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 until your leave dates get approved. The closest and fastest solution? A swanky pied-à-terre. Lucky for us, here in Singapore, staycations are still a thing, especially with the options we have on our shores. 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.
THE MILLENNIAL'S BIRTHDAY BASH
Where: Courtyard by Marriott Singapore
Bye parentals, and hello to a few nights of freedom with your mainstay pals. It's all about scoring a comfortable, minimalist space to rest your head after a night full of partying and endless vices. Courtyard by Marriott Singapore might be a business-traveller destination but it sets just the right scene — located close enough to everything you want and need (read: great supper spots) for your crew, and a hearty breakfast that will cure any hangover from the night before. Still energetic? Take your party upstairs the morning after to their outdoor rooftop infinity pool, where a picturesque view of the city skyline awaits. Bonus: Come New Year's Eve, you can even catch the fireworks in full glory right in this space.
99 Irrawaddy Road, Tel: 6250 0303
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.
GIRLS NIGHT ONLY
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.
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. My Palm Court Suite was impeccably furnished and maintained — 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. I almost felt like I was living like a rich maharaja amidst modern-day technology like high-speed Wi-Fi and cable television. Talk about a cool time warp.
A WELLNESS RETREAT
Where: Six Senses Duxton
Led by a diverse mix of Chinese, Malay and European elements, heritage is an integral part of the composition here at Six Senses' first ever city outpost. As soon as guests first step into the property, they'll be greeted with an eccentric surprise — large golden fans layered with oriental screens and calligraphy wallpaper against the hues of gold, black and yellow. Now, that's called making an entrance. Each of the 49 guestrooms and suites were made to be themed different in their own special way. For instance, the Opium Room pays tribute to the historic opium influence in Singapore back in the day, while the Shophouse Room sets a cosy, minimalist abode for travellers seeking a sleek sanctuary.
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.
9 Wallich Street, Tel: 6428 5000
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