Countries are starting to tighten and introduce new travel restrictions in a bid to contain the widespread proliferation of Covid-19. Just recently, the Singapore government has issued an advisory asking Singaporeans to defer non-essential travel—a tall order in the wake of a one week long March school holiday. We can’t even cross the causeway into Malaysia as the country goes into a lockdown with non-essential businesses required to shut down, and schools and tertiary education institutions to close.
So what’s a Singaporean to do? We do what Singaporeans do best, of course: stay-cay our travel bug away. Hotels are also taking advantage of this situation by offering irresistible deals to make their staycation package unbelievably worth every penny. We’re talking, amongst other things, free late check out, free room upgrade, complimentary dinners, and, hold on to your horses, free-flow wine. Here are some of our top pick, sorted into four categories for your easy viewing pleasures.
For the foodies, gourmet aficionados, and everyone else in between
1. Master Chef Weekend by Capri by Fraser (Changi City & China Square)
This one’s for Magdalene, who’s looking to whip up her own spread because hotel dining just doesn’t cut it for her. Capri by Fraser has rolled out a Master Chef Weekend Staycation package with a guided 3-course recipe by Chef Jeffrey of Caprilicious, where guests will get to cook up a storm at Capri’s fully-equipped studio room kitchenette.
From just S$188++ per night, the package entails fully prepared ingredients for a 2-person portion of a chosen menu, daily buffet breakfast for up to 2 persons, and complimentary high-speed WiFi access. Book anytime starting now until 30 June 2020 for the experience to cook without having to argue with your spouse about who’s doing the dishes tonight.
2. Perfect ‘Steak-Cation’ for Foodies by Hilton Singapore
In light of Opus Bar & Grill’s 5th Birthday, Hilton Singapore is throwing a ‘Steak-Cation’ Celebration Package for all you meat-lovers looking for a getaway. Starting from S$380++ per night, guests can book a stay anytime from 1 March 2020 to 31 May 2020, giving you plenty of time to take your necessary days of leave and to hold your friends at gunpoint to force them to do the same.
Hang tight and buckle up for the list of staycation perks—it’s about to be a ride. The deal includes a stay in a Deluxe Room category for up to 2 adults, daily buffet breakfast, complimentary premium WiFi, and the cherry on top— an Opus Premium Sharing Steak Dinner Experience for 2 persons and 2-hour free-flow wine.
The highlights of the sharing steaks include the signature 1-kilogram US Black Angus bone-in Ribeye (dry-aged, marble score 4), 500g Australian Wagyu Sirloin, Marine Stewardship Council-certified Boston lobster, and 1-kilogram whiskey-aged Rangers Valley Wagyu Tomahawk (360 days grain-fed, marble score 5).
3. Lunch Buffet at Marriott Cafe by Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel
Within the Marriott Cafe holds the wonders of more than 50 international delights, seafood creations, and sumptuous desserts. At this all-day dining restaurant, the chefs are carefully handpicked and are highly skilled to bring you the best gastronomic experience possible.
On top of the generous spread, the buffet also includes free flow of coffee and tea. Adults dine at S$39++ from Mondays to Fridays, and S$55++ on weekends, while children below the age of 5 years dine for free. After all, what’s better than being spoilt for choice between an international buffet and a seafood buffet?
4. Stay For Par-tea by Sheraton Towers Singapore Hotel
Be it your family, friends, special someone or that one friend group that you’re always forced to host, the all-inclusive in-room afternoon tea experience by Sheraton Towers guarantees all the indoor fun and none of the perilous dangers that COVID-19 beholds.
The Stay For Par-tea promises a resort-living experience in Sheraton’s speciality room, an Afternoon Tea set for 2 in the comfort of your room or at the Lobby Bar, and complimentary internet access amongst others. The promotion is valid for weekend stays from 10 March 2020 to 30 Jun 2020. Stay for par-tea, won’t you?
5. Limited Time Offer at Edge by Pan Pacific Singapore
Edge at Pan Pacific Singapore has long been well-known and well-loved for their tantalizing buffet spreads, where friends from far and wide would pay a visit, especially on special occasions. If you, too, pride yourself as the ultimate foodie fan, then chances are you would’ve heard of their different Buffet Schedules such as the Extravagant Champagne Brunch on Sundays, and the Around the World Dinner from Mondays to Sundays.
