Huh? Why would you pay money for a staycation when you can just stay at home?

Coffee omakase, food container parks, and a location that seems separated from Singapore — these are just some reasons why Citadines Science Park stands as one of our top choices for a staycation in Singapore.

Ever wonder what people actually do during staycations in Singapore? I mean, what’s the appeal of paying for a hotel in your own country? Well, Citadines seems to have figured it out. They’re all about bringing the city to you with their signature programs.

Our review of the newly-opened Citadines Science Park

Vibes in our Studio Loft

But before diving into our full experience during our staycation, let’s talk about its unique location first.

A sanctuary amidst the urban landscape

Designed by Serie + Multiply Architects and Ascott’s in-house Interior Design team, the property draws inspiration from the elements of a greenhouse, creating a tranquil and rejuvenating sanctuary amidst the cityscape.

With green as its primary color and an abundance of potted plants throughout, the property truly resembles a greenhouse. The addition of bronze highlights and complementary dusty red accents further enhances its ambience, adding a touch of luxury to its cosy, natural aesthetic.

What do you usually do during a staycation?

Staycations saw a surge in popularity when travel was restricted. People needed an excuse to escape their homes, even if the hotel was literally five minutes from home. However, even as borders have reopened, there remains a sizable number of individuals who still opt for staycations as a budget-friendly way to break the monotony of daily life.

When I asked some of my friends about their staycation plans, many mentioned they would spend their time chilling in the room, watching movies, and perhaps taking a dip in the hotel pool.

Personally, I prefer a more engaging experience during my staycations. That’s why I was drawn to Citadine Science Park’s signature programs — For the Love of Coffee and activ∞ (pronounced “activate”).

Citadines Science Park curated programmes

For the Love of Coffee is comprises of various hosts various in-house events, workshops, and partnerships with local coffee aficionados to celebrate the love for coffee and offer guests distinctive coffee-themed experiences.

Ours, held in March 2024, was a Coffee Omakase Course hosted by PYROAST, a local coffee roaster and cafe at One North.

Preparing the third drink of our Coffee Omakase Course. Hint: it’s inspired by kopi guyou

And the best part? The program changes seasonally, so there’s always something new to try.

But the fun doesn’t stop there. Citadines’ activ∞ program adds an extra element of adventure. Just look out for four QR codes — each revealing a single number — stationed around the Science Park area. Once you’ve deciphered what the 4-digit code is, you can redeem a scratch-and-win card at the concierge and win up to $110 of prizes.

Scan the QR code, find the hidden code, and redeem your scratch card

Afterwards, you can even take part in a lucky draw afterwards to win exciting prizes like 200,000 Ascott Star Rewards point.

Alternatively, if you’d just like to chill in the hotel, Citadines’s ‘Ready, Reset, Glow!’ programme allows you to borrow a book and headphones. You can also scan a QR code to access their specially curated Spotify playlist.

The property also features onsite amenities such as Residents’ Lounge, Shared Working Space, Meeting Rooms, and a 25-metre Infinity Swimming Pool, ensuring a comfortable and productive stay for both corporate and leisure travellers.

The lobby features a communal area where guests can unwind or catch up on work outside of their rooms

Opening promotion from now till 31 May

To celebrate its grand opening, you can now enjoy up to 25% off the best available rate when you sign up as an Ascott Star Rewards (ASR) member from now till 31 May 2024

Rooms start from $216 per night.

Citadines Science Park

Location: 7 Science Park Dr, Singapore 119316

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