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5 staycation options for Ubin day-trippers

SINGAPORE — After a whole day of activities on Ubin, especially with the five-week Pesta Ubin kicking off tomorrow (May 14), do you really want to schlep back home (particularly if that home is on the other end of Singapore)?

SINGAPORE — After a whole day of activities on Ubin, especially with the five-week Pesta Ubin kicking off tomorrow (May 14), do you really want to schlep back home (particularly if that home is on the other end of Singapore)?

While you can always camp out in Ubin — National Parks allows camping on the sites of Jelutong and Mamam without requiring permits — we know all too well we prefer comforts, like air-conditioning.

Just beside Changi Jetty is the Civil Service Club Changi. The club was relaunched with 20 new suites and five villas in October 2014 following a two-year renovation — and they look decidedly posher than the image of a chalet you might have in mind. The public is able to book these villas and suites; rates start from S$225 a night for non-members during off-peak periods. Non-members can only book via email (rooms [at] csc.sg) or in person.

“Yes, we do have a lot of guests who do staycations with us who they take the opportunity to visit Pulau Ubin,” shared its club manager Peter Chew, adding that multinational companies even hold retreats at the club, as it serves as a convenient location when they arrange for visits to Ubin for their foreign executives. If you’re a group of 12 staying at Civil Service Club Changi, you can also request for the club to arrange for a tour of Ubin.

Besides Changi Civil Service Club, here are four other options to book.

1. VILLAGE HOTEL CHANGI (http://villagehotelchangi.com.sg; 1 Netheravon Road; Tel: 6379 7111). Across the road from Civil Service Club is the well-loved Village Hotel Changi, known for its rooftop infinity pool looking out to the sea. Rooms are cosy and comfortable. Go for the club rooms which includes perks like lounge access for evening cocktails and free flow mini bar. The hotel, which is popular for staycations, also offers an Ubin Adventures weekend package priced at S$180 a night for a superior room that includes a three-hour bicycle ride through Pulau Ubin, complimentary Wifi and buffet breakfast for two and late check-out at 3pm.

2. CHANGI COVE HOTEL (http://www.changicove.com; 351 Cranwell Road; Tel: 6922 6122). Changi Cove may be better known for its event space but there’s also a hotel with 112 rooms here. Don’t expect too many frills — the rooms are sleek and simple although there are small luxuries like a Nepresso machine and L’Occitane toiletries. Rates start from S$180 a night for a double room.

3. RAINTR33 HOTEL (http://raintr33hotel.com; 33 Hendon Road; Tel: 6653 3833). Like every self-respecting colonial building turned boutique hotel, Raintr33 has restored its beautiful exteriors while doing up the interiors to ooze designer chic. Take your pick from the 42 rooms with a private balcony, or the larger eight suites equipped with a king-sized bed and bathtub. Rates start from S$130 a night for a superior room.

4. ALOHA CHANGI (https://www.aloharesorts.com.sg; 30 Netheravon Road; Tel: 6545 2343). There are 31 bungalows and terraces here with three to six bedrooms in each. It’s most ideal for a large party so feel free to get the grill going at the barbecue pits and kick-back old-school style. Rates start from S$140 a night for a Yacht Club Chalet.

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