What to book for March holidays

FARM-TO-TABLE EXPERIENCE: Bollywood Veggies
FARM-TO-TABLE EXPERIENCE: Bollywood VeggiesPHOTOS: SKIRT, ST FILE
CHASING SKIRT: Grill restaurant Skirt
CHASING SKIRT: Grill restaurant SkirtPHOTOS: SKIRT, ST FILE
UBIN ADVENTURE: Pulau Ubin
UBIN ADVENTURE: Pulau UbinPHOTOS: SKIRT, ST FILE
FUN-TASTIC PACKAGE: Adventure Cove Waterpark
FUN-TASTIC PACKAGE: Adventure Cove WaterparkPHOTOS: SKIRT, ST FILE
SINGAPORE ORCHID HAVEN: National Orchid Garden
SINGAPORE ORCHID HAVEN: National Orchid GardenPHOTOS: SKIRT, ST FILE

More hotels in Singapore are offering unusual staycation packages that offer more than the usual spa or dinner add-ons.

Alternative staycation experiences include cupcake baking sessions, Pulau Ubin cycling rental and free entry to Zouk.

Here are some ideas for the March school holidays:

FARM-TO-TABLE EXPERIENCE

This posh culinary special includes a local farm tour, dinner for two cooked with fresh ingredients from the farms, and a spa treatment for two.

In the afternoon, chef Omar Bernardi of the hotel's in-house restaurant Dolce Vita will take guests to local vegetable and fish farms, such as Bollywood Veggies and Kuhlbarra fish farm. In the evening, he will whip up a wine-pairing dinner using the ingredients bought.

Guests also get a spa treatment - the soothing teh hijau (Malay for green tea) treatment to relax any sore muscles or joints - at the in-house spa.

Where: 5 Raffles Avenue, Marina Square, Mandarin Oriental Singapore Room rate: From $1,800++ a night till Sept 30, minimum two nights' stay Info: E-mail mosin-reservations@mohg.com or call 6885-3030 to book

RENDEZVOUS WEEKEND GETAWAY

This weekend package includes a 50-minute Thai aroma oil body massage for two at Ayuthaya - The Royal Thai Spa in the hotel, afternoon tea and free-flow evening cocktails and canapes.

It also comes with a pair of movie tickets to a Golden Village cinema.

Guests can check in earlier at 10am or check out later at 4pm.

Where: 9 Bras Basah Road, Rendezvous Hotel Singapore Room rate: From $298++ a night from Friday to Sunday and on public holiday and eve of public holiday, till Dec 31 Info: Book at bit.ly/1QFPesH or call 6881-8888 or 6496-7699

CHASING SKIRT

W Singapore - Sentosa Cove's package for two comes with a four-course set dinner at modern grill restaurant Skirt.

All guests get free entry to nightclub Zouk Singapore by presenting their room access card.

Where: 21 Ocean Way, W Singapore - Sentosa Cove Room rate: From $440++ till Dec 31 Info: Book at bit.ly/1ecXwcW or call 6808-7288

GIRLS' PARTY STAYCATION

Perfect for pre-gaming for a girls' night out. Get the party started in your hotel room with a free vodka-infused watermelon and gourmet canapes.

 

You can also do up your surroundings with a self-decorating kit of markers and colourful bunting. A GoPro camera will be provided with a complimentary 16GB SD card to capture fun moments, along with a gel manicure set. If you want to head to the pool, you will be provided with a gigantic float in a quirky design, such as a colourful unicorn or a triangle-shaped pizza slice.

The executive suite can sleep four, but eight people, including the four occupants, are allowed in the room till 11pm.

Where: 1A Cuscaden Road, Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore Room rate: $700 a night Info: Book at bit.ly/1UUM07I

UBIN ADVENTURE

Escape the city and head to Village Hotel Changi in sleepy Changi Village. The Ubin Adventure package allows four occupants in a room.

Free three-hour bicycle rental at Pulau Ubin for up to four guests is included. Guests need not rush to leave the next day as check-out is extended to 3pm.

Where: 1 Netheravon Road, Village Hotel Changi Room rate: $180++ a night for check-in from Friday to Monday and $210++ a night for check-in from Tuesday to Thursday, till Dec31 Info: Book at bit.ly/1U4KTmp or call 6881-8888 or 6496-7699

FUN-TASTIC PACKAGE

This family-friendly deal includes two adult tickets to Adventure Cove Waterpark or S.E.A. Aquarium at Resorts World Sentosa. Guests will also get a keepsake - a collectible theme park plush pass case.

A maximum of two adults and a child under 12 are allowed in a room.

Where: 1 Jalan Rajah, Days Hotel Singapore at Zhongshan Park, and 16 Ah Hood Road, Ramada Singapore at Zhongshan Park Room rate: From $180++ a night at Days Hotel Singapore and $210++ at Ramada Singapore, till March 31 Info: Book at bit.ly/1evs4Gs or bit.ly/1N8y97y or call 6808-6838

H.E.R STAYCATION

Stay in one of 80 women-only rooms that come with special amenities including a facial steamer, hair straightener, Davines toiletries and a boyfriend shirt. Guests will get a branded lipstick too. Included in the deal are breakfast and afternoon tea for two at in-house restaurant ADHD. Catch the sunset while sipping free cocktails at poolside bar Flow18. Up to four women can share a room.

Where: 30 Beach Road, The South Beach Room rate: From $536++ a night, till Dec 30 Info: Book at thesouthbeach.com.sg/promotions/her-staycation or call 6818-1881

QOOL WEEKEND

Couples who are out of ideas on ways to spend the weekend can consider this romantic getaway.

Participate in either a couple's art-jamming class on Saturday or a cupcake-baking class on Sunday. Chill by the pool on Saturday evening, when a blockbuster film will be screened.

The hotel lounge area has an all-day supply of juices, coffee, tea and light bites. A bottle of red wine and evening cocktails will also be provided.

Where: 22 Mount Elizabeth, The Quincy Hotel Room rate: From $331++ a night, only for check-in from Friday to Sunday and on public holiday Info: Book at bit.ly/1ksk89x or call 6881-8888 or 6496-7699

SINGAPORE ORCHID HAVEN

Learn about Singapore's national flower in style with this deal for two. Guests are chauffeured via private limousine to the National Orchid Garden for a personal three-hour tour. Women will get a Shangri-La orchid too.

There will be complimentary champagne, cocktails and canapes at the hotel lobby all day.

Where: 22 Orange Grove Road, Shangri-La Hotel Room rate: From $580++ a night, minimum two nights' stay. Package is not valid from June 3 to 5 and Sept 15 to 18 Info: Book at bit.ly/1YADbA2 or call 6213-4002

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 11, 2016, with the headline 'What to book for March holidays'. Print Edition | Subscribe