So, you’ve decided to put away the passports for now, but you can still take your kids on a vacation – right here in Singapore. Even Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong encouraged on his Instagram and Facebook accounts, “If you’re worried about travel restrictions, consider a staycation at a local hotel.”
The hotels consulted in the gallery below are following Government-recommended hygiene and precautionary measures against Covid-19.
At Shangri-La Hotel Singapore, for example, its indoor playground Buds closes for an hour (from 12 to 1 p.m. or 1 to 2 p.m.) daily so the staff can wipe down and sanitise the facilities.
The Millennium Hotels and Resorts group, which includes Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel, also details its “We Clean. We Care. We Welcome.” initiative here to give guests peace of mind.
Whether your budget is less than $200 or upwards of $1,000 per night, a staycay can be worth every penny during school holidays, a family birthday or just because.
Many of these hotels are offering packages or discounts at this very moment, too!
Did you know that the entry fee to Sentosa has been waived through the end of June 2020? That’s just one more reason why a staycation on the southern island makes even more cents, er, sense at the moment.
At this posh property, the newly unveiled Sentosa Staycation is valid on stays until 30 June, and offers 20 percent off best available rates, as well as $100 worth of dining credits. Bonus: The package offers treats, such as a complimentary rum appreciation class at Bob’s Bar, with early check-in and late check-out available.
Or, opt for the Capella March Family Times package, which lets kids stay, dine and play for free with complimentary lunch and dinner for two children from The Knolls kids menus, as well as a range of activities like a mocktail-making class, family yoga, canvas painting class and a cooking masterclass. The rates start at $584, with no surge over the March school holidays.
1 The Knolls, Sentosa Island, 098297
Hello, kid haven! This beachfront hotel boasts indoor tree houses, giant water slides, racing-car simulators and more. Check the tykes into Toots Club, where minders will keep them occupied while you indulge in a massage at Chi, The Spa.
Besides spending time at the resort, you can have fun at its new Nestopia playground (shown above) along Siloso Beach, too. The mega play structure has slides up to 15-metres long, climbing obstacles at 7.5 metres tall and suspended bridges.
Until May 31, book its new Tropical Family Escapade package from $480 per night. It includes buffet breakfast and dinner for two adults and two kids below 12 years old at the Silver Shell Cafe. Your family also gets a lunch basket, so you can have a picnic by the sea. This package allows your kids to join Toots Club’s organised activities, lunch and dinner, as well as play at Nestopia.
101 Siloso Rd., Sentosa, 098970
The Kampong Glam enclave around Village Hotel Bugis is hip and vibrant – while you shop for trinkets at traditional shops and boutiques, the kids can learn about the history and culture of the area. At the hotel, child-friendly themed rooms, complete with kid-friendly bathroom accessories and colouring books, are available upon request.
If you book by 31 March, you can enjoy up to 50 percent off, unlimited wifi access and early check-in and late check-out (on hotel club room bookings). Insider tip: If you sign up for the Village Hotel mailing list, you can get an extra 15-percent discount! Book or find out more here.
390 Victoria St., 188061
Alternatively, you can stay at another Village Hotel property – and Sentosa’s newest hotel – where every child is a VIK (Village Important Kid). Three out of its four gorgeous pools are from 0.5 to 0.95 metres deep, which are great for toddlers and kids who aren’t proficient swimmers. The fourth pool, at 1.2 metres deep, is for adults only.
Until 31 March, book its Family Room, which comprises two connecting Superior Rooms. Rates start from $336 per night and is valid for stays up to 23 December.
10 Artillery Ave., #02-01 Palawan Ridge, Sentosa Island, 099951
Book The Great Family Escape staycation, and you can get an adjoining Swissotel Kids’ Room to the main one for 50 percent off. The age-appropriate amenities include bright-coloured bedding, cuddly toys, storybooks, cartoon DVDs, and downsized desk and chairs.
Plus, you’ll enjoy late check-out at 2 p.m. and access to the hotel‘s Fitness Centre and swimming pool. And, little ones under 5 eat free at the Ellenborough Market Café buffet, while children 12 and under can dig into complimentary ice cream throughout the stay.
