Year-End Holidays: Take a short break from Singapore


Before you know it, another year has almost whizzed past. Travelling, shopping, making new acquaintances, experiencing new adventures — thankfully there is still time to squeeze them all in with a little break. Why not explore a new place, live it up and make the last leg of 2017 a memorable one? Here are some places you can visit from Singapore that are sure to give you the holiday you desire.

Kuala Lumpar

Where to start is the quandary here! A skyline filled with majestic skyscrapers including the world-famous Petronas Twin Towers to places steeped in colonial architecture like the Sultan Abdul Samad building, this city is modern, yet retains an old-world charm. Head out to the majestic Batu caves, a celebrated worship place for Hindus, situated on a limestone hill.

Enjoy a day with the flora and fauna at the Perdana Botanical gardens and Aquaria KLCC, home to over 150 species of marine life. Be prepared to haul extra luggage. From glitzy malls like the Pavilion Kuala Lumpur and Suria KLCC to street markets like Petaling Street and Chow kit market, the largest wet market in the city, there is so much to explore.

Check out these attractive HomeAways that are guaranteed to make your stay a comfortable one!

SoHo Suites KLCC

At the heart of the city is this luxurious and modern three-bedroom suite with unbeatable views of the iconic Petronas towers and KL Towers. The Pavilion KL, Fahrenheit 88 as well as popular clubs like Zouk and Beach Club Café are also easily accessible, so fitting in some late night partying on your break will not be a problem. The HomeAway comes with all amenities, so whether it is an evening of staying in and cooking a meal, or heading out using the nearby subway, you are well covered. End your late evenings, watching the shining lights of the skyscrapers as you laze into the pool for a swim.

Average price per night: SGD 221

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Beautiful Apartment at Vortex KLCC

To stay right at the centre of all the action in KL, check into this HomeAway furnished tastefully, with a bold contemporary touch. Conveniently located just 300m from the train station, you will have the advantage of being in proximity to well-known restaurants, pubs, nightlife and fun places for children like the Aquaria KLCC. Enjoy perks like free high-speed internet and no cleaning fee. Whether you are traveling solo, as a couple or a group with or without kids, you will love this place guarantees the owner. ‘Hakuna Matata’ reads the wall décor in the main bedroom, and we couldn’t agree more!

Average price per night: SGD 99

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Lavis Suite near Sunway Putra Mall

 Make your holiday even more special at this beautifully done-up one-bedroom suite that looks like it has stepped right out of a magazine catalogue. You are so going to want this stunning home on your Instagram feed! This one’s also a paradise for shopping enthusiasts. A stay here gets you up, close and personal with your favourite brands at several malls like the Sunway Putra shopping mall, Suria KLCC and the exciting Berjaya Times Square. Don’t forget to enjoy the views of the city from the infinity pool on the rooftop of the Regalia Residence.

Average price per night: SGD 82

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Hong Kong

A delightful smorgasbord of varied cultures, cuisines, modern architecture, swanky shopping centres and traditional markets, Hong Kong’s historical influences give it a unique spin, making a destination where one visit is too less. This is a city of awe-inspiring skyscrapers like the International Commerce Centre and the historic Bank of China Tower.

On your itinerary, make time for the Po Lin Monastery, home to the Tian Tan Buddha and the ancient Man Mo Temple. Take the tram up to the Victoria Peak for unparalleled views of the mountains and lush green parks.  Also recommended is a night cruise over the Victoria Harbour for a stunning spectacle of lights.

When in Hong Kong, can shopping be far behind? From luxurious and mid-range shopping centres to flea markets, you are sure to walk out with a great deal. We recommend the Harbour city, Landmark and Times Square for brands. Head over to the Ladies market and Temple Street night market for a shopping experience of a lifetime. Got kids? This city has Disneyland. Need we say more?

Can’t wait to book yourself a place to stay? Here are some great options.

Luxurious high-rise apartment with gym and pool

A visit to Hong Kong, more famously known as the city of skyscrapers, befits a home that offers comfortable luxury. We suggest this brand new two-bedroom HomeAway in the clouds. A fully furnished apartment, the apartment’s colour tones, furnishings and amenities are sure to bowl you over. Get access to the modern clubhouse with a rooftop swimming pool. Restaurants, pubs, shopping, train station, they are all within walking distance, leaving nothing to complain about.

