Sure, going on vacations to explore new, uncharted territory, new foods, new sights can be incredibly fun, but who really likes spending your entire monthly salary or more on plane tickets, or the hassle of packing passports, luggage…and then remembering it half way through your plane ride.
But hey, who says you can’t travel within your own country? Forgot to grab something? Just head back.
This is what stay-cays are for – not to be thought of as vacation’s lesser sister – good for when you need a well-deserved breather, while actually still in the comfortable sanctity of your own country.
Goodbye, exorbitant plane costs, and hellooooo Singapore!
1. Fullerton Bay Hotel
Ah, Fullerton Bay Hotel, one of Singapore’s classic luxury hotels.
Known for its opulent and magnificent architecture, it continues to pull the punches even in its interior decorating and a view of Singapore’s crown jewel – Marina Bay Sands.
You could go to the rooftop for a dip in the pool, or share cocktails with your boo while looking at the beautiful Singapore skyline…
Or you could stay indoors if the heat is too unbearable, and have some comforting French fare in a bistro setting or some afternoon tea…
Or you could just head outdoors to the ever vibrant Boat Quay, just a stone’s throw away, and soak in the touristy atmosphere.
Truly, a home away from home.
Expected damage: from $254/per night
Address: 80 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049326
2. Capella Hotel
Capella Hotel is another of Singapore’s A-list hotels, and was even used for the recent historical-making Trump-Kim summit, but is also known for its colonial-esque architecture.
Surrounded by lush greens with a giant three-tiered cascading pool within, in addition to a jacuzzi pool, herbal steam bath, and if you’re staying in a villa or manor – your own private plunge pool, outdoor showers – Capella sure does spoil you for choice.
Want some peace and quiet? Capella also has its own library, along with complimentary snacks and drinks.
Why get away from Singapore for a resort getaway when you can just go to Capella, right here in Singapore, for precisely that?
Expected damage: from $404/per night
Address: 1 The Knolls, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098297
3. Marina Bay Sands Hotel
Of course, we can’t go into luxury hotels without talking about the Marina Bay Sands hotel, one of the most iconic places in Singapore, even amongst foreigners.
You could take a dip into Marina Bay Sands’ famed infinity pool, which overlooks the glittering, city skyline from 57 stories above, or indulge in fine dining and craft cocktails at the sky bars in the hotel, and just enjoy the finer things in life – you deserve it.
Expected damage: from $310/per night
Address: 10 Bayfront Avenue, 018956
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4. St. Regis
You know a hotel’s gotta be pretty up there to earn Kim Jong Un’s– President of North Korea – winning approval.
St. Regis, undeniably, exudes prestige and opulence with its French-inspired style suites that will have you feeling like you’ve just waltzed into your own personal royal palace, with the ritzy chandelier, and marble tiles adorned in the room.
Did we forget to mention that there is also a 24-hour butler service?
Yeah, you heard that right – you can now fulfil your ultimate tai-tai fantasies of being waited upon hand and foot, ready to fulfil any and every order…
(Within limits, of course.)
There is also an in-house spa service as well as an indoor tennis court for your own perusal, if staying put in one place isn’t quite the thing for you.
Expected damage: from $342/per night
Address: 29 Tanglin Rd, Singapore 247911
5. Shangri-la Hotel
Shangri-la Hotel, while also a popular luxury hotel differentiates itself from the others by being supremely family-friendly – or rather, extremely kid-friendly.
Apart from the usual amenities hotels provide – spas, swimming pools, jacuzzi, in-house restaurants and buffets, it also provides tonsss of things for your kids to do – from kid-themed hotel suites where your child can imagine a world where they could rule with an iron fist…
Or jetting off into space discovering new planets and aliens…
To play-areas like humongous ball-pits made of every child’s dreams (or maybe adults too).
So while you and your boo are drinking cocktails at the private dining area by the Orchid Pavilion, or a rejuvenating spa-session, you can be sure that your kid’s having just as much fun as you, if not maybe more.
A good time for the whole family, we reckon.
Expected damage: from $185/per night
Address: 22 Orange Grove Rd, Singapore 258350
6. The Warehouse Hotel
A previously restored heritage building back in 1895, that, well, used to be a warehouse (duh), it has now been converted into a pretty swanky two-storey loft hotel.
The various parts and tools that must’ve been left at the warehouse have been used to decorate the lobby vintage-style, so you can really feel the history of this place.
Not to mention, you get a pretty sweet view of Boat Quay from your room, so what’s not to like, really?
Ye fellow hipsters out there – you know you want to come here, at least to take photographic evidence that you’ve been in such an awesome looking place without even leaving Singapore.
Expected damage: from $332/per night
Address: 320 Havelock Road, 169628 Robertson Quay, 169628
7. Villa Samadhi Singapore
Nestled in the quiet, relatively secluded Labrador Park, coupled with colonial-style architecture, Villa Samadhi Hotel offers an idyllic retreat from fast-paced, fast-moving Singapore.
To top it off, you can even order breakfast in bed.
And, if you’ve booked a Luxe Sarang suite, you can have your very own private outdoor plunge pool to take a dip in with a loved one, while enjoying the beautiful landscaped surroundings.
This essentially means you never even have to get out of your suite to do, well, anything, really, perfect for those looking for a romantic, private getaway, with a tingue of nostalgia included in the mix.
Expected damage: from $219/night
Address: 20 Labrador Villa Rd, Singapore 119193
8. Lloyd’s Inn
You don’t truly understand the meaning of home away from home until you step into Lloyd’s Inn, a hotel masquerading as a two-storey loft house that you often see in dramas.
