Staying in all weekend long is a great idea, but sometimes all we want is a plane ticket out of Singapore to recharge and recalibrate. Here, we present three nearby destinations, plus lazy itineraries to help you make the most of each trip with little effort. The restaurants, cafes, bars and attractions in this guide are within 15 minutes’ reach—by foot or car—from our hotels and resorts. With only 48 to 72 hours of uninterrupted freedom to spare, download and save this guide to make the most of your trip!
If your idea of a perfect weekend consists of shopping and eating on repeat, with a little bit of culture and pampering thrown in between, Hong Kong’s got you covered. Park Hotel Hong Kong, located in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon’s entertainment and business district, is surrounded by eateries, top restaurants, bars, malls and indie shops, so there’s no need to venture further out.
Got food on your mind since you’ve landed in Hong Kong? Drop your bags off at the hotel and head to Yum Cha, which serves Insta-worthy dim sum in cute shapes and forms. For a dose of culture and science, consider spending the rest of the afternoon exploring Hong Kong Science Museum and Hong Kong Museum of History.
In the evening, wander down to Mody Road and take your pick of Chinese/Cantonese restaurants (Lei Garden and Ho Choi Seafood Restaurant are all within the vicinity) along the street or pop by La Vache! for well-made steak frites before heading back to the hotel. On Day Two, shop up a storm at The ONE, Hong Kong tallest retail complex, and along Park Lane Shopper’s Boulevard.
Stop by congee specialist Hung Lee or the famous Tsui Wah for an early dinner before retreating back to the hotel to catch a break. Later in the night, hit up a couple of gastrobars along Knutsford Terrace for drinks and supper. If you’ve got a little more time on your last day, enter into a calm and serenity at FLOAX Floatation Therapy Spa.
With a location this private and interiors this gorgeous, we can’t blame you for not wanting to leave your private villa in Bali. Take it slow on your first day and laze around the pool, then head to the hotel’s rooftop restaurant-bar Moonsun for dinner, drinks and breathtaking sunset views of Benoa Bay and Bali Sea.
If you’re keen on a round of golf the next morning, head to Bali National Golf Club, an 11-minute drive away from the hotel. Alternatively, hit the shops at Bali Collection and Jalan Pantai Mangiat for souvenirs before checking into Zahra Spa nearby for some wallet-friendly pampering. In the glorious evening, hop onto a car to Jimbaran Bay Seafood Club for a sumptuous seafood dinner right on the beach.
Before leaving for your evening flight, take a trip to Puja Mandala, a scenic complex that houses a Buddhist temple, a Hindu temple, a Catholic church, a Protestant church and an Islamic mosque in the late morning, and have an authentic Balinese lunch at Warung Babi Guling Pak Dobil Nusa Dua, or on a pirate ship at Pirates Bay Bali to satisfy your inner child.
If you’re planning to visit Bali in October, look out for the Nusa Dua Fiesta, an annual festival of arts and culture held over a number of days on Peninsula Island.
Slated to open in 2019, Park Hotel Melaka is where to stay if you want to be in the thick of the action. Located in the Kota Laksamana township within the Central Melaka District, the hotel is a stone’s throw away from some of the best things Malacca has to offer, from cool eateries and cafés to quaint antique shops and bustling street markets.
Malacca is the oldest city in Malaysia. The coastal town, declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2008, was under the colonial rule of the Portuguese, Dutch and British for centuries, so history buffs have heaps to explore in the city, from ruins of fort and old colonial buildings to religious places of worship. Around and within the Kota Laksamana town, you’ll find the Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum, 17th-century Chinese temple Cheng Hoon Teng, Windmill Dutch Square Melaka, and Christ Church Melaka.
But first, coffee: Pop into The Daily Fix, a charming café that serves one of the best brews in the city, to fuel up for the day ahead. Post-brunch, hop over to The Orangutan House, a short four-minute walk away, for artsy buys like T-shirts and paintings. The city teems with antique shops—selling everything from crystals to Peranakan ornaments, so be sure to stop by for a cultural souvenir or two.
No trip to Malacca is complete without having some chicken rice balls, and you can have the much-lauded local delicacy at Famosa Chicken Rice Ball or Malacca Jonker Street Chicken Rice Ball within the area. Take a short walk after dinner to Jonker 88 for its signature Baba Durian Chendol.
On your second day, go easy on breakfast at the hotel, and continue on the heritage trail in Kota Laksamana town. Then, make a stop at Kaya Kaya Café for coffee and pancakes. If you grew up in Singapore or are familiar with Mamee crispy noodles, Mamee Jonker House, a museum dedicated to snack brand, is not to be missed. When night falls, head over to Jonker Street Night Market for more shopping and street eating. Up for more fun? Snag a table at one of the riverside bars along Lorong Hang Jebat for a nightcap. Before leaving the city the next day, make full use of the remaining hours to visit spots you didn’t have a chance to check out in the last two days!
FLOAX Floatation Therapy Spa, 1/F Wing Hing Mansion, 16 Granville Circuit, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, Tel. (852) 2321 9624. Opens daily 1130am-10pm.
Ho Choi Seafood Restaurant, UG1, Empire Centre, 68 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, Tel. (852) 2311 4567. Opens daily 11am-11pm. Hours may differ on Public Holidays.
