It has been more than half a year since our last holiday, and although the next holiday is in sight, both Tommy and I badly needed a quick break to get away from the immense stress and tension at work.

In fact, over the last few weeks, I had been lamenting to Tommy over the missed opportunity to plan for a short getaway over the long Easter weekend.   Therefore, when Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore offered to host us under their Time Out Weekend Staycation promotion, it was the perfect solution for us and an offer we simply could not resist! 🙂

Credits: Shangri-La Hotel Singapore

The Shangri-La Time Out Weekend Staycation

Shangri-La recently launched their Time Out Weekend Staycation, and as the name suggests, is for busy executives like us to take a vacation without the need to step out of the country.  The staycation package includes the following privileges:

  • Complimentary breakfast for two
  • In-room movie marathon menu
  • Bellini Hour with a bottle of Prosecco and mixers
  • Three-tier English afternoon tea experience at Lobby Court for two
  • Usage of gold or white inflatable swan floats at the pool
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi and broadband Internet access throughout the hotel
  • Complimentary scheduled shuttle bus service to Orchard Road
  • Complimentary parking
  • Complimentary use of the swimming pool and Health Club facilities

Sounds like a great way to unwind and relax for the weekend?   There was more to this!

Our pampering Shangri-La experience begun before we even stepped into the hotel.  Shangri-La which lives up to its reputation of being one of the most luxurious hotels in Singapore, had it in their mind to personalise our room before our arrival.

An email with a preference form was sent to us, requesting for our stay preferences which included the choice of pillows and decorative flowers to adorn the room when we arrive.

The Luxurious Shangri-La Staycation Begins

Shangri-La is a sanctuary of peace – the tranquility that greets us as we entered its lobby is like a gust of cool wind on a hot summer day, allowing us to leave behind our stress and fast-paced life as we set foot on our home for the weekend.

Shangri-La Hotel has 3 wings – the exclusive Valley Wing, the Tower Wing which was the original wing of Shangri-La, and the resort-like Garden Wing.  Our Time Out Weekend Staycation included a night’s stay at the beautiful Garden Wing.

The Famous Garden Wing

The nine-storey Garden Wing is famous for its trade-mark bougainvillea-laden balconies amidst 15 acres of lush tropical gardens.

The Botanic Gardens may be near, but we had absolutely no need for it because the lush forestry and waterfall at the Garden Wing can beat the Botanic Gardens hands down! Living here is just like living in a tropical rainforest.

Garden Wing (Credits: Shangri-La Hotel Singapore)

Our home for the weekend!  With 50 square metres of space, it is cozy for the two of us to enjoy a romantic weekend together.

And of course, our choice of flowers and pillows were waiting for us in our room.

I chose a buckwheat pillow to give it a try.  You may be wondering what buckwheat is, and how it finds its way into a pillow.  Well, I was asking myself the same question when confronted by the pillow menu.

Apparently, these pillows filled with buckwheat hulls provides good support for your neck and are believed to be able to stay cool because of air circulation within the hulls of the buckwheat itself. Therefore, I can remain cool-headed even when I sleep!

After a night of trying this out, I must say it really did give me a much better sleep than usual, and now I can proudly declare myself an official fan of buckwheat pillows. In fact, I am so much in love with this pillow that I had to do the unthinkable and ask the Shangri-La staff if I could purchase one from them!

Welcome Tea, Fruits, Chocolates and Coffee – The Pampering Starts!

Within a few minutes of checking in our room, we were presented with a piping hot pot of chinese tea as refreshment together with some fresh fruits from the friendly Shangri-La staff.  I think we better start getting used to being pampered here at Shangri-La!

Throw in the complimentary chocolates, Nespresso coffee machine and other goodies here, I find that I am actually torn between wanting to just enjoy the comforts of the room or to explore the rest of the hotel.

Beautiful Balcony View

What first catches my eye here is the outdoor balcony.  Among the three wings of the Shangri-La hotel, the Garden Wing rooms are the only ones with an outdoor balcony like this, making it kind of special.

The outstanding view from the balcony.  Our room at the Garden Wing faces the swimming pool, and looking at it makes me want to take a dip in the pool straightaway.

Super Spacious Bathroom

What is more, the Garden Wing room comes with marble bathroom with double sinks, a bath tub, a separate glass-enclosed shower and all the bathroom amenities you ever need for your stay.

What I really want is to soak all my worries away in the bath tub.  After all, how often is it that we get to enjoy a bath tub?  Top it off with a glass of wine, and it will be perfect!

The bathroom becomes a open facility through these louvers that opens to the main bedroom.  Sweet!

I was trying to pry open these louvers with my fingers to no success, only to find the switch in the bathroom that automates the process.  In fact, even the day and night curtains in the room are automated!

Bellini Hour – Time Out Weekend Staycation Package Special

A Bellini Hour is included as part of the Shangri-La Time Out Weekend Staycation Package.  We chose to enjoy this privilege within an hour of checking-in.

It comes with a complimentary bottle of Prosecco sparkling wine and a suite of fruit purées as mixers. Best enjoyed while soaking in the bath tub.

Complimentary Shuttle to Orchard Road

What other way to destress than to do some retail therapy!  Orchard Road is actually located very near to Shangri-La, and there is a complimentary shuttle that runs every hour to and from Orchard Road.  The two alighting/boarding points near the shopping areas are Wisma Atria and Takashimaya.