Lloyd’s Inn features minimalistic styled furnishings with splashes of wooden panelling, a flat-screen TV, as well as an outdoors bathroom, that will make you feel like you’re in a showroom – except, guess what, you get the honour of staying in it, and basically doing whatever you want.
For the true Singaporean experience, you could also simply just wander to Killiney Road, just a five minute walk from Lloyd’s Inn, through the shophouses for traditional eateries and finds.
Expected damage: from $96/night
Address: 2 Lloyd Rd, Singapore 239091
9. Wanderlust Hotel
While Wanderlust Hotel might seem quaint and relatively tame on the outside, you’ll be in for a surprise when you step on inside for a visual surprise – where you’ll be greeted by spashes of colour every which way.
There’re even themed rooms that you can enjoy, from space-themed…
To ultra-modern with an artistic twist…
And many, many others, each floor a different theme on each its nine floors.
For hipsters looking for a good time, we reckon this might just be the ultimate hipster haven.
Expected damage: from $159/night
Address: 2 Dickson Rd, Singapore 209494
10. PARKROYAL on Pickering
People really need to stop thinking that Marina Bay Sands hotel is the only place with an awesome infinity pool.
In fact, we feel that Parkroyal might have Marina Bay Sands beat, with its hipster-ish artistic touches from its bird-cage cabanas right on the infinity pool, cleverly designed using wastepaper baskets.
The suites in Parkroyal are decorated in a clean, modern style, using natural wood and soothing green hues, as well as an unmatched spectacular view of the Singapore skyline.
Expected damage: from $178/night
Address: 3 Upper Pickering St, Singapore 058289
11. Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong
Want some place super historically-inspired? Try Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong, a hotel with a huge Peranakan influence, truly embracing the kampong spirit from the past.
Bask in the true Peranakan spirit – from the nostalgic murals on the walls, to the floral patterns on the bedding, tables, the sofa, the rugs, the tiles…and to boot, the room itself is modelled after the traditional shophouse.
But wait, there’s more!
It also features a traditional foot bath that you can find in the bathroom, and traditional Peranakan eats – Baba Chews Bar and Eatery – within the hotel itself.
Expected damage: from $125/night
Address: 86 East Coast Road, Katong, Singapore 428788
12. Studio M Hotel
Staying in Studio M will have you feeling chic in its loft-inspired rooms, with provided amenities such as a computer, free wi-fi, as well as a small kitchen that will have you feeling like home.
Studio M provides romantic touches upon request, such as placing rose petals on the steps up to the bed, as well as an elaborate folded towels that form a heart in the centre of the bed.
For couples who want to amp up the romance, this is for you.
Expected damage: from $108/night
Address: 3 Nanson Rd, Singapore 238910
13. Narumi Hotels
Modern, contemporary, but also with a tinge of playfulness – this is what Narumi Hotels is all about, with its colourful, creative looking furnishings resembling artworks more than just plain furniture.
Suites are luxurious and come with an expresso machine, as well as a complimentary minibar for your own perusal.
Narumi Hotels also comes with a rooftop infinity pool with skyline views, and a bar with cushy, sofa seats beside it, making it the ultimate leisure experience.
Expected damage: from $242/night
Address: 41 Seah St, Singapore 188396
14. Gardenasia Farmstay Villas
Designed after the black-and-white colonial houses of Singapore’s checkered colonial past, set against the picturesque sanctity of the Kranji countryside, its rustic charm will have you mesmerised.
You can even take a farm tour around the compound, where you can stroll through the garden, smell the basil, curry, and mint leaves, pick a banana off the tree, and learn the names of nature’s creatures as you spot them in the trees.
The villa is family-friendly too, focusing on children’s education with their interactive farm tours, as well as having a family suite for the whole family.
Expected damage: from $280/night
Address: 10 Neo Tiew Lane 2, Singapore 718813
15. Hotel Vagabond
If you’re looking for a personalised, yet luxurious stay, look no further than Vagobond hotel, which features a host of beautiful art pieces – from quirky paintings, to statues and sculptures – from the lobby area, to the hotel rooms itself.
For those not so interested in art, don’t scroll away yet!
Vagabond hotel also provides tons of free amenities that will sweep you off your feet, such as a FREE cab service to anywhere around town, a FREE smartphone with unlimited data which you can take out of the compounds, and FREE afternoon tea buffet all at your disposal.
Convinced yet? It sure has us pretty darn convinced, personally.
Expected damage: from $160/night
Address: 39 Syed Alwi Rd, Singapore 207630
16. D’Resort @ Downtown East
This hotel is perfect for those with a family, as booking a room at D’Resort immediately grants you unlimited access to Wild Wild West, a humongous water theme park that your kids are sure to love.
D’resort also has a huge variety of themed rooms for the kids from M&M candy themed rooms…
To jungle themed rooms…
Or whatever tickles your child’s fancy, really.
Expected damage: from $114/night
Address: 1 Pasir Ris Cl, Singapore 519599
17. The Great Madras
Don’t be fooled by its cosy, quaint looking exterior, this is the hotel for the ones on the ‘gram – on the interior, it features tons of neon-lit quotes, and artful places to take that perfect OOTD shot.
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The suite features contemporary furnishing with a splash of what has more or less become the millennials’ trademark – pastel colours, as well as floral patterns, which gives the suite a more distinctive character.
Plus, it’s less than S$100, too, which is a pretty bomb deal, we’d say.
Expected damage: from $85/night
Address: 28 Madras Street, Little India, Singapore 208422