STAYING PUT No time to get away, but still craving a break from the 9 to 5? We hear you. A staycation is a great way to refresh the mind, and Singapore has plenty of options. Here are just a couple!

PARK HOTEL CLARKE QUAY With its classic colonial architecture, this hotel feels like a tropical retreat in the heart of town, and many rooms offer gorgeous views of the city and the Singapore River. Given its central location, there’s no lack of things to do either, and the buzzing nightlife and dining scene of Clarke Quay and Robertson Quay is just a stroll away.

HOTEL JEN ORCHARDGATEWAY Located in the heart of the action, this modern hotel is located right on Orchard Road – above Somerset MRT, in fact – a leisurely walk from some of Singapore’s hottest shopping malls and dining spots. The rooms are cosy, spacious and stylish, and there’s a suite designed for families with kids, too.

HOW WE’D SPEND OUR STAYCATION... After an afternoon swimming in the pool and relaxing in the cabanas, we’d head for dinner at the hotel’s PORTA restaurant, helmed by Chef Michael Suyanto, which serves up modern European fare, including the likes of Spanish octopus with patatas bravas .

HOW WE’D SPEND OUR STAYCATION... After a day of retail therapy, we’d stop off at Emerald Hill for cocktails among the picturesque shophouses, followed by a sunset swim in the hotel’s rooftop infinity pool while taking in those wonderful panoramic views of the city.

1 Unity Street 6593 8888 |

277 Orchard Road 6708 8888 |

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