Think staycations are over-rated? Try a daycation instead

Cadence Loh
·Lifestyle Editor
·3-min read

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Starting 5 April, more Singaporeans are shuttling between the office and home for work, now that up to 75% of employees can head back to the workplace. With a stricter work arrangement and less time to water your plants and play with your pets during working hours, are you feeling the strain? Do you long for a break yet cannot afford to do so due to family and other commitments? Or perhaps you have such a cosy home and comfortable bed that you do not see the point in a staycation, especially with all that packing and unpacking?

Look to a daycation instead. Be it chilling with your best buddies on a weekday (cue: less crowd and yay to social distancing), or simply spending some together time with your S.O., here are some top picks in Singapore where you can kick back and relax, even if it’s just for a day.

Ibis Budget Singapore Imperial

PHOTO: Booking.com. Ibis Budget Singapore Imperial
PHOTO: Booking.com. Ibis Budget Singapore Imperial

For those looking for a break that doesn’t break the bank, this is it. Beyond enjoying a complimentary set lunch and access to the swimming pool, make it a point to check out the Jalan Besar neighbourhood known for its cafes. Café hop to iconic coffee joints like Chye Seng Huat and vintage-chic Wimbly Lu.

Starts from $50++. Available Mondays to Fridays, 9am - 6pm. Book Ibis Budget Singapore Imperial

lyf FUNAN by Ascott

PHOTO: Booking.com. lyf Funan Singapore by Ascott
PHOTO: Booking.com. lyf Funan Singapore by Ascott

It’s time to live for yourself. Live lyf your way for a day in this one-of-a-kind space and enjoy in-house lunch served by TiffinLabs, instead of slaving in the kitchen for the entire family. Then, indulge in all the things you cannot do at home, be it catching a power nap in their snooze rooms or winding down with a glass of alcohol.

Starts from $70++. Available from Sundays to Thursdays, 12pm - 4pm or 6pm - 10pm. Book lyf FUNAN by Ascott

Mandarin Orchard

PHOTO: Booking.com. Mandarin Orchard Singapore
PHOTO: Booking.com. Mandarin Orchard Singapore

Feel bad that you can’t bring the kids out for an educational trip overseas? Treat your family to a fun-filled daycation, where you can bond with them over an Art Jamming session at Arteastiq or pop by the nearby Botanic Gardens that is a UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Of course, how can we live without unlimited high-speed WiFi, complimentary parking, and refreshments that comes with room booking?

Starts from $108++. Available from Mondays to Fridays, 9am - 6pm, or 7am - 7pm. Book Mandarin Orchard

PARKROYAL on Beach Road

PHOTO: Booking.com. PARKROYAL on Beach Road (Singapore)
PHOTO: Booking.com. PARKROYAL on Beach Road (Singapore)

Get a change of scenery with a luxe ‘officetel’ experience and indulge in an 11-hour stay that includes an afternoon tea set and other in-room amenities. Who says you can’t mix work and play?

Starts from $128++. Available from Mondays to Thursdays, 8am - 7pm. Book PARKROYAL on Beach Road

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