A Singapore staycation — 10 beautiful boutique hotels

 

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JUNE 2020

A successful staycation can be summed up in 3 words: activities, amenities and absolute (relaxation).

And, when it comes to ideal staycation locations, the island nation of Singapore ticks every box.

A country small in size compared to its Southeast Asian neighbors, its luxury hotel scene more than makes up for it.

The ideal setting for a stress-free staycation, these 10 hotels will make you forget about ever wanting to travel abroad.

Strictly for the luxury lovers 

1. The Fullerton Bay Hotel

If tourism accolades and consistent rave reviews are on your hotel checklist, The Fullerton Bay Hotel is for you.



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Sleek, glamorous and achingly stylish, the hotel’s waterfront location is just one of its selling points. The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore sits in the Central Business District and Arts and Cultural Precinct close to several attractions. 

Marina Bay Sands hotel and shopping center is close by, as is the Promontory, one of Singapore’s best scenic points.



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There are 100 rooms and suites, complete with 360-degree views of Marina Bay or of the iconic Singapore skyline.

Head to the rooftop pool for an even better, and unfiltered, city view. Swim, lounge or relax, it’s the ideal spot for a chilled-out staycation, made even better with a signature cocktail.

Spa time

Who else is in dire need of some serious pampering right now? The hotel’s Fullerton Spa is a tropical oasis, and is probably where I’d spend the majority of my Singapore staycation.

With treatments such as the Asian Heritage Signature package and the Ultimate Aromatherapy Experience, you’ll be in good hands.

Families are also welcome here, with family-friendly facilities and daily ice cream passes for the children. 

The stamp of clean approval — Singapore staycation

To allay any concerns that you may have regarding cleanliness and hygiene, you can rest your head easy here. The Fullerton Bay Hotel carries the coveted SG Clean quality mark. 

This certificate, awarded by the Singapore government, recognizes organizations that have committed to upkeeping good sanitation and hygiene practices.

The Fullerton Bay Hotel, 80 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049326

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Consider booking a Singapore staycation at The fabulous Fullerton Bay Hotel

 

“Let the therapists knead out your knots and work their magic on your skin.”

2. The St. Regis Singapore

Enjoy a staycation at a luxury hotel with butler service, European-style rooms and suites and an award-winning spa.

The St. Regis Singapore is situated in a prime location, close to the shopping area of Orchard Road.



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Its central address is highlighted by the several nearby attractions. The Botanical Gardens are 1.2km (0.7 miles) away, and Sentosa Island and Clarke Quay is 15 minutes by car. Singapore’s Changi Airport is 23km (14 miles) away.

Within its 4 luxurious walls are 299 rooms and suites, some of which come with views of the Botanical Gardens. The sublime Remède Spa is also on site, complete with a spa garden and sensory lounge.

 

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Plan the ultimate staycation at The St. Regis Singapore

 

Butler service and spoiled for choice dining

The talking point at The St. Regis Singapore is its butler service. Enjoy being pampered for a few nights with a tailor-made experience and the spotlight being firmly placed on you.

With 6 dining options within your reach, The St. Regis Singapore brings the world to you on your staycation. 

La Brezza brings authentic Italian dishes to your table, and by the poolside nonetheless. The spectacular Brasserie Les Saveurs invites you to dine on the finest French cuisine and in the most lavish setting.

A Singapore staycation wouldn’t be complete without dining on classic Cantonese dishes at Yan Ting. Once you’ve satisfied your appetite, head to Astor Bar for a spot of live jazz music.

Like The Fullerton Bay Hotel, The St. Regis Singapore also carries the SG Clean quality mark.

The St. Regis Singapore, 29 Tanglin Rd, Singapore 247911

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Get a good night’s sleep on your Singapore staycation at St. Regis Singapore

 

3. The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore

Take 1 Neoclassical, and 1 Venetian Renaissance-style building, add years of restoration and you get The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore.



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Once known as European Town by Singapore’s early settlers, the hotel’s architectural influences become clear. 

Contemporary elegance is the style that runs throughout its 155 rooms and suites. It’s a place where modern luxury meets traditional heritage and a comfortable stay is guaranteed.

Your tastebuds are in for a culinary treat, as there are 11 places to dine inside the hotel. 15 Stamford by Alvin Leung is your foodie adventure around Southeast Asia, while Freida dishes up German and Austrian staples.

