Travel is properly back on the cards, yay! Good news for one of our fave things in the world: Mini breeeeeeaks! Here's our top destinations for beach hangs and sunset chills with the kiddos…
Dreaming of an easy family holiday? It could be argued that life in Singapore is a bit of a holiday, thanks to our endless sunshine, great attractions for families and kid-friendly restaurants. All the same, it’s always great to venture from the Little Red Dot, even if it is just to exchange one island for another. Long-haul journeys with the brood can be a bit of a challenge (so don’t miss our survival tips for plane trips with kids), and clashing school breaks don’t help, but there’s no need to go far for a smashing holiday. Singapore is surrounded by isles and pulaus just perfect for a long weekend vacay. Now that travel has opened up again, pack your swimsuit and take your pick from some of our favourite destinations for a short getaway from Singapore with kids. No stopover required!
NOTE: Although VTLs are no longer a thing in SG (yay!), you’ll still need to check ahead before booking your trip to get clued up on the individual requirements for each destination in terms of visa and covid-19 restrictions.
Our favourite short getaways from Singapore with kids
About an hour by ferry
Apart from Sentosa, this is our closest island neighbour, and it’s the go-to if you want to get away fast, play golf or chill out with the kids on the beach. One of the best family-friendly hotels here is Angsana Bintan. With a private beach (shared with sister properties Banyan Tree Bintan and Cassia Bintan), a Ranger’s Kids Club suitable for kiddos aged four to 11, a spa for some serious self-care time and a golf course for pops, this property is the perfect resort for everyone in the family to have some R&R time. If you want an effortless short escape where all of the family will be taken care of, this is the place to be for a weekend getaway of family bliss.
Under three hours by plane
This isle needs no introduction, but it’s a perennial fave for a family holiday. It’s grown with us over the years, and we find something new every time we go back. We love heading to Jimbaran Bay because it’s closer to the airport, and you can still get decent accommodation on or near the beach (without indecent prices). Not only that, but a lot of our fave Seminyak shops have branches there. Whoop! Looking for a private villa for your short getaway from Singapore? Check out The Sea Shanty. With littlies, we love Nusa Dua and Club Med Bali. It’s all-inclusive, so there’s no risk of squabbling over who’s hungry and where to go! For all our tips on the latest and greatest places to stay, eat, shop and chill – including fun stuff to do with kids – head over to Honeycombers Bali.
3. Koh Samui
Under two hours by plane
We love it here: The beaches, food, jungles, people and marine park excursions are a family pleaser every single time. There’s plenty of choice for all budgets around this sunny island, so have a look at our guide to Koh Samui with kids and then put it on your holiday radar, stat.
Under an hour by plane
Why do we keep going back to Langkawi with the kids? A trip to Langkawi is a very accessible quick weekend away, with flights whizzing you there in under an hour. We love the great bucket-and-spade experience at the Meritus Pelangi Beach Resort and Spa, and the kids will go nuts for the small dino-themed water park on site. The white beach, relaxing atmosphere and close proximity to a small town full of delicious family-friendly restaurants? Seals the deal for us time and time again. What’s not to love about the quick journey, clean beaches, delish food and fam-friendly hotels?
Around 2.5 hours by coach
Turns out a mini-break away from Singapore doesn’t have to whack a kid-shaped hole in your wallet. We’ve enjoyed a long weekend in Desaru for less than what a day out on Sentosa can cost us! That’s not to say you can’t splurge it either – we’ve seen the pics of the One&Only Desaru, and it looks AMAZING!
Around three hours by plane
If it’s a city break you’re after, then there’s nothing vanilla about fun-packed Manila! Hop into our guide for the Manila lowdown on where to eat, where to stay and what to do in the lively and cultural capital city of the Philippines.
Under four hours by plane
Not to be confused with Sibu, the paradise island of Cebu in the Philippines, is an easy direct flight straight from Singapore. We’re talking under four hours, people! For a resort-style holiday that’s big on family holiday fun, head to Plantation Bay Resort & Spa. Here, you’ll find a saltwater lagoon, four freshwater swimming pools, waterslides, mist-cages, volcano fountains, whirlpools and waterfalls! And if that’s not enough, this place has a jam-packed schedule of kids’ activities too. Think: sandcastle building, kayaking, boat racing, fish-feeding and some seriously cool day trips. Another good fam option is Crimson Resort & Spa Mactan. With a whole pool (with lifeguards and life jackets for kids on standby) for kids, plus an indoor soft play area and playground dedicated to smaller guests, plus the friendliest staff on the planet, a beautiful little beach and an excellent buffet brekkie, you’ve got yourself one awesome, easy getaway. And if you’ve got a few days extra to spend in the sun, do make sure you head to Oslob for a swim with the whale sharks!
About three hours by plane
Boracay in the Philippines is one of our top beach destinations to go to. Those sands and waters remain some of the loveliest we’ve ever seen. Don’t forget to take a glass-bottom boat to see the cool residents that live just off the shore!
About two hours by plane
If your kids never sleep, then perhaps you need a city that never sleeps either for an action-packed school break holiday. There’s so much to love about this vibrant city that has something for everyone. Theme parks, shopping, massage, culture, history, fab food and tuk-tuk travel are just a few reasons to pop Bangkok firmly on your travel bucket list.
About three hours by plane
Whether you fancy a buzzy city break to Ho Chi Minh or Hanoi, a more chilled vibe in the ancient town of Hoi An, or even a cruise around Ha Long Bay, Vietnam is one of our favourite places to jet off to with kids. Gorgeous beaches, stunning scenery, super smiley people and a shed load of history make this an overseas adventure perfect for the young and old alike. We challenge you NOT to bring home a conical hat…
11. Siem Reap
About two hours by plane
We conquered Angkor Wat in Siem Reap with a bubba in an Ergo, and yes, we’re a little bit smug. Find out why this ancient pocket of Cambodia makes for a seriously cool adventure the whole gang will love.
Happy holidaying! Got a fave short getaway from Singapore? Let us know!