Club Deluxe Hotel Room with view of Singapore flyer at PARKROYAL Beach Road. Source: PARKROYAL on Beach Road

The borders have opened, but one fact remains— we’re too busy to leave the country. Instead of travelling overseas, here’s the next best thing— a staycation near the cultural heart of Singapore.

From the best hotel in the area, to relaxing activities and cultural exploration, here are the six best things to do at Beach Road for the ultimate staycation in Singapore.

1. Check in into one of the finest hotels in Singapore

Club Deluxe Hotel Room with view of Singapore flyer at PARKROYAL Beach Road. Source: PARKROYAL on Beach Road
Club Deluxe Room. Photo credits: PARKROYAL on Beach Road

With a uninterrupted view of the cityscape and the iconic Singapore flyer, there’s no other place like PARKROYAL for the perfect staycation.

PARKROYAL on Beach Road has recently refurnished their rooms with warm, soothing tones for a relaxing stay. Aside from the rooms, the lobby has been uplifted with botanical motifs and organic patterns. The new look is inspired by Singapore’s kampong spirit, as a lush selection of tropical plants evoke a sense of comfort and warmth as visitors step into the hotel.

Location: 7500 Beach Rd, Singapore 199591
Tel: +65 6505 5666

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2. Enjoy PARKROYAL’s facilities

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While you’re there, check out their wellness floor on the fourth floor.

The outdoor swimming pool boasts a panoramic view that includes the Singapore flyer. Take a relaxing swim in the half-Olympic-sized pool, or bask under the sun with a drink from Poolside Café and Bar.

Beside the pool, an award-winning spa offers some of the best Asian treatments for your body. St. Gregory’s signature treatments include Traditional Chinese Tui Na Massage and Thalion Fim & Lift Facial.

Alternatively, those who have a different idea of relaxation, can check out their gymnasium and fitness studios. Not only are they equipped with a variety of machines, they host a range of fitness classes such as Zumba workouts, Hatha yoga lessons and HIIT sessions.

3. Dinner at Ginger

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Ginger is an all-day halal-certified kitchen that celebrates the beauty and heritage of Singapore.

Helmed by Executive Chef Vincent Aw, you’ll find a wide variety of dishes to indulge in, from comforting local food to exotic international recipes. The restaurant offers an a la carte menu, set lunches and lunch and dinner buffets.

Ginger is also recently crowned winner in the Alfresco & Biophilic (Asia) category at Restaurant & Bar Design Awards. Designed by Singapore-based Australian Designer, Emma Maxwell, the interiors are a reminder of Singapore’s rich flora and fauna. The ginger glower, Simpoh Lak, and Freycinetia Javanica, are artfully woven into the wallpaper and soft furnishings of the restaurant.

Tel: +65 3138 1995
Opening hours: 8am-10pm

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4. Grab a drink at Club 5

Club 5 1920s inspired bar. Source: PARKROYAL on Beach Road
Photo credits: PARKROYAL on Beach Road

Club 5 is named in honour of the magic hour, 5pm, when we forget about work and intoxicate ourselves.

The 1920s inspired cocktail bar introduces an interesting variety of concoctions with a modern interpretation of classic heritage fare, drawing inspiration from the rich flavours and spices of the Southeast Asian region.

Tel: +65 6505 5699
Opening hours: 5pm-12am (closed on weekends)

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5. Breakfast at Tolido’s Espresso Nook

Flat lay of cafe brunch dishes and coffee at Tolido's Espresso Nook

While PARKROYAL includes complimentary breakfast, we recommend forgoing that an enjoy a hearty breakfast at a cafe in the area.

There are many renown cafes in Bugis, but we recommend Tolido’s Espresso Nook for their wide variety of brunch dishes.

The all-day breakfast cafe’s menu ranges from small bites such as Almond Croissant ($6) and Fudgy Brownie ($7), as well as hearty big plates like their best-selling Stout Glazed Bacon French Toast ($19) and Rosti with Smoked Bratwurst ($22).

Location: 462 Crawford Ln, #01-63, Singapore 190462
Tel: +65 6293 0382
Opening hours: 8am-5pm (closed on Wednesday)

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6. Walk around Kampong Glam

Explore Kampong Glam, where modernity meets tradition.

One of Singapore’s oldest urban quarters, the historic district is rich with culture and history. Visitors can visit the Malay Heritage Centre, which houses six permanent galleries and a range of cultural activities, or walk a bit further to take a photo at the Sultan Mosque.

Alternatively, wander aimlessly along Arab Street and Haji Lane, where traditional craftsmen, modern retail and quirky cafes litter the streets.

*This article is written in collaboration with PARKROYAL on Beach Road, but all opinions are of my own

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