We know it’s been a long time having to look at those walls at home and the same view out the window. It’s definitely time for a STAYCATION! You can stay a night or two (with or without the kids), hang out in the fab rooms and order room service. There are many great staycations at top hotels in Singapore to enjoy for the pool, the view and maybe to explore parts of the island that are nearby. Check out these awesome options – as they say, “a change is as good as a holiday”!
The St. Regis Singapore
Situated in the exclusive downtown and embassy quarter, The St. Regis Singapore is within walking distance of Singapore Botanic Gardens, the city’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. The luxury property has a myriad of amenities, dining and wellness offerings, including the award-winning Remède Spa and a 24-hour fitness centre that overlooks an outdoor tropical pool. At Remède Spa, treat yourself to pampering treatments and enjoy facilities such as the aqua reflexology footpath, eucalyptus scented steam chambers and outdoor spa garden. The spa also houses the Pedi:Mani:Cure Studio by French podiatrist Bastien Gonzalez. Dining-wise, guests can look forward to contemporary French cuisine at Brasserie Les Saveurs, refined Cantonese classics at Yan Ting and English treats at The Drawing Room. During your stay, you’ll also enjoy bespoke service by your St. Regis butler.
The hotel has launched a special Stay & Dine package. It comes with breakfast for two, $50 dining credits per stay (excluding Shinji by Kanesaka) and the property’s signature St. Regis butler service. It is valid for stays until 1 November 2021.
The Vagabond Club
Located between the bustling heritage districts of Little India and Kampong Glam, The Vagabond Club is a gorgeously designed boutique hotel that’s well worth checking out. There are a variety of luxurious rooms to suit different needs and budgets, from courtyard rooms to luxury club suites. Rooms are decorated in Parisian-chic, with elegant dark wood furniture and unique artwork, so no two rooms are exactly alike. You can expect a good night’s sleep as the hotel’s beds come with comfy Egyptian cotton sheets, plush goose down pillows and comforters. All guests are also entitled to a complimentary tour of the artwork around The Vagabond Club, which have been collected from all over the world.
While staying here, it’s a good opportunity to explore the surrounding neighbourhoods. (Pick up one of the self-guided heritage walking tour maps from the concierge.) Those who love their drinks will want to spend their time at the Whiskey Library, Vagabond’s whiskey bar. It has as many as 1,000 different kinds of whiskey to try (not all at once!) and is open until 2am daily (normal operations). Club guests can also spend time in The Vagabond Executive Club Lounge, which serves light bites, wines and cheeses as well as gins and whiskeys.
Housed along a row of heritage shophouses in vibrant Tanjong Pagar, Duxton Reserve features an elegant mix of Chinese, Malay and European elements. The bustling neighbourhood is filled with dining and nightlife for an entertaining staycation. Designed by famed British designer Anouska Hempel, the hotel lobby is beautifully decorated with hues of black, yellow and gold as well as oriental screens and calligraphy wallpaper. The property also has an exclusive feel – there are just 49 rooms, including suites and even a club duplex. Guest rooms and suites come with a host of amenities for a comfortable stay, such as Naturalmat organic mattresses, organic cotton bed linen from Beaumont & Brown and bathroom amenities by Etro.
Dining at in-house restaurant Yellow Pot is a pleasure, too. The modern Chinese establishment operates with a “clean eating” philosophy, avoiding MSG, additives and artificial flavourings in its dishes. A must-try is the roast duck, which is marinated in fermented beancurd paste for two days and roasted over hickory wood. After your meal, head to Anouska’s Bar, which serves a variety of wines, spirits, craft beers and cocktails.
83 Duxton Road
Concorde Hotel Singapore
Reopening at a later date
For this staycation, you’ll be in the middle of the city buzz. The Concorde Hotel is located along Orchard Road, and a short walk away from Plaza Singapura and other malls along the famous shopping strip. With the concept of an urban oasis, it’s close to Dhoby Ghaut and Somerset MRT stations – perfect if you’re keen to travel beyond Orchard. The refurbished rooms and suites are super comfy, with all the amenities you could need. Once you’ve settled in, enjoy a dip in the outdoor pool or go for a workout at the fitness centre. Hungry? Try Spices Cafe for local and Western fare, or, for a special treat, head to Nogawa Japanese Restaurant. Other foodie options include afternoon tea at the Lobby Lounge or casual dishes and light bites at the poolside bar.
Mandarin Oriental, Singapore
The luxurious rooms and suites of the Mandarin Oriental overlook Marina Bay, with attractions such as Gardens by the Bay, the Esplanade and various shopping malls right on the doorstep. If you don’t want to go out, though, just lounge beside the beautiful pool (there’s also a children’s pool), indulge in a variety of treatments at the spa or have a good workout at the fully-equipped fitness centre. You’re in for a treat when it comes to food and drinks, too – the property houses seven establishments, including Cherry Garden (Cantonese cuisine) and MO Bar (cocktails, bar bites and weekend brunch).