Average price per night: SGD 763

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3-bedroom lavish apartment

With three spacious bedrooms, a warm, welcoming ambience and a fully stocked home, this comfortable and roomy HomeAway  could be just what the doctor ordered for your friends and family. Accessibility will not be a concern, as the apartment is located at Tsim Sha Tsui, famed for its shopping malls like Harbour city, restaurants, and tons of entertainment options. If you are traveling with kids, you can make use of the baby cot and stroller and take your kids to a huge playground, just minutes away by walk.

The owner says this apartment is everything you would wish for on a holiday. We couldn’t agree more.

Average price per night: SGD 298

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Cosy apartment near Jordan MTR

Love travel knick-knacks, a snazzy and comfortable décor for your own home? Then take inspiration from this contemporary HomeAway. You may find it to be the perfect partner to your holiday adventures. Family friendly, stylish and located just a minute away from Jordan MTR. Whether it is the bustling pace of Tsim Sha Tsui or the tranquillity of the Kowloon Park you are looking for, you will find it all next door. ‘Keep calm and carry on’, reads the coffee table rug in this home. That’s a wise travel motto, we think.

Average price per night: SGD 151

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Bangkok

What makes a perfect short break from the life of routine we lead? Loads of pampering, great food, and affordable shopping! If your holiday must-haves match ours, then book your holiday to Bangkok right away. Of course, Bangkok is all this and more. A spiritual retreat, timeless canals connecting the past to the present, a happening nightlife, Bangkok is for those who like to be on the move.

Around the bloom of bougainvillea and frangipani is a city that is as dynamic as they come. For a unique shopping experience, head to Sukhumvit with its incredible malls like Terminal 21 and EmQuartier. If you like history and architecture, you must drop by at The Grand Palace and Wat Pho, known as the temple of the reclining Buddha. Take a ride along the many canals and explore the floating markets of Thonburi. If you are a fan of street shopping, you will want to pitch a tent and never leave! The Chatuchak weekend market with thousands of stalls selling everything under the sun is a sight you will never forget.

Why not look for a place that gives you the best of facilities at attractive prices and at great locations? Here are the HomeAways we recommend.

Apartment in Central Bangkok

This easily accessible HomeAway might just have it all. A brand-new property, it comes with wooden floors, soft pastel decor, a well-equipped kitchenette and a panoramic view of the city. Work up a sweat at the gym and sauna or relax by the pool. You can even enjoy a game of table tennis or billiards while the kids have a gala time at an exclusive play area. With friendly and service-oriented staff around to help you, you are assured utmost security and privacy during your break.

Average price per night: SGD 84

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Two-bedroom apartment on Soi 21 Bangkok

If staying close to the vibrant street life of the city interests you, you should book into this lavishly done-up HomeAway,  in proximity to the train stations.  Your stay in this airy, spacious home with brand new furniture and fittings will ensure that you never live in an impersonal hotel room again. Enjoy special privileges like daily housekeeping and concierge services right from hiring a car with driver to dry cleaning, ticketing, and a personal guide.

The Sukhumvit Road’s shopping and entertainment places are located nearby too, so make the most of your holiday as you book your massages, head out for happy hours or book a table at the best restaurants in the city.

Average price per night: SGD 103

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Safe and spacious, city view with the best location

 This HomeAway is tailormade for the passionate traveller. Come home to find a poster of the world map on the wall, urging you to take a look at what new adventures lie in store. Explore little treasures like a vintage French clock and interesting photo frames. A rejuvenating walk in the lush green garden or cooking up a meal with fresh ingredients in a well-equipped kitchen are sure to create lasting memories. What’s more, the Udomsuk Skytrain Station is just a two-minute walk from here. Enjoy the local markets during the day and street food stalls at night.

Average price per night: SGD 40

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Penang

Dubbed the ‘pearl’ of the orient, Penang, with its serene beaches, rich multicultural history and fishing villages is a traveller’s delight. Explore the beauty of 19th century architecture in capital city George Town with its ancient homes, temples, mosques and historic buildings. Ordained a UNESCO world heritage site, you will love the charm of this timeless city.

