From a stay in a restored colonial house to a hotel-in-a-garden, these hotels were made for relaxing staycations
As a city of the time-crunched and overworked, it comes to little surprise why staycays are so popular. In that precious weekend away from home, we’re free to roll about in luxury linens, hit a luxury pool and dine at a hot restaurant just an elevator ride away. Get planning now – we’ve picked our top ten hotels for a staycation in Singapore, including colonial properties and millennial-geared hubs.
Fake vacation vibes at Capella Singapore: a luxe resort spread across 30 acres of lush gardens in Sentosa. Pull up in the private driveway and you’d be awed – modern and colonial buildings fuse together in one spellbinding property. Whether you swim or not is irrelevant; the vitality pool calls for long hours of lounging as it boasts jungle views and the South China Sea as its backyard. Rooms are as sumptuous as its facilities, with suites, villas and manors available, and a personal assistant and nightly turndown service.
Capella Singapore, Sentosa Island, 1 The Knolls, Singapore 098297
JW Marriott Singapore South Beach
JW Marriott is showing us how family staycays are done with the new Family by JW program. Little ones can be kept busy with an adventure around the compound (check out the Exploration Map and Activity Book!) while you’re sipping on bloody Marys during brunch. Family fun includes splashing around the infinity pool, playing a game of foosball, or digging in to the breakfast buffet together. P.S. Kiddos will also be treated to a special JW Marriott in-room camper for the night!
JW Marriott Singapore South Beach, 30 Beach Rd, Singapore 189763
Lloyd’s Inn remains one of Singapore’s most Instagrammed-to-death hotels to date, thanks to its sleek, minimal design and all-white interiors. While you won’t find a swimming pool or a restaurant here, we can’t refuse its clean aesthetics, abundant foliage and quiet residential locale. We recommend The Big Skyroom for its inviting loft-like vibes (and that precious adjoining open-air space for a million photo opps).
Lloyd’s Inn, 2 Lloyd Road, Singapore 239091
Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore
For the time-crunched yet vacation-hungry, Shangri-La Hotel Singapore’s heady mix of five-star services, resort atmosphere, and urban accommodation makes it hard to beat. Tucked away in a leafy residential neighbourhood just off the Orchard Road, the hotel recently unveiled its refurbished Tower Wing, with stunning garden interiors in the lobby (you simply can’t ignore the basalt rock fall covered in fern and moss). The rooms are as calming as the lobby, with an earthy colour palette and views of the pool or city.
Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore, 22 Orange Grove Road, Singapore 258350
Sick of the city scene? Escape to Villa Samadhi, a historic hotel hidden away in Labrador Nature Reserve. Housed in a 20th century colonial garisson, it pays homage to Old Malaya with exquisitely-restored architecture and old-world interiors. 20 rooms across four categories make up the property. Rooms start from the Crib. These are located on the ground floor and open up to terraced walkways that lead to the lush gardens surrounding the hotel. On the upper tier of the categories are the Sarang rooms – these feature king-sized four poster beds, and either private outdoor or indoor plunge pool. No need to leave the hotel for a romantic meal; next to Villa Samadhi is Tamarind Hill, a tranquil restaurant that serves up contemporary renditions of traditional Thai cuisine.
Villa Samadhi, 20 Labrador Villa Road, Singapore 119189
The St Regis
The St Regis is five star luxury personified. The towering entrance gives way to timeless elegance inside. What greets you first is an palatial lobby with colossal crystal chandeliers, polished floors and accents of red amongst soothing cream and brown tones. All of its rooms are decorated in sumptuous, designer fabrics, and feature luxury linens, as well as unique, intricate details (like hand-painted Chinese silk wallpaper). Naturally, the opulence increases with the pricetag. Its top-tier Presidential Suite is what our dreams are made of – on the king-sized bed (draped extravagantly no less) you’ll find silken throws; steps away is a marble bathroom with ornate mirrors, and a stately dining room for 12. Best of all? The room has its own private gym, jacuzzi and balcony. You never need to leave the room again.
The St Regis, 29 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247911
ParkRoyal on Pickering
If you’re looking for an eco-stay, you simply can’t miss ParkRoyal on Pickering. The ‘hotel-in-a-garden’ is exactly how it sounds: the property features cascading vertical greenery you can easily spot from miles away. Sustainability is at its heart; water usage is minimised through rainharvesting and use of NEWater, 60kWp solar cells power its skygardens and greenery (all 15,000 square metres of it) is everywhere. Its infinity pool is seriously covet-worthy, and is dotted with cocoon cabanas for you to lounge at in.
ParkRoyal on Pickering, 3 Upper Pickering Street, Singapore 058289
Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong
Hotel Indigo is no average boutique hotel. The charming hotel, housed in a former Joo Chiat Police station, pays homage to the neighbourhood’s Peranakan heritage. Its interiors boast everything from vintage-style tiles and artwork to antique furnishings, while its restaurant, Baba Chews and Eatery, serves up cuisine from The Straits of Malacca. Its Katong location is also a major plus in our books – we recommend taking a whole afternoon to explore the street art, pre-war shophouses and myriad of coffee shops and restaurants that have contributed to the neighbourhood’s thriving, historic culture.
Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong, 86 East Coast Road, Singapore 428788
Catered for the millennial globe-trotter, M Social is the hip player on the Robertson Quay hotel circuit. You have renowned designer Philippe Stark to thank for the psychedelic interiors; bronze sculptures greet visitors from the driveway, while loud, patterned tiles decorate the floor of its reception. Over at its inhouse resto Beast and Butterflies, tan leather and retro-style checked sofas sit pretty beside clusters of lava lamps and under eight different chandeliers. Fair warning that you may never leave your room, as each is a calming enclave of warm colour tones, and lush textures of plush pashmina throws and soft carpeting. In line with its millennial theme, the hotel has a mix of communal spaces for mingling, and high-tech amenities like self check-in kiosks.
M Social, 90 Robertson Quay, Singapore 238259
Once an iconic warehouse from 1895, the meticulously restored property boasts a slick, modern design. Only 37 rooms are found here, with each boasting unique layouts and a muted palette of taupes and greys elevated with elegant brass furnishings, double-high ceilings, peaked roofs and untouched industrial details. Make it a point to hit the rooftop infinity pool – it’s the perfect spot to people-watch and take in views of the riverbank.
Warehouse Hotel, 320 Havelock Road, Singapore 169628
The Fullerton Bay Hotel
A tribute to Singapore’s bygone era, The Fullerton Bay Hotel occupies the space of old Clifford Pier: the landing point of the country’s forefathers. Make dining the star of your staycay. Take your heritage-inspired afternoon tea at Clifford Pier, or wind down with an artisanal cocktail and comfort food at the 13-metre bar at The Landing Point. Need to impress? Head up to The Lantern: the swanky rooftop bar with panoramic views of Marina Bay. Naturally, its rooms are as stunning as its restaurants. All of them come equipped with floor-to-ceiling windows for city or bay views, luxurious furnishings and even an outdoor sundeck in its top-tier room.
The Fullerton Bay Hotel, 80 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049326