short and sweet

The Septem­ber school hol­i­days may be just a week long, but you can still squeeze in a pam­per­ing stay­ca­tion. LYNN WEE susses out the best deals.

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HIP HANGOUT

Es­cape from the hus­tle and bus­tle of city life at W Sin­ga­pore – Sen­tosa Cove. It boasts one of Sin­ga­pore’s largest re­sort out­door pool ar­eas which is open 24 hours a day. Kids can groove along to the beat with un­der­wa­ter speak­ers while you sip on a cock­tail.

If you can tear them away from the pool, you can rent movies, Xbox 360 and PS3 con­soles for free, or head out to the many fun zones that Sen­tosa of­fers, from themed rides at Univer­sal Stu­dios Sin­ga­pore, zip lin­ing at Megazip, to pre­tend play at Kidza­nia Sin­ga­pore.

HOW MUCH The Stay for Fun pack­age starts from $430++ per night in a Won­der­ful room, which can ac­com­mo­date two adults and two kids (you must stay at least two nights). It in­cludes daily break­fast for two adults and one child (pay $24++ for an ad­di­tional child), as well as tick­ets to one of the fol­low­ing at­trac­tions – Ad­ven­ture Cove Water­park, Sin­ga­pore Cable Car, Kidza­nia Sin­ga­pore, Megazip, Sea Aquar­ium, and Univer­sal Stu­dios Sin­ga­pore.

FIND OUT MORE www. wsin­ga­pore­sen­tosacove.com/ stay­for­fun

CLOSE TO NATURE

Ho­tel Jen Tan­glin Sin­ga­pore’s Fam­ily Value pack­age ac­com­mo­dates ev­ery­one in the fam­ily with­out break­ing the bank. Be­sides daily break­fast buf­fet for a fam­ily of four at J65, you’ll en­joy 50 per cent off the sec­ond room and free laun­dry ser­vice for one bag per stay.

The ho­tel has a gen­er­ously sized pool that spans 30m, a baby pool, as well as a whirlpool. Check out its trick­eye wall for an In­sta-friendly op­ti­cal il­lu­sion shot, too.

The Sin­ga­pore Botanic Gar­dens is a short stroll away, so pack a pic­nic bas­ket and let the lit­tle ones loose at the Ja­cob Bal­las Chil­dren’s Gar­den. Hop on the free shut­tle bus to Or­chard Road for more shop­ping, din­ing and en­ter­tain­ment op­tions.

HOW MUCH Rates start from $260++ per night for a Su­pe­rior room. Two rooms can ac­com­mo­date two adults and two kids. FIND OUT MORE www.tinyurl. com/ho­tel-jen-tan­glin

GRAND GETAWAY

Did you know that The Fuller­ton Ho­tel is Sin­ga­pore’s 71st na­tional mon­u­ment?

Stay at this grand neo­clas­si­cal build­ing and take ad­van­tage of its free her­itage tour – you’ll even get ex­clu­sive ac­cess to pre­served ar­eas within the prop­erty.

Equally mes­meris­ing is the ho­tel’s 25m out­door innity pool, which is set against a pic­turesque back­drop of Doric col­umns and over­looks the Sin­ga­pore sky­line.

Your lit­tle one will feel like roy­alty here, thanks to the well-thought-out ameni­ties, which in­clude kid-size bathrobes, bed­room slip­pers, a colour­ing book and an ice cream pass. If you need cou­ple time, en­gage the ho­tel’s baby-sit­ting ser­vices, which are avail­able at an ad­di­tional charge.

Ven­ture be­yond the ho­tel on a Go­green Seg­way or e-scooter, and zip your way around the Civic District, which fea­tures kid-friendly des­ti­na­tions like the Na­tional Gallery, Gar­dens by the Bay and Asian Civil­i­sa­tions Mu­seum. Com­plete the ad­ven­ture with a bum­boat ride along the Sin­ga­pore River and iconic Mer­lion Park.

