Tatiyana Emylia | 27 October 2021
Our top workation picks
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Almost two years since the pandemic first hit Singapore’s shores, much of the corporate world has gotten accustomed to working remotely. Although the practice became commonplace during the lockdown periods across the globe, it may be here to stay long after the threat COVID-19 subsides: a survey conducted in the US by Jose Maria Barrero and Steven J. Davis found that 6 in 10 workers actually prefer remote working to working on-site. Some reasons behind the preferences include increased productivity, flexibility, and convenience.
Whether or not remote work sticks around, it may be wise to take advantage of its perks before employees begin trudging their feet to the office. These are our top workation picks for working with a view, because everyone working amid the stresses of the pandemic deserve it.
1. Hotel G
Hotel G knows the work from home struggle. Sure, there’s no longer a need to commute, but it can get pretty overwhelming when the weight of both work and home responsibilities starts settling on your shoulders. In walks their Hustle & Grind promotion for a quick refresher, which promises 12 hours of peace as you get some me-time—albeit doing work—in the solace of one of their guest rooms. Starting from $90++, add ons include a set lunch from the Ginett Restaurant & Wine Bar, coffee breaks, and 2 glasses of house pour wine. If 12 hours just doesn’t sound like enough, top up another $50++ for an overnight stay, including breakfast the next morning!
2. Furama Riverfront
Furama Riverfront is one of a number of hotels making up Klook’s Work From Hotel Series, with coworking packages available both on the online booking platform and the hotel’s website itself. The packages come in daily ($28), monthly ($380), twilight ($15), and corporate tiers (from $324), each bundled with a plethora of perks. These include dining credits, F&B discounts, complimentary meeting spaces, and free flow coffee, tea, and juices while you work from Furama Riverfront’s bohemian-esque Waterfall Lounge. Each pass also entitles individuals to bring a guest for free!
3. Grand Copthorne Waterfront
Another Work From Hotel Series option is the Grand Copthorne Waterfront hotel. Located along the Singapore river, take in a breath of fresh air in a lush work environment surrounded by foliage. The Millennium I ($32++) Package entails free A4 black and white printing (up to 30 pieces), F&B and corporate discounts among others—or top up for the Millennium II Package ($35++) for free usage of the gym and complimentary main dish to top it off. These packages are available on Klook and the hotel’s own website till the end of 2021.
4. Furama City Centre
Furama City Centre is the last of Klook’s Work From Hotel Series, available for booking on Klook and their website. At $28 for a daily pass, a day working here also comes with $15 worth of dining credits, F&B discounts, complimentary meeting spaces, and free flow coffee, tea, and juices for you and one guest.
5. Four Seasons
Itching for something a little more private? If you’re not a fan of co-working spaces, Four Seasons hotel currently offers a 12 hour daycation package from 7am to 7pm in a guest room or suite of your choice. It comes with complimentary parking, access to the lap pool and lounge poolside, or the tennis courts and a spa treatment for an added fee. Spend the day hard at work or unwinding—how much work you get done is up to you. Rates depend on the room chosen.
6. Pan Pacific
Another private option would be Pan Pacific’s Daycation Away. Valid until 30 December 2021, book a room from 8 am to 7 pm for 2—perfect for some work or relaxation with good company. In addition to complimentary access to the hotel’s fitness centre and pool, the package also throws in $30 dining credit and discounts for St. Gregory spa treatments. Whether the day is spent hustling or lounging the hours away, it’ll be a calming time for the mind and body regardless.
7. Jewel Changi Airport Lounge
Where most have been cooped up at home and itching for a vacation, the Vaccinated Travel Lanes are a godsend for a long awaited getaway. Some of us aren’t so lucky and are still stuck in Singapore despite the tempting wanderlust. Though nowhere near the real deal, Jewel Changi Airport’s lounge offers lounge access packages to get down to work. Starting from $15 for a 2-hour package (a full-day costs $44), enjoy a tranquil environment for maximum productivity, and perhaps some plane-watching after. The package includes complimentary drinks and snacks, and meeting rooms with video conference facilities are available at an added rate.
Fairmont’s Ultimate Daycation is perfect for those who covet both work and play in healthy doses. Regardless of whether you’re letting your hair down or cracking your knuckles for a long day of desktop grinding, do it against the backdrop of Fairmont’s luxury. Available from $145 from Monday to Thursday, you and a guest can have a room to yourselves until 7pm. Guests will also have access to full hotel facilities in addition to $75 dining credits. Know someone in need of some downtime? The offer can also be purchased as a gift voucher for a loved one.
Before the days of the pandemic, staycations—let alone daycations—may seem frivolous. As hard as it is to find some time for yourself amid the bustle of life and COVID-19 woes, don’t minimise its importance, and get the rest you need.
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