Cover Each room exudes cosy comfort with warm, ambient lighting creating a mellow atmosphere (Image: Oasia Resort Sentosa)

Grab a brief respite from work at these new and upcoming hotels for your next staycation in 2021

This story was first written on March 18, 2021, and updated on October 22, 2021. 

More than a year into the pandemic, a local getaway is still the best alternative if you’re looking to take a brief relaxing respite from work. Luckily, there’s been an array of new and refurbished hotels in Singapore. Whether you’re a party of one, two, or looking to have family time with your little ones, there’s a hotel for you.

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1. Oasia Resort Sentosa

Oasia Resort Sentosa is the latest slice of paradise on Sentosa island. Managed by Far East Hospitality, the new luxury beach destination takes over the site of the former Le Meridien Hotel and Spa at the heart of the island.

Designed by husband-and-wife duo Belinda Huang and Khoo Peng Beng, directors of Arc Studio Architecture + Urbanism, the sprawling resort features 191 suites and rooms designed with earthy and calming tones. Neutral hues and natural wood finishing in each room project the wellness destination’s relaxing atmosphere.

For those looking for the utmost relaxing staycation break, check out the hotel’s Spa Suite; wash your stress away with the soothing warm waters of a secluded outdoor onsen, or sleep your worries away in a plush large king-sized bed.

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2. Goodwood Park Hotel

Nestled amidst Orchard Road's bustling boulevard, the Goodwood Park Hotel is a place synonymous with heritage and old-world grandeur. Built in 1900 and having celebrated its 120th birthday last year, the hotel—which was once an enclave for elite German expatriates—once served luminaries such as Ronald Reagan, Roald Dahl and Muhammad Ali as guests. 

The hotel has recently completed a contemporary refresh earlier this year. The revamp saw Singapore-based architectural firm Ernesto Bedmar Architects transform a series of guest rooms and suites, which include the deluxe premium rooms and poolside suites. The rooms now boast a storied combination of modern influences that are paired with the hotel's timeless appeal. A light and earthy colour palette create a soothing ambience, while white quartz and bronze fittings deliver luxury and polish. Classic herringbone parquet flooring is paired with natural wood and fabrics such as handwoven jute rugs for a cosy atmosphere. 

Each room also features various black-and-white photographs from Singapore-based French artist Gilles Massot; the photos depict scenes from Singapore's earlier years, adding a sense of nostalgia to the space. 

3. Capella Singapore

Since its debut in 2009, Capella Singapore has made a name for itself as one of Singapore’s best luxury resorts to unwind at. First designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Lord Norman Foster and the late Indonesian hospitality designer Jaya Ibrahim, the idyllic retreat recently underwent a year-long renovation by Hong Kong-based practice André Fu Studio.

Nestled deep within Sentosa island, the tropical resort now boasts 110 refurbished suites and villas. Exuding a warm elegance, the refreshed colour palette features calming tones and green accents that are drawn from the surrounding lush foliage. The rooms feature custom furnishings and fixtures that combine tropical elements with mid-century influences, creating an elegant interior that cocoons you with serenity and peace.

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4. Wanderlust

Make your staycation getaway a little more special by opting for a boutique hotel that’s full of historic charm. Located along the Little India Conservation Area, Wanderlust has recently reopened its doors after extensive renovations and a brand refresh.

The boutique hotel is now part of The Unlimited Collection by Oakwood, which looks to retain the distinctive heritage of each property whilst providing experiences that are authentic and delivered through Oakwood's hospitality management expertise.

Housed in a stunning four-storey 1920s heritage building, Wanderlust features 29 rooms and suites that range between cosy studios and two-storied studio lofts. Whilst the hotel’s facade reflects its historic past, the interior features a warm and contemporary ambience amplified by wood furnishings and neutral hues. The boutique hotel also offers a suite of curated experiences such as leather crafting or kombucha workshops that you can book ahead of your stay.

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5. Conrad Centennial Singapore

Catch a brief respite from the humdrum of working from home by checking in at the newly refurbished Conrad Centennial Singapore. Situated in the heart of Marina Bay, the luxury hotel flaunts a refreshed interior whilst retaining its warm, impeccable service and top-notch facilities.

The 512 guest rooms within the hotel feature a luxe and sophisticated atmosphere brought to life by furnishings that combine Asian elements with a contemporary edge. Window coverings are made from natural jute fibre, while Pernakan-inspired custom-made carpets line the floors. The hotel is also home to an impressive display of more than 3,400 original artworks and sculptures from notables names like Tay Bak Koi and Cheng Li.

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6. Mint Hotel within One Farrer Hotel

Under One Farrer Hotel’s multi-brand concept, Mint Hotel opened in December last year with Covid-19 health considerations at the forefront of the hotel’s design. Around $2 million was spent refurbishing the hotel’s newly-launched category of rooms, facilities and processes, with input from medical experts.

The hotel features 176 rooms; each room contains anti-viral wall coverings and paint, as well as anti-microbial gapless vinyl flooring and roller blind fabrics. Whilst the hotel has chosen to furnish its interiors with antivirus, antibacterial and antimicrobial materials to mitigate the spread of disease, rooms are still warmly designed with a chic and stylish flair.

7. The Clan Hotel Singapore

Situated at an intersection between culture and commerce, this hotel located in the heritage-filled Telok Ayer district aims to offer a modern cultural experience. The 324-room luxury hotel obtained its namesake from the historic clan associations located along Amoy Street.

Rich with culture and personality, the hotel is both stylish and charming with its thoughtful cues to its neighbourhood. Heritage details and cultural artifacts can be found throughout, ranging from Chinese tea sets in the lobby to contemporary oriental lamps in individual rooms. These are curated and contributed by The Clan Collective, a group consisting of local craftsmen as well as cultural curators.

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8. Parkroyal Collection Marina Bay

Previously known as Marina Mandarin, the latest staycation spot in town has rebranded itself as Parkroyal Collection Marina Bay under the Pan Pacific Hotels Group. The hotel re-opened its doors in December 2020, while the final phase of works is expected to be completed by May 2021.

The new concept introduces a biophilic theme that embraces nature, designed by FDAT Architects. With 575 guestrooms across 21 storeys, the eco-friendly hotel showcases lush greenery in abundance. Once fully completed, the prolific destination will feature a sky-bridge for an enchanting treetop experience, as well as a jungle-like exuberant indoor garden with illuminated sculptural pavilions. You can also utilise your $100 SingapoRediscover vouchers here, before they expire in June.     

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9. Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore

Fancy a restorative staycation? Escape to the latest luxury wellness resort on our island for some well-deserved pampering. Located on the grounds of the Laguna National Golf & Resort Club, Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore recently opened its five-star doors with a plethora of recreational amenities.

The hotel’s luxurious compound holds 198 stylish rooms and suites. Each room is a serene sanctuary, with refined motifs and carpet prints serving as subtle references to the resort’s Thai heritage. The bigger suites feature outdoor bathtubs for invigorating soaks and terraces with panoramic views.

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10. Duxton Reserve Singapore

Formerly known as the Six Senses Duxton and Six Senses Maxwell, these two sister properties ceased operations during the circuit breaker period. The two hotels have been recently rebranded as The Maxwell Reserve, under Marriott’s Autograph Collection range.

Occupying eight restored 19th-century shophouses, the hotel has retained its glamorous interiors designed by Anouska Hempel and Jacques Garcia.

Guests can expect east-meets-west features within the 49 guest rooms and suites. Housed within historic buildings, each room has been uniquely designed; no two rooms cut from the same cloth. SingapoRediscover vouchers are also accepted here, so make sure to put them to good use.

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