Fancy a stress-free break with your loved one which does not involve flight delays, long car journeys or a bumpy boat ride? With just over 400 hotels to choose from in the little red dot, a staycation is a great way to escape for some rest, relaxation and a good sprinkling of romance!
Knowing it is a hard decision to pick where to stay, we have compiled a list for you of the coolest staycations in Singapore. To cater for all levels of budget and seduction, we have three categories to choose from. So, whether it is a modest night away, something a little flashier or burning that credit card, here are some great options to get the sexy back!
For a touch of nature only a stone’s throw away from the great shops and eateries along Orchard Road, check out this little gem. Complete with dipping pool, roof terrace and eight different types of rooms with wifi, it will be your bolt hole in the orchard precinct. Shop, party, spa and eat nearby and then collapse together in this funky retreat. There is not a restaurant here but with so many places to dine nearby, you can check out the latest chic dining options in the area. Also, with a restriction for only over 21 year olds, you won’t be stepping over any little darlings during your stay! With rooms priced around $160++ per night it is great option for a central staycation.
If you prefer shophouse style accommodation, then the stylish, modern Porcelain hotel with its oriental elegance is a great choice. Steeped in history, this 138-room Chinatown guest house even has a spa and two gardens for you to relax. And with rooms from $100++ a night for a basic queen and $200++ for its themed suite or jacuzzi suite, you will be spending more on lavishing your partner with love than burning a hole in your pocket!
Fancy dinner and then a short stumble to bed? Then this is perfect. Enjoy a sumptuous meal in the fabulous, hipster restaurant and then climb the stairs to one of their four soundproofed rooms for an undisturbed night. This is situated in a converted shop house in the gentrified area of Joo Chiat. Each room is a stylish space with freestanding bathtubs, with one enjoying its own private terrace. From $79++ a night, this is a quirky and fun place to stay.
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If being in the thick of the city is not your perfect location, then get back to nature in these gorgeous villas and immerse yourself in their tranquillity. The villas are designed after black and white colonial houses and because there are only a limited number of them, you will not be disturbed by other guests. Grab a bike, take a farm tour, have a dip in the pool, play some tennis or check out the putting green, if you want to be active. Then enjoy a sumptuous meal
at the French bistro with fine, fresh ingredients. This is a picturesque sanctuary that will make you feel a million miles away from the craziness of the urban city.
Villas are from $280++ a night and includes access to all the facilities, a 10% voucher for the bistro and a wellness breakfast for two.
Ok, camping does not instantly conjure up seduction but when you are staying in a world class bell tent fitted with the trimmings of a luxury hotel, things suddenly start to hot up! With premium linens, down feather pillows, soft rugs, floor cushions, fairy lights and Samsung wireless speakers, it is a million miles from a wet sleeping bag and hard floor. Order the ‘Romantic Fleur’ package which includes a themed picnic set for two, rose petals, flower arrangements, cut glass crystal glasses and tea cups and additional fairy lights and, hey presto, suddenly a magical night is achieved! Stays start at $200++ per night, so why not enjoy a fabulous evening under the stars with mother nature providing the backdrop to love.
This converted warehouse, built in 1895, is set right on the river at Robertson Quay. Once part of the Straits of Malacca trade route, now is one of the coolest boutique hotels in town! With rooms boasting Bang and Olufsen bluetooth speakers, custom mattresses, 100% eco-certified Ashley & Co bath amenities and a full stocked mini bar you won’t want to leave! If you do, you can relax by the hotel’s infinity pool; or check out the bar that serves uber cool cocktails made by their very competent bartenders. Also, being right on the river you can enjoy one of the many funky restaurants and bars all within stumbling distance. Rooms are from $250++ per night.
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This decadent little gem oozes style and romance. Designed with sumptuous furnishings and rich textures and complete with chandeliers, freestanding bathtubs and luxury linens, this hotel is sure to turn the heat up for lovers. With its most expensive suite named Passion, this hotel was built for a sexy night away. Positioned on club street, it is in the heart of the fun too. Room prices do vary, but for that special occasion try the ‘Scarlet Fling’ package which includes limo pick-up, a bottle of bubbles, a night in a decadent suite and your choice of a naughty or nice tease for additional fun! This package is from $568++ a night. There are cheaper room options available.
