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.
AccorHotels has just announced the opening of the ibis Styles Makassar Sam Ratulangi which is located in the city centre and just 20 minutes drive away from the Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport. Consistent to the ibis Styles brand standards, the ibis Styles Makassar Sam Ratulangi will feature bright and colourful design across its 117 guest rooms and suites alongside the signature Sweet Bed by ibis Styles.
The award-winning boutique hotel booking service, Mr & Mrs Smith is collaborating with Tokyobike (a small and independent bicycle company from Yanaka, Tokyo) to bring free city guides and bike hire in the month of April 2017 to the community in Singapore, London, New York, Melbourne and Tokyo.
Wyndham Hotel Group's first Wyndham Garden hotel in South East Asia has just opened on one of the Asia's most-loved island destination - the Wyndham Garden Kuta Beach Bali (previously known as The Kuta Playa Hotel & Villas) has just undergone a refurbishment and has been rebranded under a management agreement between PT Wyndham Hotel Management and PT Global Bali Investama.
W Hotels Worldwide has just officially unveiled India's very first W Hotel, the W Goa which is located along the internationally-renowned Vagator Beach. This highly-anticipated debut is the brand's 50th hotel worldwide and it celebrates the bold brand values with a unique Goan-twist.
The Crowne Plaza Changi Airport has once again been voted as the World's Best Airport Hotel by international travellers in the World Airport Awards announced by Skytrax on 14 March 2017 at the Passenger Terminal Expo in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Located just five minutes away from the Tan Son Nhat International Airport, the ibis Saigon Airport by AccorHotels offers affordable and comfortable accommodation for both short-staying and long-staying guests. The property is also conveniently located just six kilometers away from the city center so getting there is fast and easy if you wish to check out what the city has to offer.
The Love Dining program by American Express offers one of the best dining perks in Singapore. With discounts of up to 50% off at carefully-curated restaurants around Singapore, American Express is bringing a limited edition experience at four distinct locations from 04 March 2017 to 03 May 2017 - Shangri-La Hotel,Singapore, Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel, The St.Regis Singapore and the W Singapore–Sentosa Cove. The American Express Love Dining Celebrity Edition menus have been crafted in collaboration with celebrity influencers Pornsak, Jeanette Aw, Lennard Yeong and Janice Wong respectively.
Kuala Lumpur has just received her first Mercure-branded property in Pudu which is located at the fringe of the famous Bukit Bintang shopping belt. The Mercure Kuala Lumpur Shaw Parade by AccorHotels features 213 guest rooms, an all-day dining restaurant, a lobby lounge, a fitness centre as well as a rooftop pool bar to go along.
Regarded as one of the top international resorts of the tropical island of Hainan (sometimes known as the Hawaii of China), the Raffles Hainan who has just celebrated her third anniversary, has just introduced the 'Top 10 Reasons' to visit this property. Located in a picturesque location with a white sandy beach that is dotted with swaying palm trees, the Raffles Hainan offers spacious rooms and suites (starting from 80sqm) for an unforgettable getaway.
Having leftover currency from a trip is a pertinent problem amongst travellers since it generally ends up in an envelope or a drawer somewhere. Passengers who are travelling through Singapore Changi Airport can now exchange their leftover currencies for online credits at selected partners with TravelersBox.