Fancy a party zone?  The Batu Ferringhi with its white sand beaches and buzzing nightlife is a favourite amongst the young crowd. Head over to Teluk Bahang, a lovely fishing village and get a taste of local life. Penang is regarded as the food capital of Malaysia, so don’t forget to try delicious items like the Char Koay Teow, Assam Laksa and Cendol.

Malls like the Gurney Paragon Mall and Queensbay Mall stock up on all major brands and offer attractive discounts. But the real shopping lies in the streets. At markets like the Batu Ferringhi night market and the Little Penang Street market, you can pick up quirky merchandise, perfect to take home as memories from the holiday.

Check out these great HomeAway deals that are sure to make your stay a memorable one.

Seaside holiday apartment

Relaxing by the pool with a drink in hand and watching the tranquil waves wash over the beautiful white sand beach – that, folks, is the picture of a perfect holiday. In this HomeAway, you get that and more. This recently renovated, tastefully furnished and well equipped home with a patio provides unbeatable views of the lush green hill and the sea. Some of the best restaurants and bars are nearby, making it an ideal location if you are keen to experience the nightlife of the city.

Average price per night: SGD 111

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Modern rustic beachside bungalow

If you are planning to travel with a large group to celebrate the end of the year, this might be just what you need. With six bedrooms, accommodating up to 16 guests, equipped kitchen and facilities, BBQ and a huge garden, this HomeAway is a great choice. You will love the rustic interiors of this bungalow and its spacious design. Enjoy being at a stone’s throw away from the beach. All major attractions in Penang are within a short drive away as well. The cushions declare ‘Home’, just as you enter. A nice touch that one!

Average price per night: SGD 289

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The White House at Straits Quay

Want to end the year with a bang? Then we recommend you surprise your family and friends, by booking a holiday at this expansive HomeAway that spells elegance and sophistication. Pearly white floors and matching cushions, courtyard terrace, gated security point and gym, this home is three-storeys high and are a picture of pure luxury. There is ample parking space if you have people over.  Just five minutes from here is the seaside mall, Straits Quay. The popular Gurney Drive, Gurney Plaza, and Batu Ferringhi beach are also a short distance away.

Average price per night: SGD 164

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Melaka

Culture, history, architecture, beaches and the air of having walked into a different era, you get all these and more at Melaka, located on Malaysia’s western coast. It is not hard to see why this former low-key fishing village is now a UNESCO World Heritage site and a popular choice of tourists around the world.

Head to the Stadthuys, a building that has seen a succession of governments like the Dutch, Portuguese and British. If only the walls could talk! Explore more history with the A’Famosa fort that was once a fortress for the Portuguese rulers and the iconic Christ Church with its red brick walls.

Get up close with the crawlies at the Butterfly & Reptile sanctuary, home to several animals including crocodiles and snakes. Don’t miss the Jonker Street, the weekend market that never sleeps. From street food to local merchandise, you will find a real lively atmosphere here. The Malacca River has a life of its own. Take a cruise and enjoy the sights and sounds of this lovely city.

Homely and spacious house for getaway

At this bright and contemporary HomeAway, convenience is the catchword. From the extra storage space for upto 12 guests and spacious kitchen to the availability of recreational activities, the owner says that ‘comfortable, spacious and relaxing best describes the home.’ Located in the heart of the city, this home offers you perks like a sound system, brand new air-conditioner and 24-hours security where entry is through a card system. There is also a swimming pool, gym, play area for kids and no cleaning fee. Popular snack shops, the Portuguese settlement, and street markets are all accessible within a drive of a few minutes.

Average price per night: SGD 165

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Traditional Malay house

This is like the homes in old classics, but only better. Extend Melaka’s charm to your stay at this traditional Malay HomeAway that promises to get the electronic devices out of your children’s hands. Known as ‘Rumah Melayu’ in Malaysia, this 2-storey home can accommodate up to eight guests. Fresh breeze, a garden blooming with orchids, complimentary bicycles, a small pool and impromptu gardening lessons to grow your own vegetables, you will have no reasons to regret your decision to book this home. Away from the noise of the city yet just 20 minutes away, this fully furnished home, christened as Garden D’Art by the owner, promises to be an unforgettable experience.

