You can still enjoy a relaxing getaway without putting up with the hassle of getting on a plane and clearing the lines at the airport. Try these inspired ideas for a super Singapore staycay.
Head downtown to this resort getaway destination nestled in Pasir Ris Park, as your one-stop spot for family fun. Check into an Amazonian Jungle or Underwater-themed room at the D’Resort @ Downtown East (from $120 a night). Then, get to the Wild Wild Wet theme park (from $20 for adults), which was recently expanded and has thrill rides such as the Ular-Lah super flume and The Water Works slide. Just for June holidays, check out The Whoosh, Singapore’s longest inflatable water slide. In the evenings, catch a movie in the Cathay Cineplex at E!Hub @ Downtown East, or go to Orchid Bowl for a little fr-amily competition.
1 Pasir Ris Cl, Singapore 519599
NEXT: An extended break at Robertson Quay →
If you need a change of scenery but can’t get out of work, try a week-long stay at the Village Residence Robertson Quay (from $288 a night; minimum of seven nights). These comfy service apartments overlooking the Singapore River range from studios to three-bedroom accommodations, some with private balconies., and are ideal for when family or friends come to visit, too. For food, stroll along the promenade and cross colourful Alkaff Bridge to try authentic ChaoZhou Porridge or modern Thai’s Soi 60 and enjoy a sweet treat Velvet Confectionery.
30 Robertson Quay, Singapore 238251
NEXT: Camp by the ocean →
Get back to basics with a camping holiday on Pulau Ubin – a 15-minute “bumboat” ride away from the Changi Point Ferry Terminal ($3). Bring your own tent and gear and head to one of three campsites on the island. (Tip: Jelutong campsite is close to convenience stores, food outlets and toilet facilities.) Once settled, cycle to the Chek Jawa Visitor Centre to learn about the mangrove swamps, or chat with residents about island life. While a camping permit is not required, do let the island’s police post know you’re staying over.
NEXT: An island getaway →
Book a weekend staycation at sustainability-focused Siloso Beach Resort, that provides choices such as a spacious family room and a luxe villa (from $240 a night). Take a dip in the hotel’s landscape pool, filled with natural spring water that’s also used to irrigate the surrounding greenery. Or, visit an on-site wormery to see how compost is made. Chill at the Mambo Beach Club across the road, which boasts a swim-up pool bar and private stretch of powdery sand. For the adventurous, try the Mount Imbiah Trail and Nature Walk, or Mega Adventure Park’s 450-metre-long zip line ($45).
51 Imbiah Walk, Sentosa, Singapore 099538
NEXT: A stay out of the ordinary →
Check into the boldly themed rooms at Wanderlust Hotel – from single-coloured Pantone rooms to origami and pop art-inspired ones. (Bargain alert! Enjoy a 15% or 10% discount if you make your booking at least 21 or 14 days in advance respectively.) A stone’s throw away, take in all the sights and sounds (and scents) of ethnic enclave Little India; Mustafa Centre is only a 10 minutes walk down the road. Hungry? Jalan Besar is lined with eateries and cafes, like Swee Choon Dim Sum for Hong Kong eats till 6am.
2 Dickson Rd, Singapore 209494
NEXT: An urban getaway at Downtown East →
By Andre Theng, The Finder (Issue 284), July 2017
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