You can’t have a staycation list and not include Sentosa and what better than a hotel that states that it is ‘the most Bali-esque hotel in Singapore’! So why not transport yourself to Bali without the travel? The Sofitel is a tranquil escape amongst lush greenery and topical serenity of the island. Luxuriate in the expansive spa complete with mud baths and float pool with a waterfall. Enjoy movie screenings by the pool on a Friday and Saturday day whilst sampling tapas, eating popcorn and cooling down with some soft drinks. There are gorgeous tropical gardens complete with peacocks and the beach if you prefer to feel the sand between your toes. If you want to be active there is also complimentary bike usage and tennis courts and all the entertainment of Resorts World on your doorstep. You can also enjoy the cool vibe of Tanjong Beach club which is nearby. With rooms including little luxuries such as fluffy carpets, coffee pods and Lanvin toiletries, let the wonders of Bali come to you! Their private villas come with a private pool and Hermes amenities. Prices are from $328++ a night for a standard room.
Also on Sentosa, this boutique hotel is a fabulous place for discerning lovebirds wanting a luxury haven. Stay in a one-bedroom villa and pop the ‘do not disturb’ sign on the door. With your own private plunge pool, living room, alfresco dining area (with retractable canopy) and outdoor stonebath, there is no reason to leave your gorgeous love nest at all! Prices are from $800 a night for a one-bedroom villa.
This blog is contributed by Peta Delahunty. Originally from the UK, she has lived in Singapore for the past 9 years with her family. She is a self-confessed word nerd and when not writing and being a mum, loves exploring Singapore's fabulous food scene and enjoying its vibrant attractions.
Thinking of a romantic date night in Singapore? We all agree that a frequent date night is essential – not only to rekindle our love, but also to stay connected to your partner. Try to shake things up a bit?
I have carefully listed some tips for a successful date night in Singapore.
1. Watch A Romantic Movie
Spice-up your relationship with something less conventional, like choosing an outdoor movie night or dine-and-watch rather than a normal cinema. Take along a picnic mat, picnic basket, find yourself a nice spot and snuggle up for romantic movie date with a difference.
2. Hire a private chef
In the age of wonderful domestic help, this could seem like a misnomer, however you can book a private chef who will arrange an intimate feast that will stir a romantic atmosphere and seal the deal on a special date night.
3. Dine in the dark – Date Night in Singapore
Skip the normal family dining for just tonight. Elevate your senses with a romantic dinner at night time. You can visit places such as Nox-Dine in The Dark. Enjoy top-notch food and a fantastic date night setting.
4. Take a Quizzical
Quiz nights may not seem romantic on the surface, but it factors high when it comes to fun. And having a great time together IS amazing.
5. Enjoy Live Music and Dance to the Rhyme
Live music is great. You may feel a little tired to get out after dark, when all you want to do is cuddle on the sofa. But watching live music with your spouse happens to be a better way to relax. So next time you wish to retreat with your iPad and watch Netflix, find a concert instead. And Singapore’s Timbre and Blu Jaz Cafe always has some great live music to tune into.
6. Have a good laugh Together– Singapore Comedy Night
The demands of maintaining a family can occasionally turn domestic bliss into a war zone, and laughter holds the power to transform a bad day into a good laugh. Take a look at some of Singapore’s best local and international stand-up comedy acts. Check out the open-mic night at Comedy Masala every Tuesday night at 8pm. Also check out other comedy clubs.
7. Start up a sport together
This is any activity that involves two people working collectively, such as sailing, kayaking, or rock climbing. This can bring out the best in both partners (and even the worst if both partners are too competitive!). There are many Olympic sports found in Singapore, so choose one that you love.