HOW MUCH The Fuller­ton Fam­ily pack­age in­cludes a buf­fet break­fast for two adults and two chil­dren at Town restau­rant, one-hour Go­green mo­bil­ity de­vice rental for four peo­ple, and one-day tick­ets for two adults and two chil­dren to the Ad­ven­ture Cove Water­park. Rates start from $378++ per night for a Pre­mier Court­yard room, which can ac­com­mo­date two adults and two kids. Valid for stays un­til Dec 29.

FIND OUT MORE www.tinyurl. com/fuller­ton-stay­ca­tion

PER­FECT FOR BA­BIES

Who says it’s cum­ber­some to go on a stay­ca­tion with a baby in tow? At Park Ho­tel Clarke Quay, in-room ameni­ties are tai­lored for such fam­i­lies – a baby cot, toi­letries, bath­tub, steam ster­iliser and elec­tric bot­tle warmer are avail­able for free. Chil­dren un­der 12 years old stay for free, and con­nect­ing rooms are avail­able.

En­joy views of the Sin­ga­pore River at its pool and eat your way through the many award-win­ning restau­rants along Clarke Quay.

The Mu­seum District, which fea­tures var­i­ous cen­tres such as the Na­tional Mu­seum, the Na­tional Gallery Sin­ga­pore, and the Per­anakan Mu­seum, are close by, as well.

Stay on a Fri­day or Satur­day and treat the fam­ily to a BBQ buf­fet with pre­mium cuts and suc­cu­lent seafood at the Co­cobolo Pool­side Bar + Grill ($68++ per adult and $34++ per child).

HOW MUCH The Fam­ily Mo­ments pack­age of­fers two rooms for a total of $400++ per night, sufcient for two adults and two kids. It in­cludes lunch and din­ner for two kids (from the kids’ menu) at Porta, when ac­com­pa­nied by pay­ing adults. Valid un­til Dec 31.

FIND OUT MORE www.tinyurl. com/parkho­tel-clarke-quay

LIVE IT UP

The St Regis Sin­ga­pore may be renowned for its ex­ten­sive art col­lec­tion and famed but­ler ser­vice, but it of­fers fam­ily-friendly stay­ca­tion ex­pe­ri­ences, too.

Choose ei­ther a round-trip day out to Univer­sal Stu­dios Sin­ga­pore or a nature tour to the Sin­ga­pore Botanic Gar­dens, where you’ll in­dulge in a pic­nic lunch with gourmet sand­wiches, sal­ads and drinks.

The pack­age in­cludes a wel­come gift bag – con­tain­ing gifts vary­ing from a colour­ing book, board games to sto­ry­books – for new­borns to kids aged 17, and daily break­fast for two at Brasserie Les Saveurs (pay an ex­tra $23.50++ for a child aged four to 12).

Don’t miss the in­ter­ac­tive 30-minute tour of its art col­lec­tion, which is held daily at 6pm (reg­is­tra­tion re­quired).

HOW MUCH Rates start from $407++ per night for an Ex­ec­u­tive Deluxe room with a min­i­mum stay of two nights. The room can ac­com­mo­date a fam­ily of four and roll­away beds are avail­able for free. Roll­away beds are only ap­pli­ca­ble for room cat­e­gories from the Grand Deluxe room and above. FIND OUT MORE www.tinyurl. com/stregis-stay­ca­tion

KIDS’ HAVEN

Shangri-La’s Rasa Sen­tosa Re­sort and Spa is a beach­front re­sort, but it of­fers so many kid-friendly ac­tiv­i­ties that your kid may not even ven­ture out to the sand.

Chil­dren aged ve to 12 years old have ac­cess to its Toots Club, where they will be en­ter­tained with recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties such as a scav­enger hunt, wa­ter polo and kayak­ing. The club’s high­light is a gi­ant tree­house slide (pic­tured) that winds from the third level to the rst, end­ing in a colour­ful ball pit.

