With 70% of Singaporeans being vacation-deprived (as shown in Expedia's latest Vacation Deprivation survey), IHG has identified three weekend getaways that will not break your bank account. With 6 long weekends in 2016, you will be able to take full advantage of these to save your annual leaves for longer trips instead. Here are three weekend getaways that you can take for under S$500 (inclusive of flight and accommodation):
BANGKOK - Holiday Inn Express Bangkok Sathorn
Flight on Scoot: Approximately S$275
Accommodation (2 Nights): Approximately S$140
Total: Approximately S$415
The Holiday Inn Express Bangkok Sathorn is located in the heart of Bangkok and it is also the perfect base for exploring the city's riverfront. The hotel offers a complimentary boat service from BTS Saphan Taksin and it is also a short walk from Patpong and the famous Silom Night Street.
Flight on AirAsia: Approximately S$250
Accommodation (2 Nights): Approximately S$85
Total: Approximately S$335
Recharge with a weekend escape to the Island of the Gods - Bali! With the Kuta Beachwalk right at your doorstep, you will be able to enjoy the best of Kuta within 5 minutes drive. Whether you are interested in lazing by the beach or shopping at Legian Shopping Centre, the Holiday Inn Express Bali Raya Kuta offers affordable comfort on this beautiful island! Be sure to check out the hotel's outdoor rooftop pool while you are here!
Flight on Tigerair: Approximately S$170
Accommodation (2 Nights): Approximately S$120
Total: Approximately S$290
Heading to Phuket for the weekend has got to be one of the most affordable things you can do from Singapore (in terms of travel). Estimated to cost only S$290, your weekend at the Holiday Inn Express Phuket Patong (located in the heart of Patong Beach Central) will teleport you to a resort with private balconies and a large outdoor swimming pool. Venture out to the beautiful Phuket Paradise Beach to soak up the sun and check out the Patong Promenade for a range of shopping and entertainment options.
One of the most highly-anticipated property in Bali, the Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach has just opened to celebrate both the ancient and modern zeitgeist of Bali. The newly-built property offers 289 beautifully-appointed rooms that embraces both modern and traditional which is apparent throughout the design of the hotel - there are no hotels in Seminyak that offers such a beautiful blend of old and new.
A brand new Courtyard by Marriott property has been planned for the popular beachside resort area in southern Vietnam. Slated to open in 2020, the Courtyard by Marriott Nha Trang Hon Tam Resort will be situated on an exclusive resort island that is located 20-minutes away from Nha Trang city.
Marriott International has just announced the first Fairfield by Marriott brand in Greater China with the opening of the Fairfield by Marriott Nanning Nanhu Park. A partnership between Marriott International and the Dossen International Group will see the introduction of the brand across different cities in China over the next five years. The new-built Fairfield by Marriott Nanning Nanhu Park will feature open spaces that are suitable for both work and entertainment and the design of the hotel's guest rooms have all been inspired by the fundamental themes of relaxation and simplicity.
According to the latest Chinese Luxury Traveller Report 2017 by Hurun Report Awards. the Ritz-Carlton remains to be the "Most Popular Luxury Hotel" as voted by Chinese high net-worth individuals for the second consecutive year. The Ritz-Carlton Rewards loyalty program has also taken the top spot as being the "Most Popular Luxury Hotel Membership Programme".
It has been slightly over 18 months since my last stay at The St. Regis Singapore and I am still dreaming about the food and opulent suites there. Here are four things that you will definitely miss once you have experienced the epitome of luxury in the heart of Orchard Road at The St. Regis Singapore.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company has just announced its entry into the luxury yachting and cruises industry by bringing the award-winning luxury brand, The Ritz-Carlton, to the high seas. By incorporating the brand's exceptional service and timeless style, The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection aims to bring luxury accommodation to the sea as well. The first of three lavish cruising yachts in this series is scheduled to take to sea in the fourth quarter of 2019.
As we are waiting on the arrival of some new hotels to open in Singapore this year, the YOTEL Singapore whose design inspiration stems from first class travel cabins, has already started to take reservations from 01 November 2017. The new YOTEL in Singapore aims to cultivate a sense of community within the hotel through large open spaces for co-working, social gatherings and wellness while providing the essential elements of luxury hotels in rooms and cabins where weary travellers will be able to enjoy in the privacy of their own rooms.
The top luxury brand of AccorHotels Group, Raffles Hotels & Resorts has just announced the signing of a historic partnership between the Hinduja Group and Obrascon Huarte Lain Desarrollos (OHLD) to transform Winston Churchill's iconic Old War Office building in Whitehall into one of the most unique hotel and deluxe residences in London - The Raffles London.
As part of the MSB Tamachi mix-used complex, the first Pullman hotel by AccorHotels will open in the fall of 2018. The Pullman Tokyo Tamachi will feature 143 contemporary-design rooms that connects the international style of Pullman hotel with the delicate touch of Japanese art and culture.
Singapore Airlines will be increasing the flight frequency to Paris (the capital city of France) from the current seven per week to 10 per week during the Northern Winter operating season between 29 October 2017 and 24 March 2018. The three additional flights will operate on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays starting 30 October 2017 and it will complement the daily flights that are already in service.