Take advantage of the hotel’s Kids Stay Free, Fun For Whole Family staycation package (two adults and two children aged 12 and below). Stays start from $388 per night and include breakfast for two adults and two kids (12 and below), two rollaway beds and late check-out (subject to availability). It also includes a Family Activity Session at Kiztopia (three hours) for two adults and two children. Valid for stays until 31 March 2021.
Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa
It’s hard to beat Sentosa and the beach for a staycation to take you away from the city. At Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa, you’re in for a luxurious getaway. Housed in a 1930s colonial building, the hotel has 215 rooms and suites, including four villas. There’s no need to venture out of the property for a good meal – you can enjoy Pan-Asian fare at Kwee Zeen and Italian classics at The Cliff. Follow your feast with a dip in the pool, or enjoy your pick of a variety of French-inspired treatments – from facials to massages – at the award-winning So Spa.
The hotel has rolled out various staycation packages to suit all tastes. Want to give the brood a treat? Opt for the Infinite Family Experiences package (from $388 per night), which includes a stay in a luxury room and 45 minutes at the hotel’s kids’ club (Villa des Enfantes). The offer is available until 31 December 2020. For a couples’ break, the Retreat to Sanctuary package (from $438 per night for two adults) is perfect; it even comes with the hotel’s popular Ultimate Champagne Brunch plus booze at Le Bar.
W Singapore – Sentosa Cove
Fancy an island getaway? Check-in at W Singapore in Sentosa and you’ll get just that. Start your morning with a yummy breakfast before heading to the pool for a leisurely swim. And here’s some good news: the WET pool is open 24 hours! Food-wise, there are great dining options to choose from, including all-day spot the kitchen table, and SKIRT which serves modern European cuisine. During your stay, you’d also want to book a pampering session at the AWAY Spa (plus take a dip in their vitality pool). All hotel guests also enjoy complimentary parking and shuttle services by Sentosa Bus B that’ll bring you right to the hotel.
There are various staycation packages on offer. First up, there is the Book A Boost package where you can get a guaranteed upgrade to the next room type. Keen for some couple time? The Escape For Two package comes with a complimentary bottle of champagne and $50 hotel credit. There’s also the Wellness Escape package where you can enjoy detox welcome amenities and a relaxing 45-minute spa treatment (per adult per stay).
The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore
If you’re keen for a well-deserved staycay, it doesn’t get much better than checking in to The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore! Overlooking Marina Bay, the property is home to The Ritz-Carlton Spa, the first La Mer hotel spa in the region. After a restorative treatment, guests can look forward to lounging in a private cabana by the pool or dining at Colony restaurant. Speaking of Colony, the eatery’s popular Sunday Champagne Brunch is back, offering unlimited servings of dishes such as sashimi and Boston lobster, sent directly to your table.
With the hotel’s Club Escape Staycation package (from $550 a night), you’ll enjoy a stay in a Club room or suite offering stunning views of the city and bay, with 15 percent off the usual price of rooms and 20 percent off suites. The stay includes Club privileges such as personalised check-in and check-out, a dedicated Club Concierge, complimentary limousine drop-off in the vicinity, complimentary garment pressing on arrival, all-day champagne and access to The Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge (serving breakfast, mid-day snacks, afternoon tea, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and evening desserts and cordials).
Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel
Looking for an exciting staycation in the city? Enjoy a stay at Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel, located right along Orchard Road. The iconic hotel houses various restaurants including Crossroads, Marriott Cafe and, for super tasty Chinese food, Wan Hao. Guests can also enjoy the hotel’s outdoor swimming pool, indulge in pampering treatments at Serena Spa or treat themselves to some retail therapy at nearby shopping malls such as Tangs Plaza.
The hotel is now offering a range of staycation packages, with loads of great perks to enjoy, including 24-hour stays with flexible check-in and check-out. For example, there is the Iconic City Staycation (from $250, valued at $570). It includes a one-night stay in a deluxe room, breakfast for two, $25 F&B credit per person, and a late check-out (3pm). If you’re bringing the kids, opt for the 24-hour Ultimate Family Getaway package (from $300, valued at $620). You’ll get a room upgrade, flexible check-in timing, breakfast for two adults and two kids below 12, $70 F&B credit and a complimentary extra bed or cot. And, if you’d like to book an extra room, you’ll get 50% off!
For a weekend break, go for the Blissful Escapes package which comes with a English high tea with champagne for two. Starting from $380 (valued at $720), it includes a 24-hour stay in a pool terrace room (with direct access to the pool) or an executive suite, plus breakfast for two, flexible check-in timings and complimentary parking. Packages are valid until 30 June 2021.
Raffles Hotel Singapore
Enjoy a luxe staycay at Raffles Hotel Singapore, the famous heritage property located along Beach Road. During your stay, enjoy meals at on-site restaurants such as Yi by Jereme Leung and Butcher’s Block, and pampering treatments at Raffles Spa, before ducking across the road to Raffles City for some retail therapy.
