Unwind like royalty at one of Singapore's hotels in the Visa Luxury Hotel Collection — without having to pawn your family heirloom.
The slew of festivities since last Christmas has finally come to a screeching halt. Truth is, you're probably all travelled out, and as much as you try to deny it, it is time to emerge from hibernation and return to the real world.
But we get it, diving right back into work may take some getting used to. Which is why we think that it could actually be in your favour to take it slow. If need be, soothe those frazzled nerves and ease back into the up-tempo rhythm of life by, for starters, not working on weekends.
In fact, we’d go as far as to suggest that you check in and have solo time you haven’t enjoyed since Party Season 2016. The trick is to do so with minimal fuss and no passport.
In case you haven’t heard, Visa has over 900 luxury hotels in its Visa Signature Luxury Hotel Collection. With the help of its jet-setting cardholders, it has hand-picked a portfolio of luxury stays that guarantees a truly bespoke and top-notch experience around the world. And yes, more than a few of them are right here in our own backyard.
You can also be sure to enjoy a host of premium benefits designed especially for Visa Signature credit cardholders. Among other things, card members are greeted with a VIP Guest status, an automatic room upgrade, complimentary WiFi and breakfast, an F&B credit of US$25, not to mention a late 3pm checkout.
Here, we have rounded up five of our picks, with a few more quick tips on how you can live it up for less with your Visa credit card.
Raffles Hotel Singapore
Raffles Singapore is an intoxicating blend of luxury, history and colonial design. This veritable oasis in the city is the place to stay if you are looking to be completely pampered for the weekend amid the tenets of refinement and hospitality.
Visa Signature cardholders receive a welcome drink, upgrade to the next room category and are spoilt for choice with a scrumptious spread of breakfast. The hotel offers views of lush tropical gardens best enjoyed in the comfort of the veranda, allowing you to completely unwind and prepare for the week ahead.
Get more: Enjoy 10% off your total bill at Halia with your UOB YOLO credit card. A minimum spend of S$50 applies. Valid till May 1, 2017. Terms and conditions apply.
The St. Regis Singapore
The St. Regis Singapore offers the ideal residence to take a little break from your daily grind. Feel like royalty as you step into your room, with a stunning bathroom of marble detailing, a rain shower, his-and-her sinks and robes, and a tub that you will have to be forced out of. Trust us, you will not want to leave.
If you are a foodie, the complimentary breakfast buffet alone will make the entire experience worth your while, in addition to the US$25 F&B credit exclusive for the Visa Signature cardholders. The epitome of fine living, this staycation will offer you a five-star respite at its finest and we vouch for an experience that will captivate your senses.
Get More: Enjoy 20% off your total bill when you dine at La Brezza or Brasserie Les Saveur, or 15% off at Yan Ting with your Standard Chartered credit card.
Conrad Centennial Singapore
The Conrad Centennial truly lives up to its tagline “Never Just Stay. Stay Inspired.” Settle into this hotel that re-defines the sense and style of luxury with incredible views of the city and an opulent all-marble bathroom.
If shopping adds to your idea of rejuvenation, Conrad Centennial is within a stone’s throw away from shopping malls like Millenia Walk, Marina Square, Suntec City and Raffles City. This staycation offers the combination of residing in a haven of modern luxury, sophisticated style and shopping your stress away. You can’t ask for a better respite.
Get More: Enjoy 15% off your total bill when you dine at the Lobby Lounge or Oscar’s with your Citibank credit card (valid until June 30, 2017). We suggest using the Citi Cash Back card so you can get 8% rebate on your dining spend! And if you apply for it through SingSaver.com.sg's February Exclusive promo, you get a S$100 NTUC voucher upon card approval.
Mandarin Oriental Singapore
Conceived by famed architect John Portman, Mandarin Oriental, Singapore balances luxury, location, serenity, and urbanity with equal aplomb. Combining subtle oriental touches with luxurious contemporary comforts, the rooms and suites at this five-star hotel exude a sense of understated style with the perfect contrast of calm interiors and dramatic views.
The beauty of this weekend accommodation is that in addition to the swank, it makes you feel at home away from home with a nature-inspired interior décor. The natural elements and neutral hues create a relaxing environment to help you completely unwind and boost your energy levels.
Get More: Use your DBS Altitude Visa Signature Card so you can earn miles towards your next holiday overseas. Every S$1 you spend in Singapore gets you 1.2 miles, and you earn 3 miles for every S$1 you spend on online travel bookings.
Shangri-La Hotel Singapore — Valley Wing
Set amidst 15 acres of lush greenery, Shangri-La Hotel Singapore — Valley Wing, will make you feel the vibrant cultural pulse while being sheltered from the hectic pace of the city. With the largest and most luxurious deluxe rooms in the city, this sanctuary will embrace you the moment you step onto its grounds.
Valley Wing guests enjoy menus designed by Chef Christophe Moret from the two-Michelin-starred L’Abeille at Shangri-La Paris during their complimentary breakfast in the private Summit Room and complimentary afternoon tea and evening Champagne and Cocktails at the newly-refurbished Champagne Bar. This is truly the hallmark of a perfect staycation to destress and re-establish balance in your life.
Get More: Enjoy 10% off your total bill when you dine at The Waterfall and pay with your OCBC Frank Card or OCBC 365 Card. Valid till March 31, 2017. Terms and conditions apply.
Want a different credit card reward? Use SingSaver.com.sg to find the right credit card for you.
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By Alexa Fang
Alexa is a pop-culture vulture. She lives to read, write and travel, and decided long ago that life is stranger than fiction. When she's having croissant, she thinks in French. "31 Rue Cambon" is her favourite address, and she believes that money one enjoyed spending is never money wasted.