Many Singaporeans complain about their busy schedules and have no time to getaway and relax. Therefore, the trend of “Staycation” has picked up over the years with more Singaporeans choosing to have a weekend at a hotel of preference, be it in the city, in the island of sentosa or the opposite end of their residential home. I mean, we haven’t got the cottages and castles in the “countryside” so this is our next best option, right?
I’m sure many are familiar with the usual staycation picks. Such as the famous Marina Bay Sands Hotel, allowing guest to lounge by the infinity pool with the view of our beautiful city. Or a stay at the closest island to Singapore, Resort World Sentosa, enjoying a weekend at the aquarium or USS. However such picks are also pretty extortionate in terms of their rates, and also, too main stream. I’ve rounded up a list of places (non-exhaustive), which I feel people should consider having their next staycation and I’ll tell you why.
I’ve been to Rabbit Carrot Gun for their food but I never knew about their suites until I chanced upon it on Airbnb! Rabbit Carrot Gun offers 3 different rooms for your pick and they also have a separate accommodation known as the Ceylon House where the entire house is for rent. The accommodations are in a traditional shophouse which offers you a unique experience having the best blend of both tradition and modern living.
Located in the heart of the East side, this is a fantastic option if you seldom venture to this part of Singapore. An area rich in Peranakan culture and PLENTY of good food to choose from, this is a perfect getaway. Head to Mad Nest if you’re feeling some fusion Indian – Jap cuisine. Or you can simply settle for some authentic Katong Laksa. For drinks there’s Cider Pit and a hidden beer garden round the corner serving craft beer and ciders. If you’re feeling a need for some coffee, there’s the option of Penny University. Convinced yet?
(photos credit to Rabbit Carrot Gun)
When I first walked pass this Hotel, it immediately caught my attention. The standalone building is gorgeous, almost whimsical. Wanderlust Hotel has won several awards for being one of the best (or potentially the best in my opinion) in Singapore. Known for it’s unique interior design, guests also have the option of picking what room they would like (subject to availability of course). The rooms include a space themed room (nothing kinky about it, if you watch The Wolverine you get the joke), and a room with “trees” to get you in touch with nature.
Wanderlust Hotel is also conveniently located walking distance away from Arab Street area, known for their Shisha lounges, Jazz bars, cafes and boutique shops along Haji Lane. If you’re feeling some Mediterranean food or want to try Singapore’s best Murtabak (malay dish with meat filling between a loaf of bread), they are all within reach.
(photos credit to Wanderlust Hotel)
This is probably one of the pricier hotel on my list but I have my reasons. For starters, this hotel is in a CIRCULAR tower (which is very rare) and it’s unique architecture stands in the hip area of Tiong Bahru. For those who know, Tiong Bahru is one up and coming area with chic restaurants, bars and trendy cafes sprawling over the neighbourhood. The option of Tiong Bahru market is also readily available if you’re feeling some local delights (Chee Kueh for breakfast anyone?)
Stay in the comfortable Wangz Hotel and enjoy the hustle and bustle an arms length away. Wangz is also located close enough (a short bus ride away) to the trendy Robertson Quay with even more brunch options (though I’d be happy with the selection in Tiong Bahru itself!) Wangz also has a rooftop lounge with an incredible view of the downtown but if you’re thinking of partying, Zouk is round the corner!
(photos credit to Wangz Hotel)
The Club Hotel is another stylish boutique hotel that has made it to my list. Situated at the corner of Ann Siang Hill in a historic building, I personally find the white minimalist appearance coupled with a hint of colonial touch very inviting. Being in the middle of Ann Siang Hill, it is ideal for people who enjoy the nightlife there. It is also walking distance from the famous food centres such as Maxwell (where the Gordon Ramsey chicken rice challenge took place) as well as Amoy Food Centre (You have to try the porridge and Wanton Mee there!)
If you haven’t had time to explore your own Chinatown, it is just across the street. And a short walk away you have the Red Dot Design Museum and also Duxton Hill if you aren’t satisfied with just Ann Siang Hill. Either way, there’s a lot to see and do and eat, AND the location is pretty central.
(photos credit to The Club Hotel)
Finally, I’m recommending a comfortable place for you stay in Changi Village as I find this area so overlooked by the general population! Village Hotel Changi is an ideal comfortable hotel for guest to explore Changi. You’ll be surprised that the Hotel even offers an infinity pool with a sea view.
Apart from being known for Changi Airport, there’s more incentive to having a weekend at Changi. You have Changi Village Food Centre where you get really awesome Nasi Lemak and seafood. It is also home to Coastal Settlement (I absolutely love the food there). I know many friends have failed to visit because “it is too far”. Well, have a staycation in Changi!
If you’re staying at Changi Village, for the adventurous, you can also take a ferry ride from Changi point to Pulau Ubin! When was the last time you took a visit there? Have you even been there before? Do you know that Pulau Ubin is the second largest island off shore Singapore after Sentosa. Only difference is that it is actually a true representation of what Singapore use to be like and a sanctuary for nature lovers (the place remains untouched and I’m glad). Other attractions in Changi includes the Changi Museum Chapel which documents significant events from the Japanese Occupation. Changi Beach is also not far off (fishing anyone?)
(photos credit to Far East Hospitality)
Note that I’m not paid to advertise any of these hotels but this is just my personal pick and opinion on alternative staycation options. It is not necessarily or solely influenced by the hotel itself but I also took into account the unique concept behind the accommodations as well as the location. Well, wherever you pick, I hope you enjoy your upcoming staycation. Relax and stay happy.