Short getaways that are perfect for the weekend

Short getaways that are perfect for the weekend

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Text: Janice Sim

Forget Sentosa or Coney Island — visit these neighbouring countries for a weekend of fun and adventure

In a world where time is money, and money is time — we often find it almost impossible to take a vacation. But here's why Singapore's great — it doesn't take very long to fly out of town to our neighbouring destinations.

To inspire your next adventure that's short and sweet enough for a weekend escapade, ONYX Hospitality Group has put together a list of exciting destinations to escape the daily grind. Bonus: No leave dates needed.

Experience local culture with the Johor Bahru Heritage Trail
Travel time: 45 minutes

With multiple buses travelling across the Causeway, all it takes is a mere 45 minutes to reach Johor Bahru from Singapore. Discover the city's old town with the help of the Johor Bahru Heritage Trail — a self-guided walking tour which highlights some of JB's historical colonial architecture like the High Court Building. Be sure to sample delicious local fare along the trail, like the famous banana cake baked in a hundred-year old oven at Hiap Joo Bakery. Keen to stay the night? Check yourself into the Amari Johor Bahru, a strategically located hotel, just right across the central City Square Mall.

Travel weekend Johor Bahru

Pamper your senses with indulgent spa treatments in Phuket, Thailand
Travel time: 1 hour and 50 minutes

The measure of a good holiday is one that leaves you rejuvenated and well-rested. On that note, treat yourself to a luxurious spa treatment at the Breeze Spa in Amari Phuket, where you can listen to the soothing sounds of the waves crashing as your stress gets kneaded away. Best touted for? Their signature Phuket Coco Mojito Package — a hydrating head-to-toe ritual using natural ingredients like aloe vera and calendula to soothe your skin, as well as a coconut and mint facial treatment. You deserve this bliss. 

Travel weekend phuket

Go island hopping in paradise in Koh Samui, Thailand
Travel time: 1 hour and 45 minutes

Transport yourself to a tropical paradise and stay at OZO Chaweng Samui — a beach-front property which overlooks the glistening ocean. If it's your first time on the sunny island, sign up for the Five Island Tour to explore caves, visit stunning hidden beaches, and learn about the ancient art of harvesting bird's nest. The tour ends with cocktails and a feast of local delicacies against the backdrop of a beautiful sunset. After the long day, head back to the hotel and be treated to a good night's sleep with OZO's luxurious fluffy duvets, noise-free rooms, and blackout curtains.

Travel weekend Koh Samui

Explore the vibrant neighourhood of Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Travel time: 4 hours

Let it be known that it is actually possible to enjoy 48 hours in this pulsating city. Skip out on the usual tourist trail of Soho and Central and head straight to the neighbouring district of Wan Chai. The area's Star Street precinct enjoys an emerging dining scene with underground artistic overtones; all thanks to a group of creative designers and restauranteurs. During the day, take a cheeky browse over at the Monocle Shop or enjoy an olfactory experience at cult perfumers and, come nightfall, put on your dancing shoes and party it up at the nightclub Ophelia. Where to rest your head for the night? Opt for OZO Wesley Hong Kong, where you'll be fully recharged for another day of exploration.

Travel weekend Ozo Hong Kong