Forget the airports and the drama that comes with holidaying overseas. Instead, pop down the road for a night or two of staycation perfection at one of these fam-friendly resorts and hotels in Singapore...
We’re going to admit it: we’re absolutely devastated that our travel plans are shelved indefinitely. The COVID-19 situation doesn’t seem to have improved, and we’re bummed about missing our family Easter break holiday. Social distancing as a parent is also slowly taking a toll on us, especially when we’ve started working from home every day – we need a break! If you fancy a cheeky getaway from home for a quick holiday, look no further than our own shores for tons of family-friendly hotels right here in Singapore. We’ve been taking a peek at the best staycation picks in our own backyard… Check back regularly as we’ll update whenever we find another fam-friendly pick you need on your weekend away radar!
Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore
Smack in the middle of Orchard Road sits Singapore’s own Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore. It’s way more than a city centre hotel for bag dumping and sleeping – it’s got heaps of family-friendly facilities that will have you booking, pronto. The entire ninth floor of one wing is solely dedicated to families, with its own Family Concierge. The hotel is also home to five themed family suites and 19 deluxe family rooms… yep, everyone can move around the room comfortably without stepping on each others’ toes!
The suites are themed around safari, treetop, castle, underwater and space – your munchkins will definitely love the excitement of staying here! Other facilities in the suites include heaps of storage space (seriously, kids come with so much stuff!), a deep vanity sink which can be used to bathe bubba, space for changing diapers, as well as a pantry with an induction heater, sink and large fridge. Yep, the hotel has made it super easy for families!
The best bit about Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore? buds! buds by Shangri-La is a giant indoor and outdoor play area with plenty of different activities to keep kiddos of all ages occupied. There are themed activity areas for little ones to get stuck in: Muddy for budding artists looking to make a splash, Stage for musically-inclined young performers and Bake, a fully equipped cooking studio. Got a tot under four? They’ll have a blast at the specially designed Toddler Zone as it’s packed with swings, slides, a Big-esque piano floor, sensory walls, a ball pit and so much more! Book Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore’s Fun Family Placation for a world of family fun!
Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore, 22 Orange Grove Road, Singapore 258350
D’Resort @ Downtown East
We recently packed up the kids and shifted a whole couple of miles down the road to Singapore’s first integrated water resort and all round eco-friendly staycation pick, D’Resort @ Downtown East. We plumped for an Underwater Themed Room (Rainforest Family) which was not only a good size for our fam of five, but also had some nice touches for the younger kids (the themed bunk beds and decor, plus a treasure chest filled with goodies, were a big hit). Add in the neighbouring Wild Wild Wet water park extraordinaire, easy access to the beach and surrounding nature areas, and even its own urban garden, and you’ve got yourself an easy-peasy weekend winner.
D’Resort @ Downtown East, 1 Pasir Ris Close, 519599
Marina Bay Sands
Let’s be honest, we all want to try a staycation at Marina Bay Sands, and we know the kids would be over the moon to land a weekend break in one of Singapore’s most iconic buildings! Family rooms for two adults and two kids have plenty of space for your gang to get a great slumber (one king bed and two singles), and we love that it has a sofa: hello, movie night! Don’t forget to catch the nightly light show on the marina, check out the neighbouring ArtScience Museum, and hop across the bridge to Gardens by the Bay. Also: THAT infinity pool.
Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956
Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium
At the more affordable end of the family staycay scale, Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium offers a special ‘Fam-tastic’ weekend staycation package – perfect! The deal includes a very cute welcome pack for the kids (our toddler was a tad excited to see the animal-themed bathrobe, colouring-in pack and toothbrush set waiting for her on the bed), an in-house activity such as a painting session, a poolside movie under the stars, buffet breakfast, and 30 minutes of free play time at Waka Waka, one of our fave indoor play centres, just across the road. Also just a few minutes walk away are the great cafes of Robertson Quay (think Toby’s Estate and Kith almost on your doorstep), so if you fancy a stroll or scoot by the river, this is the place to be.
Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium, 317 Outram Road, Singapore 169075
Village Hotel Bugis
With the cool hipster ‘hoods of Haji Lane, Arab Street and Kampong Glam right on the doorstep, Village Hotel Bugis makes for the perfect staycay right in the heart of one of our favourite heritage areas. Once you’ve booked into your spacious, uniquely designed family room (because Village Hotel Bugis gets that kids need space!), why not fill up at the award-winning Hainanese restaurant, Mooi Chin Place, before heading out for cultural adventures galore within a stone’s throw of the lobby? This really is THE hotel for urban explorers – the location is spot-on for families. Once you’ve discovered all the fun in the area, bring back tired kids for a dip in the pool (don’t forget your mum reads: let dad do the parenting, we say!), and then wind up your perfect day with a delish dinner in the hotel’s Landmark Restaurant. There’ll still be some time before bed for an awesome bathtub session for the kiddos (complete with rain shower!) before you tuck the little darlings up for sweet slumber. Staycation bliss. Our advice? Book direct with the hotel for the lowest rates.