This season, Pan Pacific is treating one and all to a realm of great savings on their dining experience at Edge for a limited time only, from now until 31 March 2020. Tuck into mouth-watering signatures such as the famous Singapore Chilli Crab with Deep-fried Golden Buns, Roasted Sous Vide Lamb Rump with Chardonnay Sauce, and luscious House-made Pasta.
6. Super Long Foodie Escapade by Regent Singapore
For those who have made it their lifelong aspiration to eat their own weight in food—your time is now. In an ultra-long getaway designed for foodies, diners will be spoilt for choice at Regent Singapore’s star establishments—from Michelin-starred Summer Palace to famed Basilico, and even Manhattan Bar that has been ranked second on Asia’s 50 Best Bars.
Perks of the package include complimentary breakfast for 2 adults at Basilico, S$218 worth of dining credit, and a late check out of only 30 hours later. Do note that, however, dining credit is not cash redeemable and will only be valid during the course of package stay, is non-accumulative for guests that stay longer than 1 night, and will only be applicable for redemption at Regent Singapore’s establishments, excluding Park90, Seoul and Tenshin.
Treat yo’ Self to a Spa-nking Good Time
1. Girlfriends Getaway, Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa
Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa is a three-minute walk from Siloso Beach, the perfect destination for you to have your beach get-away without leaving the country. The Rasa Sentosa is the only beachfront hotel in Singapore and comprises of 454 rooms and suites, ensuring that you won’t be bombarded with too many fellow guests. And with 6 restaurants and bars, be spoilt for choice on what to eat for dinner tonight.
From S$690 per night, get lost in paradise with Chi, a spa with a whole range of holistic treatments rooted in Asian traditions. Gather up your group of girlfriends for a well-deserved retreat amidst the stress of COVID-19. Take pleasure in welcome drinks, buffet breakfasts, in-room afternoon tea, a 60-minute spa session, and end it off with some bubbly—a bottle of champagne.
2. Retreat to Sanctuary at Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa
If you’re one to appreciate French design and Singapore colonial heritage blended into one, Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa might just be what you’re looking for. Lose yourself in a haven of peace and tranquillity at this luxurious resort and be calmed with the views facing the South China Sea.
Located in The State of Fun, the five square km island is filled with all sorts of activities such as amusement parks, cultural sites and resorts, you’ll never run out of things to do. Starting at S$388, enjoy a night in the Luxury Room whilst drinking the finest wine, as part of an all-encompassing package, have a rejuvenating massage by the best massage therapists at So SPA and a curated four-course Italian meal at the Clif.
3. Relax. Rejuvenate. Repeat. at Carlton Hotel Singapore
Located in Bras Basah, the Carlton Hotel Singapore is located a stones’ throw away from the CBD, perfect for those who are up for a heritage rich adventure—The Asian Civilisations Museum, Peranakan Museum, and the National Museum are just some of the places you can visit. However, the Peranakan Museum is currently closed for revamping but don’t worry as they’ll be back in the future.
From S$198 a night, indulge in a lavish buffet breakfast and enjoy 50% off your buffet lunch at cafe mosaic. Feed your body and rest your soul with S$100 spa credit vouchers for two for selected massages and a complimentary Lavender Body Polish with a purchase of any body massage at LifeSpa.
The room package also includes a complimentary room upgrade from Deluxe to Executive Room and complimentary high-speed wi-fi. Get this deal quick for it’s only valid till 31 May 2020.
4. Spa Escape at The St. Regis Singapore
Part of the Marriott Group, The St. Regis is located along the embassy district and the UNESCO heritage site: the Singapore Botanical Gardens. For S$609 a night—in what can be best described as opulence, rest well in luxury and indulge in an Epicurean breakfast for two at Brasserie Les Saveurs, or treat yourself to a 45-minute massage, scrub or foot re-foundation treatment by Bastien Gonzalez for two, complimentary access to the wet lounge at Remède Spa, complimentary overnight parking, and the signature St. Regis Butler Service.
If you’re one to enjoy art, feast your eyes on one of the finest private art collections in Asia, each piece painstakingly selected to complement the elegance of all the different spaces, inspiring a visually and sensually enthralling affair in every room and venue.
5. Chillax Staycation at Hotel Jen Orchardgateway Singapore
Coined the Chillax Staycation, chill and relax at Hotel Jen at Orchardgateway. With the convenience of its location, rest your tired feet after an intense session of retail therapy. The close proximity of the hotel and retail spaces surely do allow you to shop till your heart’s content.
