Singapore has one of the world’s best airports and is a popular stopover for international travellers. However, many Australians have ‘been there, done that’ when it comes to Singapore’s sights and attractions. It still makes sense to take a day or two to relax before your onward journey but what to do? The answer is simple: skip the sights and have a ‘Singapore Stopover Staycation’ instead. Enjoying 24 to 48 hours of downtime when you’re in transit is the perfect way to recharge. Here are five hotel suggestions for a superb Singapore staycation.
Mandarin Oriental Singapore
With its soothing water features, semi-submerged day beds and lounging cabanas, this pool is one of the best in Singapore. If you want to check out the famous sights there is no need to go far as many major attractions are within walking distance. You can reach the Singapore Flyer in five minutes or cross over the Helix Bridge to The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands for some retail therapy then continue on to Gardens by the Bay.
Sofitel Singapore City Centre
Transiting to and from the airport is a breeze at this plush hotel located right next to the Tanjong Pagar MRT station. Rooms are large and have a generous bathroom with a soaking tub, separate rain shower and divine Lanvin toiletries. However, those staying in an executive club room will probably spend most of their time at the hotel’s swish club lounge. Club Millésime is located on level six and serves daily refreshments and evening drinks with an assortment of canapes. Getting around is easy as each guest receives a complimentary mobile phone offering free data roaming, online maps and complimentary local and international calls.
With the Singapore Art Museum located within strolling distance, this luxurious hotel is perfect for art lovers and those who want to connect with Singapore’s heritage. Choose from classic InterContinental accommodation or a room or suite in the Heritage Wing which celebrate traditional 1920s Singapore shophouse living. Think timber flooring, duck egg blue panelling, louvered windows and wooden shutters overlooking the streets below. An enjoyable afternoon can be spent exploring the shops in the nearby Arab Quarter or browsing bustling Bugis Street Market with its clothes by local designers, tasty hawker stalls and bargain souvenirs.
Sentosa Island may be better known as a family destination but the island is home to one of Singapore’s most romantic hotels. Capella Singapore, an intimate resort set high on a hill overlooking the Straits, is surrounded by jungle and has tiered swimming pools encircled by couple’s day beds. Rooms include complimentary non-alcoholic mini-bar and have a cosy two person window seat and deluxe shower that is big enough for two. Sentosa Island offers plenty of fun activities such as Universal Studios, indoor skydiving and luge rides but once you arrive at Capella, it is tempting not to venture outside the hotel’s luxurious surrounds.
St Regis Singapore
Shopaholics will love this hotel’s location in the heart of the Orchard Road shopping district, but that is not the only reason to stay at the St Regis Singapore. Butlers are on hand to cater to your every whim, including delivering freshly made cappuccino, tea or creamy hot chocolate. Even better, this service is complimentary. Rooms are decadently plush and come with a bathtub that is almost big enough to swim in. Don’t miss the Remède Spa relaxation area featuring eucalyptus-scented Steam Chambers, an Aqua Reflexology Footpath and Spa Garden. It is available for in-house guests to enjoy at no additional charge.
Talk to our Travel Associates advisors about how to make the most of your next stopover in Singapore.