Have vacation feels aplenty without ever leaving Singapore

There are hotels, and then there are hotels for staycations. You don’t just want any run-of-the-mill establishment, but one where you can feel like you’ve escaped—as if you’ve travelled out of Singapore even though home may just be a short MRT ride away. At these five hotels that only opened last year, that’s exactly what you’re gonna get.

Hotel Soloha

This bright and cosy 45-room boutique hotel just off hip and happening Keong Saik Road makes you feel transported away from Singapore’s urban jungle the moment you step through its wooden blue panel doors, thanks to salient use of neon lights and forest-inspired artworks throughout the property. The rooms too—from courtyard suites with outdoor bathtubs to loft rooms with skylight windows—make for a unique stay experience.

Lyf Funan Singapore

Found within the revamped Funan mall is this co-living concept that’s easily the most millennial-friendly hotel in Singapore right now. Find facilities like a shared social kitchen, ball pit, life-sized hamster wheel and more within the property. Guests can even attend events like photography workshops and pub crawls organised by Lyf. But it’s the special rooms, like ones equipped with console machines perfect for overnight gaming marathons, or the two-storey apartments with multiple rooms and a dining area, that really makes Lyf a standout.

Oakwood Premier AMTD Singapore

It’s formerly known as Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore, and yes, we’re aware this place isn’t new. But they only got their hotel licence last year (they were previously operating as a serviced apartment), and with their new club lounge offering, this is easily one of the best spots in town for a staycation. Unlike most club tier offerings, the benefits come straight to your room in the form of a mobile bar. Order as many cocktails and have as many canapes as you want, served in the comfort of your own luxurious CBD apartment.

The Outpost Hotel

Its far-flung location in Sentosa—meaning sandy beaches and top attractions are only a short hop away—already makes it feel like a holiday. Add to that an adults-only policy, and you’ve got a winning recipe for a great staycation weekend. Hit the pool that has its own swim-up bar, chomp on burgers from a Volkswagen food truck, feast on islander cuisine at Native Kitchen, then end the night at the highest rooftop bar in Sentosa, 1-V:U, all without ever leaving the compound.

YotelAir Singapore Changi Airport

We’ll be honest. The only reason why YotelAir makes for such a great staycay spot is thanks to its location within Jewel. The proximity to great restaurants and bars (some open till really late), as well as attractions like the Canopy Park and the awe-inspiring Rain Vortex, means you can have all the leisurely time in the world to enjoy them. The rooms are really small, but supremely cosy and plush, so come back only when it’s time to call it a night. Plus, you can book rooms in four-hour blocks rather than by overnight stays, which is a plus for flexibility.