Staycations in Singapore: Best hotels to check in for the weekend
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So you need a holiday, pronto. Unfortunately that isn't happening given the current circumstances. The closest and fastest solution? A swanky pied-à-terre — now that staycations are officially allowed in Singapore. Whether you're planning to party it up with your best pals or seeking quiet downtime with your other half, we've sorted out your ideal abode for the perfect stay.
A MAKESHIFT BALI ESCAPADE
Where: Lloyd's Inn
A hidden gem in the bustling city district that is Orchard, Lloyd's Inn is surrounded by lush greenery — an ideal escape for those of us sorely missing those monthly trips to Bali. This relatively new boutique hotel was revamped from a desolated building, and we're more than happy to indulge in its quirky new interiors. With a clean, minimalist aesthetic reminiscent of the Japanese interior design inspirations stashed in your Pinterest boards, this 34-room boutique hotel emphasises its use of raw natural materials like timbre and concrete, and has open spaces that let in natural sunlight.
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2 Lloyd Rd, Tel: 6737 7309
A PIECE OF HISTORY
Where: Goodwood Park
Not to steal the spotlight from their Durian Fiestas and impeccable eats, but Goodwood Park is the place to go for your next staycation if you want to indulge in colonial elegance. Its title of being a national monument didn't come easy, though. This century-old classic offers a touch of luxury, along with its traditional charm. Conveniently situated in the heart of the city centre and surrounded by lush landscaped gardens, the hotel provides a quiet retreat for discerning guests with the hustle and bustle of Orchard at its doorstep.
UPSCALE AND URBAN
Where: Capitol Kempinski
Singapore's first Kempinski-operated hotel lives up to expectations, and more. This colonial treasure was cast in a new light by star architect Richard Meier, it marries the old and the new, giving a sense of an understated opulence. Comprising 157 guest rooms that are decorated with a neoclassical finish, experience the luxury of European architecture in this downtown staycation destination.
Where: Capella Hotel
We like to dive straight into bliss mode. Upon checking in, head straight for the award-winning Auriga Spa for a pampering session you'll wish lasted forever. Save at least 30 minutes before or after to soak in Auriga Spa's luxurious spa facilities, including a garden-facing vitality pool, aromatherapy shower, and invigorating herbal bath. Looking for something that will ease tired knots and relieve tension in the body? Try one of Auriga Spa's signature massages, which are based on the varying energies of the lunar cycle. If you're after a strong massage that will revitalise your body and spirit, try New Moon, a deep full body muscle massage based on Swedish techniques. All treatments employ products from The Organic Pharmacy, which is suitable even for pregnant women.
Where: InterContinental Robertson Quay
After a good old-fashioned sleepover with your girl crew? The newest InterContinental at Robertson Quay couldn't be more perfect. The residence is bathed in contemporary furnishings, with rich Italian marble and slate-brushed copper — your social media following will be pleased. Enjoy plush, custom-made furnishings and live it up with their unique in-room cocktail kit by local bar guru, Proof & Co. Ladies who brunch 24/7? The hotel is located amidst the buzzing food and drink scene that is Quayside, boasting a decadent slew of dining options at your doorstep. If the next morning calls for a fun sweat fest, because you're all healthy and wholesome like that, look no further than the hotel's 24-hour fitness studio.
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1 Nanson Road, Tel: 6826 5000
AN OLDIE, BUT A GOLDIE
Where: Raffles Hotel
The hotel may be public-friendly — as observed by the number of random people wandering in just to snap a few photos — but past the strict "Hotel Guests Only" sign is a quiet, regal experience to remember. There's no gimmicky fanfare or boisterous crowds, only spacious walkways, period furnishings and airy, elegant suites that boast a rich colonial past. Choose the impeccable Palm Court Suite — a king-sized bed one you'd want to sleep in for days, bathrooms adorned in marble and gold, and a tasteful living area ideal for inviting a couple of friends over for tea. Akin to living like a rich maharaja amidst modern-day technology like high-speed Wi-Fi and cable television. Talk about a cool time warp.
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1 Beach Rd, Tel: 6337 1886
A ROMANTIC GETAWAY
Where: Sofitel Singapore City Centre
Sometimes, being at home just doesn't cut it — to up the romance factor in your relationship, treat yourselves to a couple of nights at Sofitel Singapore City Centre. The pristine property boasts a stunning art deco aesthetic with vibrant gold accents alongside botanical motifs. Pick a room or suite (if you're feeling celebratory), and indulge in their complimentary mini-bar, serviced by their special in-house robot, or a delightful spread at Racines (the hotel's dining space with both French and Chinese cuisines). All you want to do is Netflix and Chill? The rooms are built with SmartTVs and Bose Sound systems for you and your other half to binge-watch your favourite rom-coms. There are also large soaking tubs in all the bathrooms — which accommodates enough room for two. We also give major props to their choice of beautiful Lanvin and Hermès amenities, which will please even the toughest critic.
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9 Wallich Street, Tel: 6428 5000