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To get you into the mood for the September school hols, we round up 17 staycations which will have you, and more importantly your kids, believing that you’re not in Kansas – or rather, Singapore – any more.

The week-long September school holiday is fast approaching, falling on 3 to 11 September this year. To top it off, there’s an extra day off on Monday the 12th in honour of the Hari Raya Haji public holiday. May long weekends never cease!


The trend of booking staycations is surely set to continue. Not surprisingly, considering how they can feel a lot like vacations without the hassle of booking flights and stamping passports. Especially for families with young children, packing for local staycations is often much less daunting as well.

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Top it off with the fact that many resorts and hotels are piling on the fun just for the kids. Whether you prefer a farm retreat, resort getaway, heritage holiday or luxury hotel stay, here are 17 varied experiences that are tailored for children and families.

(See also: 21 Fun September Holidays Activities + Kaboodle Kids Passes!)

Going Back to Nature

These staycations are perfect for families who love exploring the outdoors, being up close and personal with flora and fauna. It’s also a great way to introduce the little ones to an experience beyond their usual sheltered lifestyle.

1. D’Kranji Farm Resort

Ensconced in the Kranji Countryside, D’Kranji Farm Resort is the perfect place to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Each of the 35 villas is equipped with a private gated car porch. This allows for a unique drive-through check in and out reception.

Staycations at D'Kranji Farm Resort

The Family Suite (from $450 per night) sleeps up to eight in full air-conditioned comfort, surrounded by the idyllic greenery of the farm. It boasts two bedrooms, each with two queen-size beds. Two bathrooms are equipped with standing showers and toiletries for all. The spacious living area comes with a widescreen TV and karaoke system, while the kitchenette and dining area has coffee and tea making facilities. As the entire suite is on ground level, there is no worry about stairs to trip the little ones up.

The best part about the Family Suite villa is the private backyard with barbecue pit and picnic tables. It’s perfect for a yummy al fresco evening with chicken wings, sausages and marshmallows! For breakfast, villa guests get to enjoy a complimentary American-style platter at D’cafe. Scrambled eggs, farm fresh vegetables, baked beans, toast and hot dogs − yummy!

Staycation activities at D'Kranji Farm Resort

Although there isn’t a swimming pool or playground, the kids can try getting hands-on with prawning. You can also rent bicycles or fitness scooters and tour the newly rejuvenated 1-hectare farm – look out for the corn field!

We recommend: Visit the world’s first Swiftlet Garden Museum, where you can learn how the bird’s nest delicacy comes about. There’s also a retail outlet where you can purchase bird’s nest chocolates!

Booking details: Call 6862 9717 or e-mail frontoffice@dkranji.com.sg and quote promo code “BQQ2016” to enjoy 10% off your villa stay. Promo code is available for bookings from now till 10 December for stays to 31 December 2016.

2. Gardenasia Farmstay Villas

Also nestled in the heart of the Kranji Countryside is Gardenasia, whose newly launched farmstay villas let you discover modern rural living. Wake up each day in the peaceful sanctuary of two hectares of lush landscape.

Staycations at Gardenasia Farmstay Villas

The four units of one-bedroom villas (S$350++ per night) are modelled after the black-and-white British colonial houses. Each villa has a unique interior decor theme – English, Oriental, Balinese and Contemporary. They all boast a comfortable living area equipped with an audio-visual system. The beautiful dining table seats eight.

Bedrooms come with either one queen-size or two single beds, with an option to add up to two extra beds at $20++ each. The marble-tiled bathrooms come with an assortment of toiletries.

Staycation activities at Gardenasia Farmstay Villas

Stays at Gardenasia include experiencing farm life. Wander through gardens and smell the basil, curry, and mint leaves. Kids can learn about nature’s creatures as they spot them in the trees, and discover the taste of a freshly plucked fruit. For some family bonding fun, there is also a tennis court, swimming pool, children’s playground and mini putting green.

Or hop on the Kranji Express, a shuttle bus that takes you around the Kranji Countryside. You can visit Bollywood Veggies, Hay Dairies Goat Farm and Jurong Frog Farm, as well as Kranji Marshes and Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. Retain your tickets ($3 per adult and $1 for kids below 12) to hop on and off if you plan to visit several farms within the same day.

