Posts Tagged ‘Singapore Staycations’

How to choose a good staycation hotel

Now that staycations are allowed again, and with no knowing of when it will be safe to travel overseas again, hoards of Singaporeans have been booking staycations to somewhat satisfy the travel bug. But with so many hotel staycation deals around, how do you know which is the best hotel deal for you and your family?

I say, the best advice would be not to be too hasty. Sit down and really compare the deals. You will probably find some very good hotel staycation deals out there, no doubt. However, at the end of the day a stay at a luxury hotel will cost several hundred dollars. Ask yourself, what else could you do with the money? Most people say they need to go for a staycation to relax. But with that money, you could have a perfectly relaxing time at a spa with spare change left over. You could treat your entire family to a meal. You could even do some minor redecorating of your room, eg buy some Balinese styled furniture or fixtures to make your room feel like a hotel room, that would have a more long term impact.

Since the Covid-19 pandemic is still ongoing, the following recommendations will give priority to staycations in less crowded hotels.

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Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa – Amazing exclusive pool + special breakfast for the kiddos!

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If you’re looking for a spacious family room + swimming pool for your next hotel staycation, you just might want to consider Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa. Recently, the husband, toddler and I had the luxury of checking out Amara Sanctuary, via the Club Tiny Package.

Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa - Larkhill Terrace Swimming Pool

There’s just so many things I loved about the staycation. First of all, the spacious rooms. These family rooms are located in a separate block (Larkhill Terrace) away from the main hotel block. The rooms are huge! There is a separate living room area, the bedroom with a king-sized bed and even a balcony with a day bed to lounge on. It literally felt like the size of a small apartment.

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PARKROYAL on Pickering–Amazing staycation experience and so many Instagrammable spots!

PARKROYAL on Pickering may strike you as a bit of a business hotel, given that it is in the heart of Singapore’s financial district, but that doesn’t make it any less suitable a location for a staycation. The hotel has been on my radar for several years now, thanks to its really eye-catching and unmistakable facade.

I’ve visited the hotel a couple of times in the past. Once was to enjoy the afternoon tea at Lime Restaurant, and another was to have a dinner buffet at the same restaurant. Recently, I had the opportunity to finally check out the rooms, and my was it a staycation to remember. Thanks to the PARKROYAL on Pickering Suite Little Escape promotion ($668 onwards) available just for December, we got to enjoy the comforts of a Junior Suite (has a living room area and separate bedroom!), a bottle of sparkling wine and chocolate-dipped strawberries, festive buffet dinner and buffet breakfast!

The room is super humongous! So much space to just relax in plus the wider views! There are 2 TV screens so the husband can watch 1 programme while I can watch another. But truth be told, we hardly had time for TV because we were so busy taking photos all over the hotel plus pigging out. Seriously every turn you take is a potential Instagram opportunity.

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have noticed via my InstaStories that we got upgraded to have Club Lounge access. Club lounge access means that in addition to the perks from the Suite Little Escape promotion, we would also be entitled to Champagne buffet breakfast, afternoon tea and evening cocktails at the Orchid Club Lounge. I would highly recommend topping up for it to really pamper yourself, but if you don’t mind a smaller room, you can go for the Orchid Club Room ($440 onwards) and still get Club benefits.

Scroll down further to see what we did during our 1 precious day at PARKROYAL on Pickering where time just seemed to slip away so very much faster than I wanted it to!

Staycation at PARKROYAL on Pickering

Staycation time indeed! Do come in and take some pictures at the hotel lobby too as that already offers up many photo opportunities.

PARKROYAL on Pickering- Orchid Club Junior Suite

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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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Swissotel Merchant Court Staycation

Because Baby loves going for staycations, we have been trying to let him experience as many hotels as possible! One of the hotels we checked out was the Swissotel Merchant Court some time back. The hotel has actually undergone a 18 month refurbishment, so it was a good opportunity to check out the new furnishings!

One huge plus point about staying at the Swissotel Merchant Court is that you’re right smack in the heart of Clarke Quay where all the vibrant restaurants are (beware the touts). There’s also a mall next to the hotel called The Central with numerous fashion boutiques and more restaurants and cafes. Very importantly, the Clarke Quay MRT station is next door as well, or you could simply take one of the numerous buses straight to Bugis (just 4 or 5 stops away).

Swissotel Merchant Court Staycation (21)

Greetings! Our mandatory wefie on the king size bed!

Swissotel Merchant Court Staycation (1)

The Swiss Executive room that we were assigned was spacious and had a lovely balcony, and if there’s one thing that I love, it’s balconies! Even though the balcony may not be large, but just being on it and being “out in the open” makes everything so much more exciting. And of course it makes the room feel so much more spacious.

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