Looking for a getaway, but not intending to leave the city?
Why not indulge yourself in a staycation, right in the heart of Orchard Road? This is THE location to be in, where you can catch a movie, do some shopping or even engage in some bar and restaurant hopping. There are just so much that you can do in this district (Yes, I can’t even count with my fingers!), as you spend your day destressing and unwinding life’s many stresses and tribulations.
So, here are our picks of how you can spend your day and enjoy some extra perks when you stay with us… 1. Retail shopping at the malls
H&M, Sephora, COS, Gucci, Zara, Ted Baker…you name it, we have it! Situated all within walking distance from Royal Plaza on Scotts, you can find these stores and more (some of them are flagship stores) in malls such as ION Orchard, Ngee Ann City, Wheelock Place, Tangs and Somerset framing the sides of the long stretchy Orchard Road.
Photo credit: Mothership 2. Relax and Rejuvenate
Mmm…mmm…mmm…Shiok! What’s better than getting some body pampering on a staycation to loosen some joints, muscle and release those unwanted stress that is joyfully crafting unforgiving wrinkles on our faces? And the best thing yet…saving on the air tickets to Thailand for a foot massage when you have a reflexology centre, footworks
, at Shaw Centre which is right by the doorstep of your staycation hideout! Hotel guests are entitled to 20% off foot reflexology or body massage at footworks.
When you are there, take the time to relax and soak in the beauty of life as you sink yourself comfortably into their custom-made ergonomic chairs, sipping aromatic cups of tea while your masseur manoeuvre her way through your delicate accupoints. Dead Sea salts, that contains 10 times more minerals than ordinary salt, are also specially used in their treatments.
If a massage is not enough, you may want to hop over to La Source Spa
located at Thong Teck Building, just a 2-minute walk away from the Shaw centre. This spa sanctuary will be a treat for the ladies especially, as the centre not only offers facial, but also hair, beauty, body-sculpting and therapeutic Jacuzzi bath services. Men, they offer these services for you too!
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Psst…both centres would require you to book an appointment in advance! 3. Pamper your tresses
Housing many salons over 5 levels, Far East Plaza is a mecca for those who are looking to do some hair works. With many salons to choose from, you have the option of going for a lower end or a higher end salon depending on your budget, or choose one based on the kind of cuts you are keen on sporting. Not looking for a haircut or perm/rebonding? Why not have your tresses be washed thoroughly clean with the lovely scented shampoos that salons always use…
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By the way, do you know that our hotel houses a salon, Mosche
, as well? It’s tucked away on level 2. 4. Visit ION Sky for free
On the 56th level of ION Orchard lies a secret hideout, ION Sky
, that not many people knows about. Considered an alternative to Marina Bay Sands SkyPark, this free admission 360-degree panoramic observatory offers you bird’s eye view of the Orchard Road shopping belt. It is also a relatively quiet spot to escape from the hustle and bustle down below the corridors of the shopping malls.
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Grab a drink and ride the lift up here just before the sun sets in the evening at around 5.30pm (last admission time) for a jaw-dropping view with your loved ones. 5. Eat to your fill
And of course, not forgetting food to fill hungry tummies! You can settle all meals at our award-winning buffet restaurant, Carousel. We are open for breakfast, lunch, high tea and dinner. If you are looking for some intense eating session yet maintaining the requirement of quality food, this is the right place to be.