With the school holidays coming, it looks like families will be taking the opportunity to head overseas for a holiday after 2.5 years of non-travel. But if you prefer to stay in Singapore, staycations with the family can still be a fun option.
Over the course of the past year, we had the privilege of staying in 15 different hotels - some of which are sponsored while the rest are not. Surprisingly, each of them has its own unique charateristics and features to offer to families who may be looking for different experiences (and budgets).
So depending on your staycation preference, here are your options... just in time for the upcoming school holidays!
1. CSC @ Changi I
Situated in eastern Singapore, CSC @ Changi l Chalets are a great beach holiday option and offers itself as the perfect staycation to unwind, relax and reconnect with family and friends. The chalets are located next to Changi Village, a charming neighbourhood with remnants of old Singapore, and outside the bustle of city life. Enjoy the coastal backdrop and calming sea breeze, and if you are lucky, chance upon the occasional wild otters and hornbills as you stroll along the Changi Point Coastal Walk or Changi Beach Park.
CSC @ Changi I offers three accommodation types for singles/couples, families and small groups - choose from a single suite, family suite or standalone villa. All suites and villas are generously spacious with modern facilities. Families should go for the 2-bedroom family suites as they are generously spacious with separate bedrooms for parents and children.
Address: 2 Netheravon Road, Singapore 508503
Room Rates: From $400/night (Public rate for Family suite)
2. Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore
For that dose of 'overseas' vibes, look no further than Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore.
This hotel was definitely one of the more memorable and fun local hotels we had stayed so far, and I think a huge part of that has got to do with the HUGE pool plus 2 other shallow pools for younger kids!
Rate: From $336++ (Sign up as a member for free and enjoy 10% off)
Address: 11 Laguna Golf Green, Singapore 488047
3. Studio M Hotel
Awarded the AsiaOne People’s Choice Award for best Boutique Hotel, Studio M Hotel is also one of the best loft hotels near Clarke Quay.
Rate: From $172++ (Premier Loft)
Address: N0. 3 Nanson Road, Singapore 238910
4. W Singapore
Partly because it is located at the eastern tip of Sentosa, W Singapore - Sentosa Cove, a 5-star luxury hotel under Marriott International, is an oasis of modern luxury for everyone who is craving for a taste of overseas travel. Amidst the lush greenery and lively coastal setting of Sentosa, families can escape from the everyday and take a whirl into the resort lifestyle.
Rate: From $550++
Address: 21 Ocean Way, Singapore 098374
5. 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.
Families can book the Family Garden Room which is not only equipped with a king-sized bed and a sofa bed for 2 children, it is also conveniently located on the ground floor, offering easy access to the swimming pools, garden and kids club!
Rate: From $450++
Address: 101 Siloso Road, Sentosa, Singapore 098970
6. York Hotel
Most people probably wouldn’t consider booking a staycation at York Hotel, which is located beside Mt Elizabeth Hospital and a 5-min walk away from Paragon. But it is situated right at the doorstep of Singapore’s lively Orchard Road retail and entertainment belt and besides the usual hotel rooms, it has Balinese styled cabanas that made my jaw dropped.
The good thing is there are only 8 Cabana rooms in total so it is set in an exclusive area. But don’t expect a lot of amenities here at York Hotel because other than the pool, it only has a gym. But If you are looking to escape from the crowd and stay in a ‘different’ room, this Cabana might be the staycation you are looking for.
P.S. The 8 Cabana rooms comprise of 4 rooms with 2 double beds (like the one we booked) while the other 4 rooms are split-level with just one king bed on the second floor. Great for smaller families.
Rate: From $193++
Address: 21 Mount Elizabeth Singapore 228516
7. Oakwood Premier AMTD Singapore
Set in the heart of Singapore’s vibrant Central Business District, Oakwood Premier AMTD Singapore is home to spacious apartments which come with a kick-ass view.
Location is superb too, within walking distance to Tanjong Pagar which has plenty of food options, cafes and supermarkets.
Plus, lots and lots of space for the kids to run amok. And be sure to bring them to to the pool too. There is a shallow portion that is perfect for younger kids.
Rate: From $280++ (Studio Deluxe)
*We stayed in the 2-Bedroom Executive (from $518++)
Address: 6 Shenton Way, OUE Downtown 1, #07-01, Singapore 068809
8. Orchard Rendezvous Hotel
The newly-renovated Orchard Rendezvous Hotel is conveniently located at the beginning of Orchard Road, and is a short walk from the MRT station and also the ideal starting point to explore Singapore’s iconic shopping street. For the nature lovers, UNESCO World Heritage Site of Singapore Botanic Gardens is only a 5-minute drive away.
