Singapore is a great Southeast Asian hub, but instead of escaping this city for your next holiday, have a staycation in it! Here are all my tips to having a relaxing and successful staycation in Singapore.
Singapore is the perfect place for a staycation. Whether you’re here as a local, an expat, or a long-term traveller, there will be a Singapore staycation option for you!
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First of all, what is a staycation?
A staycation is a holiday (vacation) where you don’t leave your area! It might mean spending the weekend in your own town and rediscovering it through the eyes of a tourist. You could also have a staycation in your own home. There aren’t any rules to having a staycation – it’s all about relaxing and viewing what’s familiar in a different light.
While it may be tempting to hurry over to Changi and hop on a plane out of Singapore, Singapore has a lot to offer. Staycations are generally cheaper than other luxury holidays because you can save on airfare and exchange rates. It’s also great to remember why you love your home so dang much, and a Singapore staycation will definitely be a good reminder.
Singapore Staycation Hotels
If your budget permits staying in a hotel, you’ve got a BUNCH of choices in Singapore.
If you want an ultra luxurious Singapore staycation…
- Book a room at Marina Bay Sands (the only way you can have a dip in the famous infinity pool!)
- The Fullerton – I’d choose this for beautiful views OF Marina Bay Sands (I mean the view from the Fullerton is arguably more spectacular than from Marina Bay Sands)!
- Raffles Hotel – This is
luxurythat I associate with Old Singapore. Get a Singapore Sling at the Long Bar whilst you’re there – it WAS invented there!
- While not as iconic as the above hotels, I like the Intercontinental. It’s a two-minute walk from Bugis MRT and the buffet breakfast is to die for.
Singapore Boutique Hotels
The best staycation hotels in Singapore are definitely boutique hotels. They’re a little more quaint and special than the luxury ones, but they’re just as beautiful.
- The Vagabond Hotel is stunning and is perfect for the art-lover.
- The Amoy Hotel has incredible Peranakan architecture and is a photographer’s dream.
- The Scarlet Singapore Hotel is a stunning shophouse hotel that perfectly embodies old Singapore.
- The Oasia Hotel is another beautiful hotel that’s perfect for a getaway.
You also can’t go wrong with any hotel on Orchard Road. The location is lively and in the center of Singapore’s shopping area.
If you’re looking to let loose on your Singapore staycation…
I recommend either staying at Hotel Clover or the Novotel near Clarke Quay (
If you have a lower budget, Robertson Quay has some cheaper hotels and it’s still very easy to get to Clarke Quay from there.
If you’re looking to feel like you’ve totally escaped Singapore…
A stay at Kranji Farm puts you out of the city and into a relaxing oasis.
The W Hotel on Sentosa is also a perfect way to feel like you’ve left the hustle and bustle of Singapore and have escaped to a tropical island paradise.
There are quite a few nice properties on Sentosa, so if you’re looking for a staycation
Staycation Singapore Ideas
I think the best things to do on staycations are to really rediscover your city. Singapore has so many hidden gems just waiting to be explored. Here are some ideas.
- Take a cooking class – Singaporean cuisine is such an important part of Singaporean culture… and it’s absolutely DELICIOUS!
- Go to Lau Pa Sat/Satay by the Bay/Newton and order platters and platters of food to try. Try new foods and escape your usual order.
- Take a ferry to Singapore’s Islands (either for the beach, the cycling, or the walks in the nature reserve).
- Spa Day (you could even take a ferry to Batam in Indonesia for a spa day at a lower price)
- Do a fitness class downtown (spin, yoga, barre… the options are endless!)
- Go to Bollywood Farms – seriously doesn’t feel like you’re in Singapore!
- Find a new favourite restaurant/bar
- Rent bikes or have a stroll in East Coast Park – how often do you really get out there?!
PeranekanCulture in Joo Chiat and Katong
Staycation Singapore for Couples
I highly recommend getting a hotel away from where you live (try a new area out!), going out to dinner and drinks (my recommendations below!), and walking around the city. While simple, it’s an easy way to find a new part of Singapore together and to reconnect.
Food and Drink
If you’re looking for places that you don’t normally go to, here are some of my favourite places to dine or grab a drink in Singapore.
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- Wild Honey: I recommend their Spanish Hash and the waffles with tropical fruit.
- Sascha & Sons: Bagels with loads of toppings
- The Fabulous Baker Boy
- Tolido’s Espresso Nook
- Clinton Street Bakery: Their fried chicken and waffles are the most popular option, but their pancakes are pretty dang good too.
- Group Therapy: pancakes, good coffee, and healthy options too
rooftopof the Customs House
- PS Cafe: You’ve gotta have the truffle fries
- Cheek by Jowl: tasting menus are recommended!
- Burnt Ends: an upgrade to barbeque
- Ce La Vi: The food is good and the view is even better! At the top of Marina Bay Sands
- Lantern: A rooftop resturant with views of Marina Bay
- Supertree by Indochine: located INSIDE one of the iconic supertrees
- Pollen (in Gardens by the Bay): an absolutely amazing venue
- Atlas: the most beautiful gin bar I’ve ever seen.
- The Library Bar: a speakeasy with creative and yummy cocktails- get the password first!)
- Level 33 Singapore: Good beers!
- 28 Hong Kong Street: This bar is casual but very cute. It’s next to Orchard but in a fantastic hideaway that has lots of Singapore charm.
- 1-Altitude: This is a rooftop bar that overlooks the financial district and Marina Bay. Good views and a trendy vibe.
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I hope that this Singapore Staycation Guide was helpful! Have any input? Leave a comment or email me!