6 Corporate Getaway Ideas If You are Planning to Get out of Singapore

Your boss is planning for a company getaway from Singapore. The problem is:

He wants you to plan it.

Planning a company getaway is not easy. The first thing in planning a company getaway is deciding where to go. But there are lots of restrictions you have to work with. Most common restrictions are:

  • It should not be too far away.
  • You have a tight budget per person.
  • It should take place 2 days 1 night, i.e., over the weekend.
  • You can conduct some bonding activities there.

We try to make this process easy for you. Here’s a list of x recommended places you can go for your company getaway. We also include the estimated cost and journey time for your convenience.

Bali

Bali

When it comes to getaway, you can’t go wrong with Bali. There are lots of things you can do in Bali. For example:

  • Playing games on the beach, such as beach volleyball;
  • Going for tours where you can experience the ancient Balinese culture;
  • Biking through the villages;

There is also no lack of good restaurants.

In short, if your budget allows, Bali is an ideal place for a short getaway.

Getting to Bali: You can find flights from as low as $250 with Jetstar. The timing is around 2 hours 40 minutes.

Accommodation: You can find rooms as cheap as $70 per room for 3-stars hotels. If you are sharing this means S$35 per person.

Total cost per pax: Between S$300 to S$400, depending on the accommodation choice.

Batam

Batam

Batam is an ideal choice if time is a constraint. You can reach Batam in 45 minutes from HarbourFront Ferry Terminal. This is even shorter than taking MRT from Tampines to Jurong.

So what can you do on this island?

Top activities include:

  • Visiting the magnificent Barelang Bridge, a Golden Gate Bridge lookalike
  • Shopping in Nagoya Hill Shopping Mall or Batam City Square Mall
  • Tried out adventurous water sports like banana boat, windsurfing, kayaking and jet ski.
  • For seafood lovers, of course, enjoying the cheap and fresh seafood.

No matter your preference is indoor or outdoor activities, you can find something to do in Batam.

Getting to Batam: Ferry costs less than $50 including the return trip. You can take the ferry from Harbourfront Ferry Terminal. The journey will take 45 minutes. The price includes the surcharge.

Accommodation: You can find rooms as cheap as $50 per room for 3-stars hotels. If you are sharing this means S$25 per person.

Total cost per pax: Less than S$100, depending on the accommodation choice.

Bintan

Bintan

Like Batam, Bintan is a popular getaway destination among Singaporeans. You can reach Bintan in 55 minutes from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal.

If your group includes people who have visited Batam, why not give Bintan a shot?

Most Bintan visitors opt for a stay-in-resort type of break. If you are feeling adventurous, you can book various eco-tours. These eco-tours include:

  • Mangrove Discovery Tour
  • Sri Bintan Kampung Tour
  • Traditional Fishing Tour

You can also trek Gunung Bintan, a 340-metre high mountain.

During the non-peak period, the resorts can be pretty empty. This will give an illusion that your company books the whole resort. It is also easier for you to book function rooms.

If you want an affordable corporate getaway, Bintan should be top of your consideration.

Getting to Bintan: Ferry costs about S$60 including the return trip. You can take the ferry from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal. The journey will take 55 minutes. The price includes the surcharge.

Accommodation: Bintan is more expensive than Batam. The rates are about S$75 to S$150 per night for 3-stars hotels. If you are sharing this means S$75 per person.

Total cost per pax: Around S$150 depending on the accommodation choice.

Malacca

Malacca

If you are into culture and heritage, Malacca should be top of your choice. Malacca is a UNESCO World Heritage site. You can find Catholic churches, mosques and Buddhist temples all in one place. But a specialty in Malacca is the Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum.

A good way to explore the city is to through the river cruise. The best time to take the cruise is during sunset. When the darkness falls, you will see the street lights decorations.

One reason for going to Malaysia is the food. Malacca is no exception. Jonker Street is the famous night market in Malacca. You can try their famous Chendol and Chicken Rice Ball.

Getting to Malacca: The most popular option is to take a bus. It cost about S$50 per pax including the return trip. The journey will take 3 hours. If you have a lot of people, do consider booking a minibus.

Accommodation: You can find decent 3-star hotels at S$75 per night. This means about S$40 per person if you are sharing.

Total cost per pax: Less than S$100 depending on the accommodation choice.

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is a city like Singapore. But it is a shopping haven for Singaporeans. You can get things that you always wanted to buy, but at a lower price.

Hunting for bargains? There are lots of pasar malams around.

That’s being said, KL is more than a shopping paradise. Some other highlights of the city include the Petronas Towers and Batu Caves.

Looking for a company’s shopping trip with a little of sightseeing? KL should be your consideration.

Getting to KL: You can either take a bus (which take 5 to 6 hours) or fly to KL in about 1 hour. For the best timing, flight costs about S$160 per pax. I do not recommend taking bus given the one-day nature of the getaway.

Accommodation: You can find decent 3-star hotels at S$75 per night. This means about S$40 per person if you are sharing.

Total cost per pax: Less than S$100 depending on the accommodation choice.

Port Dickson

Port Dickson

Port Dickson is a great destination if you just want to chill out. As it is a lesser known tourist attraction, do not expect to see a lot of people over there.

Some of the usual activities you can do at Port Dickson:

  • Visiting the Army Museum where you will learn the military history of Malaysia;
  • Chilling out by the beaches and enjoy the sea breeze;
  • Learn more about animals at the Ostrich Show Farm.

There isn’t much you can do at Port Dickson. But that’s the beauty. This makes Port Dickson suitable for a 2-day short trip.

Getting to Port Dickson: The usual way is to take a bus which costs about S$70 including return trip. The journey takes about 5 hours. If you are going to Port Dickson, you may want to leave early in the morning.

Accommodation: You can find accommodation at about S$100 per night for a 3-stars hotel. If you are sharing the room, it will cost S$50 per person per night.

Total cost per pax: Total cost is about S$150 depending on the accommodation choice.

Weekend Cruise

Star Cruises

If the budget allows, you should consider going for a weekend cruise. The typical cruise left on Friday evening, and will be back on Sunday morning. You will spend 2 nights onboard.

So what’s so special about a cruise experience?

First, you have almost unlimited food. There is a total of 5 meals per day. You can bond with your colleagues over these 5 meals.

Second, ever find yourself avoiding the casino because of the $100 levy? Good news, you can go into the casino onboard. But make sure you do not over gamble.

Third, there are various shows available. Sometimes they can be pretty interesting.

The downside of a cruise trip is that it is expensive. So only consider this when you have the budget.

Depending on the season and the number of persons, 2-night cruise can cost between S$500 to S$700 per person.

Risk

In every travel, there is always a risk. While these places are attractive, they are not as safe as Singapore. Petty theft can be common.

Also, if you are flying to your destination, flight delay is also a possibility.

Travel insurance is one common way to manage this risk. Although it would not help you to prevent them, at least you will get some compensation.

Anthola Singapore is a general insurance agent. We specialize in providing services such as travel insurance claims to our clients.

Our travel insurance platform provides quotations of travel insurance for your corporate getaway. If there are more than 10 people, you may contact us directly for a special discount.

Conclusion

Planning a corporate getaway can be a headache. I hope this article gives you a head start in deciding where to go.

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