8. Sail off into the sunset
It’s a romantic cliché, but it still works, have you ever cruised around our amazing city before? May be rent a yacht from one of the yachting companies for a day or even overnight. If the price tag is above your budget, buy tickets for the Sunset Sail, with a dinner cruise, live music and some other couples onboard.
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9. Date Night in Singapore in a Five Spa Experience
This amazing spa experience is by Ikeda Spa a Japanese Inspired Spa. It gives you the opportunity to control and customize your own package, from body treatments to facials using nightingale droppings.
10. Try Star gazing
I believe every couple should try star gazing. This happens every Friday from 7:45 to 10pm. You can get free star gazing sessions at the Science Centre Singapore.
11. Spice Up Your Date Nights
Still visiting your favorite cafe. Give your partner a treat by changing your regular cafe to a place different from the usual. You can find such hidden gems in places like Little India or Geylang.
12. Enjoy Outdoor Jazz - get Jazzy Date Night
Experience the sound of outdoor jazz. Singapore boost of several Jaz Cafe such places are the Blu Jaz Cafe - Move to sound and dance the night away.
13. Staycation Lovers Night out
Thinking of something romantic but out of the box? Then Singapore has your best destination. Then a night out staycation with your partner. Enjoy the moments, ambience and exquisite treatment.
14. Kite-Flying for Two
Say farewell to old ways of kite flying, as you let your kites fly in the breezy night sky. No sun burns. It’s really fun when you relive your childhood days and experience tranquility. Also, treat yourself to a bedazzling view of the metropolis skyline - if you choose to fly your kites at Marina Barrage.
15. Night cycling Under the Stars
Bicycling at night is an amazing way to work those legs under starry skies with your partner. You will feel the cool breeze brush across your faces. Besides that, you will escape the blistering sun. Don’t stress, if you don’t own a bike, plenty of bike-sharing opportunities now. Just download the apps beforehand.
16. Go Camping
When it comes to dating in Singapore, three’s certainly a crowd - hang out with your best friend another time! Don’t sulk. Outdoor camping with your spouse will be incredible if it’s planned! I’d be thrilled if my date carried me out on a little escapade outdoors, off from boring concrete buildings.
17. Stroll down the boardwalk at the Marina at Keppel Bay
Indeed you’ll be in love with the breathtaking scene. Just looking at the Marina at Keppel Bay on screen. Shower your sweetheart with an ultra-exotic date night in Singapore at this deluxe waterfront area.
18. Visit the Woodlands Waterfront
Absorb the stunning beautiful view of the coastal park and the Straits of Johor while you walk down the longest jetty in Singapore.
19. Henderson Waves
Take pleasure in a moonlit stroll across Singapore’s largest pedestrian bridge. Its distinctive design gives an unimpeded view of the southern part of Singapore while the shell-like crevices double as shelters. The bridge is lit by LED lighting from 7pm to 2am every night.
20. Experience the Bungy and GX-5 Extreme Swing
Looking for a thrill? Try the exciting rides at Clarke Quay designed to leave you on a high with your hearts pulsating. Hang on tight to your date’s arms - the reverse bungee’s velocity gets to a terrifying maximum of 200km/h!
21. Go away on Cosmic Bowling
Go glow-in-the-dark bowling! Cosmic Bowling marries bowling and discotheque lighting with thumping dance party melodies. Which is certain to get you grooving along.
22. Take a Joyride
Jump aboard your car and discover places that you haven’t been to. Just make sure your GPS is switched on.
23. Take it Outdoors
We are lucky to have so many wonderful gardens and parks right in our backyard, whichever part of Singapore you live in. Fresh air is the ideal medicine for the mind and soul. Take your date night outdoors. Come prepared with your picnic mat, something to munch on and a mozzie spray. Some of the gardens and parks are open all night and this is a great alternative date night idea.
24. Midnight Movies
Midnight films work best for nocturnal movie buffs. You can virtually have the whole theatre to the two of you. Tip: To guarantee emptier theatres, watch films months after their release.
25. Go Prawning
Go Prawning with your date any time of the night, at some of the 24-hour prawn-fishing establishments. Also called colloquially as prawning.