We recommend: Enjoy dishes created with ingredients harvested from the Kranji Countryside at Bistro by Gardenasia. Its signature salads come in huge bowls, or design your own and pair it with a selection of mains. The pan-roasted lamb is divine, while kids love the fish and chips. Try the farm fresh drinks made with lemongrass, aloe vera, roselle or cactus extract for a unique taste.

Booking details: Call 6898 9111 for enquiries or visit www.gardenasia.com to make your booking.

3. Punggol Ranch

Head to Singapore’s wild west for a horse-riding adventure. Located by the tranquil Punggol Jetty waterfront, Punggol Ranch offers 30 charming wagons complete with barbecue facilities for a cowboy-style getaway.

Staycations at Punggol Ranch

Each air-conditioned Family Wagon (from $200 per night) comes with a queen-size bed and a single bed. They are simply furnished with quaint ranch-inspired furniture, and there is limited Wi-Fi on the ranch. Instead, guests are encouraged to spend quality time bonding with family and experiencing nature without the distractions of social media.

Staycation activities at Punggol Ranch

Boarding at Punggol Ranch includes complimentary tickets for horse or pony rides. Afterwards, tour the extensive stables and meet the 60 elegant horses and ponies that live there. For more fun, there’s a playground, an indoor play area where kids can do horse-related crafts, a miniature pony and bunny park where you can feed the animals. There’s even an archery ground for your budding Hawkeye or Katniss Everdeen!

Rent bicycles from kiosks nearby and head along the park connectors that go in every direction as far as the eye can see. Options include Coney Island, Punggol Waterway Park, Lorong Halus Wetland and even Singapore’s last kampong at Lorong Buangkok. You can also try fishing along Punggol Beach and bring your catch back for a barbecue.

We recommend: While there are two dining options within the ranch, you can also stroll to Punggol Settlement just minutes away, where you will be spoilt for choice. Tenants include Singapore’s most famous seafood restaurants as well as a variety of cafes and bistros.

Booking details: Call 6690 0900 to book your stay, or visit their Facebook page for more details.

Fun Resort Escapes

For families who love the laidback feeling of a chalet with the fun that comes with water play and other theme park attractions, these resort staycations are made for you.

4. CSC at Changi

If beach resorts are your thing, then you’ll love CSC at Changi, the new Civil Service Club Changi Clubhouse that’s set within the tranquil coastal enclave in Singapore’s far east. It offers 25 premium chalets for your picking.

Staycations at CSC @ Changi

These include four Family Suites (from $366 per night for the public), each of which sleeps up to six. The master bedroom has a king-size bed, while the guest room comes with two super single beds. Baby cots are available on request, subject to availability, while baby chairs are a standard feature in the chalets. Both bedrooms and the luxurious living room have LED TVs complete with kids, movies and football channels. Also inclusive are free Wi-Fi access, toiletries in both bathrooms and complimentary parking for up to two cars.

The stylish kitchenette is equipped with a fridge, microwave oven and Nescafe Dolce Gusto coffee machine, with complimentary coffee, tea and mineral water. Furthermore, one of the Family Suites is specially designed to be elderly and disabled friendly. Wheelchairs are also available on request, subject to availability.

Staycation activities at CSC @ Changi

Kids will have endless splashing fun at the pirate ship-themed water play area and swimming pools, or try glow-in-the-dark bowling at Resort Bowl. At the end of the day, enjoy a barbecue on the rooftop deck overlooking the picturesque seaside.

We recommend: Take advantage of its location to stroll along the Changi Boardwalk and Changi Beach Park, discover WWII relics at Changi Cove. If you enjoy nature trails, take a bumboat over to Pulau Ubin and explore the Chek Jawa wetlands.

Booking details: While the chalets are open to the public, CSC Members and Public Officers enjoy discounted rates. E-mail rooms@csc.sg for enquiries and bookings.

5. D’Resort @ Downtown East

Singapore’s first nature-inspired resort boasts an integrated water park experience. D’Resort @ Downtown East is purpose-built to whisk you away from real life and into a world of fun and entertainment for the whole family.

Staycations at D'Resort @ Downtown East

Choose from a range of Rainforest Family themed rooms (from $259 per night), where you can explore the Amazonian jungle, dive into an underwater world, or even hang out with colourful M&M’s! Kids will jump straight into the staycation experience with a special kids check-in counter and welcome pack. They’ll even get to go treasure-hunting in the room to unlock a treasure box full of surprises just for them.

