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Public holidays are perfect opportunities to maximize your annual leave dates – IF you’ve marked them in your calendar and planned in advance. But often these long weekends sneak up on me without sufficient time to plan a longer getaway. And so, when the Easter weekend caught me by surprise and last minute flights to Koh Samui proved far too expensive for a short 3 day holiday, a staycation seemed like the perfect solution.

I’d been wanting to stay at the PARKROYAL on Pickering, A PARKROYAL Collection Hotel since falling in love with this eco-friendly hotel when we shot this silly parody video last year in June.

Thankfully they were not fully booked and i was able to get a gorgeous Orchid Club deluxe room on the garden floor of this beautiful nature-inspired hotel. My mission for this long weekend was to hang out with some girlfriends, catch up over amazing food and to indulge in their award-winning St. Gregory’s Spa. After two massages, I felt like a brand new woman.

Unfortunately, the Easter Brunch at the much-acclaimed and hugely popular Lime Restaurant was fully booked. However, we were able to tuck in to some tasty treats at the Orchid Club Lounge and spoil ourselves with some of their famous Peranakan Cuisine in the room before checking out.


Room Service!!

With a couple more long weekends left in the year (the next one is the Vesak Day weekend – 30 May to 1 June 2015),
here are 5 Awesome Reasons a Staycation is Better Than a Vacation, and why you should book yours NOW!


1. Easy Planning
As a single chick, it is hard to find a suitable travel buddy, which means i often end up going on holidays solo. Going on a holiday with a friend requires heaps of planning in advance and often i need another vacation to recuperate from the vacation. A staycation is so much less hassle and the focus is entirely on unwinding and taking it easy.

2. No Travel Stress
With a staycation, you get to maximize your days because you aren’t losing any time on travelling. Also because you are on home ground, the familiarity of your surroundings is likely to put you right at ease. While travelling to a foreign land has it’s charm and excitement, language barriers, not knowing your way about, trying to stick to your travel budget and cultural differences can be stressful.

38. PARKROYAL on Pickering Events_Dedicated Wellness Floor_Poolside Terrace_Photo Credit; Patrick Bingham Hall

Photo Credit: PARKROYAL on Pickering

13. PARKROYAL on Pickering Facilities_Dedicated Wellness Floor_Infinity Pool

Photo Credit: PARKROYAL on Pickering


3. Less Expensive
The money you save on airfare can go towards pampering yourself at the spa, upgrading your room to a more luxurious suite, treating yourself to a fancy meal or just back into your own pocket.

4. More Relaxing
Somehow the idea of waking up whenever i feel like it, having someone else make my bed and the knowledge that breakfast is either a phone call away or just a trip down to the restaurant fills me with so much joy. I highly recommend upgrading to the Orchid Club experience at PARKROYAL on Pickering for the full rockstar treatment. And omg… sleeping on a king sized bed was just divine. The best sleep ever!

IMG_0680 IMG_0677 IMG_0676 IMG_0674 IMG_0652Lots of girly gossip happened over champagne breakfast (available 6.30am-10.30am) and in the evenings over canapes and cocktails with a perfect view of the Singapore skyline.

5. Opportunity to play tourist and discover your city
I’m embarrassed to admit that i have yet to visit the Night Safari. I keep thinking i’ll make the trip when i have friends visiting from out of town and have to play tour guide. But it’s not happened. Often, we take for granted the amazing things our country has to offer because we think it’s always going to be there. With a staycation, you have a chance to see your city with new eyes and play tourist. I can’t say i made the excursion out to the Night Safari during my staycation, but i DID walk over to Boat Quay for a fun boogie with the girls.  IMG_0707 IMG_0701

So the next time a long weekend catches you off guard and you’ve missed the opportunity to apply for leave and take a longer holiday or if you just need a quick getaway to de-stress and rejuvenate, do consider a staycation and better yet, one at the lush surroundings of the hotel-in-a-garden PARKROYAL on Pickering!!

Meanwhile, Mother’s Day is on 10th of May and PARKROYAL on Pickering has some great ideas for how you can celebrate with mum. Click to find out more!
1. Give mum her well-deserved break with an indulgent spa ritual consisting of a pampering facial and body massage at the award-winning St. Gregory before enjoying a unique dining experience in our iconic birdcage cabanas.

2. Put a smile on mum’s face with Lime’s Mum-velous Mother’s Day Brunch which comes with an sumptuous spread of International and Asian delights and a thoughtful surprise.

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