If it’s 5pm on a Friday and you’re ready to leave the office, but are not looking forward to going home, then perhaps, a mini-break is what you need. But an actual vacation – you’ll have to buy tickets, research destinations, pore over TripAdvisor for hotel ratings, read food blogs to find out where to eat … That doesn’t sound relaxing at all.
Here’s where a staycation really shines. It’s got all the perks of a vacation – 5-star hotel, breakfast in bed, cocktails by the pool – without any of the fuss of planning and without any of the muss of home. Here are our top five picks, all for less than the average cost of a return flight to Bali.
Sate your urge to travel with a staycation at the hip Wanderlust boutique hotel. Take in the old-world exterior and industrial glam interior, eat your fill of southern BBQ at Meat Smith @ Cocotte downstairs, then retire to one of four incredibly unique and eye-catching room types upstairs. Check out the early bird special which includes 15% Best Available Rate, breakfast at Cocotte and access to the outdoor Jacuzzi.
The latest entrant to Singapore boutique hotel scene, Hotel Vagabond bills itself as an “experience-driven” luxury hotel. Designed by French designer Jacques Garcia, the hotel is all sensuous reds and shimmery golds – perfect for a sultry, sexy weekend away. Treat yourself to salon evenings filled with live jazz, cocktails and resident artists, or book yourself into a club room and enjoy an intimate happy hours filled with bespoke spirits, fine wines and tasty free-flow nibbles.
If you need to reconnect with your partner ASAP, check out the Qool Weekend package at the Quincy Hotel just off Orchard Road. All you need is your toothbrush – the staycation includes all-day light refreshments, buffet breakfast, LUSH bath treats, evening cocktails, complimentary in-room mini-bar, Saturday movie night by the pool, and best of all – a very cool Qool activity of your choice. From chocolate truffle making to couple art jamming sessions, there’s no better way to reaffirm the bond with your loved one.
Tucked away in Labrador Nature Reserve is the new Villa Samadhi, a delightfully restored colonial residence done in the traditional black-and-white style. Rooms feature crisp, white linens, dark woods, four-poster beds and high, airy ceilings. Pamper yourself in the largest suite – it has its very own private outdoor pool, perfect for sunbathing the weekend away. Wake in the morning to the sound of bird song, and take in the decadent Sunday brunch buffet at the award-winning Tamarind Hill.
If your idea of a restful weekend includes browsing the bookstores and shops of Tiong Bahru, brunch at the local bakery, people-watching at the bars and perhaps even a yoga class or two, then perhaps book yourself a stay at Wangz Hotel. The Wangz weekend getaway includes breakfast, high tea, mini-bar snacks and drinks, complimentary late check out and more. You don’t even have to worry about getting around – weekend packages also include complimentary shuttle service to VivoCity and Orchard Road.
So what are you waiting for? Steer clear of the piles of laundry and dishes in your apartment and start planning your weekend staycation right now.