Now is clearly a terrible time to satisfy our wanderlust. Air travel anywhere is risky and the Singapore-Hong Kong Air Travel Bubble has been deferred. On top of that, we should still be actively avoiding crowded public spaces to flatten the curve, which means most of us aren’t going anywhere in the next few months.
While the virus has made getting away difficult, all the emotional stress of the pandemic has made taking a break to rest and recharge even more essential. Put all those factors together and it’s clear that 2021 is going to be a banner year for more staycations.
In that precious weekend away from home, we’re free to roll about in luxury linens, hit the pool, and dine at a restaurant that’s just an elevator ride away. The challenge, however, is to make your staycay feel like an actual getaway. In need of a few ideas? We’ve got you covered.
Read on for our top tips on how to make the most of your staycation in Singapore.
Book exclusive hotels using your SingapoRediscovers Vouchers
If you’ve yet to use your SingapoRediscovers Vouchers, we’ve got some great news to share. You can now redeem your vouchers on Klook! This means you can book hotels and activities on Klook’s platform, which includes popular hotels like Andaz Singapore, Lloyd’s Inn, and The Warehouse Hotel.
Have a look at Andaz Singapore’s exclusive staycation with breakfast here. You’ll also get to enjoy S$100 F&B dining credit when you redeem this deal. Relax and enjoy your one-night stay in a comfortable King or Twin Room, City View King, and Deluxe Room of your choice for two people.
This includes a delicious breakfast and access to hotel facilities such as concierge service, laundry service, daily housekeeping, in-room dining service, fitness centre, and outdoor swimming pool.
Grand Hyatt Singapore
You can also consider a staycation at Grand Hyatt Singapore. Enjoy a one-night stay in a Deluxe Room and look forward to breakfast at StraitsKitchen.
Unwind in a spacious room outfitted with a king bed, en suite bathroom, and separate living area in a suite layout. While you’re there, escape from the hustle and bustle with some pool time, and enjoy your three-course set lunch at the award-winning mezza9 Restaurant. You’ll also receive a S$50 spa credit per room for two.
This staycation exclusive at Lloyd’s Inn was made for the minimalists. Enjoy a one-night stay in a comfortable Standard and Business Room of your choice for two, and take 10% off the à la carte menu at Artisan Boulangerie Co. at 118 Killiney. Have a delicious breakfast for two to start your day and access hotel facilities like the outdoor dipping pool to recharge your batteries.
Pssst! You can also request for an early check-in or late check-out!
The Warehouse Hotel
If you’re ready to up your Instagram game to the next level, book yourself a staycation at The Warehouse Hotel. Located at River Valley, the grounds of this hotel hold some interesting history to it, from being a spice trading hub to a reigning discotheque in the ’80s.
Choose from the Warehouse Respite, a one-night stay in the Warehouse Sanctuary, the Weekend Riverside Respite, a one-night stay in a River View Room, and the 3D2N Warehouse Staycay, a two-night stay in the Warehouse Sanctuary.
Enjoy complimentary breakfast, late checkouts, bespoke cocktails on the house, and more! For more details, check out the deal here.
Book two nights instead of one
You’re not far from home, but the point of a staycation is to feel as if you got away, and staying at a high-end hotel for two nights is a good way to do that. This way, you’ll feel like you’ve actually stepped away from your usual routine and have gotten sufficient rest.
The property you book should make you feel pampered with its luxe surroundings and doting service. Many upscale hotels even offer appealing staycation packages with breakfast, late checkout, in-room movies, and discounted spa treatments.
For more staycation offerings, check out our roundup of weekend staycation hotels.
Request for a late check-out and/or early check-in
When you’re on a well-deserved staycation with your loved ones, chances are you’re gonna be pulling all-nighters and exploiting the hotel facilities to the max. And that means you’ll probably want to sleep in a little longer. After all, the whole point of a staycay is to rest and relax.
If you don’t want to pay for a two-hour room extension, you can try requesting for a late checkout when you’re checking in. They might just make an exception, especially if your staycation is during a weekday. What we also like to do is order in-room breakfast and have it in bed. There’s no better way to start your morning than by living like a queen.
Book the pool early
Since you may have trouble securing a slot in the afternoon or evening, it’s best to try booking a pool session in the morning instead. You can look forward to a quieter swim, and depending on which hotel you’re staying at, you may be able to enjoy a selection of snacks and drinks by the poolside too.
After your swim, you can sunbathe on a poolside lounger too, or relax in the shade of a palm tree with a drink in hand.
Turn your hotel bathroom into a luxurious spa
Turn your bathroom into a luxurious spa with the help of a bubble bath, bath oils, and sheet masks. Put on a relaxing soundtrack, Netflix programme, or podcast while you soak to let your worries melt away.
Have a look at the prettiest bath bombs to pack in your bag here.
Explore the neighbourhoods of the hotel you’re staying in
When looking for ideas on how to spend your minibreak, there’s no better time to explore the area where you’re staying at. Who knows, you may discover places or activities you didn’t even know existed before, such as scenic bike rides, nature walks, or museums.
You can also book exclusive activities using your SingapoRediscovers Vouchers. If you love an outdoor adventure, try kayaking and stand up paddleboard at Ola Beach Club.
For a fun-filled family outing, get a ticket to Nestopia at Siloso Beach! Make the most out of this open-air play space with over 17 sections and obstacle courses that your kids will surely love.
Or, go in for the ultimate cooldown in Snow City Singapore. Enjoy heaps of winter fun in the centre of the tropical city: play snowballs, see ice sculptures, chill in an igloo, and more.