It’s always a good idea to get away for the weekend. Never underestimate the benefits of having a change of scenery, the chance to clear your head and a couple of days to recharge your batteries.
The only thing better than a weekend getaway? An affordable one! Here’s a list of places catering for different purposes just perfect for a quick trip out of town, with even more perfect price tags of under RM600 per night.
Enjoy Some Shopping and City Sights
For a no-fuss, reliable stay, the Santa Grand Hotel Bugis is just what you need. Offering three-star accommodation and situated in the Arab Street area, it’s the right combination of affordability, comfort and convenience.
Whether it’s (window) shopping or sightseeing you’re after, the Raffles City Shopping Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Marina Bay, Chinatown and more, are all easily accessible.
There’s plenty of halal restaurants in the area too and hipster cafes for chilling out.
It’s all about location with the 4 star Mercure Bangkok Siam. Situated near the city centre and just across the street from the Skytrain at National Stadium, it’s a five-minute walk to the shops of Siam Square and 10-minute walk to Siam Ocean World, while the Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre is nearby.
Located right in the heart of Jakarta’s commercial shopping, dining and entertainment districts, the Sari Pan Pacific Jakarta is the ideal city escape.
Close to Jalan Thamrin, the most famous boulevard in central Jakarta, it is also just several minutes’ walk away from a department store should you need to do some last-minute shopping.
Go on a Beach Holiday for a Bit of Island Living
Needless to say, the Kuta Beach Heritage Hotel Bali has all the facilities you would expect from a four-star resort. Its location is a plus point if you want a little bit of everything that Kuta has to offer – different beaches, shops and the Kuta Square are all close by.
For a different side of Bali, one that’s not jam-packed with tourists, try the Taman Sari Bali Resort & Spa in Pemuteran. Highlights include lovely sandy beaches, relaxing ocean views, dining on the beach and really great snorkelling and scuba diving just a short boat ride away.
A family-friendly option located in a shopping district and close to the Ao Phai Plong and Ao Nang beaches, the Aonang Cliff Beach Resort is a four-star boutique resort with spectacular views of the tropical landscape, the cliffs and the Andaman Sea.
Pamper Yourself with Guilt-Free Spa Retreats
The Natura Resort & Spa in Ubud, Bali is a five-star getaway with an environmentally friendly concept and, more importantly, a full-service spa that will leave you relaxed and refreshed.
Want to do more? It’s also not too far away from attractions such as the Ubud Royal Palace, Ubud Market and Ubud Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary.
With sea views from every room and ocean suites built on water, the Bintan SpaVilla Beach Resort is your ultimate ‘spa by the sea’.
Enjoy traditional massages during the day and cap it off with a beachfront seafood BBQ dinner. Perfect for short trips, this is a great way to celebrate a special occasion.
Situated right by the ocean and a 15-minute walk away from attractions such as Dino Park Mini Golf and the Kata Porpeang Market, the Horizon Karon Beach Resort & Spa in Phuket has a full-service spa and everything else you might need for a relaxing and enjoyable weekend away. The only problem: you might not want to leave!
Have a Taste of History and Different Cultures
The world’s largest religious monument Angkor Wat is a must-visit if you haven’t already been there. Cambodia’s proximity to Malaysia makes it ideal for a weekend adventure, and the Angkor Pearl Hotel in Siem Reap will not disappoint with its comfortable rooms, great location and, even better, value for money.
For a luxury boutique hotel in Hanoi that’s also affordable, look no further than the Essence Hanoi Hotel & Spa. Located in Hanoi’s historic Old Quarter and just a three-minute walk from Hoan Kiem Lake, it’s got a little bit of everything – history, culture, sights, good food and, of course, rest and relaxation.