From S$238 a night, satiate your cravings with S$50 dining credits while you dine at [email protected] Take advantage of the hotel’s late check-out at 3 pm and have a boozy afternoon by Hotel Jen’s award-winning rooftop infinity pool while nursing a complimentary signature cocktail.
6. Relax and Ride at Mandarin Oriental, Singapore
Positioned at the heart of Marina Bay, the Mandarin Oriental’s interior is quite the sight for sore eyes. Simply staring at the architecture is oddly satisfying and brings upon an unexplainable state of calm. If you’re one for luxury shopping, this is the hotel to rest in as the location is walking distance from The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands or if you’re one for the arts, watch a performance at the Esplanade.
Starting from S$328, pamper yourself in a Deluxe Room and start your day with breakfast at Melt Cafe, followed by an alcoholic rest of the day with welcome drinks at MO BAR. No worries if you’re too drunk to drive—experience a unique Vespa side-car ride. Fret not about parking for there is complimentary parking, and if you’re one to enjoy the luxury of the room to the fullest extent, be assured of high-speed internet access for your Netflix binge session.
For Some Family Fun Time Amidst The Covid Calamity
1. Ubin Adventure At Village Hotel Changi
If you’re dying to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, live the natural way at Village Hotel Changi. The hotel offers a fresh change from your ordinary city hotels as it awakens you with lush foliage and a crisp sea breeze that’s sure to carry your troubles away.
For just $280 a night, you can catch the chance to whisk your family off to a fun-filled staycation with the Ubin Adventure Package. Get access to interconnecting rooms that grant privacy whilst keeping everyone close together. You can even enjoy four return bumboat tickets to Pulau Ubin where your little ones can head out on an exciting adventure. Afterwards, end the night off with a movie by the pool and wake up rejuvenated to a complimentary breakfast the next day. The deal ends on 30 June 2020, so be quick to make your bookings so you won’t miss out on this opportunity.
2. Tropical Family Escapade At Shang-Ri La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa
The Shangri-La Hotel offers you luxurious indulgence set in 15 acres of lush greenery just minutes away from the vibrant Orchard Road shopping belt. The family facilities are unparalleled and provide the perfect ambience for you to indulge in the best of everything so you know you’ll be getting your money’s worth.
Taking it a step further, their value-packed Tropical Family Escapade package has a fun-filled line of deals in store for you. Starting from S$480 a night, the promotion includes early check-in and late check-out, family dining experiences, a picnic by the sea and access to Nestopia, a fun pack for children. Your kids are sure to be left satiated as they’ll relish in some fun under the sun and a variety of activities in store for them.
However, in view of the recent measures announced by the relevant authorities to tackle the COVID-19 situation, Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa is currently housing SHN guests and will be temporarily postponing dining and family stay experiences for the month of April till further notice.
3. The Family Fun Staycation At The Westin Singapore
Located in vibrant Marina Bay, The Westin Singapore offers a quiet retreat with sleep well amenities and views of Singapore’s cityscape and the Marina Bay area.
With their Family Fun Staycation Package that starts at S$460, you can be sure to look forward to a holiday to remember. Prepare yourself for fun family bonding time over a delicious buffet breakfast at Seasonal Tastes where up to two children 12 years and below get to enjoy complimentary breakfast. The package also includes a one-night stay in a Deluxe Room, choice of early check-in or late check-out, and a range of dining deals.
4. Ritz Kids Night Safari Adventures at The Ritz-Carlton
Located in Marina Bay, The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore surrounds guests with visual beauty. The hotel features a 4,200-piece art collection and a Club Lounge with sweeping Singapore views.
With their Ritz Kids Night Safari Adventure package, you can bring your kids on an indoor glamping adventure starting from S$630. There, they’ll enjoy an immersive experience of having a sleeping tent pitched in the room along with a night lamp and limited edition Ritz-Carlton merchandise. They’ll also have access to the “Star Gaze” experience which provides a mesmerising starry night view above their tents. Available through 30 December 2020, the package promises to give your kids an experience like never before.
5. Island Holistay Village Hotel Sentosa
At Village Hotel Sentosa, don’t be surprised to discover theme parks, lush rainforest and golden beaches within easy reach. The hotel is situated right in the heart of Sentosa, a vibrant island resort just 15 minutes from the CBD.
Currently, they’re having an Island Holistay promotion which starts at S$200+++ per night. With the deal, guests can enjoy complimentary breakfast and a 24-hour stay. The package also comes with discounts and deals over various F&B outlets, attraction tickets and weekend activities. Not only that, but there are several packages for your little ones such as birthday surprises or even dinner sets at the Native Kitchen that are sure to give your kids a thrilling experience for a low cost.