26. Go on a Pub Crawl
No article on date night in Singapore will be complete without mentioning a visit to a pub. In fact, Singapore’s nightlife is well known in Asia.
27. Stuff Yourselves Silly
In case you fall under the health-conscious camp that advocates greens and everything low-calorie, it’s unwise to refuse a dinner date with your partner. What could be worse than depriving yourself nice food and good company.
28. Plan Game Night
Games are not limited to the young. Bring on Twister, Scrabble, Monopoly, Aero plane Chess, and Jenga! The choices are endless. You may want to stock up on potato chips and ice-cream as you battle it out with your lover.
29. Movie Marathon - With a Bowl of Microwaveable Popcorn
Snuggle up with each other under warm sheets whilst enjoying your favorite action or rom-com flicks. Sci-fi or horror will work too.
30. Learn to Dance
If you’re accustomed to each other and you don’t mind being teased being dreadful at conjuring some "slick" moves, it is fun to dance ridiculous and laugh at each other. In fact, we know all of us have different talents and yours may lie elsewhere outside the dance floor! YouTube "*name of song* + moves".
31. Fix a 1000-piece Jigsaw
One night is inadequate to complete the puzzle. Since no one is permitted to stop before it’s finished, psyche yourself up for a few more late night dates! This is an Ideal opportunity to get him to come over to your home.
32. Midnight Swim
With the weather very unstable these days, it’ll do everybody good to swim or even frolic in the cool waters. For individuals that live in a condominium or landed property with a personal pool, good for you and your date!
However, this can still be possible if you and your date are on a staycation at W Hotel or Marina Mandarin Singapore. The pools there are open 24-hours.
33. Embark on a Late-Night Date
Use these ideas we’ve put together to suit your needs, we hope you find them beneficial. Even if you’re hopelessly in love or just true blue nocturnal, it’s time you attempt date night in Singapore.
It is quieter and cooler. It won’t hurt to try something different for a change.
My husband and I visited exotic Mongolia for the first time in February, 2009. It was just for a couple of days as a stop, while on our legendary Trans-Mongolian backpacking trip. As soon as we drove out of the city limits of Ulaanbaatar, we were in love with the white landscape, the rocky outcrops, the winter (extreme) chill and then, our beautifully furnished cozy ger in the camp. Even though I was in complete awe of the expanse of the white landscape, I knew I had to come back in the summer to see the green meadows in full bloom.
Two years later, in 2011, when we were expecting our first-born, we watched Babies, a French documentary that follows four newborns through their first year after birth. Two of the babies featured are from urban areas of Tokyo and San Francisco, and the other two are from rural areas of Namibia and Mongolia. Totally fell in love with what life for a baby in Mongolia looked like – completely immersed in nature. For some reason, that movie made me want to go back to Mongolia with the baby in tow.
Finally, we got an opportunity to travel to Mongolia with both our kids, aged 6 and 3, in September 2017. If you have been guilty of not spending uninterrupted time with the family, this is perfect. Same goes for couples. If you see yourself not spending enough time with each other, I recommend Mongolia for all the catching up and for these top six reasons:
1. BEING OFF THE GRID
Yes, being off the grid made it to the top of my list. Both, my husband and I, had a lot going on at the work front. And suddenly, we were completely off all of it. If you need a digital detox, head to Mongolia, instead of the fancy retreats anywhere else. It’s tried-and-tested for people suffering from self-induced insomnia when you just can’t let go off the device in your hand, even to catch up on sleep. And guess what? Few days of being completely off the grid did not make the sky fall!
2. NATURE IN ALL IT'S BEAUTY
Our camp was three-hours north of Ulaanbaatar, at Jalman Meadows, set in a beautiful pasture, right next to the Tuul River. It’s a part of the Khan Khentii protected area, that stretches all the way up to the Russian-Siberian frontier. You see the lush meadows disappearing into thick forests, at a far distance. I kept drawing parallels to Kashmir that I remember from almost 25 years ago. Gulmarg, Pehelgaun and so many of our weekend picnic places in Kashmir looked a lot like this, with clear streams flowing through, wild flowers and berries just sprouting from the meadows.
