Mar 31, 2017

10 Hotels in Singapore that make for a Family-friendly Staycation

We all could use a good holiday every now and then. But sometimes, we just prefer something with a little less planning - a quick break from the usual daily routine without having to gather the passports, book the various tours, or compare the travel insurance plans. That’s why a staycation right here in Singapore ticks all the right boxes.

The great thing about staycations is it allows the family to enjoy a relaxing break without hitting the road, or skies. So here are our favourite Singapore staycations - all tried and tested - packaged nicely, just for you.

1. Festive Hotel

Of the six hotels in Resorts World Sentosa, kids rule big-time at Festive Hotel. Designed to be a fun and vibrant hotel for families, kids are greeted with sweets and a kid-tailored welcome pack upon check-in. Festive Hotel’s huge rooms are divided into separate sections for parents and kids, with kids having the option of sleeping on colourful loft beds. Each room also comes with a sofa bed which adds extra sleeping space for larger families.

Cheekiemonkies Love: Besides having its own pool, a host of attractions like Universal Studios Singapore, Adventure Cove Waterpark and SEA Aquarium is just a stone’s throw away from the hotel. So perhaps a one-night staycation is not going to be enough!

Cheekiemonkies Rating: 5 (out of 5)

Address: 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098269
Room Rates: From $365++
Tel: 65778899

2. Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa

For the best beach holiday in Singapore with the family, check into Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa. Tucked away at the end of Siloso Beach, the resort offers tons of fun with swimming pools, water slides, a two-storey supervised Kid’s Club, a Cool Zone to occupy kids with various activities and a giant tree house slide. Older kids will enjoy the selection of water sports as parents indulge in idyllic resort comfort.

Cheekiemonkies Love: Cool Zone for kids. Spanning 100sqm over two storeys, this zone consists of three activity centres (Toots Club, Craft Zone and Game Zone) and the highlight is the giant tree house slide that winds from level 3 into a pit of colourful balls on level 1. As an added service, the full-day kid’s programme includes complimentary lunch and/or dinner for kids.

Cheekiemonkies Rating: 5 (out of 5)

Address: 101 Siloso Road, Sentosa, Singapore 098970
Room Rates: From $365++
Tel:  62750100

3. Crowne Plaza Changi Airport

Crowne Plaza Changi Airport is not a typical transit hotel. Conveniently situated beside Changi Airport Terminal 3, it resembles a tropical paradise resort with huge beautiful rooms. For that added thrill, request a room that faces the airport runway for an awesome view of planes taking off, landing and taxiing along the runway.

Cheekiemonkies Love: Tons of kid-friendly activities right at their doorstep - and FREE too! From indoor playgrounds and tall slides to Skytrains at the airport, there are plenty of free activities to keep the family busy and happy. And, many of the food outlets at Changi Airport are open 24 hours. Head to my previous blog post HERE for more details on the activities available.

Cheekiemonkies Rating: 4.5 (out of 5)

Address: 75 Airport Boulevard, Singapore 819664
Room Rates: From $245++
Tel: 68235300

4. Furama RiverFront

Located along Havelock Road between vibrant Chinatown and Orchard Road, Furama RiverFront has recently upped the ante in providing more kid-friendly facilities for families - and it does not get any bigger than kid-themed hotel rooms! Choose from three themes: Go on a swashbuckling adventure in the Pirate-themed room, explore deep sea-diving with marine animals in the Underwater World-themed room or set off on a medieval adventure in the Castle-themed room.

Cheekiemonkies Love: Each room comes with a bunk bed that features a single, double and pull-out bed to accommodate two adults and two children. As an added bonus, an XBOX game console is included in the room as well! Other child-friendly amenities include the PAWS Playroom, a huge play area at its The Square buffet restaurant and an inflatable water bouncy castle.

Cheekiemonkies Rating: 4.5 (out of 5)

Address: 405 Havelock Road Singapore 169633
Room Rates: From $270++
Tel: 63338898

5. The Fullerton Hotel

If you wish to stay in a five-star hotel in Singapore that boasts rich history, look no further than The Fullerton Hotel. This grand Neoclassical building situated at the mouth of the Singapore River was once Singapore’s General Post Office, and housed several government departments, where some of Singapore’s pioneer leaders began their careers. Besides boasting some of the plushiest rooms, the hotel's Fullerton Heritage Gallery and Infinity Pool are its other highlights. Do go for its free Fullerton Heritage Tour if time permits.

