After a long, stressful week at work – topped off with late nights away from your partner (or me time!) – sometimes all you need is to check out of Singapore without actually stepping off the island. These great, reclusive spots right in the heart of the city can offer you that respite you crave so much, just for the weekend – and more importantly – just for you.
Modern Day Oasis – Grand Hyatt
It’s home to one of the top spas in the city. The Grand Hyatt’s award winning Damai Spa which integrates the healing philosophies and traditions from the Chinese, Malay, Indian and European cultures into its treatments. Celebrate a birthday or anniversary by pampering yourselves with the Berdua-dua couple journey comprising a lemon sugar body polish, tranquility bath and targeted healing treatment. The couple rooms come complete with an indoor stone tub with a private outdoor terrace and open skylight. All relaxed, proceed to the Martini Bar at mezza9.
At 10 Scotts Road, Tel: 6738 1234, http://singapore.grand.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html
Retro Chic – Hotel 1929
No two rooms are alike at this historical Chinatown boutique hotel which is protected as a conservation building. It showcases black and white photos of Singapore from the early 20th Century and has a Snacks Corner featuring traditional local snacks and complimentary beverages. But what we love most about this nostalgic retreat are the Terrace Suites. Fitted with sleek outdoor bathtubs, these stylish rooms are perfect for enjoying a relaxing moonlit bath, complete with a view of the bright city lights.
Vibrant Yet Relaxing – Pan Pacific Singapore
Wondering where to spend the extra long SG50 weekend come August? Pan Pacific has three exciting packages that bring new meaning to the phrase “room with a view”. Each one offers a first rate seat to catch the spectacular National Day pyrotechnics. Wind down in the evening with cocktails and a beautiful sunset at Pacific Club or check out the striking views of the city from the observatory lifts. These packages are only available till August 9, 2015, so you’ll want to book soon!
On the Waterfront – The Fullerton Bay Hotel
For a romantic retreat, you’ll love this idyllic getaway at The Fullerton Bay Hotel. Overlooking the Marina Bay waterfront, the rooms feature floor-to-ceiling views and your own private balcony. Make a little time for a swim in the 25-metre rooftop pool, get a little sunlight from the elegant day beds and relish a romantic breakfast for two in room. Complimentary heritage day tours can also be arranged. When the sun sets, head up to poolside again, this time for gourmet snacks and champagne or cocktails at the Lantern rooftop bar.
Best Romantic Hideaway – W Hotel Singapore
Be it fine gourmet produce, rejuvenating massages or a personalised cocktail, W Singapore has a little something to add spark to your escapade. Check yourselves into an Away Room, which is accessed through the resort’s Away Spa. It’s perfect if you’re craving privacy and has its own plunge pool. Or, make your way to the illuminated Wet Deck for an evening dip and laze in the private cabanas.
Eco-living in the City – Parkroyal on Pickering
Detox from a hectic work week and enjoy a little downtime at this hotel-in-a-garden with the Weekend Wind Down staycation. Start by indulging your senses with a facial or massage at the St Gregory Spa, have an invigorating workout at the fitness centre, and then cool off with a dip at the outdoor infinity pool. After a sumptuous dinner, go on a leisurely stroll at the 300-metre Garden Walk, which comes complete with captivating views of the hotel’s beautiful sky gardens.
Hip Boutique – Naumi Liora
A cool blend of culture and modern design, Naumi Liora is housed off the beaten track in an artfully restored townhouse and sits amidst a plethora of watering holes, restaurants and specialty shops. Each room contains fine linens and premium bath toiletries, and you can expect nibbles round the clock. Kick start the weekend by knocking back a few complimentary shots at the lobby bar from 4.30 to 6 pm, and enjoy an extended lie-in the morning after in the loftlike rooms.
Lush Tranquility – Tree Tops Lofts
With only two units available, these lofts are the epitome of exclusivity. Nestled 12 metres above ground, the Tree Top Lofts are surrounded by a serene forest canopy and deliver an outstanding back-to-nature experience without letting up on the luxury. The one-bedroom lofts contain a spacious living room and ensuite bedroom, while the private outdoor terraces will get you up close to rare, heritage trees. Did we mention you’d be served by your personal butler?
Best-Kept Secret – Wanderlust
If you’re the couple who enjoys wandering off the beaten track, you’ll love this hideaway in Little India. It’s another standout project by hotelier Loh Lik Peng, who’s known for his experimental philosophy. From industrial glam to pop art, each of the four floors of Wanderlust has a wild theme, and no two rooms are alike. If you prefer to just stay in, savour traditional French delights at Cocotte at the hotel lobby, and spend your afternoon at the hotel jacuzzi instead.
Haven in the Sky – The Westin Singapore
Check into a weekend of Zen at The Westin Singapore with invigorating yoga sessions, customised workouts for every fitness level, and your superfood fix at Seasonal Tastes. Then recharge with a good night’s sleep on the Westin Heavenly Bed, which cradles the body for complete comfort and support. Check out their Weekend Zen-cation package on Page 33.
The Finder, June 2015.