With the year-end quickly approaching, many Singaporeans are eagerly counting down the days for the much-anticipated getaways they’ve had planned for months. But for less-organized folk (and that’s most of us), it’s a last minute dash to book accommodation.
Whilst last-minute foreign travel can be complicated to book towards the end of the year, it’s a great opportunity to explore your own city. agoda’s recent Travel and Tech Study found that despite the island only being 42km wide, half of Singaporeans said they would like to explore their own country.
agoda’s Global Director for Brand and Communication, Andrew Edwards, comments: “A vacation in your own city is a great opportunity to discover what foreign tourists love about where you live – but without the jet-lag, language difficulties and general disorientation.”
From the awe-inspiring Gardens by the Bay, breakfast at the zoo, and the many museums and shopping destinations – despite its small size, Singapore has it all.
agoda booking data shows that for the past four years, Singapore has remained the most popular destination for locals traveling during December and January. So here are some of Singapore’s most inspiring vacation properties to help re-discover your own backyard.
Enjoy the sun and sand at the Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa
Sentosa Island feels like a world away from the skyscrapers of Singapore. Check In to the country’s only beachfront hotel, and Step Out to some of Singapore’s most popular tourist destinations – Universal Studios and Adventure Cove Waterpark. The resort boasts its own pool and waterslides for the kids to enjoy, while the adults can escape to the day-spa; perfect for some much-needed relaxation.
Immerse yourself in culture at Andaz
Conveniently located between the vibrant districts of Kampung Glam and Bugis, locals can Check In to Andaz and Step (right) Out to Bugis MRT Station and Bugis Junction. Perfect for getting around and exploring the colorful cultural melting pot that many locals may miss amidst the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The hotel is known for its unique, locally-inspired room designs by architect Andre Fu.
A mid-week vacation in Oasia Hotel Downtown
Looking for a mid-week break close to work? In the heart of Tanjong Pagar lies Oasia – a pleasant and refreshing contrast of greenery against the concrete jungle that surrounds it. With sophisticated and modern rooms, local vacationers can Check In to Oasia and Step Out into the bustling city.
Shop Til‘ You Drop at Hotel Jen Orchard Gateway
In the heart of the shopping district on Orchard Road, travelers can Check In to Hotel Jen Orchard Gateway and Step Out to Takashimaya, Paragon, or Ion. After a long day shopping, guests can treat themselves to the hotel’s all-day dining options.
Which holiday package are you taking? Let us know in the comments!
Photos from: agoda