DayAway, a platform that offers daycations at luxury hotels such as Raffles, Fullerton and InterContinental Singapore

Fullerton Bay Hotel

Some days, you just need a couple of hours or so to relax before going back into the grind

We’re in Phase 2 (heightened alert), which means we aren’t allowed to dine out or gather in groups of more than two. Lucky for us, we’re still allowed to check into a hotel for some quiet time. Singapore has no lack of luxury hotels and resorts, and apps like HoteLux are rewarding members with points upon booking. But where does one go when they need a quick respite within the day?

The answer would be DayAway, a newly launched platform that partners local five-star luxury hotels to curate a series of daytime experiences for its users. Choose from one of two categories available: WorkAway provides a change in scenery as you work, while DayAway comes with perks such as afternoon tea, pool access and massages.

Experiences include The Grand Lobby Pass (S$80) at Raffles Hotel Singapore, which includes three hours of access to its lobby, S$60 credit to be used at The Grand Lobby, and a 15 per cent discount at Raffles operated F&B outlets. There’s also Sunrise Spa and Swim (S$218), which comes with a 60-minute massage, hand-and-foot ritual, and two hours at the pool where you can relax post-treatment.

Spending the day attending meetings near Robertson Quay, and need a place to freshen up and get some work done in between? M Social’s Loft DayAway (S$140) package includes the chance to use the Gallery Loft Room from 9am to 6pm, access to the swimming pool, and 15 per cent off meals from Beast & Butterflies.

And for those who’ve yet to celebrate Mother’s Day, there’s still time. At The Fullerton Hotel’s Suite Day for Mom (S$648) comes with six hours of access to a Loft Suite, an hour’s access to the rooftop pool, afternoon tea, a bottle of wine and 20 per cent off the in-room dining menu. To sweeten the deal, you’ll also enjoy 50 per cent off treatments at The Fullerton Spa.

Membership fees do not exist. Gift cards do, though

The best part? There’s no membership fee. While there are currently just five hotels listed ­ – including The Fullerton Bay Hotel and InterContinental Singapore – DayAway is working on onboarding other partners, giving you time to decide how you’d like to spend your time once measures are loosened. And give it time, this concept will surely catch on internationally.

Gift cards are also available, great for loved ones, colleagues, but even better as a treat for oneself. If you’d like to thank me for introducing you to DayAway, you know what to do.