At night, they’ll snuggle into adorable bunk beds, so dad and mum will have no problems coaxing them into bed before getting some rest themselves in the accompanying queen-size bed. The rooms also come equipped with a Nescafe Dolce Gusto machine and free Wi-Fi.

Staycation activities at D'Resort @ Downtown East

While Downtown East also boasts a Cathay Cineplex among its many recreational options, kids get their very own movie night at eXplorerkid @ E!hub. It’s complimentary if you book the Rainforest Family rooms and $5 for little guests in other rooms. Add an optional dinner to the experience for just $5 per child.

Perhaps best of all, stays at the resort include unlimited entry to Wild Wild Wet!, Singapore’s largest waterpark. Professor’s Playground is filled with slides, water cannons and fountains for the little ones. Older kids can conquer adrenaline pumping rides. Exhausted parents can laze the day away on the Shiok River!

We recommend: Rent bicycles (from $6) from the Rainforest Terrace @ D’Resort and ride through scenic Pasir Ris Park. Visit the mangrove boardwalk and watch for migratory birds nesting in the rainforest.

Booking details: Enjoy up to 35% discount off the Best Flexible Rate for advance bookings. Click here to book or find out more.

(See also: How to Have a 48-hour Staycation at D’Resort @ Downtown East that your Kids will Love!)

Historical Experiences

Families who love learning about our history and heritage will love these staycations. You may not feel like you’re away from Singapore, but instead you’ll get to see our country as a ‘tourist’!

6. The Fullerton Hotel Singapore

Gazetted as a National Monument and once home to Singapore’s General Post Office, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore is now a world-renowned heritage hotel of neo-classical proportions.

Staycations at The Fullerton Singapore

Indulge in a luxurious Heritage Room with the Fullerton Family Package (from $538 per night) and enjoy 30% off Best Available Rates for a second room booked for kids up to 18 years of age. Children below 12 years will be greeted with a welcome kit containing a Fullerton colouring book and crayons, a copy of The Little Singapore Book, and one adorable Fullerton Plush Bear per room!

In-room amenities include baby wipes and toiletries for the tots, and child-size bathrobes and slippers are available on request. Kids also get a special turndown of personalised cookies and milk.

Staycation pool at The Fullerton Singapore

Enquire at the front desk upon check-in and the Kids’ Concierge will help plan the perfect family vacation. Enjoy complimentary daily American buffet breakfast for two adults and two children at Town restaurant. The kids also get an ice cream pass that they can use to redeem a free scoop of ice cream daily. If dad and mum need some alone time, call on the hotel’s babysitting services.

The package also includes the Singapore Standard Jubilee Pass for two adults and two children, which encompasses transportation and fast-track entry to a whole host of attractions. Seen those hop-on hop-off tour buses around town? It’s your turn to feel like a tourist in your own country. The kids will especially love riding on the open-air top-deck!

We recommend: Go for the hour-long Fullerton Monument Tour. You will not only discover the rich history of this National Monument, but also get exclusive access to preserved areas reserved just for hotel guests. Book your tour in advance with the Concierge desk.

Booking details: Rates are valid till 30 December 2016. Book directly with the hotel to get the discounted second room. Visit www.fullertonhotel.com for more details.

7. Hotel Fort Canning

Sitting atop Fort Canning Hill, Hotel Fort Canning is a conservation hotel housed in colonial glamour that offers an urban oasis amid the lush greenery of Fort Canning Park.

Staycations at Hotel Fort Canning

Book a Great Weekend Indulgence package (from $850++) and stay two nights in a Deluxe Room featuring Jim Thompson silk fabrics and Poltrona Frau statement furnishings. Each room comes with Nespresso coffee and TWG tea, a comprehensive entertainment system, equipped with an Xbox Kinect, upon request. The naturally-lit bathrooms offer panoramic views of the city skyline.

Apart from the Xbox, kids will be entertained with DVDs, storybooks and fun activity booklets for indoor play. The fun continues outdoors with a wading pool and free-form pool. All the pools, including a lap pool for more serious swimmers, are filled with NASA technology filtered mineral water and chlorine-free, which is great for sensitive children’s eyes and skin.

Staycation activities at Hotel Fort Canning

The package includes complimentary drinks and canapes at Aperitif Hour at the Private Lounge where children are welcome too, breakfast and a 4-course dinner for two at The Salon. It also offers a children’s menu with favourites like fish and chips, mini pizzas and Haagen-Dazs ice cream.