6. PARKROYAL Beach Road Family Weekend Getaway Package
Whether it’s work or play, you can be sure to enjoy a great stay at this hotel located in the heart of Bugis. Nestled along Singapore’s city centre, PARKROYAL on Beach Road, lets you relax in comfort while giving you easy access to hidden gems and sightseeing spots located nearby.
With the Family Weekend Getaway Package that starts at S$248++, you get to spend quality family time from the comfort of your room. There’s an in-room tent specially prepared for your kids to enjoy. As a bonus, complimentary children’s activities are available on Saturdays and Sundays. This includes activity circuits in the Fitness Studio, Wii gaming, temporary tattoos, sand art and popsicles that are sure to get your kids excited. The package suffices for up to two adults and two children and is available until 31 December 2020 so you can plan for the year ahead.
Covid won’t stop us from a luxurious holiday
1. Weekend Escape – The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore
You can now wake up in the civic and cultural district of Singapore in Venetian style by booking into The Capitol Kempinski Hotel. Good news for all! Capitol Kempinski is offering a 10% discount on the best available rates to give you a relaxing stay.
Starting from S$396, this stylish hotel is giving away many steal deals like; complimentary gourmet breakfast buffet to wake that sleepy palette, guaranteed late check-out at 3 pm so you can do away with that annoying morning alarm, and S$50 dining credit to increase your food budget. Moreover, you might stand a chance to get a complimentary room upgrade (if it is available, of course). Good luck!
2. Suite Life – InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay
Nestled along the Robertson Quay with gourmet food choices, starting from S$303.05 per night, InterContinental Singapore is offering many irresistible gastronomic perks. Upon arrival, you can expect a bottle of French Champagne as your red carpet welcome gift. Bienvenue en France!
As you wake up to a picturesque waterfront the following morning, expect a full day of food perks; breakfast for two, afternoon tea, and evening canapes with cocktails.
At the end of the day, you can soak yourself in that fragrant lush bath bomb within your suite bathroom to give your body a little treat. What a luxurious getaway that satisfies which leaves you a happy tummy and a rejuvenated soul!
3. Sentosa Staycation – Capella Singapore
Escape the city lights and enter into the lush greenery of Capella Singapore. Overlooking the South China Sea, this is probably the most un-Singapore precinct you can travel to without running into the hassle of being quarantined.
Capella Singapore is offering its timely discount of 20% (S$584++ per night) which includes a sumptuous breakfast for two at The Knolls and a rum appreciation class at Bob’s bar. An additional perk for faster fingers and early stayers too: enjoy S$100 dining credits if you book now and stay by 30 June 2020.
4. Perfect Staycation – The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
Staycation with spa privileges makes the escapade perfect and complete. The Fullerton Hotel will fit your bill as they are offering a 20% discount off their spa treatment at The Fullerton Spa. Starting from S$470++ per night, you can relish in the iconic architecture at the historic landmark of Singapore, enjoy the stunning Singapore skyline at sunset in the comfort of your beautiful balconies.
Many accompanying benefits; breakfast for two, free parking, and complimentary enrolment into their loyalty program.
5. Picnic In Paradise – Sheraton Towers Singapore Hotel
When you book into the Sheraton Towers, you can customise your stay as you wish. You can bring out that sassy shopaholism and indulge in an exciting shopping spree that the prime spot offers.
Otherwise, let the idyllic picnic experience by the pool teleport you to the relaxing-resort-Bali beach holiday. The hotel specially prepares picnic basket for two so all dwellers can bask in the merriment with their loved ones. This great deal starts at S$273++ per night.
6. Kids Stay For Free! – Swissotel the Stamford
Hotels are outdoing each other and Swissotel The Stamford is offering free stays for children below 12 years old. Reasonably priced from S$220++ per night and perfectly timed with the March holidays, this is a perfect idea for a family getaway option without having to leave the country.
Located at the heart of Singapore’s popular district, there are many entertainment spots and attractions sites near the vicinity for everyone in the family, such as Museums, Indoor Superpark, pizza making classes, just to name a few.
Besides complimentary stays for children and abundant activities to brighten up that stay-home March holiday, the fringe benefits include buffet breakfast for 4 (2 adults and 2 children), free parking, access to multiple facilities and S$50 return stay voucher.
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