Seems I’m likely grounded in Singapore this summer. Possibly till the end of the year. In light of this, I thought I’d put together a list of Singapore Staycation faves to inspire. This list is a mish mash of high end ‘no kids’ and more family fun favourites. Let’s face it, nothing will be worth visiting until they open the pools and the F&B outlets. In the meantime, a girl can dream (and possibly take advantage of discounted rates?). I had planned to include one of the Six Senses properties for a cheeky adults only stay in town. However, they appear to have disappeared from the Six Senses website.
The Capella, Sentosa
I was very close to booking a night at The Capella pre-COVID but balked at the final price. The Norman Foster-designed hotel on Sentosa Island receives rave reviews and would be a fine option for a special occasion. There are a few specials on, including 20% off with Advance Purchase. Even with the discount, you are looking at SGD$800 per night.
When I spoke with them, seems they are gearing up for a July 1st reopen. This is subject to Government regulations.
The Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa
The Shangri-La brand is a firm family favourite. We have visited many Shangri-La’s throughout the region. Not as high end as other chains such as Six Senses and Four Seasons. However, they do provide the fun factor for the little ones, including Kids Clubs and entertainment. The Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa is nestled on Siloso Beach. This hotel is your best bet if you want beach and pool. The pool is decent size (good for social distancing) and who knows whether their pool bar will be open. Photo courtesy of Little Day Out where you can check their review.
I spoke to Reservations and she said they aren’t really sure when they will be open. She advised on booking Aug/Sep rather than July on the safe side. If you make an Advance Purchase booking and this gets cancelled, you will have one year to use it.
W Hotel, Sentosa
Thanks to a whiff of impending doom, we spent the night at the W just before Circuit Breaker. Belonging to Marriott, this is a FUN property with a ginormous pool, wet bar, gym and delicious restaurants. The only thing it’s missing is being on the beach. If you haven’t stayed on this part of Sentosa before, the Marina is a lovely spot for dinner. We had a great time exploring the mansion set within Sentosa cove, it’s almost as if you’re in Florida!
I have a tentative booking for mid July at the W for two nights. However, on speaking with the hotel, they really aren’t clear on when they are likely to reopen.
The iconique grande dame of them all. You’ve sipped the Singapore Sling in the Long Bar but have you ever stayed there? Time to tick off my Singapore bucket list and actually spend the night at Raffles. An extensive restoration has served to breath life into this lauded property.
Reservations said they are planning to reopen from 15th July. There is a Suite Life offer which allows you to book a night and receive one for free. Valid until end September.
For something a little different, check out Villa Samadhi, a former black and white colonial garrison. Located in the Labrador Nature Reserve, this boutique hotel has 20 rooms. The most luxurious room, the Luxe Sarang has its own plunge pool. The hotel is next door to the famed Tamarind Hill, where breakfast is served. How lovely to spend a night at Villa Samadhi with dinner at Tamarind Hill and a day walking Labrador Park and beyond.
There was nobody answering the phone but there is a note on the website to ‘Book directly with us now to receive an exclusive 30% discount and additional inclusions’. You can book online from July 1st onwards (for now).