You’ll also get a picnic basket complete with picnic mat during your stay. Inside are tea-time nibbles for two, beverages and a bottle of wine. You can enjoy it in your private garden patio, or have a full-fledged picnic in the park. Opt to upsize the picnic with an additional basket filled with kid-friendly snacks and fruit juices.

We recommend: Join the hotel’s Sunday Playtime Buffet Breakfast ($35++ per adult; $17.50++ per child aged 4-12 years; children under 4 years dine free with every accompanying adult) that offers a selection of child-friendly buffet items. Kids will have fun at the al fresco play corner while parents dine at leisure.

Booking details: This package is valid till 29 December 2016 and available for check-in on Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays only. For more info, visit www.hfcsingapore.com or contact 6559 6769 or reservations@hfcsingapore.com to make your booking.

8. Park Hotel Clarke Quay

With classic architecture inspired by Singapore’s colonial past and location by the Singapore River, Park Hotel Clarke Quay is a great launching pad from which to explore our sea-trading history.

Staycations at Park Hotel Clarke Quay

Best of all, it offers a Family Moments Package (from $361 per night) where children under 12 years of age stay for free in their own room! Superior Family Rooms feature two interconnecting rooms with a queen-sized bed and two single beds, as well as two washrooms.

It gives families the added comfort of privacy, space and convenience. Furthermore, in-room amenities such as kids bedsheets and toiletries are available on request, as are amenities for the littlest ones. For example, baby toiletries, cots, bathtubs and bottle sterilisers, among others, are available on request at no additional charge.

Staycation pool at Park Hotel Clarke Quay

Enjoy a complimentary upgrade to the Deluxe Room on weekends. For larger families, you can book connecting rooms (subject to availability) for an even bigger party. The package also includes breakfast for up to two adults and two children, complimentary Wi-Fi and the use of the 25-metre outdoor pool and adjoining Jacuzzi. Dine at Brizo Restaurant & Bar and two children below the age of 12 years will enjoy the complimentary kid’s menu.

We recommend: Take a river cruise on a bumboat and let the kids experience a ‘live’ history lesson as they sail down Clarke Quay and Boat Quay.

Booking details: This offer is valid till 31 December 2016. Book your stay directly with the hotel and enjoy up to $55 worth of dining credits per room. Visit www.parkhotelgroup.com/clarkequay for more details.

9. Village Hotel Bugis

At the crossroads of Singapore’s different ethnic enclaves sits Village Hotel Bugis, which offers a comfortable stay and excellent guest service.

Staycations at Village Hotel Bugis

Kids (and adult too) will love the cheery Disney Cars-themed Superior family rooms that have been customised just for them. Lightning McQueen and friends ‘fly’ around the sky-blue walls, and sitting alongside a king-size bed is a foldaway bed for children, complete with fluffy ‘cloud’ cushions. There are also Princess Sofia-themed rooms.

One of the cutest elements has to be the whimsical floor rug with its aviator rabbit – together with the fluffy puppet puppy and animal bath sponges – making for fantastic imaginary adventures! A full range of kids bathroom amenities is paired with rubber duckies to make bath time extra fun.

Staycation amenities at Village Hotel Bugis

The Kids First Promotion package (from $160++) includes a one-night stay with breakfast for two adults and one child. Choose from an international breakfast comprising Asian, Western and Mediterranean cuisine at the Landmark Restaurant, or local-style Chinese delights at Hainanese restaurant Mooi Chin. Complimentary Wi-Fi access and use of the roof-top swimming pool and 24-hour gym are included. A coin-operated self-service laundry room is also available.

Play tourist with the kids with the free hop-on, hop-off City Tour during your stay. You can visit all the historical landmarks around town and shop up a storm at eclectic Haji Lane or the malls around Bugis too.

We recommend: Drop by the Children Little Museum at 42 Bussorah Street. A $2 token admission fee opens up a treasure trove of vintage collectors items, interactive exhibits and photo ops. The kids will be amazed by toys played by children in years gone by and what classrooms used to look like.

Booking details: Book your stay from now till 31 December 2016. Click here for more details.

10. Village Hotel Katong

Over in the historic Katong and Joo Chiat district is the original home of the Peranakans (or Straits Chinese) in Singapore, as well as Village Hotel Katong.

