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5 Weekend Getaways From Singapore to Pamper You.

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Close to each weekend, I desperately resort to Google to find offbeat ideas for weekend getaways from Singapore. In the midst of my travel research, I came across these 5 weekend getaways in Malaysia and Indonesia that will pamper your senses and indulge you. So ditch your weekend travel to Kuala Lumpur, and rejuvenate in lesser know Southeast Asian hideouts!

1) Tempat Senang, Indonesia

An hour’s ferry-ride away from Singapore, in the neighborhood of Batam Island (Indonesia), lies this exotic little gem. It’s a boutique resort, with under 10 suites, each designed, decorated and modeled after an Asian country. Besides the likes of Bali room, Indian room and Japanese room, there’s a Tree Room with a bed suspended in mid air. It’s also home to a traditional Balinese spa with a wide range of rejuvenating massages, and a pampering staff.

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The Tree Room at Tempat Senang. Picture courtesy tempatsenang.com

Also read: Tempat Senang: Rejuvenation

2) Nikoi Island, Indonesia

Close your eyes and imagine you are sprawling on a beach chair on white sands, in the company of crystal blue waters, sipping a drink. Just across the shores of Singapore, Nikoi Island affords you that luxury. Many describe this private island & its ecotourism resort as magical. Of course, a picture speaks a thousand words.

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From my trip to Nikoi Island

Also read: Nikoi Island [Bintan, Indonesia]: ecotourism, beauty, magic

3) Lake Kenyir, Malaysia

Most spas have an artificial waterfall in the background, to soothe your senses with the effect of trickling water. Imagine looking into a lake instead while being pampered, reflecting upon life in its vastness. That’s the Lake Kenyir ecotourism resort & spa for you, in Terengganu, Malaysia.

Lake Kenyir

Lake Kenyir. Photo credit: 2121studio’s Flickr stream.

4) Tanjong Jara, Malaysia

Tanjong Jara replicates the magnificent palaces and the pampering luxury of Malay kings in Terengganu, Malaysia. On the coast of turquoise seas, this traditional resort swept away Time‘s editors too. After all, you must live life king size, at least once!

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Tanjong Jara Resort. Photo credit: kiwicollection.com

5) Pangkor Laut, Malaysia

You have probably heard of Pangkor Island on Malaysia’s west coast, but Pangkor Laut, a private island resort, is a world in itself. Think crystal blue waters, white sands, chalets on stilts. Think indulgence.

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Pangkor Laut Resort. Photo credit: enchantingeden.wordpress.com

Which of these 5 getaways have you already pampered yourself at? Do you know of any other secret pampering getaways?

Also read: 5 offbeat travel destinations in Southeast Asia

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43 Comments Post a comment
  1. manchitra #

    I love the swing bed. may be when I plan a trip all this would info. would be handy. How many have you visited Shivya.

    December 23, 2010
    • I know, it looks so tempting :) They’re all on my travel list so far. I’m heading to the first two in Jan next year!

      December 23, 2010
  2. You have turned your blog into a travel guide :) no offences
    I was just waiting for some good book suggestions. Hope you haven’t stopped reading.
    Nice Blog
    Keep Blogging

    December 24, 2010
    • Haha, none taken! Traveling has become a huge part of who I am and what I like, so yes, lots of travel talk here :)

      I’ll churn out some reading suggestions soon. For a start, I’m currently reading Twitchhiker – about a guy who traveled the world through Twitter.

      Thanks for visiting & See you here again!

      December 24, 2010
  3. great to know! i live in singapore and need ideas like these : )

    i love your blog name. the shootingstar.

    July 17, 2011
    • Thanks Dew! Hope you’re going to try some of them :)

      January 22, 2012
  4. A bed hanging mid air in a tree house!! Sounds lot of fun!!! Would love to visit the places you have mentioned, I have been to none of them.

    November 12, 2011
    • It’s more fun than it sounds, Arti :) Plan a trip, you’ll love these places.

      January 22, 2012
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    January 28, 2012
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  7. Akshaya #

    Hi. What is the best way to reach Lake Kenyir from Singapore? From what I have checked so far, I have to fly in from KL – there are no direct flights from Singapore. Thanks! Super article :-) – Akshaya

    April 24, 2012
    • Hey Akshaya, from what I remember, the quickest way is to fly from KL to Terranganu (on the east coast of Malaysia), from where Kenyir is a short bus ride. Have a good trip, would love to hear about your experience there!

      April 28, 2012
  8. Chloe #

    Love Nikoi! We booked the whole island over the weekend for our wedding ceremony. Will check out your other suggestions!

    May 8, 2012
    • Wow, that must’ve been brilliant. Try Pangkor Laut for the honeymoon ;)

      Congrats on the wedding btw!

      May 8, 2012
      • Chloe #

        Thank you! Am short listing Pangkor Laut or Tanjong Jara. :-)

        May 9, 2012
        • Good choices :) Tell me how it goes!

          May 9, 2012
  9. Wow!! Thanks so much for this travel tip/guide. I was so excited to know of this unpublished resorts by the beach. Especially, convenient as I live in Singapore!

    May 15, 2012
    • I’m glad you found these useful, Jaya. Check them out soon and let me know how it goes!

      May 15, 2012
  10. Hi there,
    I experienced the same problem when I was at Singapore. All the weekend getaways offers the same thing and they are not for the party minded people like me. LOL.
    Anyway, my friends recommended me Cebu Party Boat as one of the best exclusive weekend vacation available here. I already booked one of the last tickets for the next trip in October. They arrange everything ticket to Cebu, Exploring Cebu and the virgin island with Tri Catamaran. parties on board, accommodation in 5 star beach resorts and etc.
    Really for this price is totally worth it.
    I will write back my impression after the trip.
    Cheers!

    August 26, 2012
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