The feeling of retreating into complete luxury in a five-star hotel after a long day of exploring a foreign city is one we could get used to. However, frequent business travellers will know that the novelty wears off after some time — and one starts craving the comfort of home, even if just for a few weeks.
The solution? Serviced apartments, which are fully-furnished accommodation options available for both short-term and long-term stays — providing guests with hotel-like services and amenities such as daily breakfast, room service, business lounges, well-equipped fitness centres, and expansive swimming pools.
Serviced apartments are a great choice for business travellers temporarily moving to a city for months at a time, as well as professionals who want to stay within walking distance to their offices in the Central Business District (CBD) instead of jostling with the peak hour crowd every morning.
In Singapore, we are blessed with a range of luxurious serviced apartments for the modern business traveller or affluent professional. This month itself saw the launch of Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore in the downtown Central Business District, boasting beautiful accommodation in the form of well-appointed studios, as well as one- and two-bedroom apartments.
In addition to regular amenities, some serviced apartments in Singapore also have their own in-house restaurants. Oakwood Premier OUE, for example, boasts three dining establishments, namely an Executive Club lounge, in-house bar, and Se7enth restaurant led by executive chef Dickson Fung.
“I think serviced apartments are great for business travellers who are on short or long business trips, as well as families and big groups travelling together,” said the property’s general manager Roy Liang. “The comprehensive range of facilities available — including in-house dining experiences and housekeeping services — is a key reason why people would choose serviced apartments over apartment rentals. In such a fast-paced world, the convenience and flexibility of serviced apartments are becoming more sought-after.”
We can’t agree more. If we’ve convinced you to check yourself into a serviced apartment stat, check out these 5 most luxurious ones in the Lion City — where you can reside for however long you desire, be it one week or two years.
(Main image credit: Ascott Orchard Singapore)
This 268-unit premium serviced residence is located in the heart of Singapore’s vibrant Central Business District, catering to discerning business and leisure travellers. Guests can choose from a choice of well-appointed studios or one- and two-bedroom apartments.
All apartments come with a comprehensive range of premium amenities and services including high-speed internet connectivity, regular housekeeping and concierge services, as well as state-of-the-art facilities such as a fitness centre, outdoor infinity pool, outdoor barbecue, Se7enth restaurant, executive club, and boardroom with meeting facilities.
Ascott Orchard offers guests a fully-serviced living experience in the heart of Singapore’s fashionable shopping district. The 220-suite development comprises studios to two-bedroom units and penthouses, catering to every type of guest from single business travellers to expatriate families.
The property boasts an ideal location within walking distance from the Orchard and Somerset MRT stations, as well as shopping malls such as ION Orchard, Takashimaya and 313 Orchard. Its trendy location has also inspired its interiors, which are dressed in a muted colour palette and Fendi Casa furniture.
If you prefer staying a little further away from the CBD, Pan Pacific Suites Beach Road boasts an ideal location in the vibrant enclave of Beach Road and Arab Street. The property boasts 180 suites which come equipped with facilities such as a kitchenette, separate living and dining spaces, as well as complimentary Internet access.
Guests and residents can also enjoy amenities such as an infinity swimming pool, well-equipped fitness centre, a meeting room, and an entertainment lounge.
The Club Residences at Capella Singapore provide a resort-style living experience for guests who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city — a refreshing change compared to the other serviced residences located in the CBD. Accommodation options range from one- to four-bedroom suites, as well as penthouses and manors.
Besides enjoying the club lounge which hosts activities such as movie nights, long-stay residents can also indulge in complimentary yoga sessions and regular family activities that create a sense of home away from home. And if amenities such as the fitness centre and tennis court are not enough, Palawan Beach is just a stone’s throw away — where guests can indulge in activities like kayaking and stand-up paddle-boarding.
Nestled within lush greenery just minutes from the megamalls on Orchard Road, Treetops Executive Residences offers the best of both worlds. The eco-luxurious serviced apartment boasts an extensive private garden courtyard and is fitted with initiatives such as air filters equipped in all apartments, energy-saving amenities as well as organic toiletries.
Each of the 220 apartments (ranging from one- to three-bedroom suites) features living and dining areas, as well as a fully equipped kitchen or kitchenette. Guests also have access to amenities such as the outdoor swimming pool, tennis court, 24-hour concierge service, and even an in-house spa where you can indulge in rejuvenating treatments.