Living in a metropolis like Singapore can be a little daunting – especially if you spend too much time in the crowded public transport, shopping centres, and dining establishments. It goes without saying, but sometimes we all need to find a sanctuary for some zen. With the various hotels and resorts in Singapore away from the bustling city, you don't even need to get on a plane to treat yourself to complete seclusion. Do yourself a favour and book a staycation at one of Singapore's serene and quiet hotels to get away from it all.
Housed in a 20th-century black and white mansion hidden in the verdant greenery of Labrador Nature Reserve, Villa Samadhi Singapore is a sanctuary not too far away from the CBD. Choose from 30 rooms across four room categories – Crib, Luxe Crib, Sarang, and Luxe Sarang – with each room featuring rustic, monochrome and minimalist decor that echo the hotel's colonial-inspired vibes. For dinner, take a two-minute stroll through the jungle boardwalk to Tamarind Hill, a restaurant serving contemporary Thai and Shang cuisine, housed in a stand-alone bungalow.
Price: From $252 per night
A stone’s throw away from the vibrant shopping district of Orchard Road and a one-minute walk from the iconic Oxley House, Lloyd’s Inn offers visitors a retreat experience like no other. Pretty imposing at first glance with its monochromatic concrete walls that provide a harsh juxtaposition to the surrounding nature and old conventional architecture, get ready to be welcomed by a sense of peaceful comfort. The rooms are bathed in soft natural light with a certain Nordic minimalism, which makes you feel like you're being whisked away to a cosy Airbnb in Europe. The facilities aren’t grand, but the roof terrace and foliage-lined pool are idyllic enough to lull you into serenity.
Price: From $170 per night
If you're all about cafe hopping, independent bookstores and record stores and heritage hawker food, this is the hotel for you. Occupying the former Wangz Hotel, D'Hotel Singapore managed by The Ascott Limited is a peaceful haven in the historic Tiong Bahru district. Its rooms are spacious, stylish, and punctuated with bursts of floral and nature-inspired artwork, overlooking the surrounding greenery and a view of the city centre in the distance.
Price: From $180 per night
Treat yourself to a posh staycation at The Barracks Hotel Sentosa, a heritage hideaway housed in a restored British artillery outpost on Sentosa. The resort's handsomely designed rooms and suites are a nod to its past, with luxurious touches such as dark wood grains, warm brass, leather-accented furnishing, soft cotton, and vintage trinkets. Spend the weekend basking in the pool set amidst an idyllic setting in the midst of heritage buildings.
Price: From $530 per night
Wander around the heritage-rich Geylang neighbourhood and you'll chance upon the Lorong 24A Shophouse Series, a locally-run, design-led serviced residence featuring curated spaces for private living. While each shophouse has a similar, carefully-conserved facade, each door opens up into an intriguingly different spatial experience – each shophouse boasting their own uniquely designed stand-out features. Live out a vintage fantasy at the Sapporo Loft, decked out in minimalist decor and a dark mellow colour palette flanked by high ceilings; or be transported to Finland at the effortlessly chic Helsinki Loft, characterised by crisp white walls, neutral accents and a number of picturesque paintings.
Price: From $128 per night
One of our favourite hotels in the tranquil, tree-lined Orchard Boulevard, Four Seasons Hotel Singapore is an oasis of calm at the edge of the bustling shopping district. Head up to the 20th floor to take in panoramic views of the entire city, take a leisurely stroll to the Singapore Botanic Gardens, or wind down with a cocktail at the One-Ninety Bar. Planning to shop till you drop? The district's megamalls are just a walking distance away.
Price: From $406 per night
Branding itself as “an urban oasis in the city”, we must say that Hotel Fort Canning falls nowhere short of this claim. On top of its classy selection of rooms and suites, ranging from open-concept deluxe rooms to highly indulgent suites that span up to 90 square metres, the HFC experience is one that goes out of its way to provide you with everything good about the world: a state-of-the-art gym, an idyllic pool, and even a spa the promises sheer bliss.
Price: From $285 per night