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We re­view three fam­ily stay­ca­tion pack­ages for dif­fer­ent bud­gets.

Pack your bags and check into a Sin­ga­pore ho­tel this school hol­i­day. ELISA CHIA re­views three fam­ily stay­ca­tion pack­ages for dif­fer­ent bud­gets.

BE­LOW $920

There’s only one bed in this swanky, spa­cious suite at The Ritz-Carl­ton ho­tel, but my kids didn’t have to squeeze with Hubby and me.

They wouldn’t have wanted to, any­way – they were go­ing glamp­ing.

A sleep­ing tent that could t two kids was pitched next to our king-size bed (main photo). In­side, there was a thick, cushy mat­tress, two pil­lows, a portable night light and adorable Ritz-Carl­ton lion plushies.

The lat­ter were still sealed in plas­tic bags, giv­ing par­ents peace of mind that these are brand new. (You know how eas­ily germs are spread through shared soft toys.)

My kids were so ex­cited, they said they were go­ing to stay up and chat all night in the tent. But that didn’t hap­pen – they were ex­hausted from play­ing at the ho­tel’s new kids’ zone ear­lier on.

Five rooms have been con­verted into a li­brary, cinema, arts and crafts area and two toy rooms – all with views of the amaz­ing Ma­rina Bay.

Drop your kids off here if they are be­tween four and 12 years old – this ser­vice is free. Ba­bies and tots are wel­come, too, if an adult joins them.

The ho­tel pool is un­der ren­o­va­tion till De­cem­ber but in the mean­time, guests can use the ones at the neigh­bour­ing Con­rad Cen­ten­nial ho­tel (ask for the free buggy ser­vice) or head to W Sin­ga­pore at Sen­tosa Cove (a free one-way trans­fer is pro­vided).

Break­fast at Colony was in­cluded un­der our Ritz Kids Night Sa­fari Ad­ven­tures room pack­age. Be­sides of­fer­ing an im­pres­sive spread, the buf­fet restau­rant has live cook­ing sta­tions, with chefs serv­ing pip­ing hot noo­dles, naan and more.

HOW MUCH Un­til Dec 29, you can book a Premier Suite from $780++ per night un­der the Ritz Kids Night Sa­fari Ad­ven­tures room pack­age. It in­cludes break­fast for two adults and two kids. FIND OUT MORE www.tinyurl.com/RitzKids.

BE­LOW $670

Swis­so­tel Mer­chant Court ho­tel has just com­pleted an 18-month-long over­haul and it feels like a new prop­erty all over again.

Its sig­na­ture Kids Room is lled with child-friendly xtures and its decor is awash in a riot of colours that any young guests would ap­prove of.

Dur­ing our stay, my four-year-old son bus­ied him­self with Fisher-Price toys, build­ing blocks and colour­ing sets, while my nine-year-old daugh­ter pored over The Us­borne Book of Princess Sto­ries.

The thought­ful ho­tel team must have ar­ranged these ac­cord­ing to age and gen­der. And both of them went crazy over the Wii video games.

It was a chal­lenge get­ting them to go out and ex­plore nearby Clarke Quay, which came alive at night. We were spoilt for choice with the sheer num­ber of din­ner spots avail­able.

The next morn­ing, we tucked into an in­ter­na­tional buf­fet spread at the ho­tel’s El­len­bor­ough Mar­ket Cafe be­fore we hit the pool.

There are two water slides – one that goes down into the 1.5m deep pool, and an­other one into the 0.5m water-play area.

We had a great time and didn’t want to visit the Univer­sal Stu­dios Sin­ga­pore theme park yet – our Fam­ily Fun Es­cape room pack­age came with two adult and two child tick­ets, which we could use at a later date. An­other

perk: this pro­mo­tion al­lows you to check out at 4pm, in­stead of the usual noon. Nice!

HOW MUCH Book the Fam­ily Fun Es­cape pro­mo­tion at $569++ for two rooms, per night by Dec 31. It in­cludes tick­ets to Univer­sal Stu­dios Sin­ga­pore for two adults and two kids. Buf­fet break­fast at El­len­bor­ough Mar­ket Cafe is avail­able at $30++ per adult and $15++ per child. FIND OUT MORE www.tinyurl.com/ Swis­sotelKids.

BE­LOW $190

En­joy a stay­ca­tion in a down­town ho­tel, but at the room rate of a chalet on the out­skirts of Sin­ga­pore?

Sounds im­pos­si­ble, but we found such a deal at Vil­lage Ho­tel Bugis, (for­merly known as Golden Land­mark Ho­tel).

Over the years, the prop­erty has been over­shad­owed by newer, shinier ho­tels. In­deed, its lobby, lifts and cor­ri­dors look tired and out­dated, but the rooms have been re­fur­bished with new oor­ing, cur­tains and light­ing, among other changes.

When we checked into our child-themed rooms, my two kids ex­claimed: “Waaah!”

They liked the Princess Soa wall­pa­per, car­toon rug, pink sofa bed and cloud­shaped cush­ions on the king-size bed.

We found out from the front desk staff later that other themed rooms have wall­pa­per fea­tur­ing Light­ning McQueen from Cars (pic­tured), Bay­max from Big Hero 6 and Cap­tain Amer­ica.

It’s a pity, though, that the ho­tel doesn’t have a kids’ wa­ter­play area; only a 1.1m-deep pool which faces Rafes Hos­pi­tal.

Break­fast was a sim­ple spread of stir-fried bee hoon, sausages, toast and old-school but­ter cakes at Mooi Chin, its Hainanese restau­rant.

Un­der our Kids First room pack­age, we were also en­ti­tled to rides on the Fun­vee Hop­per open-top dou­bledecker bus, which picked us up from the ho­tel.

My kids were thrilled to play tourists, soak­ing in the sights en route to Gar­dens by the Bay, Chi­na­town – and of course, the his­toric Kam­pong Glam district that is op­po­site the ho­tel.

HOW MUCH Un­til Dec 31, you can book a child-themed su­pe­rior room from $160++ per night. This Kids First pro­mo­tion in­cludes break­fast, as well as Fun­vee Hop­per tick­ets for two adults and one child. FIND OUT MORE www.tinyurl.com/ BugisKids.

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