By Sherise Tan
Sometimes the best getaways can be found just a stone’s throw away. Rather than taking on the hassle of booking a flight, you’ll discover that choosing Singapore for your ultimate staycation presents exciting opportunities in itself.
You can take your pick of stunning hotels, from refurbished shophouses to boutique hotels and swanky establishments. So before you jet off to faraway locales, pamper yourself with some relaxing downtime at one (or all) of these luxurious hotels located right at your doorstep – without the fuss of even leaving the island.
Designed by architect Andre Fu, Singapore is the first Southeast Asian location for the Hyatt’s luxury boutique chain and this upscale hotel lives up to expectations. The Andaz Hotel sits at the edge of the Bugis area with a towering view of the Central Business District nearby. Soak in the gorgeous skyline view from the rooftop infinity pool as you while away your afternoon.
When you retire to your room as the sun sets, prepare yourself for an epicurean experience. The rooms themselves are plush and large, with floor-to-ceiling windows that allow in natural sunlight. The rooms feature day beds, a complimentary mini-bar, and a Nespresso coffee machine. Upgrade to a suite for additional pampering with their living and powder rooms, bathtub and rain shower, and double-sink vanities.
Don’t forget to indulge in their culinary options, such as 665°F, Andaz’s take on the premium steakhouse, and Alley on 25, which serves up local Singaporean street dining. End the day by enjoying the sunset from their must-see rooftop bar, Mr Stork, which features a 360-degree view of the city, delicious cocktails and, yes, your very own teepee.
Situated in a restored spice warehouse, this 37-room boutique hotel is steeped in the area’s 1800s history of secret societies, underground activities, and liquor distilleries along the banks of the Singapore River. Now a modern, industrial-chic hotel, the Warehouse Hotel pays homage to its roots with its refined touches to the building, partnerships with local designers, and elevated ‘mod sin’ (modern Singaporean) dishes at its flagship restaurant, Po.
A stay here transforms into a high-end localised experience with the hotel’s meticulous attention to details alongside bespoke objects made by local artists, such as bed throws by Matter Prints, ceramics by Mud Rock, and custom woodwork by Plane & Bevel. It’s no wonder that this hotel has already won numerous awards like the Conde Nast Traveler Hot List and the Singapore Tourism Board’s Best Hotel Experience in 2018.
Live out your minimalist Kinfolk dreams in this boutique hotel just five minutes away from the hustle and bustle of Orchard Road. The raw, industrial finishes of the inn and its rooms are juxtaposed with the surrounding tropical foliage and mosaic dipping pool.
Opt for the Big Sky Room for its loft-style feel and outdoor bathtub, or the privacy of the Patio Room with an outdoor dining deck, open-air bathroom, and overhanging ferns. Each room sits in a picture-perfect canvas of black and white and is so starkly furnished that it could only originate from the pages of your favourite interior design magazine.
For a unique getaway, escape to the private resort, Villa Samadhi, housed in a 1920s black-and-white colonial building in the Labrador Nature Reserve area. The 20-room boutique hotel was carefully restored over a period of three years and is an architectural gem that honours part of Singapore’s heritage.
Select from lovingly-styled rooms with a colonial touch to find your perfect retreat from the city. The “Luxe Sarang” is their largest suite located in an adjacent building that comes with its own outdoor plunge pool, an extravagantly large bathroom, and a private garden setting for your own hideaway from the rest of the world.
Located on the adventure island of Sentosa, Sofitel Sentosa is another sanctuary away from the mainland of Singapore. Immerse yourself in this tranquil haven situated on top of a cliff with stunning views of the South China Sea. Celebrate the French art de vivre, or ‘art of living’, in their lavish rooms with lush textures, surprising decorative touches, and little luxuries like the Lanvin toiletries.
At the Sofitel, you are never too far away from a good soak. Take a quick walk down to Tanjong Beach for a day filled with sun and sea before soaking away the day in the sumptuous bathtub in your stylish room.
Their 33-metre pool is also ideal for a refreshing afternoon swim. But the real treasure lies on the grounds of the separate So SPA, which features three sizable pools, including a cascading waterfall and mud pool to soak in throughout the day.
No staycation list is complete without the iconic Marina Bay Sands hotel. Indulge in the magnificent city skyline view from your room or from the top of the MBS rooftop during your stay here. A must-do activity includes taking a dip in the world’s largest infinity rooftop pool that overlooks the entire city from 57 floors up, sunbathing on a lounger, and enjoying drinks poolside at this one-of-a-kind location.
The hotel is a haven for foodies with world-class restaurants for you to try -the latest being Lavo, a contemporary Italian-American hotspot, and Wolfgang Puck’s Spago where you can savour a delectable meal while enjoying the cityscape view. Continue to luxuriate in some late-night shopping at Chanel, watch the latest musical in town, or party the night away at the upcoming Marquee nightclub with its massive 70-foot-high Ferris wheel.
Singapore has no lack of amazing staycation destinations on the island, making it difficult for us to even narrow down this list. Indeed, each location comes with its own signature charm and story. Yet you can’t go wrong – each and every one of these getaways will make you forget your worries as you bask in the perfection of a holiday at home.