Time for couples and families to start planning their well-deserved staycations

This story was first published on July 6, 2020, and updated on September 29, 2021.


Believe it or not, 2021 is coming to an end within a matter of months—and Covid-19 is still a pertinent issue that the world is battling. However, restrictions have eased, albeit in phases, but one thing most Singaporeans are thankful for is the ability to go for staycations since travelling abroad is not on the cards for most people. Hotels in Singapore have welcomed guests since July last year when the country entered phase two of its safe re-opening, after the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) released an advisory on July 3, 2020. These hotels must comply with various safety management measures in order to re-open. 

STB had said: “Hotels must also address key outcomes in their application to reduce potential transmission risks and support contact tracing efforts. Risk factors for hotels to consider include proximity between guests, propensity for crowds to form, level of activity and number of high-touch surfaces.”

We've put together a list of the best hotels to experience for a well-deserved break. Start planning your staycations (if you have not already) so you can make your bookings for long weekends or even New Year's Eve.

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Andaz Singapore

Mastering the balance between luxury and boutique, the hospitality offered at Andaz Singapore is welcoming yet unobtrusive. Designed by Asia's leading interior designer and architect André Fu, Andaz Singapore is inspired by the heritage of its Bugis neighbourhood, evoking the experience of wandering between the alleyways of shophouses. These references extend to the hotel rooms, where you’ll find charming wooden folding doors and bespoke post-box doorbells. It definitely helps that most of the rooms look out to stunning views of the city, including rows of colourful shophouses and iconic heritage sites.

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For a truly 360-degree view of Singapore, give rooftop bar Mr Stork a visit. If you’re early, you might just able to enjoy the sunset with a cocktail in hand. The bar has also achieved Instagram-fame for its adorable teepee huts set amongst a lush garden—perfect for a private, socially-distant space for you and your friends.

Andaz Singapore | 5 Fraser Street, Singapore 189354 | 6408 1234

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Beach Villas at Resorts World Sentosa

For the resort experience, check into Beach Villas at Resorts World Sentosa. The property offers an idyllic retreat away from the bustle of the city, with the island's attractions like Universal Studios Singapore and Trick Eye Museum within reach. Choose from a selection of one- to three-bedroom villas as well as The Palace, which boasts four expansive bedrooms and a living room, each with their own private timber sundeck. The larger villas also offer a personal pool and mini garden, that are perfect for a lazy Sunday lounging in.

Beach Villas | 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098269

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Capella Singapore

This five-star resort is nestled within Sentosa, residing on 30 acres of lush rainforest far away from the bustling city, making it an idyllic spot for a romantic staycation spot for couples. The property is made up of restored colonial bungalows with modern contemporary interiors, creating a stylish space that still evokes an intimate luxury. We love that all their rooms come with expansive balconies, with some that feature private jacuzzis. Want more serenity? Opt for one of their villas where you'll have access to a private plunge pool.

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Don’t forget to get in some serious pampering at the award-winning Auriga Spa—their Lunar-themed signature treatments are absolutely therapeutic. Look out for the beautiful roaming peacocks on the hotel grounds, too! 

Capella Singapore | 1 The Knolls, Sentosa Island, 098297 | 6377 8888

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Four Seasons Hotel Singapore

If you’d like a short break but don’t really want to be too far from all the action in town, this hotel is perfect for your staycation. It’s situated on Orchard Road boulevard so there’s always time for you to do a little shopping in between your spa sessions and laps in the hotel’s rooftop pool.

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Make a reservation at their Michelin-starred restaurant Jiang-Nan Chun, which is on our annual best restaurants guide, for an unforgettable dining experience. You can’t go wrong with their Peking duck. If you’re a gourmand, treat yourself to afternoon tea at One-Ninety Bar and enjoy their delicious spread. Enjoy the complimentary glass of champagne offered to guests, too.

Four Seasons Hotel Singapore | 190 Orchard Blvd, Singapore 248646 | 6734 1110

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JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach

A sprawling property in the Marina Bay area, JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach is part of South Beach, an integrated, mixed-use development which consists of offices, shops and residences. The hotel stands out amongst luxury hotels for its flamboyant design and impressive art collection, which includes Flying Flames by Ingo Maurer—a light installation of 160 floating candles—above the reception counter. The colour-changing RGB wallpaper by design duo Carnovsky in the guest elevators also adds to the bold and artsy vibe of the hotel.

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While its prime location puts the hotel in close proximity to a myriad of wine-and-dine options, JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach itself boasts a collection of stellar restaurants and bars. Worth noting is the eponymous modern Japanese restaurant of Michelin-starred celebrity chef Akira Back and the award-winning Beach Road Kitchen, which serves the perfect champagne brunch.

JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach | 30 Beach Road, Singapore 189763 | 6818 1888 

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Mandarin Oriental, Singapore

Boasting an iconic fan-shaped architecture that nods towards Mandarin Oriental’s logo, the Mandarin Oriental, Singapore offers panoramic views of the city skyline through the floor-to-ceiling windows of its luxurious rooms. What’s best about the property is its close proximity to shopping districts and attractions. Within walking distance is the Marina Square shopping mall, the Esplanade and Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre. Venture further by car and you’ll be at Marina Bay Sands and the Central Business District.

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If you’re spending the weekend at the hotel, don’t miss Sunday brunch at Italian restaurant Dolce Vita, which is complemented by free-flowing Nino Franco Prosecco. Bespoke cocktails are also be enjoyed at the Mo Bar, one of Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020.

Mandarin Oriental, Singapore | 5 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039797 | 6338 0066

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Raffles Hotel Singapore

The iconic hotel reopened in August last year after a major renovation, boasting a refreshed interior and big changes in several aspects. New dining options were introduced, such as La Dame De Pic’s first restaurant in Asia, and the hotel lobby was also given a revamp. New York-based Champalimaud spearheaded the hotel’s transformation, which is remarkable, to say the least. A stay at a hotel like Raffles Hotel Singapore, which is steeped in history, will be unforgettable because there’s so much to explore within the hotel grounds itself.

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You staycation won’t be complete without a visit to the famed Long Bar to have a sip of its classic drink, the Singapore Sling. Don’t forget to say high to the hotel’s iconic doorman too, Narajan Singh. He has become such a recognisable face that he’s even seen on various hotel memorabilia that can be purchased at the Raffles Boutique.

Raffles Hotel Singapore | 1 Beach Rd, 189673 | 6337 1886

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Shangri-La Hotel Singapore

A great destination for a family staycation, this is one place where you can comfortably spend a weekend on its property without itching to head out. There’s a plethora of restaurants to enjoy, including Origin Grill, Shang Palace, The Line and an array of heritage hawker dishes at The Lobby Lounge. Children will love the hotel’s outdoor waterplay area (open on Fridays to Sundays), and the kids' club, Buds. 

Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore is currently offering a Valley Wing Indulgence stay package, which includes free-flow champagne all day, afternoon tea and evening cocktails offered at the Valley Wing lounge for guests. The experience will be heightened with a butler-drawn bubble bath with rose petals and 90-minute massage treatment for two at Chi, The Spa, and 24-hour butler service for suite room guests. More details are available on the hotel's website.

Shangri-La Hotel Singapore | 22 Orange Grove Rd, 258350 | 6737 3644

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Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa

Many couples in Singapore have turned to this hotel to hold their weddings, and it’s easy to see why. The luxurious resort is set atop a cliff and boasts panoramic views of the ocean, and it offers an array of rooms, suites and villas—all with Sofitel’s signature French styling. We love that each of their rooms draws visitors in with their intricate design touches that pay homage to nature—think flower-shaped knobs and small wildlife figurines. Good news for fans of the property because the hotel just announced on their website that they’re “in the midst of application for the reopening of [their] resort for stays.”

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The hotel makes a wonderful spot to have your babymoon, if you’re thinking of having one this year. Look out for their babymoon package online and get ready to immerse yourself in the resort’s tropical garden-surrounded spa. Otherwise, try to book yourselves a table at The Cliff—choose from exquisite breakfast sets to some hearty Italian fare for lunch or dinner.

Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa | 2 Bukit Manis Rd, Sentosa, 099891 | 6708 8310

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The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore

The most prominent feature of The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore is perhaps its address. Housed within the Capitol’s beautifully restored building, the hotel’s high ceilings and elegant archways nod towards the building’s original Victorian and Art Deco influences. Also housed within Capitol Singapore is the Capitol Piazza and Arcade and the Capitol Theatre, so guests are guaranteed a myriad of shopping, dining and entertainment options within their vicinity.

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The Capitol Kempinski Hotel's Kempinski White Glove Services ensures enhanced cleaning and disinfection,  safe distancing, and that masks and sanitising stations are readily available to guests. Luggage cleaning and disinfection services are also offered upon arrival before your suitcases are delivered to your room. Until August 15, the hotel is offering a Super Special Staycation when you can book a one-night stay and enjoy a complimentary second night.

The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore | 15 Stamford Road, Singapore 178906 | 6368 8888

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Conrad Centennial Singapore

The Conrad Centennial located is located in such a prime spot that most will not hesitate in booking a staycation here. The hotel’s 512 guest rooms had recently been refurbished and this is evident from the moment you step into any of the guest rooms. The rooms here boast modern contemporary decor that exudes elegance, coupled with large windows that look out towards the entire Marina Bay promenade.  

