If we had it our way, most of us love to go on extended vacations to exotic locations – if we had the time and money to do so. But, just because you can’t leave the country doesn’t mean you can’t have a fun, restful holiday.
Whether you’re looking for a cheap getaway, or have a little extra cash to splash for a special occasion, we have some ideas for where you and your partner, friends, or family can go for a holiday, right here in Singapore.
$100 – $150
1. XY Hotel Bugis
A relatively new addition to the boutique hotel scene is XY Hotel Bugis. Located in Kampong Glam, XY Hotel Bugis’ design and rooms feature a unique blend modern art, while staying true to the local heritage.
While its exterior is deceptively minimal with its black and white design, step inside and you’ll find a space that’s overflowing with personality and interiors punctuated with bright pops of colour.
Think rattan chairs in bold hues of pink, green and indigo, and neon lights in the common areas. All 15 of their rooms also feature quirky murals.
At XY Hotel Bugis, each room has its own distinct vibe and charm. The handiwork of designers both local and overseas, some rooms feature pop art-style murals while others feature more abstract paintwork.
Located just minutes away from OG hipster area Haji Lane and Arab Street, you won’t have to venture far for some amazing – and halal – food. And if you’re feeling restless at night, you can always head to the 24-hour Mustafa Centre to do some late night (or early morning) shopping!
A Superior room will set you back $130 – $160 per night, while the Deluxe room will cost $140 – $170 per night.
XY Hotel Bugis
Address: 11-13 Jln Klapa, Singapore 199325
Contact no.: 6788 1001
2. Rabbit Carrot Gun
If you want a change of pace from hotels and boutique hotels, here’s a staycation spot that’s more unique – Rabbit Carrot Gun.
Rabbit Carrot Gun is a restaurant and ‘hotel’ rolled into one. On the ground floor of this refurbished shophouse is a bustling casual dining restaurant that serves up all your brunch favourites, while the second storey comprises 3 rooms for guests.
The Kubric Suite ($139) is a bright and airy room with bold art adorning the walls, The Rabbit’s Retreat ($165/night) comes with a bath tub and, and The Terrace Suite ($145/night) is the biggest of the three, featuring a private roof terrace.
If you don’t live in the East side of Singapore, this would be a great opportunity to explore parts of Singapore you’ve never ventured to before. Our tip? Bookmark all the good food you want to try in the area to make the best of your stay in the East.
Rabbit Carrot Gun
Address: 47 – 49 East Coast Road, Singapore 428768
Contact no.: 6348 8568
$150 – $200
3. Mercure On Stevens
If you take the bus or drive to Orchard Road, you may have noticed two buildings that have recently sprung up along Stevens Road.
No, they’re not office buildings; they’re actually hotels! Mercure on Stevens in a great option if you’re thinking of going on a staycation with someone special. They’ve also got a host of amenities like tennis courts and a huge infinity pool.
The Superior Rooms will set you back upwards of $155. If you’re staying here, be sure to check out the food options in and around the hotel because they are excellent.
There’s Fudebar, a restaurant nestled in the lobby that serves healthy superfoods including fresh breads, sandwiches, pastries, salads, and of course, delicious coffee and tea.
There’s also the newly-opened Winestone lounge which offers both indoor and outdoor terrace seating. With its chill vibes, Winestone is a great place to unwind with friends over shared plates of raclette and freshly bakes pizzas and bread.
Mercure On Stevens
Address: Orchard District, 28 Stevens Road, #01-02, Singapore 257878
Contact no.: 6491 6100
$200 – $300
4. Hotel Fort Canning
If you have the budget for a more luxe getaway, Hotel Fort Canning comes to mind.
A stately colonial style building, this 5-star hotel is surrounded on all sides by lush greenery, so you’ll barely notice that you’re in the heart of town. Their spacious rooms decked in marble and wood are a downright treat.
We absolutely love their bathrooms and can imagine spending hours relaxing in their luxurious bath tub.
For a 5-star retreat, their price tag isn’t too hefty, with prices starting from $230 a night. With plenty of greenery and marble, we think plenty of amazing photos will come out of your stay here.
A huge plus point when you stay here is that you will have no lack of options when it comes to nightlife. With Clarke Quay just a 5-minute drive away and Orchard Road within walking distance, you won’t have to worry about being bored and having nothing to do after dark.
Hotel Fort Canning
Address: 11 Canning Walk Singapore 178881
Contact no.: 6559 6770
5. Gardenasia FarmStay Villa
Have you visited the Singaporean countryside? If you haven’t, check out Gardenasia Farmstay Villa.
Perfect for the whole family, the villas here are a cool blend of rural and modern.
Nestled in the Kranji Countryside, the three villas here are spread across over two hectares of land. Each villa is decorated with its own distinct style: English (Begonia Villa), The Orient (Camellia Villa) and Contemporary (Daffodil Villa). The villas here are designed after the colonial houses of yore, and come with their own walk-up staircase!
With each villa leading straight to the pool, you’ll surely be tempted to take a dip, especially in sunny Singapore. Other amenities here include a tennis court, amphitheater, and billiards table, so get off your devices and enjoy the beautiful outdoors while you’re here!
The villa rates are standardized across the board, with weekday stays (Wed, Thu) priced at $280++/night and weekend stays (Fri, Sat) priced at $350++/night.
Gardenasia FarmStay Villa
Address: 240 Neo Tiew Crescent, Singapore 718898
Contact no.: 6898 9111
6. The Warehouse Hotel
The Warehouse Hotel is definitely a looker.
Everything from the main lobby to the rooms are #aestheticgoals. Located along the Singapore River, this historic building was restored into a boutique hotel that pays homage to our local culture and heritage.
Immaculately designed, all the rooms include elements of the original warehouse design, including double-height ceilings and industrial details. High ceilings combined with plenty of natural light make the rooms feel wide, spacious, and uber luxurious. We think this is the ultimate hotel to kick your feet up and unwind.
They have 6 types of rooms you can choose from: River View Suite, River View Mezzanine, River View Loft, River View Room, Warehouse Loft, and Warehouse Sanctuary.
Prices can dip below $300 for certain rooms on specific days, so be sure to check out their website for the best prices.
The Warehouse Hotel
Address: 320 Havelock Road, Robertson Quay, Singapore 169628
Contact no.: 6828 0000
Whether you’re looking for a staycation in the heart of town, or want something far away from the hustle and bustle of Singaporean living, we’ve got you covered.
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