Staycations at Village Hotel Katong

Book the Peranakan Family Experience (from $285++) and stay the night in a charming Family Room. It combines authentic Peranakan decor touches with contemporary conveniences. Two queen-size beds accommodate two adults and two kids comfortably.

The room also comes with a balcony which you can step out into to take in the vista of surrounding shophouses and beyond. You’ll also enjoy unlimited Wi-Fi access and buffet breakfast at Katong Kitchen for two adults and two children.

Staycation activities at Village Hotel Katong

And it’s not just about the room. Discover life in a Peranakan kitchen with a free 2-hour workshop at Kim Choo on Saturday afternoon. You’ll learn how to wrap rice dumplings the Nyonya way, understand more about the Peranakan culture and get to sample Nyonya favourites.

We recommend: Stroll by the old shophouses to appreciate the Peranakan architectural touches unique to the area. A visit to Rumah Bebe (113 East Coast Road) and Katong Antique House (208 East Coast Road) will provide even more insight into the fascinating culture.

Booking details: Rates are valid for check-in on Friday and Saturday, till 31 December 2016. Click here to make your booking.

Luxury Living

If your definition of staycations is being pampered in the lap of luxury, then go with one of these five-star hotels that specially tailor their services for families with kids.

11. The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore

World-famous 5-star The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore is a seven-acre garden oasis offering spacious guestrooms and top-notch service.

Staycations at Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore

Book your family a Ritz Kids Night Safari Adventures (from $780++ per night) and be pampered in a Premier Suite. From the moment you check in, the immersive programme will take the little ones on an adventure. They will soon discover that sleeping in a bed is just passe.

Instead, they’ll have a sleeping tent pitched in the room, equipped with a night lamp, for a fun in-room camping experience. A delicious treat, adorable Ritz-Carlton lion beanie and an engaging activity book with stickers and crayons complete the welcome. The littlest ones below the age of four will also receive a set of mini bath amenities.

Staycation pool at Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore

The package also includes a welcome drink and daily buffet breakfast for two adults and two children. Kids also get a daily ice cream pass. If the staycation coincides with a birthday, you’ll also enjoy the Ritz Kids birthday surprise. At the end of the stay, young guests will be presented with a personalised Polaroid to commemorate their safari stay.

We recommend: On weekends, Ritz Kids also enjoy specially designed activities by the pool. The activities usually focus on arts and crafts, and is a great way for all the children in the hotel to make new friends. Parents can use that time for themselves!

Booking details: This promotion is valid till 29 December 2016. Visit www.ritzcarlton.com/singapore for more details.

(See also: Staycation: The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore)

12. Swissotel The Stamford

Famed for being the tallest hotel complex in South-east Asia, this five-star hotel needs no introduction. But did you know that Swissotel The Stamford is also a great choice for a family staycation?

Staycations at Swissotel The Stamford

Its Family Fun offer lets you book a second room for the kids at 50% off the Daily Rate (from $290++ per night), which will then be decked out to ensure that they will never want to leave! Kitted out with family-friendly fun catered to three different age groups: babies, children and teens. Young guests may find cuddly toys, cartoons, board games, books and even interactive gaming systems to keep them entertained.

The kids room may be connected or adjacent to parents’, depending on availability. Cots, strollers and high chairs and babysitting services are available upon request.

Staycation pool at Swissotel The Stamford

Each room includes complimentary buffet breakfast for two persons at your choice of Cafe Swiss or Kopi Tiam. In addition, children 12 years and under enjoy 50% off the Kids Menu while kids under five eat free. You’ll also enjoy access to the fitness centre and swimming pool.

Of course, while you’re staying there, you can take advantage of the jogging routes that the hotel has mapped out. Exercise aside, you can also take the opportunity to visit Fort Canning Park, the Asian Civilisations Museum and all the sights along the Singapore River.

We recommend: Have an indulgent afternoon with Sunday brunch at Equinox Restaurant. Feast on an array of fresh seafood, hearty roasts and decadent desserts. The kids corner will keep the little ones busy with toys, video games, activities and live entertainment.

Booking details: Rates are valid till 31 December, 2016. This promotion is available at www.swissotel.com/singapore-stamford.

13. Swissotel Merchant Court

For a seriously fun family staycation in the heart of the city, check into Swissotel Merchant Court. This urban resort is conveniently located next to Clarke Quay MRT station.

