If, like many others, you’ve had to shelve your travel plans due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a staycation is the next best thing. With the options available, including a hotel that’s fit for royalty and a heritage icon with views of the Marina Bay area, you’re sure to make amazing memories this Christmas.
Raffles Hotel Singapore
1 Beach Road, Singapore 189673
Not known as the grand dame for nothing, the Raffles Hotel is an institution that simply exudes a timeless charm rarely seen elsewhere.
The establishment, which first opened its doors to the public in 1887, re-opened its doors in August 2019 after undergoing a two-year revamp. Among the changes are the hotel’s 115 suites from 103 previously.
Choose from nine types of suites — from the Studio Suites to the Presidential Suites. Each suite comes lavishly-designed, including a four-poster bed, verdant views and a personal butler on hand to help you with any task you require.
This Christmas, soak in the festive spirit with the hotel’s Raffles Family Christmas Stay package and create new traditions with your family — you can decorate your own miniature Christmas tree (ornaments provided) in your suite, enjoy a festive gourmet experience at any of the hotel’s restaurants, including the storied Tiffin Room, with $50 worth of dining credits, and treat yourselves to gifts at the Raffles Boutique with another $50 worth of credits.
If it’s good enough for The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge when they last came to Singapore in September 2012 to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, it’s definitely good enough for the rest of us.
1 The Knolls, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098297
If you’ve been dreaming of a luxe resort holiday, a stay at the Capella Singapore on Sentosa island is probably as close as it gets for now. The resort, tucked away on Sentosa amid lush tropical greenery with views of the South China Sea, affords guests peace, seclusion and tranquillity in each of its 112 rooms, suites and villas in spades.
Whether you’re a couple or a family unit, the resort, which is also known for its impeccable service, offers plenty to do — from its morning yoga classes, Build Your Own Boba workshop and family fun workshops that include scavenger hunts and Peranakan pattern making.
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Should you prefer to simply relax, you may book a session at the resort’s Auriga spa or lounge by the resort’s cascading pools.
This Christmas, make your holiday even more meaningful with Capella’s special festive line-up. The resort will be working with the Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN), where it will raise funds through two online auctions that guests can bid to win a staycation package in the Capella Suite over the festive season. Four stays are up for grabs — two on Christmas Eve and two on New Year’s Eve.
Goodwood Park Singapore
22 Scotts Road, Singapore 228221
‘Tis the season to spend even more time with family if you haven’t done so already. Treat your loved ones to an idyllic respite in the heart of the city with Goodwood Park’s Goodwood Family Staycation package, which highlights the hotel’s charming Deluxe Mayfair rooms.
Each of these rooms exudes tropical charm with a ceiling fan and a quaint balcony that overlooks the Balinese-inspired Mayfair Pool and the surrounding greenery.
At mealtimes, treat yourselves to the hotel’s Yuletide favourites including its traditional Christmas chocolate log cake, Goodwood “Mao Shan Wang” Durian Christmas log cake and seasonal gourmet dishes.
The Fullerton Hotel Singapore
1 Fullerton Square, Singapore 049178
A stay at the historic Fullerton Hotel Singapore is a must whether you’re a history buff or not. The hotel’s stately neoclassical exterior belies the same easy elegance and old-world charm within.
Now a national monument, the hotel offers several packages including its Stay More, Save More package that lets you enjoy up to 25% off when you stay a minimum of three nights at any one of its 400 rooms. Here, you will find yourself utterly spoilt by the views and the hotel’s world class service. And, should you prefer, you may opt for one of four exclusive experiences including a one-way transfer to any destination in a vintage Rolls Royce.
For families, the hotel’s Family Funtastic package will make an unforgettable experience for your young ones with activities like the Fullerton Farm Tour and gingerbread cookie decoration workshops.
Looking to extend the season’s festivities? Make the most out of its Suite Compliments package where you get to enjoy a complimentary second night’s stay in the same room category at this hotel or at The Fullerton Bay Singapore when you book a room from Jan 2, 2021, onwards.