STAYCATION SERIES: A SOLO RETREAT AT MARINA BAY SANDS

Everyone needs a little ‘me time’, so why not indulge in a ‘me weekend’? If life and all its responsibilities have been wearing you down but you don’t want the hassle of solo travel, a staycation in the heart of the city might be your answer. At a location like Marina Bay Sands, you get the convenience of being right next to home with the luxury of a pampering weekend and quiet spaces in which to rejuvenate.

Once you’ve checked in, spend a few moments soaking in the view from your room (whether it’s a city or garden view, they’re equally exhilarating) and don’t forget to Instagram a photo or two to make your friends and family jealous!

The biggest decision you’ll have to make next is what to bring with you to the pool … book, magazine or tablet? Whatever you do, don't forget your camera as you head up to the Infinity Pool on the 57th floor, one of the most stunning outdoor pools on the planet and the largest pool in the world at this height. Grab a bite at the poolside bar and café, or go for a cocktail instead – it’s your day off, after all!

As the afternoon wears on, head to Banyan Tree Spa on Level 55 in Tower 1. The moment you step out of the elevators, you’ll be immersed in the tranquil setting, gentle music and soothing aromas of this peaceful haven in the sky. The attentive staff are on hand to make you feel special, help you select the best treatment and whisk you away into oversized treatment rooms with gorgeous views.

When you’re done, head to the lounge where you can read and sip tea while gazing over the city and bay. If you’re feeling a little sorry for the people stuck at home, stroll over to the boutique to pick up aromatherapy products or tea sachets as gifts, but don’t forget to get yourself something too! 

Now that you’re in a blissfully relaxed state, there’s nothing left to do but head back to your room, watch the sun set, order your favourite meal, turn on the TV or grab a book, and put your feet up! Turn in early and get a great night’s sleep – one of the best things you can do for yourself. 

In the morning, you’ll be spoilt for choice … should you have a lazy breakfast in bed with a newspaper? Head to the SkyPark Observation Deck for sunrise yoga? Get in a heart-pumping workout at the Banyan Tree Fitness Club? Or get dressed and head out for breakfast followed by a leisurely stroll around our herb garden on the ground floor? 

Whichever option(s) you pick, be sure to spend a couple of hours in the ArtScience Museum, where technology, art and science come together in outstanding exhibits spanning film, photography, painting, aviation, history and a range of other disciplines.

Then head to the Shoppes to buy yourself something nice, or get in one more dip in the pool before you check out feeling more refreshed and relaxed than you’ve been in ages.

Speaking of checking out, it’s likely that you’ll want to come back really soon. This time, bring your partner or friends because the best things in life are worth sharing – check out our staycation celebration itinerary for couples and groups!