Singapore stopover ‘staycation’

Singapore has one of the world’s best airports and is a popular stopover for international travellers. Enjoying 24 to 48 hours of relaxation when you’re in transit is the perfect way to recharge. Here are five hotel suggestions for a superb Singapore short stay or vacation.

Sofitel Singapore City Centre
Transiting to and from the airport is a breeze at this new hotel located next to the Tanjong Pagar MRT station. Rooms are large and have a bathroom with a soaking tub, separate rain shower and divine Lanvin toiletries.

However, those staying in an executive club room will probably spend most of their time at the swish club lounge, Club Millésime. Some of Singapore’s best and most affordable dining can be found just down the road at Chinatown.

A complimentary phone with free data roaming and international calls to 10 countries, including Australia, is provided free-of-charge to each guest and can be taken outside the hotel.

9 Wallich Street; www.sofitel-singapore-citycentre.com

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Mercure Singapore Bugis
With the Singapore Art Museum directly across the road, and the National Museum of Singapore within strolling distance, this well-priced hotel is perfect for art lovers.

Peranakan design and specially commissioned artworks reflect the surrounding area and add an authentic, local touch. Lofts have a mezzanine level and floor to ceiling windows, making these rooms seem larger than they are.

An enjoyable afternoon can be spent exploring the shops and boutiques in the nearby Arab Quarter or browsing the bustling Bugis Street Market.

122 Middle Road; www.mercure.com

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Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel
Shopaholics will love the location of this hotel: in the heart of the Orchard Road shopping district. Cabanas and lounges surround the pool which can accommodate a vast number of guests without feeling crowded.

Pool Terrace rooms are located on the same level and geared to romance with a deep, stand-alone bath tub and individual outdoor sitting area. Nearby, the Pool Grill is dreamy in the evening with linen napped tables and flickering candles.

320 Orchard Road; www.marriott.com

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Oasia Hotel Downtown
With a lush vertical garden covering the outside of this new 27-storey building, Oasia Hotel Downtown stands out from the urban jungle. Catering to the health-conscious traveller, there is a lush green lawn on Level 12 which can be used for yoga or simply soaking up the sun.

A rooftop pool with fabulous views is available on Level 27. With an abundance of open air spaces, this hotel relaxes the visitor instantly – a true haven in the middle of the city.

100 Peck Seah Street; www.oasiahotels.com

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Marina Bay Sands
Marina Bay Sands Hotel is home to one of the world’s most famous swimming pools and it is only available to hotel guests. You could easily spend the entire day relaxing on a deck chair, gazing at the distant ships and enjoying a cocktail or two.

Hotel guests can also visit the SkyPark observation deck without paying the SGD$23 admission fee. Gardens by the Bay is within walking distance, if you can tear yourself away from the pool.

10 Bayfront Avenue; www.marinabaysands.com

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If you want to leave the hotel:

Explore Singapore’s Peranakan culture
Peranakan culture is a blend of Chinese and Malay traditions and is unique to Singapore. Visit the Joo Chiat district, filled with colourful shophouses and a fascinating Peranakan Museum, which traces the culture from the 17th century to the present day.

Take a ride on the Singapore Flyer
Offering stellar views and informative commentary during each 30-minute ride, the Singapore Flyer is 30 metres taller than the London Eye and a must-visit on a clear day.

Spend an evening at Clarke Quay
What was once a bustling 19th century commercial hub has been transformed into one of Singapore’s most popular drinking, dining and shopping districts for locals and tourists alike. Drop in for a drink or something to eat and soak up the atmosphere.

Visit Gardens by the Bay
Stroll amongst the vertical gardens of the Supertrees, the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest conservatories and beautiful gardens at Gardens by the Bay, a free public garden in the heart of Singapore. Don’t miss the evening sound and light show. Entry is free.

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