You might not be going home for Christmas, but thanks to the Air Travel Bubble, you can certainly enjoy a festive break in Singapore and Hong Kong, says Gayatri Bhaumik.
The Peninsula Hong Kong
One of Hong Kong’s most historic hotels always transforms into a winter wonderland for the holidays, and this year is no different.
The 'Festive Dine & Stay' offer includes a stay in a plush Peninsula guest room and a dining experience for two. Guests can choose from a set lunch or dinner or an exclusive ‘Gala Dinner’ (depending on dates) at Michelin-starred French restaurant Gaddi’s, cosy Swiss chalet Chesa, Cantonese at Spring Moon, or buffets at The Verandah and The Lobby.
The opulent hotel is also offering a Northern Lights-inspired stay if you book ‘Festive World – A Nordic Inspiration’. This festive package includes a night in a harbour view suite with a fireplace and festive decor, Northern Lights turndown service, daily breakfast for two in The Lobby, one-way hotel limo transfer and a $500 dining credit.
For families, a special guest will be visiting the property on December 25 and festive arts and crafts workshops will be available in collaboration with Anastassia’s Art House.
When: ‘Festive Stay and Dine’ - book by November 22 for stays on December 24 to 25 or December 31, 2020 to January 1, 2021
‘Festive World – A Nordic Inspiration’ - book by November 15 on stays up to January 3, 2021
How much: From HK$3,900
You probably haven’t travelled much – if at all – this year, so why not treat yourself to a lavish festive staycation at Singapore’s grande dame hotel? Raffles Singapore is offering two luxurious staycations for the holidays and both are guaranteed to fill you with Christmas cheer.
The ‘Festive Indulgence at Raffles’ package includes breakfast-for-two, a SG$200 daily credit to use at the hotel’s restaurant, spa and boutiques, as well as 15% off at all the above.
For die-hard Christmas-loving families, there’s no better offer than the ‘A Raffles Family Christmas’ package. Your suite will come with its very own mini Christmas tree that you can decorate yourself and take home at the end of your stay. You’ll also get daily breakfast for two adults and two children, $50 credit at the Raffles Boutique and restaurants and 15% off at all the Raffles’ outlets.
When: ‘Festive Indulgence’ - December 16, 2020 to January 3, 2021
‘A Raffles Family Christmas’ - December 1 to December 26
How much: From SG$1,059
The St Regis Hong Kong
This stylish hotel – masterminded by design guru André Fu – is giving guests the chance to check in for a fun, festive staycation in opulent surrounds this holiday season.
Their Christmas staycation offer includes a night in a plus guest room or suite and breakfast-for-two at Michelin-starred restaurant Rùn. For a festive touch, guests can also choose to enjoy either an in-room Festive Afternoon Tea service for two, or a three-course festive dinner menu and a glass of wine from The Drawing Room. While here, be sure to check out all the seasonal décor, including Santa’s postbox, an epic Christmas tree and a selection of gourmet Christmas treats.
When: Until January 2, 2021
How much: From HK$2,988
This luxurious retreat on Sentosa is giving guests the chance to check-in for a festive stay while spreading the Christmas cheer to others.
The ‘Festive with a Cause’ package sees Capella offering just four festive stays – two at Christmas and two over New Year’s – that are available through a silent online auction. The proceeds of the auction will be donated directly to the Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN).
Each of the four packages includes one night in a Capella Suite, a 60-minute Auriga Signature Massage for two, daily breakfast for two at The Knolls and a bottle of Billecart Salmon Brut Reserve NV Champagne. Guests will also get to enjoy an exclusive festive dinner at The Knolls or Cassia as well as being gifted an Aesop Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Skincare Kit.
When: Christmas staycation - December 24 to 25; New Year’s Eve staycation - December 31, 2020 to January 1, 2021
How much: Bidding starts from SG$3,000, place a bid by emailing email@example.com by November 30
Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong
For the festive season, this opulent property is giving Hong Kongers the chance to try two of its most popular staycation packages at a discount and with a host of extra inclusions.
The ‘Suite Escape’ package includes 50% off the best available rate and access to the exclusive Lane Crawford Platinum Suite with a complimentary personal styling session.
Meanwhile, the ‘Festive Staycation’ offer invites guests to check in for at least two nights to treat themselves to plush accommodations, daily breakfast for two and 30% off the best available rate. Both offers come with complimentary kids’ activities including nail art and cookie decorating classes.
When: ‘Suite Escape’ - until December 28
How much: From HK$3,150 depending on package
The Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong
In the heart of Central, this elegant modern hotel is offering an extras-packed seasonal staycation package for Hong Kongers.
The ‘Santa is Callin’ package injects a heap of Christmas fun with round-trip limo transfers, bespoke festive welcome and turndown amenities, a HK$1,500 Magnus & Novus voucher, gifts including an Amorepacific Time Response Experience or Goutal Paris fragrance and a host of spending credits and discounts.
Guests staying in a suite will also get to enjoy an Amorepacific Timeless Skin Revitalizing Experience, Goutal Paris Deluxe Fragrance Book Set and wine-pairing experience.
When: November 16 to December 31
How much: From HK$3,900
Marina Bay Sands Singapore
Want to extend that festive feeling well into the new year? Then you’ll want to book the ‘Festive Staycation’ package at this iconic hotel.
Book now to enjoy a complimentary room upgrade with early check-in (at 12pm), free valet parking and entry to the Planet or Plastic? exhibition at the ArtScience Museum.
Sands Rewards members receive even more inclusions, such as a complimentary Leica Photography Experience, SG$20 Resort Dollars each night, 30% off weekday lunch or dinner at RISE and discounts at the Banyan Tree Spa.
When: Until March 31, 2021
How much: From SG$379 per night
Cordis Hong Kong
Just in time for the holidays, Cordis Hong Kong has partnered with fresh handmade cosmetics brand LUSH to present ‘Double Bubbles’, a heavenly-scented festive offer.
The ‘Heartwarming Christmas Theme’ package celebrates the festive season with a bottle of Prosecco, a choice of a LUSH Jingle Bells Bath Bomb or Candy Cane Reusable Bubble Bar, one night in an elegantly-appointed guest room, breakfast-for-two at The Palace and 30% off at the hotel’s restaurants and bars.
Guests can also take advantage of the hotel’s complimentary Tai Chi, wine-tasting and art tour activities.
When: December 2020 (blackout dates apply)
How much: From HK$1,188 per night