Average price per night: SGD 263

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Stylish and spacious home at Malacca River with a stunning view

Chic, stylish and loaded with amenities, there is so much to like about this spacious 1200 sq. ft. high floor residence overlooking the Malacca River. Start your day with a walk along the tranquil riverside. Bond over some good old board games, play a game of tennis or basketball, or get into the jacuzzi for some much-needed downtime. If you are taking the break with kids, then you are in luck. The water slides in the pool will keep them busy for hours. This place also has 24 hours security, and you will have exclusive card access to your unit.

Shop in glee! At your doorstep are four levels of departmental store, cafes, and restaurants. The best part? The famous UNESCO Heritage sites and Jonker market are easily accessible.

Average price per night: SGD 203

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Jakarta

Jakarta is many cities in one. One moment, it is a city in a rush, with unending queues of cars and bikes, sparkling buildings and malls. And then just the next moment, it becomes a city that traces its origin back to the 4th century.

Start your city tour with the National Monument Tower (Monas), a symbol of the freedom struggle. History buffs would not want to miss the National Museum, at Medan Merdeka Barat, that stores the fascinating history of the country of over two centuries. Window shop (and bargain!) for antiques at the Jalan Surabaya market and pick up interesting textiles and souvenirs from the bustling street markets like the Tanah Abang and Pasar Baru market.

For gemstones, there is no better place than the Rawa Bening market. If adventure beckons, the Jakarta Bay with its ferries and snorkelling over clear waters would be perfect for you. Take the kids to Ancol Dreamland, an amusement park for a fun day. You are sure to get brownie points from your family for this one!

Here are some of the best HomeAways we recommend in the city:

Signature apartment in West Jakarta

Surrounded by the hustle and bustle of the CBD area and yet a peaceful retreat to come back to – that’s a rare feature available in this HomeAway. Enter into a spacious place done up with imperial beige marble flooring, comfortable leather sofa, top-notch amenities and 24 hours security. Work up some sweat at the squash court, relax in the pool and enjoy the patio overlooking the upscale locales. The Puri Indah mall, Lippo mall, and PX Pavilion mall are all just minutes away, tailor made for a great shopping expedition.

Average price per night: SGD 125

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Cosy studio apartment

 Think of studio apartments and a box with a bed come to mind. Not so for this cosy and beautifully furnished HomeAway with wooden flooring that has just the right elements to ensure a comfortable stay. Surrounded by malls, restaurants, and supermarkets, it is just a ten-minute walk from the Kalibata station. This child friendly place has several recreational facilities like a tennis court and swimming pool and is close to the Halim airport as well. A great value deal!

Average price per night: SGD 35

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Comfortable apartment close to shopping centres

 Feel right at home in this comfortable HomeAway, whose satin curtains, floral paintings and wall hangings make you feel like you belong, almost instantly. Nestled in the midst of grand shopping centres like Plaza Indonesia and grand Indonesia, you are never too far away from all the action. What’s more, you can celebrate right into the night. Grab a midnight snack in any one of the several 24-hour restaurants nearby. A pool, gym and modern kitchen amenities will make your stay a memorable one.

Average price per night: SGD 67

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Best location in Kuningan Jakarta

 Let your holiday hit the high note with a view of the posh CBD from the 25th floor. This is a snug studio HomeAway with a spacious bedroom, aesthetically decorated interiors and fully loaded household facilities. The complex is an exclusive one, offering several recreational facilities for adults and children. The Kuningan City mall, housing popular restaurants and the Ambassador mall are among the several well-known shopping centres nearby. Get easy access to the other parts of the city as the TransJakarta Busway stop is just a three-minute walk away. With a concierge on call 24/7, no request will be too far-fetched.

End your evening enjoying a cup of coffee or a drink at the lovely patio that overlooks the city.

Average price per night: SGD 35

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Use promocode SAVE8 to get an additional 8% discount on all bookings made between 1 Nov 2017 and 31 Dec 2017 on homeaway.com.sg / homeaway.com.my

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