We were so fortunate to hike through the meadows and tree clusters for our river rafting experience. We knew it’s a routine activity for the camp, but it seemed like no one’s been here before. Thanks to their – ‘leave no trace’ policy. Surely, there’s cattle, yaks and all the livestock, that has visited and left their environment-friendly traces. Rafting on the Tuul river was a surreal experience. Absolutely gorgeous and nature in all its beauty - glistening water, some dried trees fallen in the river, a nice sunny day, the breeze, us with our two little boys in the middle of the raft, all so scenic and perfect. All we wanted to do was to soak it all in and to live in the moment.
3. COMPLETELY NATURAL MILK PRODUCTS STRAIGHT FROM THE SOURCE
We had a special visit arranged to the nomadic family that stays close to the camp in their own ger, with their livestock. This family provides all the milk to the camp. Didn’t realize how fresh that milk was, until we were back in Singapore, sipping away the milk that we get in cans. The lady of the house actually milked the cow right there infront of us, the camp staff carried it back to the camp and they prepared the milk products - yoghurt, cheese and cream, and served it for the next day’s breakfast. That is as fresh and natural as it gets. There are no chemicals, no pesticides, nothing involved. Hard to expect that in our urban world.
Love this concept - ‘Glamping’ or ‘Glamorous Camping’. Perfect for those who are adventurous enough to get off the beaten path, but also spoilt enough to want clean linen, restaurant food, basic furniture and a shower. I would totally come under this category. At the Jalan Meadows camp or ‘glamp’, they had separate gers for restaurant, kitchen, library, retail store, spa, and communal, yet luxuriously appointed showers. The inside of the gers are mostly authentic with similar fixtures and furniture, used by the nomads as well.
There are glamping opportunities in many locations across the globe, but Mongolia is unique as this is the way of life there. You are simply experiencing the nomadic life first hand, sprinkled with a few conveniences. The campfire at the end of the day, amazing star gazing opportunity, horse riding and meeting other travelers, totally adds to this experience.
5. FOR APPRECIATING THAT DAY-TO-DAY CONVENIENCES COME AT A COST.
This one’s for all the whiners. All the conveniences that urbanism brings to us is mostly taken for granted and we complain about the city life all the time. There’s traffic, there’s pollution, there’s crime, competition is fierce, rents are crazy, it’s a rat race, chemicals and pesticides in our oh-so-expensive food and so on. This is the price we pay for all the modern-day technology and conveniences that city life brings to us.
There in our ger, we had just one small light fixture, that ran on solar cells and a sink with trickles of freezing water. There were also no power outlets in the ger to charge the devices. We stopped caring about the animal waste that was all over the place, which we would otherwise make a big deal of, in our cities. After a few days, we didn’t miss all the little comforts that much, but did come back and appreciate what we got here.
6. TIME TRAVELING
While we witnessed the launch of iPhone X this month, out there, in the Khan Khentii, time stands still. During our trip, there was an instance when a nomadic horse rider rode past us in his traditional Mongolian attire and we felt that we had time traveled to centuries ago. Nothing may have changed for the nomads for generations. They are still working on their livestock, moving around with their GERs, life untouched by technology, not to mention the -30 degrees temperature during winter. Life in nomadic Mongolia is surely not easy, but it’s simple. It’s a completely different world.
While mankind is dreaming of populating Mars, may Mongolia remain the untouched haven that it is.
Ever since 2009, wanted to go back to Mongolia just one more time, but instead came back craving for more of it. This back-to-basics lifestyle and escapism is surely addictive!
So, you’re having a baby and whether it is your first or tenth child, enjoy the time with your partner before life gets a little crazier and you have (even) fewer moments together.
There is always something going on in Singapore and just because you are expecting, it does not limit the fun. Here are some alternative ideas to keep the romance going with your partner during pregnancy.
1. INDULGENT PAMPERING with a pre-natal massage in couples’ treatment room. What could be better than a relieving massage where you can both enjoy some calming music and soothing touch. Just remember to tell the therapist you’re expecting so you get the right massage treatment.