All the rooms have the luxury of space for guests to relax and unwind, where the 50-60sqm Family Rooms are ideal for families. The great thing about the hotel is it offers up to FOUR different options for families: the Family Room comes with one king-sized bed & one single bed, the Family Room with Sofa Bed has one king-sized bed & one sofa bed, while the Family Room with Bunkbed features one king-sized bed, one bunk bed, kids amenities such as toothbrushes and cutlery.
Want more space? Go for the the Family Suite which has one king-sized bed, two single beds, a separate living and dining area that offer plenty of space to relax and bond. Definitely suitable for large families without having to book multiple rooms!
Rate: From $273++
Address: 1 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247905
9. Four Seasons Hotel Singapore
Tucked away in a corner of Orchard Road, Four Seasons Hotel Singapore is an oasis of calm in the midst of a busy street. And stepping into one of its rooms is a clear representation of that calm.
Rate: From $340++
Address: 190 Orchard Blvd, Singapore 248646
10. 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.
Opt for the Deluxe Room with Two Double Beds which exudes a residential charm with plush beddings and custom furnishings that are specially designed.
Or for something a little different, book the Heritage Rooms which 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.
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.
For that ultimate kid-friendly staycation, book the themed Family Suite which comes with two bunk beds!
Designed to engage little ones and ignite the imagination, the newly-launched Family Suite features a spacious King Bed Room connected to an interactive kid’s zone featuring two custom-designed bunk beds with a slide, engaging crawl spaces, a mini activity desk, and a kid’s tepee. The Family Suite is ideal for two adults and two children (4 - 12 years).
Rate: From $220++
Address: 80 Middle Road, Singapore 188966
11. Pan Pacific Singapore
Directly connected to Marina Square Mall and Suntec City, Pan Pacific Singapore is within easy walking distance to Singapore's most iconic sights.
Rate: From $240++
Address: 7 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square Singapore 039595
12. Ramada by Wyndham Singapore at Zhongshan Park
Mouthful hotel name aside, it is situated in the Balestier/Novena district - a district that isn't where your usual staycation will take you. But that's where the charm is as Balestier Road is home to many historical sites, from colonial-stye villas to traditional shophouses and temples.
Families with kids can book the two-room Suite which offers a king bed fitted, an adjoining living room with a sofa pull-out bed, LED vanity mirrors, mini-refrigerator, Nespresso machine and 2 bathrooms. The suite price includes breakfast for 2 adults and the room can accommodate up to 2 adults and 2 children.
Go on the Balestier Heritage Trail which will take you to some landmarks that have shaped Balestier Road from its early days to the recent past. You can download the pdf version of the trail HERE. Or visit the family-friendly Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall which is located directly behind the hotel. Plus, there are loads of supper options for the family too!
Rate: From $170++ (City View Room)
*We stayed in the 2-bedroom Suite (from $300++)
Address: 16 Ah Hood Road, Singapore 329982
13. Hotel Michael
Planning a few days of fun on Sentosa, then Hotel Michael at Resorts World Sentosa will complete that all-in-one family-friendly staycation itinerary nicely.
My first impression of the hotel was its close proximity to the major attractions at RWS, and also the monorail station! It's less than a 5-minute walk to Universal Studios Singapore and S.E,A, Aquarium, as well as the restaurants at RWS.
With all the fun outdoors, it helps that the Deluxe rooms at Hotel Michael are huge!
Rate: From $228++
Address: Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
14. JEN Singapore Tanglin
JEN Singapore Tanglin is conveniently located on the Orchard Road shopping district. Amenities-wise, it features an outdoor swimming pool and a gym. The hotel is also situated next to Tanglin Mall, where shops, cafes, restaurants and supermarkets are easily within reach.
It is within walking distance from Singapore's first UNESCO World Heritage Site, the serene Botanic Gardens. It is a 15-minute stroll from major malls like ION Orchard and Wisma Atria.
Rate: From $168++
Address: 1A Cuscaden Road, Singapore 249716
15. Riverside Hotel Robertson Quay
(formerly Park Hotel Clarke Quay)
*We stayed here when it was still Park Hotel Clarke Quay. Ascott Group has snce taken over the hotel and renamed it Riverside Hotel Robertson Quay.
Park Hotel Clarke Quay has a central, downtown location that is minutes from the Clarke Quay entertainment precinct and CBD. In addition, it has plenty of restaurant and cafe options within the Rovertson Quay area.
A no-frills staycation with the whole family as the room pricing for this hotel is one of the lowest in this list. In addition, it is a walking distance to Fort Canning Park and the super fun Jubilee Park which is home to a few long slides and obstacle course.
Rate: From $180++
Address: 1 Unity Street, Singapore 237983