That glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel might just be a plane taking off. Recently, the Singapore government introduced vaccinated travel lanes with Brunei and Germany. With these lanes, fully vaccinated travellers can depart from both countries and enter Singapore without needing to serve a stay-home notice. However, they have to complete four Covid-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests pre-departure and post-arrival.
If you can’t contain your wanderlust any longer, here are some of our favourite hotels in Germany and three other European countries (France, UK and Switzerland) that accept travellers from Singapore. However, there is a disclaimer: if you do decide to traipse around the continent, you need to spend at least 21 days back in Germany before you can take advantage of the vaccinated travel lanes. Otherwise, you’ll have to be quarantined when you return.
(See also: Silk Road Samarkand – An International Tourist Complex Opens In 2022)
BRENNERS PARK-HOTEL & SPA, BADEN-BADEN, GERMANY
This Oetker Collection Masterpiece Hotel is located in the heart of the picturesque, cosmopolitan town of Baden-Baden. It’s surrounded by scenic parklands and is an icon in the town, having continuously operated for 150 years. Hike around the gorgeous countryside before going for one of its spa treatments.
CHEVAL BLANC PARIS, FRANCE
Opening its doors on the same day as the start of the vaccinated travel lanes, Cheval Blanc is located right in the heart of Paris. It faces the Pont Neuf, the oldest standing bridge across the Seine, and is a short stroll away from the Louvre. The hotel has only 72 rooms and each is an ode to the romance of Paris.
ULTIMA MEGEVE, MONT BLANC, FRANCE
If you prefer the balm of mountain views, make plans to visit the Ultima Megeve. Open all year round, the luxury chalet resort is a private haven away from the bustle of city life. You’ll want for nothing here. From a wine cellar, an arcade room and an underground private nightclub to a full spa with a hammam and even dedicated hairdressers, the resort is a destination.
THE WOODWARD, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
Originally built more than a century ago in 1901, The Woodward went under the architect’s knife and recently reopened its doors to the public. It’s located on the shores of Lake Geneva and features Michelin- starred restaurants and an award-winning Guerlain Spa.
THE LANESBOROUGH, LONDON
In 2019, it was voted the top hotel in London, in Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards, and was once upon a time, the most expensive hotel in the city. It’s still a fantastic old dame and is home to top destinations, including the Michelin-starred Celeste restaurant and the always vibrant Library Bar. Go for the classic cocktails and enjoy the atmosphere.