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Air travel bubble between Singapore and Hong Kong postponed
With a Hong Kong-Singapore bubble expected to open in early December – sources say its scheduled opening on November 22 has been put back two weeks -holidays are finally back on the cards. Our thoughts turn to hotel deals in the Lion City.
Disappointingly, most of Singapore’s hotels aren’t offering anything special – nothing like the spectacular deals we’ve seen in Hong Kong over the summer – but after much trawling, we found six super stays, from the most family-friendly, to a crash pad for shoppers, to a bucket list weekend at Raffles. All prices include the fiddly government taxes and service charges.
Recently revamped and boasting several new restaurants, swish rooms and a far more imaginative spa, before the Covid-19 pandemic bit the room rate at Raffles was upwards of HK$5,500, with breakfast costing an additional HK$500 per person – and that was if you could get a booking.
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Now Hongkongers can stay at one of Asia’s grandest hotels for HK$5,910, including breakfast, with the option of a second room or second night for half-price. That gives a potential saving of more than HK$4,000 over two nights (or two rooms).
Get in quick, the offer is valid only until December 13.
The hotel is within walking distance of Bugis, Arab Street and Kampong Glam, and last year, a double room without breakfast cost about HK$2,250 per night – making the current Family First deal a steal.
The rates start from HK$2,800 per night for two adults and two children, which includes an upgrade to a spacious junior suite, breakfast for everyone, a three-course meal for the grown-ups and a main course and dessert for children under 12 years old.
Other perks of the Intercontinental Singapore Family First offer include an in-room movie night with popcorn and milkshakes, as well as unlimited ice-cream for the kids – handy when you’re hanging out by the pool. Note that this offer is non-refundable but is available from now until March 31, 2021.
If you’re looking to stay in Singapore a little longer, the Four Seasons could be just the ticket. Entry-level, 49-square metre rooms here usually cost about HK$2,600 per night, but the hotel’s current Stay Longer – Third Night Free deal brings that cost down to HK$1,701 per night.
The offer doesn’t include breakfast, but you can add that on for HK$200 per person and still be in the black by nearly HK$500 a night. On Orchard Road, within strolling distance of the fantastic Botanical Gardens, the hotel’s facilities include two swimming pools (one on the third floor, for laps, and another on the rooftop), indoor and outdoor tennis courts, and a tip-top spa.
It’s not going to win any design awards, but the Grand Hyatt has huge rooms (starting at 58 square metres), a large outdoor swimming pool, and a brilliant Sunday brunch for HK$600 per person, including free-flowing Martinis, gin and tonic, champagne, wines and beers.
There is a 25 per cent discount on room rates, so you can bed down for a weekend from HK$3,815 (HK$1,908 per night). That rate doesn’t include breakfast, but there’s plenty of cut-price kopitan and kaya toast to be found on nearby Orchard Road. You could upgrade to a room with club lounge access, which includes breakfast, all-day snacks and soft drinks, and evening cocktails. With the 25 per cent reduction, club rooms start from HK$2,326.
Among the best located hotels is the Marriott Tang Plaza on Orchard Road, which is orbited by restaurants and shopping malls. If you’d prefer to fly and flop, there’s plenty to keep you busy in-house too, including an outdoor swimming pool, a half-size basketball court and Michelin-star food at Ginza Sushi Ichi (try the eight-course lunch omasake).
The usual rate for a room here hovers around HK$3,180 but, for now, you can find doubles with breakfast starting from HK$2,023.
OK, this deal comes with a caveat: one of the hotel’s towers has been temporarily converted into a quarantine facility for Singaporeans returning home. But the hotel is also SG Clean certified and there is no contact between the two wings, meaning you can enjoy the spacious rooms (starting at 45 square metres), lounge by the pool, or hit the Willow Stream spa knowing you are in an environment as safe as that in any other hotel.
The deal to go for is the Upsize Staycation (which is also open to Hongkongers). It starts from HK$2,070 and includes breakfast for two adults and two children, a dining credit to the value of S$100 (HK$578) and 50 per cent off a second night – trumping the pre-pandemic rate of HK$2,500 for room only.
This article originally appeared on the South China Morning Post (www.scmp.com), the leading news media reporting on China and Asia.
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