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14 New Year Eve staycays & ideas in Singapore to countdown to 2021

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Countdown to 2021 with unparalleled views of Marina Bay | Photo: The Ritz-Carlton

Our New Year’s Eve celebrations in Singapore to spend the last night of 2020 may be extra special this year — we’re so ready to say goodbye to dealing with a pandemic for one! Yep, we’d definitely drink to that. Though the festivities may be a tad muted due to crowd control, we’re sure that we can still have a blast while counting down to the much-awaited 2021! Time to start planning for that perfect NYE countdown — head this way for all the deets.

1. Marina Bay Singapore Countdown (MBSC) 2021

MBSC Light Show to usher in 2021 | Photo: @Marina Bay Countdown

After going through a pandemic this year, many of us would be glad to leave 2020 behind and start a new year afresh. This year, instead of the usual pyrotechnics, the Marina Bay Singapore Countdown (MBSC) 2021 takes on a different light to countdown to 2021 — sixty beautiful light beams would dance across the MBS skyline, symbolising unity, positivity and resilience in the Singaporean spirit.

The magical light display is ongoing for the entire month of December, 8:00pm to 10:30pm daily, culminating on New Year’s Eve to usher in 2021 (extended to 11:45pm on that day). There will also be a showcase of co-created art projected onto iconic facades of Marina Bay such as The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, the Merlion and ArtScience Museum.

Vantage points to view the epic light show at Marina Bay:

  • Esplanade Waterfront
  • Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade
  • Marina Bay Sands
  • One Fullerton
  • The Clifford Pier

2. Staycay at Fullerton Bay Hotel for a gorgeous view of Marina Bay

Fullerton Hotel staycay | Photo: @ooo_lin_ooo

Located right along Marina Bay itself, this waterfront hotel is the place you would want to be this New Year’s Eve. Selected rooms such as the Premier, Bay View and Premier Bay View rooms will guarantee you front-row seats to watch the light show and usher in the New Year!

Fully decked in glass, soak in the surreal panoramic views of the skyline which evokes the mystique of cities like Paris. Enjoy amazing French cuisine at La Brasserie, one of their in-house renowned restaurants, and feel as though you’ve been transported to the streets of France.

Address: 80 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049326

Book here. 

3. Staycay at Mandarin Oriental Singapore for dramatic views of MBS

Dramatic views of Marina Bay | Photo: Mandarin Oriental

End 2020 with a bang by checking in to the plush, sophisticated Mandarin Oriental Singapore at Marina Bay. Overlooking sprawling, panoramic views of the iconic Marina Bay, you’d be able to enjoy a private viewing of the MBSC light show that will illuminate the bay at night daily.

Mandarin Oriental is launching a staycation package from $299 per night, valid for stays from Dec 1, 2020 all the way through to Jun 30, 2021. Use your SingapoRediscovers Vouchers and get a bonus $100 dining credit for use at in-house outfits like MO BAR and Dolce Vita. The package also includes daily breakfast for two, late check-out at 6pm (!!) — only applicable for stays Jan 1 to Jun 30, 2021.

Book here.

4. Check in to an experience like no other at The Ritz

Literally soaking in the views here | Photo: The Ritz-Carlton

The Ritz-Carlton Singapore’s iconic octagonal bathroom windows features a breath-taking, unparalleled view of the Singapore River and the sea. Bath salts and loofahs are all within an arm’s reach. All you need to do is order up a flute of champagne or two and pamper yourselves with a luxurious, self-care experience.

With its Club Escape Staycation starting from $595 per night, check yourself in to one of the finest rooms in The Ritz and countdown to 2021 with an unforgettable, panoramic view of the MBS skyline.

Book here.

5. Universal Studios Singapore 3D2N Package

Photo: @Resort World Sentosa

A universal Christmas and New Year’s Eve place to go to, Universal Studios Singapore (USS) has always been a magical place to visit during this season. Make a date to enjoy the Christmas fairy lights and baubles at our favorite theme park — with thrilling and fun rides showcasing movies, stage shows, with plenty of food options to eat and be merry.

USS is also having a value-for-money 3D2N Hotel and Multi-Attractions Package starting from $1,000, available for booking from now till Jun 30, 2021.

The 3D2N staycay package includes:

  • Two night stay in a Deluxe Room of choice at RWS (either Hotel Michael or Equarius Hotel)
  • Two adult tickets to Universal Studios Singapore, with early entry from 12-2pm
  • Two adult tickets to S.E.A Aquarium
  • Daily breakfast
  • 2x SGD5 USS retail voucher and 2x SGD5 USS meal voucher*
  • 2x SGD5 S.E.A Aquarium retail voucher and 2x SGD5 S.E.A Aquarium meal voucher*

*Valid for certain dates only.

Address: 8 Sentosa Gateway, 098269

Book here.

6. 1-Altitude’s NYE Party

Photo: @1 Altitude

Say thanks for the mmrs in 2020 and clink champagne classes to the new ones you’d have in 2021 on the rooftop at 1-Altitude. Ring in the 2021 with their NYE party, A New Decade of Celebrations: NYE 2021, for some spectacular views and vibes. Perched on the top floors of the 282 metres-tall One Raffles Place building, 1-Altitude is not only the highest rooftop bar in Singapore, but also the highest al fresco bar in the world. And we daresay nothing beats welcoming a new dawn literally at the top of the world.

Date: 31 December, Thursday

Time: 4pm onwards

Price: $180 per pax; $1,200 per small sofa table; $1,800 per sofa table

Venue: 1-Atitude; 1 Raffles Place, 048616, Singapore 048616

Book here.

