It’s that time of the year again when your email inbox begins to get flooded with all sorts of invites to New Year parties, parties featuring famous DJs, all-you-can-eat buffets and whatnot. We suggest you escape all the clichés this year and whisk your loved ones away on a holiday. Where to go? Allow our handpicked destinations to bring you out of this dilemma.
Sunny all year round, super safe, and Asia’s pride, neighbouring Singapore is a great option if you’re looking for a quick getaway . You will only need some sunglasses, your passport – and you’re good to go. While you can travel from one end of the country to the other in under a day, there’s much to do between those hours.
Begin with Gardens by the Bay, which showcases the best of horticulture and garden artistry. Little wonder then that nearly 8.8 million people visited it in 2015-16. It has garnered several accolades and awards over the years, even winning a Guinness World Record in 2015 for the largest glass greenhouse. Other places of interest include Universal Studios, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore Zoo, and Jurong Bird Park.
So, cross the boarder and relax at these comfortable HomeAways:
2-Bedroom Apartment close to Sentosa
Why settle for a normal swimming pool when you can book an Olympic sized one at this beautiful HomeAway that’s just walking distance from Sentosa Island? With the hot weather in Singapore, you’re likely to be taking quite a few dips in this inviting pool. Accommodating 6 people, it also has 3 tennis courts, a children’s play area, plot gardens, and a fully equipped gym.
Average price per night: SGD 289
Central Penthouse and private Jacuzzi
This 1-bedroom luxury penthouse is perfect for couples or a small family of upto 4. The high quality pocket spring mattress is guaranteed to ensure a restful sleep after a tiring day out. The roof terrace offers panoramic views of the city while the master bedroom even has a skylight – for viewing the stars from your bed.
Average price per night: SGD 179
Luxurious 3-storey Apartment
Consider the facilities here: Pools, Leisure Pod, Sun Deck, Gardens, Playground, Jacuzzi, Tennis Courts, Private spa pool, BBQ Pits. Add 3 bedrooms, a lovely balcony with a swing and a room that directly overlooks the calming waters of the pool. This is one sorted HomeAway!
Average price per night: SGD 359
The only other Asian destination to rival Bangkok when it comes to being a shopping paradise is Hong Kong. Fondly referred to as ‘Pearl of the Orient’ and ‘Asia’s World City’, it is consistently ranked as the world’s most popular international traveller destination. Aside from shopping, there’s plenty to explore in the region, whether you’re into art, culture, history or just looking for some plain entertainment in the form of Disneyland.
Things to do in Hong Kong are practically endless, but our recommendations include Nan Lian Garden, Victoria Harbour (don’t miss the famous Hong Kong skyline!), Hong Kong Museum of History, Temple Night Market, Chi Lin Nunnery, Lantau Island, Ocean Park, and Happy Valley Racecourse.
When all that travelling wears you out and sleep comes calling, tuck into one of these relaxing HomeAways:
New Modern Deco Cosy Apartment
This perfectly located HomeAway is in proximity of the best restaurants, shopping districts, bars and nightlife that the city has to offer. But if you’d rather stay tucked in for night, there’s a fully furnished open kitchen for you to whip up some delicacies. What’s more? You also have complete access to the luxury sky lounge, rooftop pool, gym and sauna.
Average price per night: SGD 727
3-Bedroom Apartment in Tsim Sha Tsui
Welcome to your home in Hong Kong. You have found the place where you want to spend quality time with your loved ones. This new apartment has everything you could wish for when you go holidays with your friends, family or a business trip.
Average price per night: SGD 246
Apartment for 6 close to Kowloon Park
Hong Kong’s famous Temple Night Market is close enough for you to walk back to this cosy and comfortable, 2-bedroom HomeAway after an evening of shopping. While shopping is traditionally a domain of the fairer sex, the night market is different and is actually dubbed ‘Men’s Street’ owing to its exhaustive range of men’s fashion. Don’t forget to sample the local seafood delicacies at the market.
Average price per night: SGD 152
When somebody mentions KL, the first image that comes to mind is the Petronas Twin Towers. But while we certainly recommend a trip to the twin towers, especially if you’re going here for the first time, don’t forget to check out these other attractions: Kuala Lumpur Bird Park, Aquaria KLCC, Perdana Botanical Garden, Lake Symphony, Thean Hou Temple, and Jalan Alor.
Ditch the typical hotels for these interesting HomeAways:
Modern Suites for 8
With the towers right behind the building and the Aquaria KLCC and National Museum of Malaysia not too far off, the location of this 3-bedroom HomeAway accommodating up to 8 guests is just perfect. Shopping malls, restaurants and entertainment outlets are just around the corner too so imagine how much you’ll save in cab fares when you book here!
Average price per night: SGD 223
Beautiful Apartment at Vortex KLCC
This nicely done up HomeAway is ideal for couples, solo adventurers, business travellers, families (with kids), and groups. You’re sure to love this place for its views, location, people, and the ambiance. With two fairly spacious rooms with 5 beds between them, and basic expected amenities. No fuss.
Average price per night: SGD 99
Lavish Suite near Sunway Putra Mall
This 1-bedroom HomeAway boasts such a charming vibe that everyone will approve. The bright brick wall where the television is housed might tempt you to croon Pink Floyd’s classic number – another brick in the wall.
Average price per night: SGD 83
The capital of Indonesia, Jakarta is termed as “the city that never sleeps”. Buzzing all through the day, the city boasts of a nightlife second to none – a paradise for those looking to let their hair down. It is also popular for its shopping as well as its night markets that are not only competitive in variety but also in pricing.
