Last week we wrote about the much-anticipated news that a variety of Singapore government agencies had agreed on a plan to allow hotels to open to leisure visits, finally reintroducing the possibility for local residents to take staycations again.
More good news for many families is that the first re-openings have now been confirmed to start ahead of the upcoming school holiday week, when many would typically be packing their bags and heading to Bali or other popular vacation spots around the region.
That will be a sigh of relief to many parents wondering how they would occupy their kids for a week, though it means we can all probably expect many hotels to be filled with families between 18th and 26th July, especially given that the W Sentosa Cove is on the list.
“As we gradually prepare for the return of international travellers, staycations will pave the way to better the financial health of our industry.”
Kwee Wei-Lin, President Singapore Hotel Association
Which hotels will open?
The Singapore Tourist Board (STB) has now published its first list of hotels approved to accept staycation bookings in Singapore, all of which are with immediate effect.
Since there are no published staycation-specific offers for these properties yet, we’ve included a link to the respective hotel websites instead for now.
Source: Singapore Tourism Board
As more hotels and those all-important staycation offers become available we will be sure to add them here.
For the latest list, be sure to check out the STB’s website:
The latest staycation deals are often published on the Singapore Hotel Association’s dedicated page, though currently no offers are published.
The ‘new’ staycation experience
Your staycation in Phase 2 of Singapore’s progressive relaxation of lockdown measures should give you a full experience, with facilities like swimming pools, bars, restaurants and gyms open and available for use.
These facilities will have to operate in accordance with ‘Safe Management Measures’, including social distancing.
Our article from earlier today outlines how the experience will be a little different in a few places, including staggered check-in times, empty lobbies, in-room welcome drinks and potentially time slots for the swimming pool.
Many hotels are not opening for leisure visits at this stage, since they are designated as government-contracted facilities for COVID-19 quarantine purposes. Some of these hotels are allowed to open however, provided rooms / floors or blocks are segregated between those guests and regular visitors.
We’ll get a better idea in the coming days which of these properties have applied to also accommodate staycation guests.
We also expect the list to grow significantly, with Singapore boasting over 400 hotels in total and many of these keen to start taking bookings again.
The first short list in what we hope and expect will become a much wider series of hotel openings across Singapore.
Staycation deals should also begin appearing soon, so check back as we add details of those. In the meantime, get ready for your next holiday… in Singapore!
(Cover Photo: Marriott)