Secret Escapes deal to the Singapore Grand Prix
Secret Escapes has an interesting deal to the Singapore Grand Prix which includes
- Three-day tickets to the Singapore F1,
- Four-night stay at the Park Hotel Clarke Quay
- Economy flights with Singapore airline (optional Business Class flights)
For those unfamiliar with Secret Escapes, it is a members only website with hand-picked hotels, holidays and exclusive offers. They guarantee to offer the best rates online during a sale. Every week they run up to 140 short ‘flash sales’ lasting around ten days each. It is free to join and if you use this link to sign up you will receive £15 credit off your first booking
The three-day ticket to the Singapore F1 Grand Prix – includes practice, qualifying and the race itself within a choice of three different grandstand locations. The headline price is for the Bay Grandstand. You will also have tickets to the after-race concerts, which feature world-class headline acts and a city tour’s included. Last years concerts featured Queen + Adam Lambert, Kylie Minogue and Bastille amongst others.
Park Hotel Clarke Quay has a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence but is rated 4/5. The most common complaint seems to be the size of the rooms but this deal includes a deluxe room which is bigger than standard. The hotel is located in between the bustling Robertson Quay and Clarke Quay and is within easy reach of Singapore’s Formula 1 track and grandstands.
There are plenty of facilities in the hotel including the outdoor pool with city and river views and a spa with traditional Asian therapies. There is a shuttle bus to take you to Marina Bay for the world’s only night-time Formula 1 Grand Prix.
Singapore airlines is a highly regarded airline which has an overall 5* rating on Sky Trax and 4.5* for long haul economy. Their business class is particularly good which you can read about here. If you wanted Business Class seats the prices start from £3698.
Is it a good deal?
If we look at the prices booked direct individually we can see how good a deal this is. We will take the lowest price package as an example:
Flights on Singapore airlines (economy) : £476pp
Hotel room pp with 2 sharing in Deluxe room 4 nights: £550
Bay Grandstand 3 day ticket pp: £157
Total: £1183 Secret Escapes price: £1299
Saving = -£116 less than Secret Escapes price
Verdict: Although you get a few extras such as the city tour and transfers, they are not enough to justify the extra cost in my opinion.
If we look at business class it is a much better deal:
Flights on Singapore airlines (business) : £4153
Hotel room with 2 sharing in Deluxe room 4 nights: £550
Bay Grandstand 3 day ticket: £157
Total: £4860 Secret Escapes price £3698
Saving = £1162 more than Secret Escapes
Verdict: Like for like this is a really good deal. You could, however, get cheaper flights if you didn’t mind flying indirect. For example, Malaysian have the same dates for £1600 in business class which would make the total £2307.