2. HOLLYWOOD GLAMOUR with movie and dinner. An obvious one but always a great evening out, especially if you can treat yourself to a few Gold Class tickets and really put your feet up! The cinema has a menu to enjoy during the movie or maybe try out that new restaurant you have had your eye on instead. The Screening Room is also a great boutique cinema. Kick back in the intimidate space on a cosy sofa, enjoy some drinks and tapas and luxuriate in timeless classics, a great new movie or enjoy an independent or foreign film.
3. MOCKTAIL FUN! Just because you can’t enjoy a glass of wine doesn’t mean you can’t indulge with some yummy mocktails. With so many choices of bars in Singapore, why not head to a place with some great views of the city, whilst you sip. It also means you can incorporate a romantic stroll afterwards. Ideas include The Lantern Bar at Fullerton Bay or Smoke and Mirrors at the National Gallery.
4. CASTING MEMORIES with clay belly-pot making. For something special, novel and unique, and a way to include your baby, try these fun classes for two. It is a calming experience where a pot is made from a mould of your pregnancy tummy. Parents can decorate their pots and write little notes of wisdom for their unborn baby, whilst enjoying some quiet couple time. Look up Amooo's for information on belly pot making.
5. STAYCATION INDULGENCE. If it’s too late to fly anywhere then enjoy a staycation at one of the luxury hotels across the island. The Capella on Sentosa has a special Babymoon package at the spa that will melt away any stress of impending parenthood, before a wonderful night’s sleep.
6. GET CREATIVE with art jamming. It is a carefree and imaginative way to spend time together. With the perfect fusion of relaxing music and therapeutic painting you can be inspired to create paintings for your child or pictures of what you think your future will be! For a wonderful heartland experience and basket of goodies delivered to you to munch on, book a session of Art Jamming here.
7. CREATE A LASTING MEMORY with a silver jewelry making class. Together make a pendant or ring as a special keepsake for you both or for the baby.
8. HOME-CATION. Sometimes you just want to be on your own couch. And why not? Make it different though and try a new hobby. Or perhaps do something like scrapbooking your memories of pregnancy. Whilst you indulge in some together time, order a home delivered take-away or if you are feeling inspired, cook a healthy meal together.
9. UNLOCK YOUR FUTURE with a tarot card reading. Have you ever wondered what excitements are in store for you and your family? Learn more about each other and deepen your relationship by getting the answers you have always wanted to know. Discover about your new adventures and beginnings ahead. Check out the hour-long experience available through DateFyx.
10. DINE IN NATURE with a romantic picnic for two. With so many parks and leafy places to relax across the island, what better way to unwind than with a gourmet picnic with your partner. Choose the perfect location and have someone deliver you a sumptuous picnic customised with all the foods you crave. If you want to add on some additional luxuries such as bean bags, fresh flowers, fairy lights and balloons to make it super special then go for it. Also, you don’t even need to clear up afterwards as all that is taken care of!
11. CURTAIN CALL. With a constant array of productions and performances from ballet to concerts to West End musicals at Marina Bay or the Esplanade, check out what’s on!
12. CAPTURE THE MOMENT. Another way to preserve the special memories of pregnancy is to have a photoshoot. With a number of talented photographers in Singapore, you can find some great spots to take some wonderful keepsake photos to show your baby when they are older.
These are just a few ideas and you can be as creative as you want. If you don’t want to be as adventurous then simple country walks in the fresh air can be just as great for you and your partner. The main thing is for you both to relax, have fun and enjoy each other’s company at such a special time!
This blog is contributed by Peta Delahunty. Originally from the UK, she has lived in Singapore for the past 9 years with her family. She is a self-confessed word nerd and when not writing and being a mum, loves exploring Singapore's fabulous food scene and enjoying its vibrant attractions.
Note: These elements of planning a date night are from our personal experience and most relevant to parents of young kids.