Staycations at Swissotel Merchant Court

To make you feel right at home, each Family Fun Escape staycation (from $569++ per night) provides families with two rooms and the option to have one or both transformed into the Swissotel Kids Room. It offers fun themed bedding and even colourful clothes hangers in the wardrobe.

The fun even continues into the bathroom, which comes with child-friendly amenities. You’ll find a step stool, kid-friendly toothbrushes, toothpaste and cheery plastic tumblers, for example. If you have toddlers, they’ll love the bath toys that come with the baby bathtub.

Staycation pool at Swissotel Merchant Court

The Kids Room also has vibrantly coloured writing desks and chairs where kids can do some paper crafts. There’ll be age-appropriate entertainment such as books, Xbox or Wii games, DVD movies and kids’ cable TV channels. Just tell them the age of your kids when you make your reservation. Beyond the room itself, kids will also delight in the water slides and wading pool. If parents need some time alone, babysitting services are also available for a fee.

To sweeten your stay, kids aged 12 years and below get daily ice cream treats. Families will also receive complimentary tickets to Universal Studios Singapore for two adults and two children. Plus you get to take advantage of a late check-out till 4.00pm, guaranteed.

We recommend: To allow you greater flexibility, buffet breakfast has been made available as an optional add-on. With award-winning Ellenborough Market Cafe’s buffet spread at just $30++ per adult and $15++ per child, we say don’t miss it!

Booking details: This package is available till 31 December 2016. For reservations and enquiries, call 6337 9993 or email reservations.merchantcourt@swissotel.com.

14. The Westin Singapore

Housed on levels 32 to 46 of Asia Square Tower 2 in Singapore’s Marina Bay precinct, The Westin Singapore invites families to discover the Westin Family programme that celebrates the universal language of play.

Staycations at Westin Singapore

You can pick from 305 stylish guestrooms and suites (from $330++ per night) across all room classes. All of them feature floor-to-ceiling windows affording abundant natural light and city views. Book the Deluxe Double Double or enjoy a 25% discount when booking a second room.  Each is equipped with iPod docking stations, flat screen HDTVs, high speed internet access and multimedia hubs.

The biggest draw is Westin’s proprietary Heavenly Bed – and Heavenly Crib for little tots – for a good night’s sleep. A spa-like marble bathroom and White Tea by Westin bath amenities complete the pampering experience.

Staycation amenities at Westin Singapore

Upon check-in, kids will receive their Westin Family Travel Journal full of interactive activities and a Local Activity Guide with a list of kid-friendly attractions. Other welcome amenities include a drawstring bag, an adorable sun hat, a water bottle and a copy of The Little Singapore Book.

The Westin team is well-known for its personalised service. Don’t be surprised to see them play and joke around with the kids, making it an extra fun time for everyone. Furthermore, children aged 12 years and below dine for free with every adult meal. They can order from the Westin Eat Well Menu for Kids, offering a range of nutritious and delicious options specially designed for their well-being.

We recommend: For additional dining options, head to Food Garden on level 2 of Asia Square. You’ll find popular food stalls and mini restaurants in a unique dining environment, or take a short stroll to Lau Pa Sat.

Booking details: Rates are valid till 31 December 2016. Find out more at this link.

Islander Life

Wanna go ‘overseas’ without actually leaving the country? Why, head to Sentosa, of course! Here are some family-friendly staycations in ‘The State of Fun’ to consider.

15. Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa

A serene hideaway on our resort island of Sentosa, Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa combines elements of Singapore’s colonial heritage with contemporary finishes in a tropical landscape.

Staycations at Amara Sanctuary

Book the Stay & Play package (from $300++) and be whisked away on a retreat that’s equal parts relaxing and exciting. It comes with a one-night stay in a Deluxe Room with an idyllic garden view. You can request for an additional bed for the kids at $100++ per night.

The package includes buffet breakfast for two, with additional breakfast at $28++ per person. Enjoy $15 off your bill when you dine at Shutters, and complimentary shuttle bus services to and from HarbourFront. More importantly, you’ll receive two complimentary tickets to Universal Studios Singapore to be used during your stay. Purchase additional tickets at the hotel’s front desk at a 10% discount.

