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Staycay for a good cause: These hotel packages will help support local SMEs

From sailing to yoga, Far East Hospitality has launched experiential staycation packages that support local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) affected by the pandemic.

Staycay for a good cause: These hotel packages will help support local SMEs

Several hotels have launched staycation packages that help support local SMEs during these trying times. (Photo: The Barracks Hotel)

Along with the tourism industry, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have been hit hard by the fall-out of the COVID-19 pandemic. With this in mind, hotel operator Far East Hospitality has launched a series of experiential staycation packages created to help support local businesses at the same time.

“Survival is the priority for many SMEs today amid the economic fallout from COVID-19 and many businesses have stepped up to help them weather the pandemic. As we continue to wrestle with the pandemic, we must not only worry about our own business survival but those of our key partners as well," said Arthur Kiong, CEO of Far East Hospitality.

The group has paired up with various local enterprises to offer experiential staycation packages, ranging from yoga classes, sailing activities to photography sessions.

“As a homegrown company, it is only natural that we use the opportunity of hotels reopening for staycations to not only offer Singaporeans a unique, experiential stay, but also play our part in helping fellow local businesses navigate trying times,” Kiong added.

If you’d like to do your part and help support these businesses, take a look at the packages below.

OASIA HOTEL DOWNTOWN

At Oasia Hotel Downtown, join in a High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) session with Aquaspin. (Photo: Oasia Hotel Downtown)

If you’re in need of a wellness reset, Oasia Hotel Downtown is offering the Weekend TWOgether package (from S$888++ for a 3D2N stay in the Club room).

Along with a four-course dinner at OSO Ristorante, this package includes a High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) session at the pool with Aquaspin – co-founded by Alcia Antuonuccio in 2012. In 2007, Antuonuccio was diagnosed with patellofemoral syndrome, which prompted her to start the company.

If you prefer a slow start to your morning, explore yoga for complete beginners with Freedom Yoga – established by local entrepreneur Elvina Cheong. Before checking out, indulge a Wellness Teatime Experience at The Marmalade Pantry, where a selection of granola, fruits, cakes, and scones await.

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THE BARRACKS HOTEL

For an additional S$800++, the Sea Breeze and Champagne package comes with a three-hour yacht trip with Ximula Sail. (Photo: The Barracks Hotel)

At The Barracks Hotel, book the Sea Breeze and Champagne package (from S$559++ per night) to enjoy a quiet, calming afternoon tea for two, with free flow of champagne and a special tea-tailoring experience.

For an additional S$800++, book the Breakfast Sail with Ximula, a sailing experience that includes a three-hour private yacht trip to the Southern Islands and complimentary picnic basket packed with sandwiches, snacks, beverages, and a bottle of wine.

Ximula Sail was founded by outdoor lovers Minqi Wong, and her dad TC Wong. Ex-local celebrity Darren Lim is also a crew member of the company.

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ORCHARD RENDEZVOUS HOTEL

Picnic in the Singapore Botanic Gardens and enjoy a complimentary photoshoot session by StudioPlay. (Photo: Orchard Rendezvous Hotel)

For couples, the Picnic Rendezvous package (from S$488++ for a 2D1N stay in the Club room) at Orchard Rendezvous Hotel is a great way to spend time with your loved ones, while capturing the memories.

This package includes a picnic session at UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Singapore Botanic Gardens, with a complimentary basket of snacks. The package also includes a complimentary one-hour photoshoot session with local award-winning photography studio StudioPlay.

Founded in 2007 by a group of creative individuals, StudioPlay is a local concept photography studio. After the shoot, you can choose to take home your favourite shot with customised framing.

For more information, click here

“As a homegrown company, it is only natural that we use the opportunity of hotels reopening for staycations to not only offer Singaporeans a unique, experiential stay, but also play our part in helping fellow local businesses navigate trying times." – Arthur Kiong

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