Welcome the new year by treating yourself to a spacation (staycations with spa, get it?) with your loved ones.
For A Romantic Escape: The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore
If you ask us, there’s something inexplicably alluring about old-world charm. Case in point: the masterfully restored Capitol Building and Stamford House, which has since been converted to The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore. Recently opened in October 2018, The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore sits at the core of Singapore’s civic and cultural district, and is surrounded by notable buildings that are steeped in Singapore’s history. Housing a total of 157 rooms and suites, every corner of the property reflects a sense of timeless heritage and modern luxury, thanks to its high ceilings and grand windows that preserve the charm of a bygone time.
Surprise your partner with a weekend staycation at the lavish Heritage Suite. the most exclusive suite at the property. Spanning almost 1,500 square feet, this well-appointed suite features understated accents in beige and white, while every single piece of furniture and decoration are specially selected to evoke a sense of refined elegance. With a separate living space and bedroom, you are also guaranteed the faultless bespoke service of the Kempinski team, who will cater to your every whim and fancy.
Upon check-in, book yourselves an appointment at The Spa. Tucked away in the hotel, spa services are only available to in-house guests so you are guaranteed utmost privacy. Choose from an extensive menu of face and body treatments to pamper yourself from top to toe. We recommend the Singapore Massage, $240 for 90 minutes per person. As its name suggests, this massage is inspired by Singapore’s diversity, and looks to the different cultures for traditional massage techniques to soothe aching muscles and restore a sense of balance and calm. Combining Chinese tui na techniques, Malay abdominal massage and Indian ayurvedic foot massage using the Kansu bowl, it is a holistic experience that deeply rejuvenates your mind and body. Post-massage, luxuriate in the saltwater relaxation pool, which is the first in Singapore.
One of the favourite local past times is none other than tucking into delicious food, and with Chijmes just a short walk away, you’ll be spoiled for choices when it comes to romantic dining options. Don’t forget to stop by The Bar for some pre-dinner drinks, and try out its range of classic cocktails or bespoke creations to suit your palette. Or swing by post-dinner for a nightcap.
As you wind down for the night, make full use of the over-sized bathroom and enjoy a romantic bath with your partner in the free-standing, deep-soaking bathtub. The spacious shower also comes equipped with steam facilities so you can continue the spa-like indulgence in the comfort of your own suite.
Best part, all suite bookings come with a 24-hour stay period. This means that you don’t have to worry about check-out time, but instead, continue to enjoy the luxurious suite well after breakfast. And when it’s finally time to leave, you’ll have memories of a romantic weekend in tow, no doubt.
For Some Quality Me-Time: The Fullerton Hotel
As one of the most prestigious addresses in Singapore, The Fullerton Hotel is no stranger to the finer things in life. After all, it was the commercial, social and official heartbeat of colonial Singapore, harking back to the late 1920s when it was first built. Strategically located in the heart of the central business district, it is also surrounded by heritage buildings that were monumental in our country’s history. And despite its bustling surroundings, The Fullerton Hotel is the perfect place to spend some quality me-time over a weekend.
Book yourself a Quay Pool View Room and take in views of Singapore’s historic district, and upgrade yourself to a Straits Club room and get access to club lounge privileges like complimentary afternoon tea and evening cocktails. After checking in, sign up for the complimentary heritage tour to rediscover the city state as you take in the beauty of Singapore’s stunning skyline.
When you return, head to The Fullerton Spa to treat yourself to its wide array of specialty massages and facials. Partnering with UK-based wellness brand, Aromatherapy Associates, The Fullerton Spa offers targeted treatments that help address the needs of worn-out urbanites, including promoting better sleep, alleviating chronic stress and energising tired muscles. Try the Asian Heritage Signature Massage, $240 for 90 minutes, which combines several oriental massage techniques aimed at clearing meridian point blockages, rebalancing the body’s energy flow and relieving tense muscles. Using a special massage oil blend of rosemary, ginger, lavendar and black pepper essential oils, your therapy performs a mixture of pressure point, deep tissue and light stretching to intensely calm your senses and invigorate your body so you emerge feeling uplifted and deeply relaxed.
Now that you’re all set for bed, run yourself a bath or take a warm shower and enjoy the luxurious Bottega Veneta in-room toiletries before tucking yourself in for a restful slumber. The next morning, head to the Straits Club for a lavish champagne breakfast. Proceed to take a dip in the property’s infinity pool or simply lounge by the pool as you enjoy a good book and sip on a cocktail before you check out, feeling totally revived and recharged.
For A Weekend With Your BFF: JW Marriott Singapore South Beach
Perhaps your best friend’s birthday is coming up, or maybe you just want to spend an all-girls weekend of pampering. Whatever the occasion, checking into the JW Marriott Singapore South Beach will not disappoint. Located right in the middle of City Hall area, there’s no shortage of F&B and entertainment options if you’re looking for cool places to check out—though you probably don’t even need to leave the comforts of the hotel property. With over 600 rooms and suites, JW Marriott Singapore South Beach is the go-to playground for design buffs. From the moment you enter the hotel discovering practical design touches throughout your room, it’s a place where form meets function (and perfect for nailing that Instagra-worthy shot).
Splash out and book the Premier Marina Bay View Suite, a sprawling space of over 1,000 square feet. Overlooking the Marina Bay area, it has a separate living room and 1.5 bathrooms, making it ideal for a get-together amongst close friends. Upon check-in, head to the Club Lounge and enjoy complimentary afternoon tea before proceeding to Flow 18 for a swim at the hotel’s infinity pool. Perched atop the 18th floor, it offers a bird’s eye view of central Singapore. We also love that it’s sheltered, which means that there is no direct sunlight and you can stay on even when it starts to drizzle. Perfect for frolicking with friends, enjoy a cocktail (or two) and revel in the panoramic views of the Singapore skyline as you watch the sun set.
And as the sun goes down, the hotel really starts to come alive. Check out The NCO Club, just adjacent to the hotel for a night of unadulterated fun. Begin your evening at Madame Fan, a culinary concept which serves up authentic Cantonese-style cuisine in an opulent setting. And if you’re in the mood for some live music, head to Cool Cats, a speakeasy international music lounge with a star-studded line-up of musicians. It gets really popular on weekends so make sure you make a reservation ahead of time for an unforgettable night of world-class music.
The next morning, refuel at the Club Lounge or Beach Road Kitchen for a full, international buffet spread for breakfast. Aside from the usual Western options, there is also an impressive selection of local and fusion delights. And finally, it wouldn’t be called a spa-cation if there’s no spa treatment. Located at the 2nd floor of the hotel, the Spa by JW is a tranquil spot where guests can head to for a quick getaway from a hectic schedule. Decked out in a minimal white and grey palette with wooden accents, the spa is modern, yet a world away from the buzz of activities within the hotel. For a relaxing end to a fun-filled staycation, ask for the Ultimate Aromatherapy Massage. After a consultation with your therapist, choose from a blend of massage oils, each designed to energise, calm and recalibrate tired minds and bodies. Then, feel your tension melt away as your therapist performs a combination of Swedish and lymphatic drainage massage techniques to alleviate aches and reduce water retention.