Village Hotel Bugis, 390 Victoria St, Singapore 188061
Orchard Rendezvous Hotel
Now here’s a fam-friendly location we’re well on board with for a lovely little staycay: The Orchard Rendezvous Hotel. Extend your urban adventures in Singapore’s fabulous shopping district and dive into kid-friendly eateries and awesome activities before an overnight stay in this newly-refurbished hotel. Orchard Rendezvous Hotel is THE perfect place for a night or two of rest and relaxation after a jam-packed day of adventure. As relaxing as it can be with kids anyway… Book a roomy Family Room, which comes with two types of bedding configurations (one king bed + one single bed, or one king bed + one bunk bed), or plump for an even more spacious Family Suite (one king bed + two single beds + a separate dining area). Either way, there’s plenty of space to stretch out (and stash all those shopping bags!), and the rooms also come with a balcony: perfect for unwinding on after the kiddos are tuckered out asleep. Make sure you check out the outdoor swimming pool to cool off in after a day of exploration, the in-house restaurants serving up Chinese, Western and Japanese fare, and a decadent club lounge that has recently had a spiffy overhaul. What are you waiting for? This is a staycation the whole family will definitely thank you for booking!
Orchard Rendezvous Hotel, 1 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247905
Decadence is what you’ll find on the menu at the beautiful Capella Singapore, and with its spacious suites, amazing views, resident peacocks and outdoor pools set among lush greenery, this hotel is one of the best we’ve had the pleasure of staying in. The top-notch spa and the mouthwatering breakfasts help too (Champagne with your breakfast? Totally yes!). Our advice? If you can, ditch the kids and soak this one up all for yourself (we did!). If you do decide to bring the small humans, it is currently running the Stay and Play package for families which includes daily breakfast for two adults and two kids, tickets for Universal Studios Singapore (up to two adults and two kids) and evening movie with popcorn for one night.
Capella Hotel, 1 The Knolls, Sentosa Island, 098297
If the kids have been bugging you for a camping trip and you haven’t gotten round to booking a glamping holiday yet, try the Ritz Kids Night Safari Adventures where the fun of the outdoors is brought indoors (no insects to deal with: hurrah!) with tents pitched inside a Premier Suite! The deal also includes daily breakfast for two adults and two kids, a specially prepared edible amenity, passport and discovery map (Ritz Kids can redeem a scoop of ice-cream at Colony after obtaining five stamps) and a Ritz Kids birthday cake surprise (for birthdays within the stay duration). Book up quick though, folks – the safari is heading back to the savannah at the end of December 2019 when the offer ends.
Ritz-Carlton, 7 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039799
We’ve long waxed lyrical about how much fun we have on a day out around Sentosa, so staying the night is the icing on the cake when it comes to a family adventure close to home. The Festive Hotel ticks all the boxes for a kid-friendly stay: check out the Deluxe Family King Room complete with colourful loft beds and sofa beds for the smaller guests. Relaxing poolside in a cabana while the kids make use of the pool and water play area sounds just the ticket to us after a busy day. Did we mention there’s also babysitting…
Festive Hotel, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098269
Take the fam out for some fun over the upcoming school holidays. Pan Pacific has got a family suite complete with a kiddo’s tent (teepee) and amenities to keep them entertained, all packed in a mini suitcase. Beat the heat with a dip in the hotel pool (and borrow the hotel’s floats!) or spend the afternoon browsing Suntec City, Marina Square or Millenia Walk next door. Let the munchkins end the day with a relaxing soak in the bathtub, complete with toys, pint-sized bathrobes and bedroom slippers… ooo, er!
Pan Pacific, 7 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square, Singapore 039595
Gallop Kranji Farm Resort
While there might not be tons of farm visits to pick from here in Singapore, getting away for a break in the countryside is easy peasy with a staycay at Gallop Kranji Farm Resort. And let’s just pop this here from the get-go: there’s a spa! So while you head off for a well-earned facial, pack the kids off with Dad to ride a pony, feed the koi, work off some energy in the indoor play area and then cool off in the water theme playground. Meet up later for the Aquaponic fish farm tour, and then learn about the birds responsible for the Asian delicacy, bird’s nest soup – not your average staycay experience! Accommodation is villa-style and spot-on for families – take a look at a Family Suite, which comes complete with steam room, jacuzzi, four queen-sized beds and breakfast! Not got anyone to look after your dogs while you are away? Bring them with you! Accommodation is pet-friendly, as is the onsite Ulu Ulu Pets Cafe!
Gallop Kranji Farm Resort, 10 Neo Tiew Lane 2, Singapore 718813
Village Hotel Changi
With a day trip to Pulau Ubin just a hop, skip and a jump across the water, get out of the city and over to the Changi coast for an easy breezy getaway to Village Hotel Changi. Not only does this affordable pick boast a rooftop infinity pool, but the newly refurbished Deluxe Rooms come with a view of the coastline AND non-stop plane spotting ops for the kids. This is also a great pick if you fancy searching for Singapore’s wildest residents: otters, boars, hornbills and even the odd croc have been spotted in the area!
Village Hotel Changi, 1 Netheravon Road Singapore 508502
Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa
For a bonafide holiday feel, a getaway to the Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa on Siloso Beach definitely gives us the vacay vibes! It’s non-stop fun at this off-the-scale fam-friendly hotel with its water slides, swimming pools, kids’ club, playgrounds and even a giant treehouse slide! Hard-to-please teens can keep busy with watersports and the Game Zone, while younger tots will be in sandcastle heaven on the huge expanse of sandy beach.
Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa, 101 Siloso Road, Sentosa, Singapore 098970
A whimsical adventure is the name of the staycation game when it comes to the themed and family Rooms at Furama Riverfront. Each room comes with snazzy bunk beds and is decked out in either a pirate, underwater or castle theme: the in-room XBOX games console seals the deal! The rest of the hotel loves kids, too – a huge playroom, swimming pools with inflatables and a play area at The Square restaurant will all be a big hit for the whole gang.
Furama Riverfront, 405 Havelock Road Singapore 169633