You don’t need to spend a fortune to go on vacation for less than a week. Here are five exciting holidays that won’t bust your budget* – flights and hotels included! If you book early and in the right season, you can snag a trip to these spots for less than $800.
Trips from Singapore Under $800
Melbourne: 5D4N from $687
A dose of laid-back Aussie lifestyle beckons in cosmopolitan Melbourne, where tiny cafes and vintage boutiques await in the city’s numerous laneways. The Victorian capital is known as a cultural hub – thanks to its host of excellent museums and performing arts centres in the Southbank district – as well as a foodie destination with its large selection of critically acclaimed restaurants.
The Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Melbourne is ideally located right by the architecturally inspiring Federation Square and makes a good base for exploring the city centre. Or check out the Quest on Chapel in chic South Yarra, which is close to the Royal Botanic Gardens and famous St Kilda Beach.
Seoul: 5D4N from $775
Get a crash course in all things K-pop with a trip to funky Seoul where you can dine on scrumptious Korean food, shop for the trendiest fashion apparel and beauty products, and even visit the locations where your favourite dramas were filmed. Stay in the hipster Hongdae neighbourhood, which is filled with charming cafes and cool boutiques – perfect for people watching and to pick up style tips from its fashionable denizens!
The Mono House Hongdae is stylishly furnished in pleasing tones of greys and whites and close to attractions such as the Trick Eye Museum and Hongdae Music Show Theatre. Another well-designed boutique hotel to check out is Hotel The Designers Hongdae.
Nuwara Eliya: 5D4N from $648
Explore the charming highlands and tea plantations of scenic Sri Lanka at Nuwara Eliya. Commonly known as ‘Little England’, this picture-perfect hill town is dotted with colonial-style bungalows for that Instagram moment.
We love the homey Langdale by Amaya, which is located on a tea plantation, offering gorgeous 360-degree views of the surrounding countryside. For a nostalgic throwback to glamorous colonial days, stay at the Mandira Strathdon Bungalow, where you’ll still be able to find modern luxuries such as deep soaking tubs and free Wi-Fi.
Dubai: 4D3N from $789
With soaring skyscrapers and endless entertainment options ranging from theme parks for the family to glitzy restaurants and bars for the adults to party the night away, Dubai is synonymous with ultra-modern luxury. Yet exploring the wealth of the city need not put a hole in your pocket, even if you stay in a five-star hotel.
The family-friendly Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers, which offers panoramic views of the cityscape, is located in the entertainment district and is close to the iconic Palm Jumeirah. In downtown Dubai, stay at Crowne Plaza Dubai – a short distance from the famous Dubai Mall and the Gold Souk – if you are after an authentic Middle Eastern experience.
Okinawa: 5D4N from $780
Experience a unique side to Japan in sunny Okinawa, which is known for its tropical climate, miles of beaches and its one-of-a-kind indigenous culture, which dates back centuries. The capital city Naha is a good place to base your stay as it offers plenty of modern-city comforts while still being a stone’s throw from breathtaking beaches and crystal-clear waters.
The four-star Okinawa NaHaNa Hotel & Spa is centrally located in the heart of Naha and has an on-site spa for those who are after some Japanese-style TLC. Alternatively, the newly renovated Okinawa Kariyushi Urban Resort Naha is within walking distance of the Tomari Port and offers shuttle services to the beach.
With so many exciting adventures awaiting you, it’s time to start planning how to put your annual leave to good use!
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