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5 luxury staycations over $1,000

Jasmine Alimin
Jasmine Alimin9/1/2021 8:0 AM GMT+08  • 7 min read
5 luxury staycations over $1,000
From double vanities to plunge pools, this is what a thousand-dollar staycation at five of Singapore’s finest hotels gets you
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Live large! From double vanities to standing bathtubs and plunge pools, this is what a thousand-dollar staycation at five of Singapore’s finest hotels will get you.

Wake up to the beauty of the South China Sea with a stay at the Deluxe Sea View Suite (from $950++ a night) at Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa on Sentosa’s Siloso Beach.

Located in the east wing of the resort, the cosy living space has a separate living room furnished in warm tones that offer a pleasant contrast to the greenery outside. It also checks all the boxes for premium in-room features such as a Nespresso machine, plush king bed, designer toiletries and bath salts, and a pillow menu.

Although smaller by comparison to other suites in this price range at 63sqm, this suite, perfect for a family of four, certainly makes up for the lack in size with an expansive patio deck for sunbathing and outdoor dining, plus a hot whirlpool bath for ultimate resort indulgence.

Spa hedonists will enjoy a range of Asian-inspired face and body treatments at Chi, The Spa, while foodies can take their pick of international eats at Casserole, Silver Shell Café and Trapizza on the beach. Children six and under, accompanied by any parent who is a Golden Circle member, can enjoy free buffet meals at the all-day dining venues, while those under 12 will enjoy a 50% discount. This family-friendly resort offers a wide variety of activities for hyperactive children, from soaking in the sun and taking a dip in the natural water swimming pools to exploring its outdoor playground, and visiting the nearby Fort Siloso for a piece of Singapore’s history.

If you haven’t booked a stay at Raffles Hotel since its reopening in 2019, now’s the chance to luxuriate in the refurbished Palm Court Suite (from $1,689++ a night) located next to the Main Building in the historic Palm Court wing.

All the little details that give these rooms their colonial charm still remain, from the all-white louvered doors and windows to the four-poster king bed and slow-rolling ceiling fan, not to mention the vintage-looking bathtub and double-basins in the all-marble bathroom.

The interiors in the 70sqm suite are made larger than life with 3m-high ceilings, and given a high-tech boost with a new iPad system which allows you to control the lighting, blinds and sheers, as well as summon your private butler. Guests can also enjoy a complimentary fruit platter, daily newspaper, the branded bathroom amenities, pillow menu and pantry stocked with complimentary soft drinks, Nespresso as well as tea from The 1872 Clipper Tea Co.

Verandah lounging is essential here where you can enjoy a cocktail along the shared corridor that overlooks the Palm Court’s expanse of green.

Raffles Hotel is also home to acclaimed bars and fine dining establishments: La Dame de Pic for French cuisine, Osteria BBR by Alain Ducasse for Italian, Yì by Jereme Leung for modern Chinese, Butcher’s Block for avant garde woodfired cuisine, Tiffin Room for Northern India flavours, and more.

The St Regis offers up three themed Specialty Suites located on the upper levels of the hotel for $1,900 a night. While the Manhattan Suite embraces New York’s sophistication and cultural energy, the Metropolitan Suite pays homage to the Metropolitan Museum of Art with a roomful of artefacts and paintings, and Knickerbocker Suite draws design inspiration from the Knickerbocker Hotel.

These 90sqm one-bedroom corner suites are masterfully furnished with floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the city. Each customised detail of the décor is resplendent with details like the intricately carved cornices, rich tapestry of the drapes, opulent chandeliers and marbled furniture, not to mention stately living rooms, walk-in wardrobes and king-sized beds with feathered pillows and duvet.

In the middle of the opulent bathroom fitted with French Brenche de Benou marble vanity tops and double basins, you’ll notice a freestanding bathtub visible from the bedroom through a glass window. While you enjoy a soak, you can watch your favourite movie on an Ad Notam TV discreetly installed into a wall mirror in the bathroom. As with every stay here at the suites, guests will enjoy complimentary cocktails, round-the-clock butler service and free pressing of up to two garments.

Complete your stay with a trip to the in-house Remede Spa to enjoy its relaxing water-themed spa rituals, and book a table at any of its well-appointed dining establishments from Brasserie Les Saveurs for classic French cuisine, Shinji by Kanesaka for mind-blowing omakase, and Yan Ting for exquisite Cantonese fare.

An idyllic tropical retreat for travel-starved couples, Resorts World Sentosa’s Beach Villas, located on the western tip of the integrated property, are a great island getaway from stressful urban life.

The tranquil property offers a charming collection of air-conditioned one- and two-bedroom villas (from $2,200++ a night) with either a private plunge pool or jacuzzi, or direct access to an outdoor free-form swimming pool surrounded by beautiful flora and greenery. Larger units are sea-fronting with panoramic views of the harbour and Labrador Park.

Enjoy the bright and breezy living space fully equipped with a luxurious king-sized bed paired with 400 thread count Egyptian cotton bed linen, goose feather pillows and duvet, Nespresso machine, TWG Tea, large TV with an iHome system, an en suite bathroom with rain shower and freestanding tub, 24-hour personal butler, transport buggies, and much more.

The Beach Villas are mere minutes to all the on-site attractions of the resort such as Universal Studios Singapore, SEA Aquarium and Adventure Cove Waterpark, not to mention well-known Michelin-listed restaurants like Curate, table65, and Oasia Steak and Seafood Grill.

A home away from home, the Four Seasons suites make us want to stay in all day to enjoy their roomy interiors where large floor-to-ceiling allow natural light to flood in and breathe life into the warm space.

Beautifully furnished with tasteful art and furniture that blend Asian and European influences, the suites pay homage to Singapore’s storied past with colonial nuances such as white- washed windows and doors with plantation shutters.

The highlight is the fully marbled bathroom with double vanity sinks, well-stocked with designer skincare and bath products. Guests can also choose the firmness of their mattress and pillows to ensure a restful night’s sleep.

Its 91sqm One Bedroom Suite (from $1,060++ a night) — available on levels 16 through 18 — can comfortably fit a young family of four with one king bed, inclusive of two rollaway beds or cribs. Other perks of living luxuriously are a 24-hour fitness centre, rooftop pool and four indoor and outdoor tennis courts, not to mention the highly-lauded Four Seasons Spa known for its full body aromatherapy body massages.

A sheltered walkway littered with high-fashion boutiques directly links the hotel to the Orchard Road belt. But if you feel like staying in, you should really book a table at the award-winning Jiang-Nan Chun which serves authentic Cantonese delights such as mesquite wood-roasted Peking duck paired with caviar, double-boiled soups or succulent handcrafted dim sum.

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