Chances are, your family has decided to stay in Singapore during the upcoming March school holidays instead of travelling overseas because of COVID-19. What will your kids be doing? Why not sign them up for one of these fun school holiday activities, go on a no-plane island getaway, or have a unique Singapore staycation? We got a sneak preview of the Family Moments staycation package at Park Hotel Clarke Quay over the weekend, and would absolutely recommend it.
Family Moments at Park Hotel Clarke Quay
As mentioned, the kids and I played local tourist at Park Hotel Clarke Quay over the weekend, and we found this unassuming property to be a surprisingly superb place in which to have a family staycation in Singapore, especially with its Family Moments package.
This offers two interconnecting rooms, with FREE accommodation for two children under 12 years of age. And to ensure that parents enjoy a completely stress-free stay, the hotel also provides amenities including baby toiletries, cots, bathtubs, and bottle sterilisers at no additional charge. It also includes:
- Daily breakfast for 2 adults and 2 children
- Complimentary upgrade for Weekend Stays subject to availability
- 20% off Food and Beverage purchase at Porta and Cocobolo Poolside Bar + Grill
- Complimentary unlimited Wi-Fi for multiple devices
- Free Parking
- Priority special request fulfilment
- Complimentary lunch and dinner for two children below the age of 12 from kid’s menu (see above) when accompanied by paying adults at Porta
P/S: Book your Family Moments stay during the upcoming March holidays and your little ones get to enjoy complimentary kids’ activities as well!
EAT – Porta
Park Hotel Clarke Quay is not a big hotel. Hence there is only one main dining outlet on its premises — Porta. This cosy restaurant has the prettiest dining nooks, and is where you can have your buffet breakfast from 6am to 10am every morning. For lunch and dinner, Porta serves up adventurous interpretations of modern European bistro cuisine like Prawn & Chorizo Pasta and Spicy Salmon Tartare, as well as a melt-in-your-mouth Iberian Pork Secreto.
Porta recently debuted a Green Monday menu that is entirely plant-based, offering vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free, and nut-free options. We tried the Heura Mediterranean Pasta, a plate of garlicky heaven that was so good that my picky eater walloped almost the entire adult serving and had no idea that the ‘chicken’ was 100 per cent vegetable.
The Beyond Burger (my first!) was another winner. It was smoky, juicy, and bursting with flavour. The homemade ketchup added a piquant tang to every bite, and complemented the plant-based Daiya cheese perfectly. The bun was soft yet not soggy. Does it make sense that I kinda felt bad that it was healthy because it tasted so amazing?
STAY – Interconnecting Rooms
If your children are past co-sleeping age, interconnecting rooms like the ones in the Family Moments package are a god-send. While these rooms at Park Hotel Clarke Quay are not large, there is enough space to comfortably fit two adults and two children. With the interconnecting rooms, you also get two bathrooms. The one in the double bedded room comes with a tub, while the one in the room with twin beds has a shower.
Each room has three power outlets — one below the flatscreen TV, and two at the dressing/work table. That’s enough to charge your mobile, sterilise Baby’s bottle, and boil some water to make yourself a cuppa — all at the same time.
Want a little more luxury? Stay in a Crystal Club room, and join the Park Rewards programme to earn and redeem PARK$ at Park Hotel Group’s properties and restaurants. PARK$ can also be used at stores such as Robinsons, Zara, Best Denki and more.
PLAY – Pool and Quayside Fun
Park Hotel Clarke Quay is a three to five minute walk from Fort Canning and Clarke Quay MRT stations respectively, making it easy to travel there by train. You are also a skip, hop, and jump away from the iconic Fort Canning steps!
For us, it is the hotel’s proximity to the Singapore River and THREE riverside enclaves — Clarke Quay, Roberson Quay, and Boat Quay — that make it a great staycation destination. There’s a line in a Planet SARK poster called How to Really Love a Child which recommends what to do with children: “if they’re crabby, put them in water”.
This is the absolute truth. Water has the power to soothe the beastliest child and sometimes, you don’t even have to get the kid wet. Just being by the water, watching it ebb and flow, listening to it as it hits the shore or the river steps, works too. #MumTested
Take time to sit by the river and and watch it move. Count the bum boats going past, wave at the tourists, and feel the breezes caress your skin. Make it a family mission to cross every bridge (there are 14!) along the river. Then reward yourselves with an al fresco meal at one of the kid-friendly cafes and restaurants along the quays.
Back at the hotel, pop the kids into the pool on the second floor. There is no kids’ pool, hence your little ones will be in the adult pool. This has a depth of 1.25m so keep both eyes on your darlings all the time. Even better, get in the water with them.
Enjoy Family Moments at Park Hotel Clarke Quay soon!
And as the sun sets over the water, and your stomach starts to rumble, walk over to the Cocobolo Poolside Bar + Grill for a savoury feast (Friday and Saturday nights) that’ll put everyone in the mood for an excellent night’s sleep on the hotel’s gloriously comfortable beds. Sweet dreams!
Book your Family Moments staycation at Park Hotel Clarke Quay here.
:: GIVEAWAY ::
Win a one-night stay with breakfast for two adults at Park Hotel Clarke Quay (worth $380++)
We have a one-night stay in a superior room at Park Hotel Clarke Quay, inclusive of buffet breakfast at Porta for two, to give away. Do note that an extra bed cannot be accommodated in this room, due to space constraints. However, one child (aged five to 11 years) is welcome to share the bed with parents. A top-up of $15++ for the child’s breakfast is compulsory. Babies and toddlers below five years of age stay free, with no extra charges for breakfast.
How to win:
- Like and share this article’s post on the SingaporeMotherhood.com Facebook page.
- Follow @SingaporeMotherhood on Instagram and @ParkHotelClarkeQuay on Instagram for two extra chances to win.
- Leave a comment to let us know you’ve done both.
- Sit back and relax. We’ll let you know if you’ve won!
Terms and conditions:
- The prize voucher is valid for six months starting from 13 March 2020.
- Stay is valid at Park Hotel Clarke Quay, Singapore, only.
- Blackout dates apply, and advanced reservation is required.
- Prize voucher is non-replaceable, non-refundable, and not redeemable for cash.
- After the expiry date, there will be no extension of the voucher’s validity period.
- The original voucher must be presented at check-in. It is valid for one-time use only.
- Hotel check-in time is after 3pm, and checkout time is at 12 noon (Singapore local time).
- Failure to arrive at the hotel is regarded as a no-show. No refund will be given.
Closing date: Friday 6 March 2020
Header and featured images: Park Hotel Clarke Quay