School holidays in Singapore: short vacations with the kids to take this summer

Short getaways from Singapore
Sun, sea, sand and a big side order of culture: here’s our top picks of easy island, beach and city getaways from Singapore with the kids in tow…

The school holidays are about to roll around again, and we’re turning our minds to keeping the kiddos active, busy and happy instead of under our feet bored. If you haven’t already sorted a holiday camp for the little angels, then it’s definitely time to start planning a jolly little vacay, and discovering (or revisiting) some of the best destinations around Asia with the kids in tow. Psst: don’t forget to throw your mum reads in your tote!


Angsana Bintan: Beach resort a 45-minute ferry ride away from Singapore

Bintan is a 45-minute ferry ride away from Singapore. Photography: Angsana Bintan

Tried, tested, easy peasy and still a vacay winner, Bintan ticks all the boxes for a quick holiday just a stone’s throw from Singapore! One of the best family-friendly hotels 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. Check out Angsana Bintan’s 25th anniversary promo, available until 18 December 2019. You and your family can save 25% off the best available rate, spa, food and beverage and gallery when you stay for a minimum of two nights. Check out more on the hotel here.


Beautiful Bali, we salute you! Photography: Club Med Bali.

We’re totally obsessing over Bali as a family-friendly destination! Head over to one of our sister sites, Honeycombers Bali, to get all the goss on the latest and greatest things to do, including fun stuff to do with kids. As for places to stay, Club Med Bali is the place to base yourself if you’ve got littlies: for a start, it’s all-inclusive so there’s no risk of squabbling over who’s hungry and where to go! Plus its new Amazing Family program, with its agenda of awesome activities, helps you create extra-spesh holiday memories. Huzzah!

Cebu, Philippines

Swimming with whale sharks in Cebu is definitely a bucket list activity!

We just got back from a very happy week in the Philippines and the whole fam gave Crimson Resort & Spa Mactan a giant hurrah when it came to the kids’ club and family activities. With a whole pool (with life guards 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!

Yogyakarta and Borobudur

Borobudur at dawn is a sight not to be missed on a short break to Java. Photography: Tracy Tristram

We had one of our best short vacays ever rafting down rivers on rubber rings, spinning up volcanoes in jeeps and checking out ancient temples and cool caves in Java. Yogyakarta and Borobudur: put it on your radar and soak up a fam-friendly adventure you won’t forget.

Koh Samui


Head into the Angthong National Marine Park for a stunning day of adventures. Photography: Tracy Tristram

Koh Samui is still one of the easiest short trips of all when it comes to a quick getaway during the school hols. The beaches, food, jungles, people and marine park excursions are a family pleaser every single time.


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Private island paradise is all yours at Telunas. Photography: Selina Altomonte

Having been there to check it out on your behalf, this is one getaway that will make school break so much sunnier! In just three short hours you’ll find yourself blissing out on your own Indonesian private island far away from technology, stress and strife. Ah, Telunas: how we love thee.


This water park kept our kiddos happy for days over in Desaru. Photography: Tracy Tristram

Turns out a mini-break away from Singapore doesn’t have to whack a kid-shaped hole in your wallet. We enjoyed a long weekend in Desaru for less than what a day out on Sentosa can cost us! NOT one for families who love a five-star resort kinda vacay, but if cheap and cheerful is your game, then it’s seriously worth considering. 


Clean (and mostly empty!) beaches in Langkawi are one of the reasons we keep going back. Photography: Tracy Tristram

Why do we keep going back to Langkawi with the kids? What’s not to love about the quick journey, clean beaches, delish food and fam-friendly hotels? We’ve got our five reasons for boomeranging back to Langkawi. What are yours?


An enormous golden rock hanging onto the side of a mountain. So much love for Myanmar. Photography: Tracy Tristram

Not only is Myanmar totally do-able for a cheeky quick break, it turned out to be one of our favourite family holidays of all time! We only had five days in this land of so much gold, but we managed to scale mountains, check out giant golden rocks, visit a million temples and devour a whole lot of fantastic eats.

Hong Kong

Tourist tram at the Peak, Hong Kong

No trip to Hong Kong is complete without a ride on the Peak Tram!

While we ‘might’ have sneaked off to Hong Kong solo for a much needed mum time-out, we can’t wait to get back there for a family adventure. Disneyland Hong Kong? Say no more.

Siem Reap

Ramble over the ruins with your kids at Angkor Wat.

Ramble over the ruins with your kids at Angkor Wat.

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. 



Culture galore in Manila!

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.


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Rawa Island: bliss lives here. Photography: Georgina Hockley

No airport drama to deal with, just hop on a boat to Rawa for a little slice of paradise so close to home. Kids will be kept endlessly busy on the cool waterslides while you sip a tropical cocktail in your beachwear finest. Robinson Crusoe eat your heart out.


Hoi An best family holiday destinations from Singapore HoneyKids Asia

Colourful markets, beautiful beaches and charming local culture makes Hoi An a fave. Photography: Georgina Hockley

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…


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The sunsets on White Beach in Boracay are breathtaking. Photography: Ramon Kagie via Unsplash

Having recently re-opened after a six month clean up, Boracay in the Philippines is prettier than ever, and also easier to get to these days with Scoot now flying to nearby Caticlan Airport. 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!


Bangkok never sleeps. Photography: Andreas Brucker via Unsplash

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 (including Line Village which opened last year), shopping, massage, culture, history, fab food and tuk-tuk travel are just few reasons to pop Bangkok firmly on your travel bucket list.

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