This serviced apartment is a hidden gem in the heart of Orchard Road

For your staycation pleasure

Text: Amelia Chia

Running out of annual leave to take a long trip abroad? Check into Oakwood Studios, your next weekend residence for the perfect recharge

If you've ever wanted to book a staycation along Orchard Road, there will come a point where you hit a roadblock — likely due to skyrocketing prices, or because your budget only allows a cookie-cutter business hotel room. After all, it is Singapore's famed boulevard that you're looking to sleep on.

But behind the hustle and bustle is the quieter Mount Elizabeth, lined with lush greenery, slightly more unassuming hotels, older terrace houses, and swanky residences. Birds are heard chirping and the skyline is spectacular should you be in a pad with a rooftop view. Oakwood Studios is one fine example — a stylish, contemporary serviced apartment that offers the services and amenities of a luxury hotel, but with a couple of sweeteners like your own kitchen with a personalised pantry, all at an affordable price tag. From here, it's a nippy 5 to 10-minute walk to Orchard Road. Easy peasy.

Before you check into your lair, the good folk over at Oakwood Studios send over a survey link, where you fill in your preferred teas, snacks, and breakfast must-haves — these treats are ready in the pantry awaiting your arrival. As the eye travels in, expect bright pops of colour and modern art pieces. The property's exclusive retail programme also enables long-stay residents to purchase items (such as artwork or renting a piano) to make their home more comfortable.

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In a nod to Oakwood Studios' hip vibe, technology is in their DNA. At the reception area, a light installation of red and white acrylic illuminates a "thumbs up" sign. The world's first Samsung irregular mirror video wall in the hospitality industry is also found here, showcasing vibrant digital artworks when it's turned on, and functions as a mirror when it's switched off. Electric scooters are also available to guests for a quick zip around the city.

When you're looking to get away from it all, head up to the rooftop, where a pool and boutique gym await. A palette of warming wood, luscious blues, and hints of red set a calming atmosphere. In addition, there's a cosy BBQ area for your use, ideal for intimate pool parties with your inner circle. Bring on the ice cold beer and glistening slabs of ribs already.

For more information or to book in your weekend staycation, check out Oakwood Studios.


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