Staycation pool at Amara Sanctuary

After the adrenaline pumping theme park experience, return to the hotel and relax at the trio of swimming pools. There’s a rooftop infinity pool with views of the South China Sea, a rainforest garden pool with waterfall and for the kids, a pool that comes complete with water slides.

After breakfast the next morning, pick up a walking guide from the concierge and go on a discovery tour of the resort. You’ll find historical features, fruit trees and herb gardens, complete with wildlife. See if you can spot the resident peacocks! You’re also only a stone’s throw away from Palawan beach.

We recommend: If you time your staycation during a child’s birthday, take up the resort’s AEIOU Birthday Package. It includes a three-hour party in a function room, three-course set menu for adults, mini buffet and goody bags for kids, as well as a dedicated host organising exciting games and foam party fun at Port of Lost Wonder.

Booking details: The Book & Stay package is valid till 22 December 2016. Visit sentosa.amarahotels.com to book.

16. Capella Singapore

For island luxury living surrounded by lush botanical gardens atop undulating hills, head to Capella Singapore, where even children are treated as esteemed guests.

Staycations at Capella Singapore

The Capella Family – Stay and Play package (from $800++ per night) works with any room class, beginning with the 77-sqm Premier Rooms. Expect in-room amenities from iPod docking stations and BOSE sound systems to Nespresso coffee machines and luxurious Pratesi linens. Or upgrade to the one-or two-bedroom Villas − be chauffeured to it via a buggy upon check-in at the lobby! Daily breakfast at The Knolls for two adults and two children aged 11 years and below.

The hallmark of the Capella experience is a round-the-clock Personal Assistant throughout your stay. In fact, yours will contact you two weeks before your arrival to understand your preferences. They will help arrange for special kid amenities like toiletries, bathrobes, bedroom slippers and personalised welcome snacks just for the little ones.

Staycation activities at Capella Singapore

Now for the terribly lovely dilemma: You have to pick from two of Sentosa’s most popular experiences to complete the package. Option one: Go nuts at Universal Studios Singapore with tickets for up to two adults and two children aged 11 years or below. Option two: Role-play careers at KidZania Singapore with entry for two adults and two children aged 4 to 17 years.

In the evening, wind down in the comfort of your rooms watching movies with complimentary popcorn served once during your stay. Three beautifully landscaped swimming pools designed like terraced rice paddies, including a wading pool, also await. The villas come with their own private plunge pools.

We recommend: Visit The Library for a relaxing read. You’ll find books for adults and children, board games, magazines and newspapers, an array of complimentary snacks and beverages, and your dedicated Personal Assistant.

Booking details: This package is valid till 15 December 2016. Visit www.capellahotels.com/singapore for more details.

(See also: KidZania Singapore: 7 Ways to get the Best Experience here!)

17. Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa

Ready for a classic beachfront staycation? The Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa set on Siloso beach on Sentosa is all about maximising your time. Plus kids stay, play and eat for free!

Staycations at Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa

Maximise your vacation time with the Family Fun Package (from $485++ per night). Each guestroom and suite comes with an attached private balcony and a lovely view of the hills, garden, pool or the South China Sea. Relax in your king-size bed, while kids snuggle into a sofa bed.

Included in the package are buffet breakfast and dinner at Silver Shell Cafe for two adults and two kids. There is a special kids buffet spread and baby zone to boot. Dinner includes unlimited soft drinks, chilled juices, house wine or beer.

Staycation activities at Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa

Here’s the best part. Parents can relax at the CHI Spa with 15% off a la carte treatments while the kids discover oodles of fully-supervised fun at the Cool Zone. Children aged 5 to 12 years will receive free full-day registration at the Toots Club and participate in organised themed activities. It includes one hour play time at the giant tree-house slide during specific periods and complimentary lunch and dinner. Toddlers below 5 years can head to the Mini Toots Club with parental supervision.

If that’s not enough, enjoy free use of selected water sports facilities for one hour daily. You also get three free swings on the super popular Flying Trapeze per room per stay. Families will also enjoy one of the largest freeform pools in Singapore with two outdoor Jacuzzis. There are also a children’s swimming pool, water slides and splash pad just for the young ones.

We recommend: Fun activities are scheduled daily for all hotel guests. You can sign up for walk-a-jogs, pool games or beach volleyball, perfect for a bout of family bonding.

Booking details: Check out this ongoing promotion at www.shangri-la.com/rasasentosa or call 6371 1088 for enquiries.