Posts Tagged ‘Staycation’

Swissotel Merchant Court Staycation 2018

It’s no secret that we love going on staycations. If I could, I would check into a new hotel every month. Even the toddler loves staycations. At one point in time, it was quite dangerous to even mention the word “hotel” because then he’d launch into a big tantrum if you didn’t take him to one straight away! Given that it’s going to be peak season for staycations in December, here’s my review of Swissotel Merchant Court to give you some idea of where to staycation next.

Swissotel Merchant Court Birthday Staycation

We previously stayed in Swissotel Merchant Court back in 2016, when Edward was still a baby! There are many things that we really like about Swissotel Merchant Court. First of all, the colour scheme. I really love the bright yellow hues, it just makes you feel so joyous and welcomed. The rooms are always very well-appointed. And for me, location location location. It being smack next to Clark Quay Central as well as Clarke Quay MRT station makes it so convenient. There are lots of restaurants to choose from, lots of shops. And even if you don’t want to spend a single dime, Clarke Quay is a great place to just chill by the steps of the river and people watch. And for Pokemon Go players, Clarke Quay is teeming with PokeStops and mons!

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Shangri-La Hotel Singapore Grand Suite

Did you read my previous post on how to maximise your staycation and notice the pretty pictures accompanying the staycation study slides? Those are pictures of the Shangri-La hotel in Singapore. In fact, the Brand Expedia staycation event was held in Shangri-La Hotel’s Grand Suite. And they’re not being dramatic in naming the room the Grand Suite, because it is literally very spacious! Check out the features of the room, and scroll down for more pictures.

  • Dimension: 250 sqm / 2,690 sqf interiors, with a 75 sqm / 807 sqf balcony
  • Commanding city views
  • Access to the Horizon Club Lounge (executive lounge).
  • Marble-clad bathroom with bathtub and separate glass-enclosed shower (and a separate toilet for guests)
  • Spacious living and dining areas and separate bedroom
  • Private gym and sauna room
  • Butler Service.

I am told this room costs around S$4,000 per night, which is pretty eye-watering by normal standards. However, if you were to treat the Grand Suite as an event venue, the costs might start to work out. $4,000 is of course on the high side for an event venue of 250 sqm but this is a unique venue in a sense. And imagine if you were parents throwing a birthday party for your kid, or a couple having an engagement party / solemnization, at the end of the day you can crash out on the bed and have a “free” staycation!

~~ Bedroom ~~

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Tips and tricks to planning your next Singapore staycation – Brand Expedia’s Singapore Staycation Study

Brand Expedia recently released the findings from its 2018 Singapore Staycation Study, which surveyed over 500 Singaporeans aged 21 and above who were the decision makers for their holidays. The survey results are quite interesting, and if you have time, you should read the full results here. But more importantly, how do you benefit from all that information? Well I’ve sieved through all that information and here’s my tips on how to maximise your next staycation as well as advice to hotels on what they need to do to entice more Singaporeans to go for staycations.

If you’ve never been on a staycation, try it!

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First of all, if you’ve one of the 36% of the population who have never gone on a staycation,  know that you are in the minority! You may feel uncomfortable about going on a staycation, or wonder what’s the big deal about it, but give it a chance because you just might love it so much you might become one of those frequent staycationers who average 4 staycations a year! Check out my staycation reviews here!

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Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre

We were recently invited to check out Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre as they have a new promotion called Jump Start Your Weekend. I was keen to book a date soon after our return from our New Zealand travels, because you know, you always need another holiday to recover from the 1st holiday! And it’s also nice to be able to look forward to a little something when you feel depressed that your big holiday is over. And as for Edward, he loves hotels and is always keen to check out yet another! Staycation here we come!

Holiday Inn Orchard City Centre Staycation (12)

As far as I can see, there are only 2 room types at Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre and we were provided the Premier King room. We had asked for a room on a high floor and with a good view, something that we always ask for when we check into hotels. In this case, we managed to snag a 7th floor room (the hotel is 8 storeys high) and facing the expressway. Yes this is actually the better view because right across the expressway is the Istana grounds, so its basically greenery directly after the expressway. And I must say the windows were thick enough such that we couldn’t hear the expressway traffic anyway, so that was fine.

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Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy staycation – Giveaway coming up!

*Staycation giveaway on my Facebook!*

As mentioned in my previous Breez Bistro Bar article, most hotels are located in the shopping or business districts of Singapore, but once in a while, you find a hotel located in the “suburbs”. One such hotel is Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy. The Katong neighbourhood is no ordinary neighbourhood, it boasts a long Peranakan history of which I shall not delve into in this article.

We had the pleasure of staying at Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy in a Business Suite for one night to check out its facilities as well as food. We also had access to the club lounge, which is always a treat as then there is really no need at all to step out of the hotel! Scroll down to read more about our staycation at Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy as well as to see the pictures.

Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy (1)

Doesn’t it look like we’re in the living room of a house?

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