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Book a stay in one of the executive guest rooms to enjoy access to the executive club lounge. It’s a great way for guests to relax and enjoy drinks or light bites with a bit more privacy as such lounges are normally located away from the hotel’s other facilities and accessible to executive room guests only.

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The Fullerton Hotel Singapore

Make your staycation a little more special by opting for a hotel that’s full of history. The Fullerton Building, which houses The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, was gazetted as the 71st National Monument of Singapore in 2015 so the heritage site makes an ideal spot for those looking to spend some time in a historically significant building in Singapore. From its stunning architecture and unique backdrop to its location right at the mouth of the Singapore River, the luxury hotel has all the makings of a venue that will provide a flawless experience.

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Elevate your staycation by booking the Fullerton Suite, which is perched on the highest floor of the hotel. There’s a living area, study as well as the highlight of the suite—the spacious outdoor terrace which provides some of the best views you can get in Singapore. 

The Fullerton Hotel Singapore | 1 Fullerton Square, 049178 | 6733 8388 

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The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore

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Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Kevin Roche, The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore features an understatedly luxurious design that has remained timeless. It is also known for its 4,200 piece art collection that includes Frank Stella and Andy Warhol. Centrally located, The Ritz-Carlton puts you in close proximity to shopping, dining and entertainment at Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre, Marina Bay Sands, and more. But you don’t have to venture far for great food—the hotel is home to one Michelin-starred Summer Pavilion, and international dishes at buffet restaurant Colony.

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Don’t miss the must-have photo moment at The Ritz-Carlton—the hotel’s signature octagonal bathroom window, that has played the backdrop to many Instagram photos. Speaking of relaxing moments in the bath, indulging in the La Mer Miracle Broth facial at the Ritz-Carlton Spa is also essential. After all, it is the first La Mer hotel partner spa in the Asia Pacific.

The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore | 7 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039799 | 6337 8888

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The St. Regis Singapore

Just like Capella Singapore, this luxury hotel made headlines all over the world when it became one of the locations to watch during the historic Trump-Kim Summit that took place in 2018. The hotel’s grandiose interiors will surely impress guests from the moment they step into the lobby all the way till they enter their plush suites. What we love most about the property is that it has one of the finest private art collections in Asia, owning a collection of over 70 artworks by celebrated local and international artists including Anthony Poon, Georgette Chen, Fernando Botero, Marc Chagall and Pablo Picasso.

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Join the daily art tour known as The Art of Living, where a St. Regis butler will guide hotel guests as they get a closer look at the stunning art pieces on display around the hotel.

The St. Regis Singapore | 29 Tanglin Rd, Singapore 247911 | 6506 6888

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The Warehouse Hotel

The inaugural hotel of local hospitality brand The Lo & Behold Group, The Warehouse Hotel sits within a restored heritage building from 1895. Awarded Design of the Year at the President’s Design Awards 2018, this boutique hotel’s biggest draw is its gorgeous industrial aesthetic, dreamed up by local design agency Asylum. The spacious lobby welcomes you with a dramatic canopy of gears and pendant light, complemented by Asian art and products. Despite its limited capacity of 37 rooms, each is uniquely styled to guarantee a fresh experience for every visit.

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For the best view, opt for the River View Suite, which overlooks the Singapore River from the hotel’s top floor. The loft-style suite retains the original beams and peaked ceiling of the 19th-century building, and it is the largest room in the hotel.

The Warehouse Hotel | 320 Havelock Road, Robertson Quay, Singapore 169628 | 6828 0000

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W Singapore Sentosa Cove

Nestled at the eastern end of the island, W Singapore Sentosa Cove combines island dreams with modern luxuries just minutes from the bustling city. Evoking a magical rainforest inspired by Singapore icons like orchids, peacocks, and lalang fields, the hotel bustles with creativity and quirky design—you may even spot pieces from artists like Andy Warhol. Sentosa's most popular attractions like Universal Studios Singapore, Trick Eye Museum, as well as the Siloso Beach are just at the hotel's doorstep, but there is just as much fun if you decide to stay in. For one, the hotel also offers one of Singapore’s largest resort outdoor pool areas surrounded by lush island landscapes by your lounging. There's also the Away spa to melt all your stress and knots away, and the 235-square-meter gym Fit for you to stay in shape.

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Want to enjoy the best experience, let the W Insider do the legwork for you and curate a personalised staycation like no other. You can also count on W’s signature Whatever/Whenever service to sort out everything from attraction tickets to dinner reservations during your stay.

W Singapore Sentosa Cove | 21 Ocean Way, Singapore 098374