Start your exploration of the city with Monas, which is the national monument and provides for a great view at a height of 137 feet. Don’t miss out on the National Museum since your admission ticket to Monas includes a visit to the museum as well. Popular spots like Pasar Baru, Thousand Islands, Ragunan Zoo, Sea World, and the Colosseum Club are certainly worth a visit too. Foodies mustn’t miss out on Martabak Boss, which is famous for serving anything from chicken to chocolate, stuffed in a thick pancake.
To lose all those calories, walk home to one of these great HomeAways:
Signature Apartment at CBD of West Jakarta
Smacked right in the middle of the central business district lies this luxuriously designed, 2-bedroom HomeAway. The owner takes luxury rather seriously, even naming the famous brand of all the fittings and furnishings in the description! Check into this apartment if you’re looking to indulge yourself without spending a fortune.
Average price per night: SGD 126
Cosy Studio Apartment
Fair warning: There is no water heater in this cute little HomeAway, but if that is not an issue for you, this is the perfect accommodation for couples or small family/group of 4. It features a nice swimming pool and tennis court as well. Simple, clean, cosy – and at such a competitive price that it’s a rather good deal.
Average price per night: SGD 31
Comfortable Apartment in Kuningan
A newly refurbished, freshly re-painted, comfortable 2-bedroom apartment in a smoke-free building. This peaceful ‘nest’, strategically located in the centre of activities: business and leisure. Located walking distance to the Plaza Festival with 24-hr restaurants, a 10-minute drive to the grand shopping centres such as Plaza Indonesia, Grand Indonesia and Kota Kasablanka, this apartment is well located.
Average price per night: SGD 67
Beautiful Studio close to Grand Indonesia
Situated all the way up on the 25th floor, this fashionable HomeAway provides a great view of Jakarta. The central location of this studio enables easy access to the middle of Jakarta as well as the southern part of the city. The comfortable king size bed ensures a restful night. “Quality Stay, Quality Sleep,” says the official description, at a good offer too.
Average price per night: SGD 35
Malacca (sometimes written as Melaka) is the Malaysian city that’s famed for its rich culture and heritage, particularly the museums and art galleries. It is also a city where you can get to most places by foot, which makes your commute affordable and enjoyable too! Malacca is also popular for its night markets, with many people coming in during the weekends.
The part of Malacca that does not receive as much coverage as its other spots are the few beaches – namely Pantai Kundur, Tanjung Kling, and Tanjung Bidara. The clean waters and serene atmosphere make them worth a visit. The Huskitory (a must for pet lovers), Christ Church, Jonker Street Night Market and River Walk are some of the other spots that are worth exploring in the “The Historical State”.
Stay at these comfortable HomeAways for an overall satisfying trip:
Homely and Spacious Home for a Getaway
Large groups will find this well laid out HomeAway ideal since it has space to accommodate up to 12 guests. The bright purple hues of the bedrooms add to the colourful and cheery vibe of the apartment. While the kitchen is well-stocked, we recommend you take a short, 4-minute walk to the Ming Huat coffee shop, famous for its scrumptious toast, coffee and eggs.
Average price per night: SGD 66
Traditional Malay House
This HomeAway, with a lovely old-world charm has its own fruit and vegetable farm. However, its traditional aspect doesn’t overshadow its modern appeal either. Both bedrooms are fully furnished with queen size beds, and the neat bathrooms come with all the necessary toiletries that you might require during your stay. The gorgeous open-air garden even has a golf hole – if you’re in the mood to test your skills.
Average price per night: SGD 263
Rich with untouched beauty, Penang in Northwest Malaysia is the place to be if you love sightseeing and interacting with nature. With myriad natural parks and beaches, it’s the perfect destination for that one peaceful holiday that you have been craving for, away from the chaos of your workplace and household chores. Penang boasts of a few nice beaches, and our top picks are Batu Ferringhi, Tanjung Bungah, Kerachut, and Teluk Bahang.
A highlight of Penang is that despite its dense population and limited land size, it has managed to retain a big chunk of its natural environment. The Penang Botanic garden is the oldest botanic garden in Malaysia and is surely a must-visit. Other interesting places include the Tropical Spice Garden, Entopia, Wonderfood Museum Penang, and Pinang Peranakan Mansion.
Such a natural place requires a homely stay, so opt for these inviting HomeAways:
Seaside Holiday Apartments
At this pretty, 2-bedroom HomeAway, your itinerary is all chalked out: Relax around the pool on the deck chairs provided, plan a game of tennis, jump into the pool or stroll along the beach. Do whatever takes your fancy as it is all available. The resort condominium caters to both adults and children and the apartment is a home away from home.
Average price per night: SGD 111
Modern Rustic Beachside Bungalow
Large groups will be thrilled with this massive HomeAway that accommodates 16 guests. It comes with 6 spacious bedrooms, a huge garden, sufficient parking space, a patio, barbeque area, and a nicely well-stocked kitchen. Make an impromptu group plan to the beach, which is just a stone’s throw away. What’s better? All the best spots of Penang are just a 15-minute drive away.
Average price per night: SGD 211
The White House at Straits Quay
This white house is arguably pretty, with a warm homely feel to it. It has a 3 storeys, a courtyard terrace, 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, ample parking space, and accommodates over 16 guests. The popular Batu Ferringhi beach is just a 10-minute drive away.
Average price per night: SGD 165
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