I can’t forget to mention the hotel’s saltwater relaxation pool. It’s the spot for winding down after a long day, and escaping the noise of the outside world.

A stones’ throw away — Singapore staycation

Convenience is the keyword at The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore, as many major attractions are within walking distance.

They include the Parliament building, Singapore Art Museum and National Gallery Singapore and the Victoria Theatre.

The iconic Raffles City Shopping Mall and Raffles City Convention Centre is just 350m from the property.

The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore, 15 Stamford Rd, Singapore 178906

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A room with a view at Capitol Kempinski Singapore ©The Capitol Kempinski

 

4. PARKROYAL COLLECTION Pickering

A dream for fellow wellness enthusiasts, the PARKROYAL COLLECTION Pickering is the stuff that staycations are made of.



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The luxury hotel has an entire floor dedicated to help you relax and feel good. Take a swim, or lounge, in the outdoor infinity pool, before drying off and relaxing in a poolside cabana.

A 300m garden walk lets you enjoy the tranquility of the surrounding green while admiring the superb hotel views.

Signature treatments and traditional therapies are waiting at the hotel’s St. Gregory Spa. Let the therapists knead out your knots and work their magic on your skin. The only thing you need to do is lie back and relax.

Eco-friendly luxury — Singapore staycation

Everything about this garden-concept hotel embraces its eco-friendly ethos. Natural earthy tones and wooden furnishings run throughout the 367 guestrooms and suites.

Room sizes are spacious, with plenty of natural light and come with views of either Chinatown or Hong Lim Park.

PARKROYAL COLLECTION Pickering, 3 Upper Pickering St, Singapore 058289

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The impressive garden-concept PARKROYAL COLLECTION Pickering hotel

Affordable boutique staycation chic

5. Villa Samadhi

Enjoy a Singapore staycation amidst the backdrop of a spectacular green nature reserve.

Villa Samadhi was a former enclave for the British army during colonial rule. Today, the garrison is a luxury boutique hotel with 20 rooms that reflect the building’s history and heritage.



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Labrador Park mass rapid transit (MRT) is the closest station to the property at 500m away.

Choose your Sarang

There are 4 room types to choose from at Villa Samadhi, ranging from Cribs to the opulent Luxe Sarang.

Sarang, meaning ‘nest’ in the Malay language, embellishes every sense of the word, providing a comfortable space inside and out.

Sarangs come with an indoor and outdoor plunge pool, while the Luxe Sarang also comes with a private garden.

All of the rooms at Villa Samadhi feature custom-designed furniture, and a king-size bed. You can also expect all the mod cons, including complimentary WiFi and Bluetooth speakers.

Villa Samadhi, 20 Labrador Villa Rd, Singapore 119193 

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Enjoy the tranquil surroundings at Villa Samadhi

6. AMOY by Far East Hospitality

A modern boutique hotel that embraces its Chinese heritage is how I’d describe this charming abode.

There are just 37 rooms at AMOY by Far East Hospitality, lending to a more personal experience and customer service. Rooms are clean, comfortable and come with free WiFi, air conditioning and a minibar.



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Located in the Central Business District, the closest MRT station, Raffles Place, is 5 minutes away.

A hidden entrance

Blink, and you might miss it, as you try to locate the hotel’s main entrance. It’s in fact hidden behind the ancient temple gate of the Fuk Tak Chi Museum. Type this into your GPS and save yourself getting lost beforehand.

Satisfy your craving for sushi at the hotel’s on-site restaurant, JIN Fine Dining, where skilled chefs serve up authentic Japanese sushi. AMOY by Far East Hospitality is also SG certified.

AMOY by Far East Hospitality, 76 Telok Ayer St, Singapore 048464

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Look for the main hotel entrance behind the ancient temple gate at the Fuk Tak Chi Museum

7. The Vagabond Club, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel

Singapore meets Paris at the 5-star The Vagabond Club.



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An eye-catching Art Deco interior and stylish décor, the design’s the brainchild of French designer Jacques Garcia.

Living up to its boutique name, there are just 41 rooms at this luxury boutique hotel in the Central Heritage District.

