[From December 2011, check out our more recent staycation stories for new deals] A short staycation can rejuvenate even the most jaded of souls. Here are some of December's best options.
With many hotels now offering special packages for local guests, and with the hectic Christmas season now firmly upon us, it’s the perfect time to pack an overnight bag and check into a home not so far away from home for some serious battery recharging. Here are some of our top picks:
The “December Specials” package valid through December 30 costs $298 per night in a Courtyard room including a $88 dining credit and river boat ride.
The “Spa Escape” package is $1,300 for two nights, valid though March 30, 2012.
The “Healthy Indulgence” package costs $498, valid Fri-Sun & eve of/public holidays through December 30.
The “12 Joys of Christmas” package starts from $400 for one night in a Deluxe Room through December 30, and includes breakfast for two adults and two kids, upgrade subject to availability, discounts at Millenia Walk and the chance to win a return stay.
Their “Weekend Escapade” package available through December 31 starts from $370 for a Deluxe Room in the Tower Wing for Friday-Saturday check-in, with check-out on Monday.
The “Qool Weekend” package, including yoga/foot reflexology, baking classes, a movie night, a bottle of red wine and a late check-out time of 3pm, costs $328 per night and is valid till January 1.
Two staycationer packages—”Come Away With Me” ($258) and “Suite Attraction” ($550-950), valid Friday-Sunday and eves of public holidays except Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
“Whimsical Weekday Promo” is available Sunday-Thursday at $298 or Friday-Saturday at $388.
The “Weekender’s Escapade” gets you 20 percent off rates, so you only pay $168 for Superior or $192 for Deluxe rooms; valid Friday-Sunday & eve of/public holidays through February 5.
The “Weekend Getaway” offer starts from $205 and gets you 18 percent off the best available rate for a two night stay with a Friday or Saturday check-in.
No specific staycation package, but a Premier Garden room (the cheapest) starts from $509 for a Friday night in December. Somewhat more extravagant is their “Christmas Treasures Hamper” package ($15,000), which includes a night in the Colonial Manor, a yacht cruise, dinner for 10 and a $5000 donation to charity. To inquire call 6591-5036 or email email@example.com.
Available through December 31 are the “Spa Package” (from $928 for two nights) and “Weekend Package” (from $398 per night for two).
The “December Specials” deal, valid through December 30 (except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day), costs $398 a night for a Deluxe Room and includes a river boat ride and $68 dining credit.
Available through December, the “Bubblelicious” package, which comes with a bottle of Champagne and a rose petal bath, is available from $348.
The “Superstyle” staycation (from $428) includes a night’s stay in a Pacific Club room plus a Shopping Survival Kit by HannaLB.