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.
Set on the tropical islands of Langkawi, The Ritz-Carlton Langkawi officially opens today to bring about luxurious experiences in the heart of an ancient jungle. Designed to reflect the nearby traditional villages (known as Kampongs), the oceanfront resort is sheltered by trees and gently lapped by the Andaman Sea. The Ritz-Carlton Langkawi is designed by Philippe Villeroux of Kuala Lumpur-based Tropical Area Architects and it has been carefully created to fully immerse travelers in the island’s natural ecosystem and local culture.
AccorHotels has just announced the opening of the Mercure Bangkok Sukhumvit 11 which is located on Soi 11 of Sukhumvit. Known for the numerous restaurants, bar and clubs which are prominent in the evenings, Sukhumvit Soi 11 has long been a magnet for tourists, expats and locals who are attracted to the night life. The property is also within walking distance to not only the BTS Skytrain Nana Station and MRT Subway Asoke Station but also the Airport Link Makkasan Station.
The Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) has just unveiled a brand new loyalty programme, INVITED, to replace the previous program. Invited (free to join!) offers members exclusive rates and benefits right from their very first stay across any one of SLH's 500 hotels worldwide.
The Conrad Centennial Singapore will be unveiling a brand new collection of exquisite French chocolate tartlets which will be available for purchase from 22 September 2017 (three-day advanced order is required). One of the five flavours that have been created is done in collaboration with home-cook @HoneyBeeSweets.sg to marry local flavours and French pastry techniques. Each box of the Conrad Treasures come with five flavours (one piece per flavour) - Sensation, Pure Gourmandise, La Royale, Violette, and Chendol.
Experience a brand new spa journey that incorporates the healing energies of sound and mind-imagery at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong's luxurious Plateau Spa. In partnership with one of the leading sound technology companies of the world, Devialet, the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong will be presenting a 60-minute bespoke “Voyage des Sens” spa experience that is exclusive to this beautiful oasis that is tucked-away in Hong Kong.
Celebrate the weekends with a sizzling BBQ and unlimited house wines and beers at the Pan Pacific Singapore's Poolside Patio from 6:30PM to 9:30PM every Friday and Saturday (from 22 September 2017). Enjoy a four-course barbecue menu while overlooking the refurbished swimming pool and Poolside Bar.
The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has just announced that it will manage a one-of-a-kind Mandarin Oriental Qianmen, Beijing which will be located within the Qianmen East Hutong Quarter. This hotel is expected to open in 2018 and it will provide guests with the unique opportunity to experience luxury living in traditional and authentic Beijing surroundings.
The Four Points by Sheraton Hefei, Baohe is the second Four Points property in the ancient city of Hefei which is also the capital city in the Anhui Province of China. The hotel offers 271 modern guestrooms (inclusive of suites) that are equipped with a simple design but most importantly, with modern comforts like a 43-inch flat TV and High Speed Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.
The InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has just debuted the group's first hotel in the seaside city of Rayong in Thailand. Known to be a seafood paradise and a great place for urbanites to escape the city life, the Holiday Inn & Suites Rayong City Centre will add 288 beautifully-appointed rooms and suites to this city. The Holiday Inn & Suites Rayong City Centre is located around 2 hours away from Bangkok but just under 30 minutes from the U-Tapao Rayong Pattaya International Airport.
The most highly-anticipated (well, at least to me) hotel property to open in Singapore this year, the Andaz Singapore, has secretly opened up reservations from 15 November 2017. Located on 5 Fraser Street, the Andaz Singapore is the latest property that will be opening by Hyatt. While it is not official news that the hotel is opening in November 2017, it seems highly likely that the hotel will since it has started taking reservations - fingers crossed!