Hong Kong Museum of History, 100 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, Tel. (852) 2724 9042, Email. firstname.lastname@example.org. Opens Mon, Wed-Fri 10am-6pm; Sat, Sun & Public Holidays 10am-7pm; Christmas Eve and Chinese New Year’s Eve 10am-5pm. Closes on Tue (except Public Holidays), and the first two days of the Chinese New Year.
Hong Kong Science Museum, 2 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, Hong Kong, Tel. (852) 2732 3232. Opens Mon-Wed, Fri 10am-7pm; Sat, Sun and PHs 10am-9pm; Christmas Eve and Chinese New Year’s Eve 10am-5pm. Closes on Thu (except Public Holidays), and the first two days of the Chinese New Year.
Hung Lee Restaurant, 2 Hau Fook Street, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, Tel. (852) 2721 6606. Opens daily 7am-10pm. Hours may differ on Public Holidays.
Lei Garden, B2 Houston Centre, 63 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, Tel. (852) 2722 1636. Opens daily 1130am-3pm, 6-11pm.
The ONE, 100 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, Tel. (852) 3106 3640. Opens daily 11am-11pm. Hours may differ on Public Holidays.
Tsui Wah, 2 Carnarvon Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, Tel. (852) 2366 8250. Opens Sun-Thu 7am-2am; Fri & Sat 7am-3am.
Yum Cha, 3/F, 20-22 Granville Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, Tel. (852) 2751 1666. Opens daily 11:30am-10:30pm.
Bali Collection, Komplek ITDC Nusa Dua, Benoa, Kuta Selatan, Benoa, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80363, Indonesia, Tel. (62) 3617 71662. Opens daily 10am-10pm.
Bali National Golf Club, Kawasan Wisata, Nusa Dua, Benoa, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80363, Indonesia, Tel. (62) 3617 71791. Opens daily 6am-7pm.
Jimbaran Bay Seafood Club, Jl. Pantai Kedonganan, Jimbaran, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia, Tel. (62) 8510 1725367. Opens daily 11am-midnight.
Moonsun, 6/F Park Hotel Nusa Dua, Bali, Jalan Kebo Iwa, Taman Mumbul, 80363, Bali, Indonesia, Tel. (62) 3618 478008. Opens daily 7am-10:30am, noon-3pm, 6-11pm.
Nusa Dua Fiesta, 10-15 October 2018, Peninsula Island, Bali, Indonesia, Tel. (62) 8123 793 4993.
Pirates Bay Bali, The Bay Bali ITDC Area Lot C-0, Nusa Dua, Kuta Selatan, Bali 80361, Indonesia, Tel. (62) 3618 948138. Opens daily 10am-9pm.
Puja Mandala, Jalan Nusa Dua, Kuta Selatan, Benoa, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia, Tel. (62) 3617 71010.
Warung Babi Guling Pak Dobil Nusa Dua, Jl. Srikandi No. 9, Nusa Dua, Benoa, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia, Tel. (62) 3617 71633. Opens daily 10am-4pm.
Zahra Spa, Nusa Dua, Benoa, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali 80361, Indonesia, Tel. (62) 8193 6018313. Opens daily 9am-11pm.
Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum, 48-50, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia, Tel. (60) 6282 1273. Opens daily 10am-1pm, 2-5pm. Hours may differ on Public Holidays.
Cheng Hoon Teng, 25, Jalan Tokong, Kampung Dua, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia, Tel. (60) 6282 9343.
Christ Church Melaka, Gereja Christ, Jalan Gereja, 75000 Melaka, Malaysia, Tel. (60) 6333 3333
Famosa Chicken Rice Ball, 21, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia, Tel. (60) 6286 0120. Opens Mon-Thu 9am-9pm, Fri-Sun 9am-10pm. Hours may differ on Public Holidays.
Jonker 88, 88, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia, Tel. +60 19397 5665. Opens Mon-Thu, Sun 9:30am-5:30pm; Fri & Sun 9:30am-8:30pm.
Jonker Street Night Market, 75200 Malacca, Malaysia, Tel. (60) 8394 0962. Opens daily 6pm-midnight. Hours may differ on Public Holidays.
Kaya Kaya Café, 32, Jalan Tukang Besi, Melaka, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia, Tel. (60) 6281 4089. Opens daily 8am-6pm. Hours may differ on Public Holidays.
Malacca Jonker Street Chicken Rice Ball, 15 & 17, Lorong Hang Jebat, 75250, Melaka, Melaka, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia, Tel. (60) 1263 33449. Opens daily 10am-9pm.
Mamee Jonker House, 46 & 48, Jalan Hang Jebat, Melaka, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia, Tel. (60) 6286 7666. Opens Mon, Wed-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat & Sun 10am-7pm.
The Daily Fix, 55, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia, Tel. (60) 1329 06855. Opens Mon-Fri 9am-11:30pm, Sat & Sun 8:30am-11:30pm.
The Orangutan House, 59, Jalan Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia, Tel. (60) 6282 6872. Opens daily 10am-6pm. Hours may differ on Public Holidays.
Windmill Dutch Square Melaka, Bandar Hilir, 75200 Malacca, Malaysia. Opens 24 hours daily.
Photo credits: Hong Kong Museum of History