Not sure if these times are the hardest for a couple to stay connected with one another. Other than jobs, household, kids, there are happy hours with colleagues, friends, social networking, smart phones in our hands, and the fear of missing out on all of this (FOMO). We realized we don’t need to wait to retire or for the kids to leave home, to re-connect and be what the two of us started off as – a couple. We could do that few hours every week. Put everything else on the back burner, and take out time to be with each other.
I have another take on this as well. Regular date nights help kids grow up seeing a healthy, fun side to marriage. I would put Date Nights under a ‘good parenting practice’. I attended a workshop recently – ‘Happy Couple, Happy Children’. Amidst other techniques, the instructor covered date nights as one of the tools, couples should use to bring sanity to everyday chaos. Hope that helps you overcome the guilt, next time you are sneaking out.
Amidst a lot of initiatives from government bodies to encourage couples to get married and bear children in time, something as simple as knowing that you can always take small pauses to re-connect with each other, may help. This is about finding a balance as you and your relationship matures and takes on life’s challenges.
Schedule it in!
Overcome the inertia by scheduling in the date night at the same time every week, and making sure you prioritize those few hours of ‘couple time’ over everything else that may crop up. That way, neither of you must make the first move of asking – shall we go out? It is your scheduled appointment together. Period.
If you have kids, this needs some organization and commitment. Having a helper or grand parent watch the kids is a huge help, else find a reliable babysitting option, along with a backup. No stranger to mothers is the constant guilt having any kind of fun, sans the kids. A tip to help you overcome that guilt is to plan something fun for them as well – some screen time, new toy, sleep over, whatever works. We do secretly wish that Saturdays could be announced as ‘all kids in bed by 7pm’ day, so you don’t run into other kids, just one day of the week.
Well, scheduling it in and being organized is only half the battle. The other half is the planning and keeping those date nights fun & fresh, so you pick going out with your partner over anyone else.
We know it could get hard to cater to the likes and dislikes of two people while planning your evening. How about a ‘one-for-you, one-for-me’? Take turns planning and doing something you really enjoy and let the other person play along. This also gives you a chance to raise the bar and make it fun, engaging and maybe enriching. Date night is precious! Make sure atleast one of you had a really good time and got to introduce something fun to your partner.
Keep it a surprise, let your partner anticipate. Drop hints though, like the dress-code for the evening. Make sure you make the necessary reservations. It isn’t that great when after this exciting build-up, you arrive at the restaurant, only to find out that it is closed for an event. You end up walking for a mile to find something only half as special. May not go down so well and again, those hours are precious.
Pair it up with an activity
Seen couples dining together, but looking at their phones, every couple of minutes? That’s because couples who have known each other for a while need to do more than just go with the flow. Plan an activity that excites both of you. Sign-up for event listing newsletters, like our Date Night Guide, that keeps you in the loop on what’s happening around town. Singapore offers a lot of options for both, paid and free events and our Date Night Guide is tailored for couples. Plus, we feature additional articles for date night restaurants, relationship tips, etc.
We also think it’s a fab idea to build on a hobby together, or try out workshops that are completely new to both of you. You could try calligraphy, pottery, art jamming, yoga, cooking, or an outdoor activity to keep you both engaged in an enriching manner. You can also book workshops, especially for couples, through the DateFyx website. Some of the experiences listed are best for special occasions like birthdays and anniversaries.
Needless to say, Date Night is incomplete without a mini feast each time. You’ll be totally spoilt for choice in Singapore with extremely affordable options as well. There are fancy Michelin Star restaurants, hawker centers, rooftop bars, waterfront dining, cinema dining, picnic baskets and anything that you could think of. Food is everywhere in Singapore. If you are a parent, meal times are mostly stressful. We kind of got used to someone spilling water, needing to use the toilet the minute we start eating, announcing that the food is yucky, or even throwing up in the middle of a meal. But date nights make us feel normal again. We can actually feed just ourselves and savor the flavors.