Parisian chic dictates the look and feel of the rooms, with luxurious fabrics in bold colors stealing the show. Room types range from the Classic Room right up to the sumptuous Vagabond Executive Club Suite.

Explore a different side of Singapore by visiting nearby local attractions such as Little India and Kampong Gelam.

A different kind of library — Singapore staycation

Liven up your Singapore staycation with a visit to the hotel’s whiskey library. One thousand rare and unique whiskeys make up the impressive collection at The Vagabond Club.

The library’s where you come to unwind, sample some whiskey and enjoy some of Singapore’s finest live entertainment.

The Vagabond Club, 39 Syed Alwi Rd, Singapore 207630

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Take your pick of 1,000 whiskeys at The Vagabond Club

8. Hotel Fort Canning

A boutique hotel set among splendid greenery, Hotel Fort Canning is your Singapore staycation escape.



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A former base for the British army, today, it’s a 5-star boutique hotel with 86 individually-styled rooms and suites.

Hotel Fort Canning is within walking distance of several notable landmarks, one being the Fort Canning Park. It’s one of 3 national parks in Singapore and dates to the 14th century.

The hotel’s a great base for escaping the noise of the urban jungle and zoning out. Its wellness facilities, including a spa and mineral pools, will assist in making your stay a relaxing one. 

Where space meets Singapore

There are 2 landscaped swimming pools on site, both of which are filled with a special kind of water.

The mineral water has been treated with the same system that NASA uses to provide its astronauts with drinking water.

Using this system gets rids of the smell, as well as any health problems that arise from swimming in chlorine.

Hotel Fort Canning, 11 Canning Walk, Singapore 178881

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A former military base turned luxury boutique hotel

9. The Scarlet Singapore

Colorful, cozy and in Chinatown is how I’d describe The Scarlet Singapore.



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Housed in 13 former shophouses and an Art Deco building, this boutique hotel carries plenty of historic charm.

The first luxury boutique hotel in Singapore when it opened in 2004, the property has 80 rooms and suites.

From the Deluxe Room to the Lavish Suite, there’s a room type to suit all budgets. What’s more, you can also personalize your sleep with your very own pillow menu.

In the thick of it — Singapore staycation

The Chinatown area of Singapore puts you at the heart of the action. Old meets the new in the form of cultural sites and independent hipster cafes.

Food lovers will enjoy being located next to Singapore’s famous hawker centers, a culinary must-try in the city.

Nearby attractions include the Gardens by the Bay, Merlion Park and the Asian Civilisations Museum. The Scarlet Singapore is SG Clean certified.

The Scarlet Singapore, 33 Erskine Rd, Singapore 06933

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Plenty of historic charm at The Scarlett Singapore

10. Hotel Indigo Katong

With weekly rooftop yoga, a 25m swimming pool and a 24-hour fitness center, staycations are made at Hotel Indigo Katong.



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Katong was Singapore’s first heritage town, and the neighborhood lends to its historic past. Joo Chiat / Katong is the home of Peranakan culture; Peranakans being people of Chinese and Malay / Indonesian heritage.

To learn more about Peranakan culture, make a visit to nearby The Intan, a private home museum in Joo Chiat.

Colorful shophouses, terraced homes, and a clear European influence makes this an interesting base for a Singapore staycation.

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Colorful shophouses in the Katong / Joo Chiat

Peranakan through and through

Living up to its boutique brand, the rooms are uniquely styled and bursting with individuality.

Mirroring the Peranakan colors and motifs, Premiere rooms at Hotel Indigo Katong also come with circular bathtubs and city views.

Bright, bold and with plenty of natural light, it’s an ideal choice for a well-needed Singapore staycation.

Hotel Indigo Katong, 86 E Coast Rd, Singapore 428788

Are you planning to have a staycation this year? Which of these hotels would you most like to stay at in Singapore? Let me know in the comments below. 

Disclosure: This post is in collaboration with Visit Singapore. It may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a commission if you click a link and purchase something that I’ve recommended. Thank you for your support.

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Welcome to my site! I'm Lisa, founder of Following the Rivera. I write primarily for a ‘flashpacker’ audience, a demographic (late 20s onward) that enjoys glamping over camping and staying at boutique/luxury boutique hotels. Flashpackers also like to indulge in the local food and wine, cultural activities, as well as a spot of wellness on their travels. Want to know more? Read on....

       

 

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