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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.
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
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 innity 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, sufcient 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
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 Iy 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
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).