Credit: City Nomads
September 2020

Fallen into a mundane routine of work and home as you await the opening of international borders? Well, as tiny as Singapore is, our sunny little island has a fair bit to offer to satisfy the tourist in you if you’re feeling cooped up. For some much needed R&R, here are some things that you can definitely do:

 

Take a vacation with a staycation

Photo courtesy of W Singapore - Sentosa Cove

 

Sometimes a gorgeous hotel is all it takes to ease your weary soul. Allow yourself to be whisked away to paradise – taking dips in the iconic WET® Pool and indulging in gastronomic experiences. W Singapore - Sentosa Cove is just the spot for both, plus you can check out their deluxe AWAY spa for indulgent massages - perfect for those who need to knead their stress away. UOB Cardmembers can enjoy a stay in the stylishly-chic Wonderful Room from S$460 per night and enjoy a complimentary room upgrade (subject to availability) and breakfast for two. Make it an extra-long holiday with a three-night stay and get another US$100 in hotel credits. May we recommend cocktails by the pool?

 

If you’re looking for an island escapade with that special someone, Sentosa’s adults-only Outpost Hotel will do the trick. Enjoy quality time together with a soothing morning yoga session by the tranquil pool deck or by catching a vibrant evening fireworks show from the rooftop. UOB Cardmembers can take advantage with 15% off hotel bookings via Expedia.

 

Pamper yourself with a soothing massage

Photo courtesy of The Fullerton Spa

 

Although Phase 2 has brought about new regulations (goodbye complimentary drinks, hello face masks) even with soothing trips to the spa, it (arguably) gives you even more of a reason to take time out to care for yourself through these hard times. Ladies who have got the UOB Lady’s Card can look forward to treating themselves with 20% off a la carte treatments at Grand Hyatt Singapore’s luxurious Damai Spa (other UOB Cards enjoy 10% off). We hear the De-Stress Body Ritual and signature Kerstin Florian facials work wonders

 

Have to return to the office in Singapore’s CBD? Make The Fullerton Spa the place for an all-out pampering session – they’re offering 20% off a la carte treatments above S$160 for UOB Cardmembers. For a weekday quick fix, try their Express Care services including 30-minute foot and back massages while you save their luxurious 150-minute Complete Wellbeing Package for the weekend. If your taste in treatments run to cupping and moxibustion therapy, you’ll be glad to know that HealSpa has a one-time 35% off a la carte services for UOB Cardmembers at its 100AM and Funan outlets.

 

Explore the island on a bus tour 

Photo courtesy of KLOOK

 

How often do we get to sit back and enjoy the sights of Singapore’s iconic landmarks? Take a cruise onboard the Singapore Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with the wind in your hair and the majestic views of Marina Bay Sands and Gardens By The Bay with the Classic Ticket. A two-day Deluxe Ticket, includes two walking tours and a guided Night City Tour, affords a more comprehensive exploration of the city. 

 

For cultural insights into a city you’d think you’d know, look no further than the FunVee Open Top Bus tour, which makes stops at Chinatown, Collyer Quay and the ever-photogenic Buddha Tooth Relic Temple. Folks taking a trip with littles can opt for the Sentosa Island Introductory Tour that takes participants across the resort island – see everything from the glitz of Resorts World Sentosa to the impressive Albatross Ship. 

 

All tours are available on KLOOK. UOB Cardmembers that are new KLOOK users can look forward to a S$5 discount with the promo code <KLOOKUOBNEW>; existing users get 5% off with <KLOOKUOB20>.

 

Keep the stress away with attractions galore

Photo courtesy of KKday

 

There’s so much more to Gardens by the Bay than it being a tranquil place surrounded by flora. The Flower Dome and Cloud Forest are certainly marvels in themselves, but you could also learn more about desert plants at the Sun Pavilion and a fascinating aquatic ecosystem to be discovered awaits at the Dragonfly and Kingfisher Lakes.

 

If water soothes your mind, the S.E.A Aquarium might just be your answer. Wander through ephemeral water tunnels surrounded by sea life, from giants like the hammerhead sharks and reef Manta Rays to ever-faithful seahorses and clownfish. Creatives, on the other hand, might delight in visiting the Art Science Museum instead, to take inspiration from some of the greats themselves. Their permanent exhibit, Future World, is a collaboration with renowned interdisciplinary art collective teamLab.

 

UOB Cardmembers can enjoy 10% off these experiences on KKday. Simply apply promo code <EXPLORESG>. 

 

Commune with nature

Photo courtesy of National Parks Board

 

Catch a break from life within concrete jungles and immerse yourselves in tranquil moments of fresh air and greenery. A walk down the Southern Ridges welcomes you with a diversity of flora and fauna spanning across 10km of verdure. Evenings bring about a gorgeous sunset behind scenic views of the Southern Islands. 

 

A little further out of the city lies ASEAN’s first heritage park armed with a rich biodiversity. The Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve offers a more jungle-like vibe with extensive mangroves, mudflats, ponds and forests. Keep a look out for curious monitor lizards and adorable otters coming to greet you. Beautiful kingfishers and sunbirds are also in abundance and if you’re lucky, you can spy migratory shorebirds and sandpipers as they make their seasonal appearances between September to March!

 


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