20 Merchant Rd., 058281
For a cosy, yet quirky stay, consider this hotel where the walls of the rooms are each painted by different artists – your little Picasso could sleep below a large mural of Mount Fuji or a calming painting of whales. No two rooms are the same!
Stay for a minimum of three nights, and you can enjoy discounts of up to 18 percent off the hotel’s Best Available Rate .
58 South Bridge Rd., 058689
Sure, you may not think of this 25-year-old iconic hotel along Orchard Road as an obvious choice for a staycay the kiddos. But, its current Stay and Indulge with Dining Credits package makes it much more attractive.
Through 30 June, and from $298 per room, per night, you can score a one-night stay in its chic Premier Deluxe Room; daily buffet breakfast for up to two persons at Marriott Cafe; $25-plus dining credit at its Crossroads restaurant per room, per night, per person; free parking and late check-out.
320 Orchard Rd., Singapore 238865
Rooms here are decked out in pirate ships or underwater world themed decor. The restaurant here has a play area for active tots, and the hotel’s Paws playroom includes trampolines, lots of LEGOs and a doodle area with black and white boards.
Its current So March Fun! promotion is for the weekend of 20 and 21 March (so book now), and comes with a Deluxe Room from $138 including complimentary breakfast and dinner for two adults (two kids dine for free), tickets to a Mocktail Workshop by an “award-winning cocktail/mocktail champion” and unlimited play at Waka Waka (a.k.a., one of Singapore’s largest indoor playground).
405 Havelock Rd., 169633
Grand Hyatt Singapore is taking your safety seriously in this time of Covid-19, and has posted a message at the top of its website homepage saying it has “implemented recommended precautionary operational measures of the World Health Organization and Singapore’s Ministry of Health. … These measures have been validated by an independent audit led by a government-appointed agency, and Grand Hyatt Singapore has been awarded the SG Clean Quality Mark by the Singapore Government.” Well done.
Its family rooms are pretty luxe – take the Grand Deluxe Two Bedroom, which offers a separate living area with two bedrooms, outfitted with a king-sized bed and two twin beds. A gorgeous pool, and range of classes such as yoga and tennis (for adults and kids) should keep active fams happy.
10 Scotts Rd., 228211
If you’re looking for a splurge-worthy staycation, this is it. Spacious rooms come with oversized bathtubs, plush feather beds and panoramic views of the city. Take advantage of the Ritz Kids programme, which includes free ice-cream passes and craft activities by the pool.
Through 30 December and from $630 a night, you can treat the tykes to a real adventure via The Ritz Kids Night Safari. The “immersive programme” includes sleeping in a tent pitched in their room, a Ritz-Carlton lion beanie and an engaging activity book for an in-room camping experience.
7 Raffles Ave., 039799
It’s rare to find infinity pools that are shallow enough for toddlers and preschoolers. Guess what? This hotel has two.
There is one on the sixth storey that faces Suntec City, and another on the 18th storey, which has sweeping views of the Padang, Esplanade and CBD skyline. Both pools begin from 0.5 metres and go up to 1.2 metres deep.
This is Singapore’s first Philippe Starck-designed hotel, so you can expect to be wowed by uber-stylish decor at every corner, too. Meanwhile, your kids aged 7 and under will be excited to sleep in a cool camper van tent, which doubles as a play station that stretches their imagination.
Until Dec 29, book its two-night Fun for the Whole Family package – with the promo code F10 – for two adults and one child up to 12 years old. Rates start from $420 per room per night, and includes buffet breakfast at the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant, Beach Road Kitchen.
30 Beach Rd., Nicoll Hwy., Access Via, 189763
During the March school holidays, you can enjoy special room rates from $390 per night at this luxurious hotel. Your room will be set up with kid-friendly amenities such as children-sized bathrobes, plush toys and age-appropriate activity kit. (Tip: Baby-friendly amenities are also available upon request and baby-sitting services can be arranged as well (additional fee applies.)
Check out the family pool on the 20th floor, where kids can enjoy splashing good times and chill on the poolside swing.
Besides shopping along Orchard Road, you can also take the kids to the Singapore Botanic Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden, which is just five-minutes’ drive away. Book your stay here.
