Instead of dealing with international flights and transit lounges, why not make things super easy and take your next break in one of these stylish Singapore hotels? After all, a change is as good as a holiday!
The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore
What: An iconic five-star luxury hotel designed by Pritzker prize-winning architect Kevin Roche.
Where: In the heart of Marina Bay and close to the city’s landmark attractions.
Why: “Canvas of Views” is a new room package that combines in-house luxury with fascinating exhibitions fusing art and science. It includes overnight accommodation in a Club Deluxe Marina Room or Club Premier Suite, exclusive privileges and access to The Ritz-Carlton Club, including five daily culinary presentations, a butler-drawn Provence Bath, an art palette chocolate turndown amenity and a pair of tickets to the ArtScience Museum, which is within easy walking distance. You also get a tour of the hotel’s whopping 4,200-piece contemporary art collection, with works from renowned artists such as Frank Stella and Dale Chihuly. During your stay, don’t miss the award winning Ritz-Carlton Spa, the first in Asia Pacific to partner with renowned skincare brand La Mer to offer exclusive facials and other signature spa experiences. Canvas of Views is valid until 31 December 2018, from S$900 a night.
How: For room reservations or enquiries, call 6434 5111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Millennium Hotels and Resorts
What: A collection of six properties: Orchard Hotel Singapore, Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel Singapore, M Hotel Singapore, M Social Singapore, Studio M Hotel Singapore and Copthorne King’s Hotel Singapore.
Where: The hotels are conveniently located about town, either nestled close to the Singapore River, next to the fab shopping on Orchard Road, or in the financial district.
Why: Whether you’re on the hunt for the perfect tanning spot or simply craving some quiet me-time after a busy day doing touristy things, there’s an option for you at one of these six properties. In fact, if you fancy having your towels brought to your room by a robot, they’ve got that covered too! What’s more, Millennium Hotels and Resorts’ “Hello Weekend” gives you 10 percent off a stay when it falls on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with breakfast for two available on the house. There’s also 20 percent off dining at the various F&B concepts, including fusion communal dining space Beast and Butterflies, and Cantonese-flavoured Hua Ting Restaurant.
How: For more information, visit bit.ly/HelloWeekend_EL.
What: Singapore’s first integrated hotel located within an office building, with the highest lobby in the city.
Where: Across levels 32 to 46 of the Asia Square Tower 2 commercial development within the vicinity of Marina Bay, in the heart of Singapore’s bustling financial district.
Why: The Westin Singapore offers 305 guest rooms and suites, all with floor-to-ceiling windows, plus four distinct dining venues (including a special super-foods menu), an outdoor infinity pool with a stunning view over Singapore’s south coast, the Heavenly Spa by Westin, and a fitness studio with a New Balance gear lending programme so you don’t have to lug those extras in your bag. If you’re staying over a weekend, take advantage of the Westin Weekend programme, which includes extended breakfast hours all weekend (no rushing to be seated and fed by 10am!), along with a 3pm Sunday checkout, and even a range of sensory cues in the hotel – changes in lighting, music and décor, for instance – that indicate the working week is done and it’s time to unwind.
Pan Pacific Singapore
What: A five-star hotel in the heart of the Marina Bay district
Where: Pan Pacific is within easy walking distance of the Esplanade and Marina Bay Sands, with Gardens by the Bay just beyond. The Singapore River is easily accessible too, with the many entertainment options at Boat Quay, Clarke Quay and Robertson Quay.
Why: Done with work for another week? Why not recharge the batteries with a Weekend Indulgence package at Pan Pacific Singapore. The deal includes complimentary parking, Wi-Fi and breakfast at award winning Edge restaurant, with seven open kitchens creating a feast for the senses. You can also enjoy an invigorating workout in the 24-hour, state-of-the-art fitness centre outfitted with the latest Techno gym equipment, followed by a session in the steam room or a dip in the outdoor swimming pool, with its inviting cabanas and sun loungers. Rates start from S$276 per room per night, and the offer is good for stays from Fridays to Sundays, plus public holidays and their eves.
How: To book a Weekend Indulgence package (valid for stays until 31 December 2019), visit panpacific.com/weekend-indulgence.
Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Orchard
By Anthia Chng
If you’re looking for a home away from home for a week or more – perhaps you’re between leases, or on a “recce” to Singapore while considering a move here – a great option is a serviced suite. Located next to Somerset MRT station, Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Orchard is ideal for couples and families who want a convenient and comfortable residence with all the facilities of a home. The property connects you directly to major shopping malls in Orchard – 313@Somerset, Orchard Gateway and Orchard Central – so you’ll find all you need. And should a sudden hankering for a midnight movie arise, hop over to Cathay Cineleisure Orchard, which is a mere five minutes away by foot.
Wine & dine
With such a central location, the dining options are practically endless. During my recent stay, we visited Wildfire Burgers at 313@Somerset for dinner – the sweet potato fries and grilled portobello burger were delish! – and then journeyed to Haji Lane by MRT for a round of drinks. For a wider and more affordable range of dishes, there’s also a food court on the fifth level, and plenty of nibbles on the basement level.
An in-house daily breakfast is served at the Pacific Lounge (Level 2) every day from 6am to 10.30am (except Sundays and public holidays). The early breakfast works well for business travellers to grab a quick bite before heading to the office. Kids will also be pleased with options like mini pastries, cereals and yoghurt. Our favourites were the made-to-order dishes, including eggs benedict, smoked salmon bagels and waffles.
Located next to the pool, the lounge is a relaxing, open concept space that’s perfect for slow Saturday mornings; we spent a good couple of hours draped on the sofas and flipping through magazines on the table.
Relax and unwind
A highlight at the property is the hydro-therapeutic spa on Level 2. Featuring a rain shower, hot pool, warm pool, stone walk and steam room, the self-service, five-stage spa promises an hour-long rejuvenation and respite. You can also choose to while away the afternoon at the 35-metre ionised swimming pool, or visit the fitness centre for a stress-relieving sweat-sesh.
The 126 suites boast spacious living areas, modern home entertainment systems and contemporary décor. Rooms start from $360 a night for a minimum six-night stay; we stayed in a one-bedroom premium suite (from $385 a night): a 64-square metre space with a fully-equipped kitchen, living and dining areas, and two Smart televisions. There’s also a washing-machine and-dryer-in-one, which is super helpful for longer stays. Daily housekeeping service is included (except Sundays and public holidays), plus you can get your choice of daily newspaper delivered every morning. Essentially, you have all you need for a comfortable stay; our overnight experience was spotless.
As part of the property’s 10th anniversary, enjoy special deals when you book from now to 31 October, including five percent off the best available rate, an exclusive gift set worth $300 and complimentary late check-out until 10pm.
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