We usually don’t go by the rule of not talking about kids or work, because this is the only time we have to catch up. We use this time to talk about whatever has been going on in our lives - new thoughts, new projects, new concerns, but in a relaxed and reflective way, instead of the daily must-do tasks that we assign to each other. We step back for a few hours and look at the bigger picture and distant goals that as a family unit we work towards, but lose sight of in the daily chaos.
Make it Special
Make Date Night routine, but don’t forget to make each one of them special as well. It’s the perfect opportunity to dress up, wear that special pair of shoes, that fun lipcolor, anything that makes you feel good and ready to hit the town. Take selfies or little souvenirs that remind you of the fun moments that you managed to carve out for just the two of you!
When it comes to spending a sunny day in Singapore, there are plenty of options - the beach, tropical gardens, cycling trails, hiking, reservoirs & water parks. So many of our local attractions are best enjoyed with clear skies. But what’s there to do for a date when there are sudden showers that seem to last forever?
Well, here are a few suggestions to create your own sunshine, and not let the rain come in the way of getting your DateFyx!
Can think of more? Send us your ideas and let’s grow this list.
P.S.: This post is not sponsored, instead mentions outlets that are easy to locate.
Gaming Arcades & Cafes
Indulge your inner child and hit one of the gaming arcades for an evening full of fun games. There are many arcades dotted all over Singapore and you can surely find the right one for your location and need. Here is one with multiple locations all over Singapore:
Virtualand and Star Factory – Multiple locations.
Play Nation – Scape.
St Games Café – The Cathay @ Handy Road, The Cathay and Cathay Cineleisure, Orchard.
There are a lot of bars where you can simply enjoy good old darts while sipping your drink, and then there are specialized high-tech dart systems that need a little bit of introduction to the technique. You could use the darts free of charge or for minimal charges once you buy drinks. Or you could even book a private session with an exclusive darts machine and comfortable seating. Go ahead, practice and perfect that aim!
Check out some of the outlets here.
Enjoy a heavy dose of nostalgia while playing a game of laser tag, grown-up style.
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Cafes with wide array of board games are perfect for few hours of non-stop indoor fun. Here are a few popular ones:
Mind Café – Prinsep Street
Coffeemin – Eu Tong Sen Street
Old School Delights – Upper Thomson Road
Battle Bunker – Victoria Street
Settler’s Café – North Canal Road
Marina Bay Sands can surely entertain you for a couple of hours of downpour. Other than retail & food, try the 600-square-metre skating rink at Marina Bay Sands, right next to the food court Rasapura® Masters at Level B2. The skates are readily available on rental and no prior bookings are required. Perfect impromptu date plan! Additional details here.
Hours: Daily 11:30am - 8:30pm, Ticket: $7 per hour/adult.
Fancy ice skating in tropical Singapore? JCube Level 3 at Jurong East offers you just that. Do check their calendar for sessions open to public, as they host training programs for large groups. Again, all equipment is available on rental. Additional details here.
Hours: Varies. Do check the calendar. Ticket: $14 per 2-hour session/adult.
Other activities for an impromptu rainy-day date:
Drink & Dine…
Share a meal at an indoor farmer’s market, Pasarbella at the Grand Stand. It’s the perfect place to also shop for gourmet food for the upcoming week, along with lifestyle goods. Cicely Kitchen is an extension of the chef’s home kitchen, Thai Affair has all the Thai street food favorites and The Providore’s Bakery carries a large range of cheese, antipasti and olives.
Sit Back & Relax…
Spa or Massage Parlor
If you don’t want to go for a full body massage, just walk in for a pampering foot or shoulder massage at a local spa or massage parlor. You could find some really good deals starting at S$10. Most of them do accept walk-ins and there are a couple that are open 24-hours. Here are a few with outlets across the island:
Spa Club – Open 24 hours
Catch a film at an Independent Cinema
Going to the movies is a standard rainy day option, so freshen up this go-to activity by watching an independent film or cult-classic at one of these independent cinemas. This list is always handy.
Screening Room, Ann Siang Road
The Projector, Golden Mile Tower, Beach Road
The Hive, New Bridge Road
Cine Club at Alliance Francaise, Newton
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