Once upon a time, chalets in Singapore were popular destinations for short getaways. But then, deterioration set in. Beds became rundown, toilets gathered filth, and facilities were poorly maintained. Nobody wanted to stay at a chalet anymore, especially with all the posh hotels available in town.
Thankfully, all that is changing, with older buildings getting extreme makeovers to now look more like 3- to 4- star hotels, giving Singaporeans more staycation options than ever before. Here are three of our favourites:
D’Resort in Downtown East
There aren’t many places in Singapore where you can escape the hustle and bustle of the city, but D’Resort in Downtown East is one of them.
Surrounded by lush nature in the heart of Pasir Ris, this recently revamped resort has a total of 387 beautiful guest rooms, each with drastically different themes. For example, you can choose between jungle or underwater themes for the Rainforest Family room, or even a special M&M’s-inspired room that has M&M’s pillows and M&M’s murals.
The Premier Suite is also spectacularly luxurious, with both living and dining areas, a king-sized bed, and even a bathroom that has a freakin’ Jacuzzi! It’s defintely a far-cry from the days of old when all it had to offer was good proximity to Downtown East and the beach.
For more information on room rates and availability, visit www.dresort.com.sg.
Civil Service Club @ Changi
Here’s another gem to look out for. The Civil Service Club @ Changi has always been a popular spot, due to its convenient location at the beach. However, time was catching up with the 23-year old chalet, and facilities were getting old.
Today, after a massive $33 million upgrade (which was completed in 2014), the Civil Service Club @ Changi is now one of the swankiest chalets around town, with a medley of magnificent suites and villas available for booking.
The Premier Villa in particular is especially outstanding, with furniture and fixtures that look like they belong more in a Balinese resort than a Singaporean chalet.
And get this; over here, there’s a swimming pool, bike gym, tennis courts, and a total of six BBQ pits on the rooftop, so don’t worry about not having enough things to do.
For more information on room rates and availability, visit www.cscchangi.sg.
D’Kranji Farm Resort
Okay, so D’Kranji Farm Resort isn’t actually a real farm, or a legit kampong for that matter. But in terms of amenities and activities, this place is a real winner.
Case in point: its has prawning facilities, bikes for rent, a museum about swiftlets (the species of bird that produces bird’s nest), various food & beverage spots like a seafood restaurant and beer garden, and even massage and spa services!
In terms of accommodation, visitors can look forward to a total of 35 comfy villas, some of which have a steam room, wide screen TV, as well as a Jacuzzi.
Family rooms are a little pricey but they’re worth it. Besides having two bedrooms, a family room comprises of a kitchenette, a private karaoke system, and your very own personal BBQ pit. Now that’s what we’re talking about.
For more information on room rates and availability, visit www.dkranji.com.sg.