Kids be­low ve will have fun at the Mini Toots Club, which fea­tures a gi­ant block puz­zle, coloured ball pits and baby rock­ers (but they must be ac­com­pa­nied by an adult).

The re­sort also has an out­door play­ground, a shaded kid’s pool with three wa­ter slides, and a fun Splash Pad for wa­ter play. Nearby at­trac­tions in­clude the Sea Aquar­ium, Mosh! and Iy Sin­ga­pore.

HOW MUCH Rates start from $435++ per night for a Deluxe Pool View room, which can ac­com­mo­date two adults and two kids. The Fam­ily Fun pack­age in­cludes daily buf­fet break­fast and din­ner at Sil­ver Shell Cafe, one hour of wa­ter­sports fa­cil­i­ties and en­try to Sen­tosa Is­land. FIND OUT MORE www.tinyurl. com/shangrila-rasa-sen­tosa

AD­VEN­TURE AWAITS

Skip the usual stay­ca­tion and opt for a glamp­ing stay­ca­tion at The Ritz-Carl­ton. While you en­joy its plush beds, your lit­tle ones will have the time of their lives in their sleep­ing tents, which come with a thick cushy mat­tress, a night lamp and a lim­ited edi­tion lion beanie – dressed to t the Ritz Kids Night Sa­fari Ad­ven­tures theme.

Dur­ing the day, they can ex­plore and col­lect stamps at var­i­ous check­points within the ho­tel in ex­change for a po­laroid pic­ture. Don’t miss the Ritz Kids Play Land, which has four themed rooms – Find­ing Nemo, Harry Pot­ter (pic­tured), Lilo and Stitch, and Star Wars – and a myr­iad of ac­tiv­i­ties such as games, books and movies. It’s best for kids aged four to 11.

The pack­age also comes with break­fast for two adults and two kids, an ed­i­ble turn­down amenity, and an ice cream pass, which en­ti­tles them to a scoop of ice cream daily.

HOW MUCH Book a Pre­mier Suite from $780++ per night un­der the Ritz Kids Night Sa­fari Ad­ven­tures room pack­age; the room ts two adults and two kids. Valid un­til Nov 30.

FIND OUT MORE www.tinyurl. com/ritz­carl­ton-stay­ca­tion

SHOP AND SWIM

Shop to your heart’s con­tent when you stay at the Sin­ga­pore Marriott Tang Plaza ho­tel, which is lo­cated in the heart of Sin­ga­pore’s shop­ping and en­ter­tain­ment district, Or­chard Road.

Or, if your fam­ily prefers a more re­lax­ing stay­ca­tion, lounge your time away on a sul­try af­ter­noon at the re­sort­like pool, which comes with pri­vate ca­banas (pic­tured).

Af­ter a long day of fam­i­ly­fun and re­tail ther­apy, re­treat to your cosy Deluxe Room, and pam­per your­self with its lux­u­ri­ous ameni­ties, such as the sig­na­ture Re­vive bed­ding and large walk-in show­ers. Plus, you’ll get to en­joy the room and fa­cil­i­ties to the fullest with its late check-out op­tion at 3pm.

Cou­ples look­ing for some qual­ity time can also en­gage the ho­tel’s babysit­ting ser­vices. Book at least three hours in ad­vance for up to two chil­dren at one time. It costs $25 per hour with a min­i­mum of four hours.

The stay­ca­tion pack­age also in­cludes $50 din­ing credit and break­fast buf­fet for two at its Marriott Cafe, which of­fers a wide spread of both lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional cuisines. Chil­dren un­der ve dine for free.

HOW MUCH A Deluxe Room starts from $288++ per night, which can ac­com­mo­date two adults and two kids; a roll­away bed is avail­able at no ad­di­tional cost. Book from now un­til Dec 31 with the pro­mo­tion code ‘LPR’ (only for Sin­ga­pore res­i­dents).

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