190 Orchard Blvd., 248646
Kids under 12 stay, dine and play for free at this lovely hotel at Clarke Quay. Luxuriate with complimentary lunch and dinner for two children from the kids’ menu when accompanied by paying adults at its all-day dining Porta restaurant. From 14 to 22 March, they can learn how to fold towel origami and play card games at its specially set-up games and activity room.
If your child is young enough to share the room’s existing bed (or baby cot), you can opt for only one Superior room (rate from $154 per night). If you’ll prefer a connecting room for your older kids, rates start from $309. Find out more about its March Out for Family Moments package here.
Make the best of your time and explore the family-friendly neighbourhood or go on an idyllic river boat cruise down the Singapore River.
1 Unity St., 237983
Step inside one of the hotel‘s Family Suites, which feature Insta-worthy kids’ furnishing. The cool house-framed bed is designed with a pull-out, so ust how cute is the little sofa, inspired by the iconic dragon-shaped playground.
Until 31 March, Singapore residents can book the Family Suite at $336 per night. There are also other room categories from $168 per night. These special rates are for stays up to 30 April. Find out more here.
10 Coleman St., 179809
Chill in your comfortable room, take a relaxing walk along Robertson Quay and go hunt down murals at the nearby Tiong Bahru, one of Singapore’s oldest (and hippest!) housing estates.
Your kids will love the experience at this river-view hotel, and your wallet will thank you. Until 30 June, its Superior Room costs $198 nett per night and includes daily breakfast for two adults and $15 food and beverage credit. If you go for the Deluxe Room ($238 nett per night; shown above), it also comes with an extra bed and breakfast for one child below 12 years old. Find out more here.
392 Havelock Rd., 169663
Aww, just look at that adorable bedding, teepee and more! Your kids are sure to love the thematic rooms at Pan Pacific Singapore.
Don’t just stay in the room, though – explore the hotel’s lifestyle floor on level four and hit the pool with the kids. Every weekend, little guests under 12 years can go on a treasure hunt and redeem a surprise treat upon completion.
Until 31 December, if you book its Great Fun-mily Escapade package from $478 per night, for two adults and two kids under 12 years old, you can enjoy discounts at indoor playgrounds Pororo Park and Kiztopia at nearby mall Marina Square, too!
7 Raffles Blvd., 039595
Located in the heart of Katong, the hotel is just 15 minutes away from Changi Airport and in easy walking distance of East Coast Park. That being said, we’ve counted up 20 fun things to do on the East Coast, other than going to the park! (May we suggest shopping or eating your heart out?)
Until 30 April, book its Staycay & Explore Jewel package, which is great for two adults and one child. Enjoy free buffet breakfast as well as admission tickets to the Canopy Park at the Jewel. The hotel also provides two-way shuttle service to Changi Airport, where you could spend a day at ultra Instagram-y Jewel Changi Airport.
50 East Coast Rd., Marine Parade Rd., Roxy Square, 428769
Till 31 December, check in to the hotel on a Friday or Saturday to enjoy its Jump Start Your Weekend staycation package. You’ll enjoy late checkout till 4 p.m., and $20 dining credit at its restaurants and bars.
Room rates are from $180 per night. Kids aged 12 and under stay and eat free – one kid to one adult, maximum two kids per room. Find out more here.
317 Outram Rd., 169075
This hotel at Orchard has a special promotion for Singapore residents for the March school holidays. From $168 per night, the Premier Room comes with free Premier Lounge access and breakfast for two. A second room is available starting at $88 per night, with breakfast for two kids up to 16 years old. You’ll also enjoy 30 percent off lunch and dinner buffet at Carousel. Learn more here.
25 Scotts Rd., 228220
If all of this talk of a “family” staycation has made you crave something a little less, um, inclusive (i.e., leave the kids at home), you may be interested in Andaz Singapore’s special offer through 31 March. You can lay back and enjoy panoramic views of the city from sky-high guest rooms as well as complimentary breakfast for two adults. Rates range from $220 a night for a 1 King Bed or 2 Twin Beds to $360 for the Andaz Studio Suite.
Dive into the rooftop pool before you dip into the in-room minibar. Or, treat yourself to all-day refreshments and snacks at Sunroom, and enjoy 25 percent off a la carte dinner at Alley on 25. To make a booking, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org your name and reservation details (check in and check out dates, and desired room type).
5 Fraser St., 189354
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