Craving a holiday away, but can’t escape for even one lousy weekend? If so, we feel your pain. It’s not always easy to skip off for a sweet Bali getaway or a few days in Penang, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the holiday vibes right here in Singapore. After all, we are a world-class destination right? So get into the escapist mindset and out the door to try some of these ‘holidays at home’ that will shake up your usual routine.
Wine and Dine at W Singapore — Sentosa Cove
Spend a Saturday or Sunday afternoon hanging out amid lush greenery and seaside breezes at the W Singapore —Sentosa Cove. There's no fee to enter, and you can order drinks and food as you please. Try their decadent Drop The T² afternoon high tea that goes for $75++ for two people and includes high-quality teas, macarons, scones, sandwiches, and sweet treats served in a standing bird cage. They also do a fab Sunday Remix 2.0 brunch with abundant offerings like fresh seafood, roasts, noodle creations, and free-flow options. The brunch runs from 12:30pm to 3pm every Sunday and includes access to the WET® pool.
W Singapore — Sentosa Cove, 21 Ocean Way, Singapore, 098374. p. +65 6808 7288
Chill at a Beach Club on Sentosa
Who says you need to escape to Thailand or Indonesia for some sun, sea and sand? Sentosa has it all, and it's just a short trip from the heart of the CBD. You could spend the entire day chilling at Tanjong Beach Club where you can sip tropical cocktails at the laid-back beach bar, play beach volleyball on the sand, and sup on succulent seafood at the restaurant. We suggest checking it out out on Saturdays, as it's much quieter, but still has a nice holiday vibe. FOC is also a good bet with its primo location at the east end of peaceful Palawan Beach, glittering ocean-facing pool, and divine Mediterranean-inspired drinks and eats.
Tanjong Beach Club, 120 Tanjong Beach Walk, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098942. p. +65 9750 5323. Tues - Fri: 11am - 11pm, Sat - Sun: 10am - midnight
FOC Sentosa, 110 Tanjong Beach Walk, Singapore 098943. p. +65 6100 1102. Open Tues - Sun 11:30am - 11pm
Throw a BBQ Bash with The Brazillian Dream
For chilled times with good friends nothing beats a good old-fashioned poolisde BBQ. Plan in advance, get some friends together, start early around 11am and just hang out all day eating and drinking to your heart’s content. Not into slaving away over a hot cue? Get one of the private chefs from The Brazilian Dream come and do all the hard work for you. They specialise in authentic Brazilian BBQ dishes like black angus picanha beef, honey-lime chicken wings, and shrimp feijoada.
Pamper Yourself with a Spa Day
Part of the holiday appeal is indulging in pure relaxation so you can come back feeling refreshed and re-energised. Well you can get that same sense of rejuvenation from a pampering day at a serene spa. Escape from the concrete jungle and let your stress slip away amid natural greenery at either Aramsa the Garden Spa or ESPA at Resorts World Sentosa. Aramsa is a gorgeous sanctuary set in the lush environs of Bishan Park, while ESPA feautures outdoor onsen-style pools and rock saunas surrounded by nature. No matter which one you choose, you're sure to leave feeling like just skipped off on a tropical getaway.
Get Out on the Water Aboard a Yacht Charter
Fresh air, the open sea, great tunes and great friends. Sound like your cup of tea? Then a yacht rental or cruise might be right up your alley. YachtCharter, White Sails, Yacht Rental in Singapore, and One° 15 Marina Club are great options that offer a variety of yachts and boats in varying sizes and styles to suit your needs. To save on costs, get a group of friends together and spend the day cruising around the coastline and soaking up Singapore’s iconic skyline from the water. Bring your own food, drinks and music, or let everyone else do all the planning for you.