break, then stroll along the promenade or catch a five-minute Rolls-Royce ride to Universal Studios.
Spa: Enjoy the sunset poolside and unwind in the award-winning Auriga spa.
1 The Knolls Sentosa Island | 6591 5000
Sleep: Whether you plump for a Wonderful Room or a WOW Suite, you can be assured your lodgings will be achingly cool. Think vibrant mood lighting, bold accessories and polished stone bathtubs.
See & Do: We love the fact that you can swim any time you want. No closing hours or restrictions. Cool off day or night at WET, the massive outdoor pool with views of the South China Sea and private cabanas featuring an iPad, iPod and mist fan. Or skip over to W LOUNGE to enjoy your favourite cocktail while dancing to the beats by up-and-coming DJs. The lounge bar WOOBAR is not to be missed, either.
Shop & Dine: W’s neighbour Quayside Isle at Sentosa Cove is home to some of our favourite casual restaurants, such as Picotin Express and Brussel Sprouts.
Spa: Relax in rainforest-like surroundings at AWAY Spa.
21 Ocean Way | 6808 7288
Sleep: Housed in an historic 1920s building, we think this boutique hotel’s bold Pantone Deluxe guest rooms can’t but rejuvenate you. That, and a long, hot soak in the vintage iron-cast bathtub.
See & Do: Strategically located in vibrant Little India beyond the buttoned-up business and shopping districts, this is the staycation spot for culture vultures.
Shop & Dine: Wanderlust’s restaurant Cocotte dishes up unpretentious and rustic French cuisine in a laid-back communal space.
2 Dickson Road | 6396 3322
Sleep: Perched on the edge of Chinatown, the rooms in this ‘heritage chic’ boutique hotel combine vintage and designer furniture to fabulous effect.
See & Do: Explore every street from Keong Saik Road all the way to Gemmill Lane for quirky finds and buys.
Shop & Dine: Stroll around the charming Keong Saik Road neighbourhood and pop into indie cafes and cool bars – the password-only hangout The Library gets our vote. Back at New Majestic Hotel, The Majestic Restaurant serves up modern Cantonese cuisine.
31–37 Bukit Pasoh Road | 6579 2026
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