7. NYE Stardust Cabin — counting down to 2021 in a cable car!

Photo: @One Faber Group

Book yourselves a NYE Stardust Cabin and enjoy a romantic NYE countdown to 2021 in mid-air! Catch the enthralling New Year’s displays and lights of the Sentosa harbour from your private cabin in comfort.

At $348++ per couple, the 4-course NYE dinner dining menu features sparkling cocktails, Chilled Capellini Pasta, Veloute of Cauliflower Soup, Tajima Wagyu Beef or Chargrilled Whole Lobster for mains and Ivory Passion & Raspberry Dome for dessert. Served with coffee or tea, and a glass of red or white.

Other options include Fly Me to Italy and the Singapore Flavours Cabin. The NYE Celebration Cabin for a group of four has already been sold out, so make sure to book your slots before they are all swiped up!

Address: Harbour Front Tower, Harbourfront Pl, Level 1 2 3, 099254

Book here.

8. Stay home, snuggle up and watch a NYE movie

Kick your feet up and kickstart 2021 in your coziest, happy place — home! Put on your PJs and consider making a movie marathon your new NYE tradition because adulting. Some NYE movies we’d recommend:

  • When Harry Met Sally (for the best eye-bawling New Year scene)
  • Sleepless in Seattle
  • The Holiday
  • About Time
  • High School Musical

After a crazy 2020, we won’t judge — go on, order in your favorite movie snacks and get comfy.

9. Take a retail therapy staycay at Grand Hyatt Singapore

Photo: @Grand Hyatt Singapore

Book yourselves a staycay at Grand Hyatt Singapore for some retail therapy in town and shop for some gifts for yourself to prep you for 2021! A new planner, books you’d want to read, new clothes — you name it. Recharge in the heart of town with it may just be the break you need after working from home for months this entire year.

You’d also be spoiled for choice for a scrumptious New Year Eve dinner since all of their in-house dining outfits have special menus to celebrate the occasion — Mezza9, 10 Scotts, Pete’s Place, Oasis and Straits Kitchen (which is an amazing halal option)!

Address: 10 Scotts Rd, Singapore 228211
Book here.

10. Recharge in nature at Sofitel Sentosa Singapore

Photo: @Sofitel Singapore Sentosa

When we think of luxurious getaways in Singapore, So Sofitel Sentosa is one of the first to come to mind. Set in colonial style buildings with expansive gardens, your heart and mind can truly unwind in its tranquil surroundings.

Kickstart NYE with an extravagant Epicurean brunch spread at Kwee Zeen. At night, ring in the new year with amazing sunset views of the South China Seas at The Cliff. Start your NYE dinner with menu options like Burrata & Caviar and enjoy the cliff-side breeze and lush greenery all around.

Address: 2 Bukit Manis Rd, Sentosa, 099891

Book here.

11. Cozy staycay at Pan Pacific

Photo: @Pan Pacific Singapore

Pan Pacific Singapore is another amazing staycay option overlooking Marina Bay. A stay at this hotel could also entitle you to front-row seats to the magnificent light displays at Marina Bay — make sure to check with the staff while booking!

There’s also a plethora of delicious dining options at Pan Pac to ring in the new year. Keyaki’s has a specially curated eight-course NY set menu that includes Toro Sashimi, Grilled Lobster with Spicy Cod Roe and more. For an alfresco locale, you can opt to dine at the Poolside Bar as well. Those who want to dine with a view, the Atrium pods are an amazing choice for a premium dining experience.

Address: 7 Raffles Blvd, Singapore 039595

Book here.

12. Rooftop skyview dining at Marina Bay Sands

Photo via @Marina Bay Sands.

Undoubtedly one of the best hotels to ring in the New Year, a staycay at MBS Hotel can entail a delicious dip in the infamous infinity pool as you countdown to 2021! Prior to that, soak up the sunset on the decks of Ce La Vie rooftop sky lounge and enjoy East-meets-West tapas. At 57 levels high, revel in breathtaking views of the city’s skyline.

If you’re there on a weekday, schedule in Lavo Restaurant and Rooftop Bar‘s 3-course set lunch ($38++ only). Reservations are required and the menu changes weekly. For NYE celebrations, either rooftop bar is a winner, if you ask me.

Address: 10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956

Book here.

13. Dine in a Rooftop Teepee at Andaz Mr Stock

Photo via @Andaz Singapore.

Don’t ask me what is about rooftops that get people all excited — the truth is, you can always count on rooftop dining to get into the spirit of ushering in a new year!

This NYE, head down to Andaz’s signature rooftop bar, Mr Stork. They are having their New Year’s Eve Celebration Package from Up High that comes with unlimited supply of drinks like champagne, wines, spirits and soft drinks, as well as bar bites featuring hummus, tiger prawns, French fries, smoked brisket sandwiches etc. Book one of their teepees ($198 per pax) for a magical, novel experience.

Address: 5 Fraser St, Level 39, Andaz 189354

Book here.

14. Glamping in the Clouds at Jewel Changi Airport

Photo: @Changi Airport

Staying overnight at an airport has taken on a whole new meaning with Jewel Changi’s Glamping in the Clouds staycation! Experience glamping at our very own iconic Jewel Changi Airport and bask in the travel vibes, since flying abroad for leisure is still not an option at the moment. Wake up to refreshing morning views of the HSBC Rain Vortex and lush greenery in the Shiseido Forest Valley. If you’re not keen on splurging on a staycay, opt to book a glam-picnic instead for a special NYE celebratory lunch or teatime to remember.

Address: Jewel Changi Airport, Cloud9 Piazza, Level 5

Book here.

I for one, am relieved that we can still find slices of heaven and hideaways in our bustling city to take a break and breather from our usual routines. Even though travelling is still out of bounds, let’s welcome these unique and exciting ways to ring in 2021 with the full joy and thrill of the new year — right here in our hometown. Festive season, here we come!

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