There are a variety of packages on offer. With the Home Suite Home package, get 25 percent off best available rates for a two nights’ stay. It includes daily breakfast for two at Tiffin Room (or served to your verandah!) and complimentary afternoon tea for two at The Grand Lobby (check-ins from Sunday to Wednesday). You’ll also get the chance to go on a history tour with the resident historian and get 15 percent off Raffles-operated restaurants and bars, Raffles Spa, Raffles Boutique and the Floral Boutique by Raffles.
1 Beach Road
Marina Bay Sands Singapore
The iconic Marina Bay property is a great spot for quick getaway. Besides taking a dip in the popular rooftop infinity pool and enjoying pampering treatments at the spa, there’s loads to do at the hotel and in the vicinity. You can head down to The Shoppes for some retail therapy and fab dining, or pay a visit to the ArtScience Museum nearby.
The hotel has various staycation packages to choose from. If you want to treat the brood, opt for the Joyous Family Staycation (from $319 per night, two-night minimum stay). You’ll get a complimentary room upgrade, parking (one car per room for 24 hours) and early check-in (12pm, subject to availability). Book by 28 January 2021 and stay by 31 March 2021. What’s more, you can sign up for free to be a Sands Rewards member and get special perks including Resort Dollars and discounts at Banyan Tree Spa (until 31 December 2021).
Capella Singapore offers a luxurious island getaway on Sentosa. There’s a mix of colonial and modern architecture in the elegant rooms, suites and villas. Not only are they set in beautiful restored colonial bungalows that date all the way back to the 1880s, but they provide gorgeous views of the surrounding greenery and the South China Sea. If you get a hunger up, there are various F&B options, including all-day dining at The Knolls and contemporary Cantonese restaurant Cassia. For sundowners, we recommend heading to Bob’s Bar with its panoramic views. And, if you love history, make sure you to part in some of the activities and events hosted by Capella’s “culturists”.
Those looking to spurge will want to book a stay in one of the exclusive private manors. Guests here enjoy a variety of privileges, including a dedicated villa host as well as an in-manor personal chef service, breakfast, poolside afternoon tea and kids’ activities.
1 The Knolls, Sentosa Island
At InterContinental Singapore, a luxury heritage hotel in Bugis, your pick of the rooms and suites includes those in the heritage wing where the shophouse style of the 1920s has been preserved. You can also enjoy dining in any of the property’s numerous restaurants, from hearty European cuisine at Ash & Elm to Cantonese fare at Man Fu Yuan. Pro tip: The Lobby Lounge is popular for its afternoon tea sets, so be sure to book a spot!
If you’re taking the kids along, a good option is the Family First package, which is available from now until 31 June 2021. The deal includes breakfast for two adults and two children (below 12 years), a three-course prix-fixe dinner menu for two adults (one main course and dessert from Planet Trekkers Menu for two kids) and free-flow ice cream at the cart at The Lobby Lounge. You can also have a fun movie night (with popcorn to boot!) and take your pick from the hotel’s DVD library. Meanwhile, your room will feature kids’ bathroom amenities and an in-room kids’ teepee (depending on availability).
Pan Pacific Singapore
Pan Pacific Singapore is a great hotel in Singapore for a family weekend break. There’s something for everyone at this hotel, from St. Gregory Spa for amazing treatments to the outdoor playground and swimming pool (plus wading pool). The property is also close to three good shopping malls, the Singapore Flyer and Gardens by the Bay.
Little ones will love the Great Fun-mily Escapade Package (available until 31 December 2021); this sees families put up in a thematic room with adorable bedding and a children’s play tent. You’ll also get bath-time toys, child-sized bathrobes and bedroom slippers for your mini-me. During the weekends, kids can look forward to fun treasure hunt, where there’ll be a special treat waiting for them. Room options include the Harbour Studio, City Suite and Skyline Suite; all come with complimentary breakfast (for two adults and two children). What’s more, the package gets you 30 percent off entry to Kiztopia (three-hour single entry), 20 percent off child admission at Pororo Park Singapore and 15 percent off NERF Action Xperience (all-in ticket). You’ll also have a special rate of $80 for De Kinder Club’s Learn & Play! Session (Sensory, S.T.E.A.M Exploratorium, Camps or “Class plus playtime”) for two hours for two children.
7 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square
The Westin Singapore
The first thing that will hit you at The Westin Singapore are the views – a stunning panorama of Marina Bay. If you can rouse yourself from the amazingly comfy signature Heavenly Bed in your room, spend some time at the infinity pool, or burn some calories at the WestinWORKOUT Fitness Studio. And, of course, you have to visit the Heavenly Spa by Westin; it has an enticing range of rejuvenating treatments. Dining-wise, gastro-bar Cook & Brew offers bar favourites alongside local fare, while at Seasonal Tastes, enjoy international and local cuisine from breakfast to dinner.
Ask about the Kids Eat Free package, where up to two children aged 12 or under get complimentary breakfast and kids’ meals (when accompanied by a paying adult). And for those looking for to pamper themselves, opt for The Ultimate Relaxation package which comes with two 60-minute treatments at the Heavenly Spa, two Heavenly bathrobes embroidered with your initials and bubbly and macarons at the Lobby Lounge.
12 Marina View, Asia Square Tower 2
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