In-Room Movie Marathon  Time Out Weekend Staycation Package Special

This is something which I had been wanting to do at home but never ever had the chance to do it, because there will always be so much housework to do at home.  The staycation at Shangri-La gave me the best chance to truly let go of everything and simply watch a string of movies at one go.

Simply get some DVDs from the catalogue at the Concierge and we are good to go!  If not, there are plenty of other programmes loaded in the in-room TV set, guaranteed to entertain you for the night.

Fabulous Breakfast @ The Line

After a truly restful night (think Buckwheat pillow…), we are ready to try out the buffet spread of breakfast at The Line.  If you haven’t heard of The Line, they are well known to be one of the very best buffets in Singapore, their seafood buffet being one of the most sought after.

But for today, we were truly privileged to be able to enjoy a relaxing breakfast at The Line.

With so many stations to choose from, we were simply spoilt for choice.

American breakfast is my all-time favourite.  Being a great fan of waffles, I must say that the ones freshly made here are one of the best in the league.

The Line also has an amazing selection of breads and pastries to choose from.  Sometimes I wish I can grow a bigger stomach to enjoy every single one of these.

For those who are more comfortable with Asian breakfast fare, fret not!  There are plenty of Asian stations to choose, from chinese dim sum to porridge and fried noodles, chicken noodle soup, and even a roti prata station!  I am determined to try out a bit of everything here!

This chicken noodle stall is my favourite, because I get to choose exactly the ingredients that goes into my bowl.   The noodle uncle will customise it to exactly the way I want it.

The Indian station with my favourite prata.

For those who wants their gourmet tea and coffee, there is also one station dedicated to this.   What more can I ask for?

And not forgetting the healthy fruits and selection of fresh juices available!

Besides The Line, you can also choose to have your breakfast at the Waterfall Cafe, which consists of both outdoor and indoor seatings.   The outdoor seats overlooks the pool, which is perfect for families, while the indoor ones looks out to the waterfall and lush greenery of the Garden Wing.

Waterfall Cafe (Credits: Shangri-La Hotel Singapore)

Complimentary Health Club Access

After all the calories gained from breakfast (and I must say, those were calories well deserved to be gained),  it is time to hit the gym and also try to get my fitness level back in order.

Health Club (Credits: Shangri-La Hotel Singapore)

Besides being equipped with the best machines, the gym or the Health Club as they call it, overlooks the lush greenery outside, providing a very smoothing atmosphere for a work-out.

Rejuvenate @ Chi, the spa

For those who want an extra bit of pampering, Chi, The Spa is available to indulge you with the best treatments with their team of skilled therapist.  Services at the spa are however not included within the Time Out Staycation package.

Chi, the Spa (Credits: Shangri-La Hotel Singapore)
Chi, the Spa (Credits: Shangri-La Hotel Singapore)

Fun with the Swan @ the Pool  Time Out Weekend Staycation Package Special

No staycation is ever complete without taking a dip in the pool!  And the pool at the Shangri-La is one of the very best with the beautiful views of the Garden Wing lending it a resort feel.

Our Time Out Weekend Staycation package includes complimentary use of this massive Swan float. I think I can do a swan lake here at this pool.

I quickly became the envy of the town when this swan was brought out on my request – every single couple, parent and child at the pool were eyeing my swan jealously.

If you think that this is childish, let me assure you that this was the best experience I ever had.  The float is huge enough to accommodate me lying flat down on it.  With the sky above me and the gentle movement of water below me,  I can’t think of anything more relaxing.  The only thing missing is perhaps a glass of wine.  I want my Bellini hour again!

Relaxing Afternoon Tea @ Lobby Court  Time Out Weekend Staycation Package Special

Afternoon tea was something that Tommy and I always talked about doing on a weekday, but never had the chance to get about enjoying one of these because of our hectic work schedules.  The last bit of pampering we had before bidding farewell to the luxury of the Shangri-La hotel is this three-tier English afternoon tea experience at the Lobby Court.

The afternoon tea set also comes with our choice of a complimentary beverage from the menu.

Because it was Easter weekend, some of the pastry assortment were specially crafted to tie in with Easter.

With live lounge piano music playing in the background, the comforts of the plush arm chairs and pastries delicately crafted, what more can I ask for?  This is simply pure bliss.  If only every weekend can be like this….


Overall, it was a wondrous stay at the Shangri-La hotel Singapore, and we came back fully recharged and ready to face the challenges of the work week ahead.

A big thank you to Cheryl and Shangri-La Hotel Singapore for hosting us on this fabulous Weekend Staycation! 🙂

Shangri-La Time Out Weekend Staycation Promotion

The Shangri-La Time Out Weekend Staycation Package is available from SGD 465 per night and is available from 17 Feb 2016 through 30 Dec 2016.

Privileges include:

  • Complimentary breakfast for two
  • In-room movie marathon menu
  • Bellini Hour with a bottle of Prosecco and mixers
  • Three-tier English afternoon tea experience at Lobby Court for two
  • Usage of gold or white inflatable swan floats at the pool
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi and broadband Internet access throughout the hotel
  • Complimentary scheduled shuttle bus service to Orchard Road
  • Complimentary parking
  • Complimentary use of the swimming pool and Health Club facilities

Terms and Conditions

  1. Prior booking is required and subject to availability.
  2. Valid for stays until 30 December 2016, except from 3 to 5 June 2016 and 15 to 18 September 2016.
  3. Cannot be availed in conjunction with other offers or promotions.
  4. This promotion is only available for 2 persons.
  5. Price is subject to a 10% service charge and government taxes, including GST.

For more information and details, do visit the Shangri-La Hotel Singapore website now!

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