Cheekiemonkies Love: At Fullerton Hotel, kids are made to feel like kings and queens, thanks to the personal attention and gifts lavished upon them during the stay. "Our Fullerton Adventure" colouring books are provided to all little guests, including ice cream passes which allows kids to redeem a scoop of ice cream daily. How's that for sweet service!

Cheekiemonkies Rating: 4.5 (out of 5)

Address: 1 Fullerton Square, Singapore 049178
Room Rates: From $470++
Tel: 67338388

6. InterContinental Singapore

InterContinental Singapore is strategically situated in the Bugis area, offering a vibrant mix of shops and eateries. It is also just beside the Bras Basah-Bugis precinct. The design of the rooms in the hotel is heavily influenced by Peranakan culture, blending modern luxury and old world charm. For a little
indulgence, head to The Lobby Lounge for its famed afternoon tea or dine at the hotel’s Man Fu Yan restaurant, famed for its delicate handmade dim sum and other classic Cantonese cuisine.

Cheekiemonkies Love: The Shophouse rooms. These rooms are located on the second level of the hotel reflecting how Peranakan shopkeepers used to live on the upper floors and run their business on the ground floor. Hotel guests will be able to look out of the suite windows through the charming wooden shutters, and relive nostalgic memories from yesteryear.

Cheekiemonkies Rating: 4 (out of 5)

Address: 80 Middle Road, Singapore 188966
Room Rates: From $300++
Tel: 63797111

7. Swissotel Merchant Court

Situated conveniently next to Clarke Quay MRT station, Swissotel Merchant Court launched its Family Fun Escape package which will most certainly put a smile onto the kiddos' faces! Colourful themed bedding aside, the rooms are designed for 2-17 yr olds and depending on the age group that your kids are in at the time of booking, the room will be furnished with ageappropriate toys and activities. There is even a game console in the room!

Cheekiemonkies Love: Soft toys, activity books, storybooks, puzzles, and kid-sized desk and chairs - all to keep the kids entertained. The bathroom is also stocked with a child friendly step stool, non-slip mat and colourful toiletries.

Cheekiemonkies Rating: 4 (out of 5)

Address: 20 Merchant Road, Singapore 058281
Room Rates: From $569++ for TWO rooms
Tel: 63372288

8. Village Hotel Changi

Offering a breath of fresh air away from urban Singapore, Village Hotel Changi is near the rustic island of Pulau Ubin and the flora and fauna of the Chek Jawa Wetlands, which are both a bumboat ride away from Changi Ferry Terminal. Request for the newly refurbished Deluxe Rooms on the higher floors to enjoy unblocked views of the Changi coastline.

Cheekiemonkies Love: The rooftop infinity pool. It looks out towards the coastline, which also offers planespotting opportunities for kids.

Cheekiemonkies Rating: 4 (out of 5)

Address: 1 Netheravon Road Singapore 508502
Room Rates: From $170++
Tel: 63797111

9. Grand Park City Hall

Strategically located just 5 mins away from City Hall MRT station, and minutes away from Raffles City, Suntec and Marina Bay shopping malls, this hotel’s main attraction for families is its “Family
Moments” package. Book a second room at 50% off, and the second room even comes decorated with colourful and cheery bed linen, kids’ amenities and soft toys.

Cheekiemonkies Love: Kid-friendly attractions everywhere! All are within walking distance of the hotel - the Peranakan and Singapore Philatelic Museums, as well as the vast greenery at Fort Canning Park. The Central Fire Station nearby opens its doors to the public every Saturday from 9–11am.

Cheekiemonkies Rating: 4 (out of 5)

Address: 10 Coleman Street, Singapore 179809
Room Rates: From $230++
Tel: 64325558

10. Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy

Conveniently located between Parkway Parade shopping centre and the culturally-rich (AND food-rich) Katong district, the hotel is also near to East Coast Park and its many recreational amenities. For families, go for the Studio Suite which is extremely spacious, thanks to the existing sofa bed and the option of adding an extra bed.

Cheekiemonkies Love: Exploring the hotel's surroundings and enjoying the activities that the hotel is close to. Besides being nestled in the heart of historical Katong, a heritage area on the East Coast of the city that is rich in Peranakan culture and having all the Katong coffeeshops/cafes/restaurants one can visit, the hotel is directly opposite Parkway Parade Shopping Mall. Even East Coast Park is just a 10-minute walk from the hotel!

Cheekiemonkies Rating: 3.5 (out of 5)

Address: 50 East Coast Road, Roxy Square, Singapore 428769
Room Rates: From $200++
Tel: 63448000


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1 comment :

Unknown said...

The review sounds wonderful!. Love the photo and the post :)

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