The evolving COVID-19 pandemic may have hobbled travel plans, but that doesn’t mean you’re completely grounded. Gather your restless brood for a quick getaway — sans the inflight anxiety — in the comfort of these family-friendly hotels, which offer themed suites, kids’ amenities and activities to keep you occupied. Call it social distancing for those who like to be cosseted.
Family-friendly Hotels Now Open
These SG Clean-certified family-friendly hotels have received approval to reopen and are now accepting staying guests. Start planning your next long weekend now!
1. Capella Singapore
If space and privacy are what your family is after, then a stay at Capella Singapore’s beautifully appointed villas and manors is in order. With their leafy surrounds, private pools and rain showers — both indoor and outdoor — these offer a tropical escape that feel like a world away from the urban crush.
For big families, we recommend splashing out on the three-bedroom, restored Colonial Manor. It spells 436 sqm of luxury, complete with a private lap pool. The Manor Experience includes a private yoga session, In-manor kids activities, and pool props! They also spoil you with a private car with dedicated driver, daily chef service, a fully-stocked refreshment centre, and baby-sitting services. Another perk: pets are welcome here too, so none of your family members get left out.
Rates vary according to date of stay
2. Four Seasons Hotel Singapore
Till 1 January 2022, Four Seasons Hotel Singapore is offering a complimentary third night’s stay with every two consecutive paid nights. Designed with botanical accents, its spacious rooms and suites afford a relaxing retreat in pared down elegance. Kids get their own bathrobes, plush toys, activity kits, and baby amenities. Baby-sitting services are available so you can luxuriate in their envy-inducing spa.
Set five minutes away from Singapore Botanic Gardens, the hotel caters to outdoorsy families. Make a splash in its 20th-floor family pool, complete with a poolside swing and cabanas. Or challenge your brood to a game of doubles at the outdoor tennis courts — rare for a city hotel. Fuel up at on-site Asian-French brasserie One-Ninety, where kids below the age of five get to dine for free. Pets are also welcome.
Rates vary according to date of stay
3. One Farrer Hotel
Set in the heart of Little India, One Farrer Hotel is an urban retreat with plenty of options for families of different sizes. Sumptuous Sky Villas are perfect for multi-generational families, fully-equipped with kitchenettes, washing machines, walk-in wardrobes, and exclusive barbecue pits. Book their Skyline Staycations package. It includes a night’s stay in a Skyline Room and breakfast for two.
There’s also the duplex Loft Apartment with a smart television in both bedroom and living room. And in case you feel restless, the hotel boasts an Olympic-size pool and 24-hour gym.
Rates from $250 per night (valid till 28 February 2021)
4. PARKROYAL on Beach Road
Family-friendly hotels come in all shapes and sizes. Just looking for a change of scenery? Hunker down in PARKROYAL on Beach Road’s newly refurbished 35 sqm Superior or Deluxe rooms. “Netflix and chill” with your family with the hotel’s Plan Your Staycation offer.
Valid for bookings till 31 August and stays for up to 28 February 2021, it includes complimentary accommodation for up to two children below the age of 12. Pan Pacific DISCOVERY members and healthcare professionals also get to enjoy a 30 per cent discount on food and beverages at the hotel’s dining outlets.
Rates from $198 per night
5. The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore
With glorious picture windows — including those in the bathroom — overlooking the glittering Marina Bay precinct, The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore’s suites are pretty mesmerising for young and old alike. Featuring a separate living area, the light-filled spaces — ranging in size from 51 to 219 sqm — have ample room for two adults and two children.
Book the Ritz Kids Night Safari, and your kids get to bed down in a plush in-room tent for two, kitted out with a night lamp, plush toy, and activity book. Other highlights include snacks, a passport and activity map that allows kids to redeem a scoop of ice cream. Kids celebrating their special day get a birthday surprise too. The hotel also tailors activities, including craft workshops and movie nights. They even cater nutritious kiddie meal options such as steamed salmon with broccoli and rice.
Rates from $550 per night (valid till 30 December 2020)
6. Shangri-La Hotel Singapore
For those who plan to be cocooned in their rooms, Shangri-La Hotel Singapore’s two-bedroom family suites on steroids are ideal. For starters, they’re larger than a three-room HDB flat! But size isn’t all that matters; the imaginatively designed kids’ rooms are so much more. These veritable indoor playgrounds are enlivened by whimsical safari, treetop, underwater, space, and castle themes. Amenities include a deep vanity sink for bathing babies, space for changing diapers, as well as a pantry with an induction heater and double-door Smeg refrigerator.
Staying in the family suites or rooms located on a dedicated floor in the Tower Wing comes with its perks. This includes access to a family concierge, strollers, high chairs, diapers, sterilisers, and monitor sets, along with board games for older children. The hotel also has an indoor and outdoor playground. Book their Fun Family Playcation package, and get unlimited play time at the newly launched outdoor Splash Zone, and $100 in dining credits daily.
Rates from $318 per night (valid till 30 December 2020)
7. Sofitel Sentosa Resort and Spa
A choice property for sporty families with older kids is Sofitel Sentosa Resort and Spa. Its facilities include tennis courts, a state-of-the-art gym, and a 33m-long pool. Not to mention, golfers will appreciate how it is within walking distance of Tanjong Course. It recently reopened with an enhanced in-room cleaning programme, and families of four (two adults and two children) can book the Infinite Family Experiences package.
This is inclusive of a night’s stay in the Luxury Family Room, which comprises two connecting rooms. For those who take social distancing seriously, you don’t even need to set foot outside the hotel during your stay. Not with full gourmet dining experiences and daily kids’ activities including face-painting and calligraphy. Suffering from cabin fever at home and crave extra personal space? Opt for a stay in their two-bedroom, 300 sqm pool villa, which boasts a private deck surrounded by greenery.
Rates from $538 per night (for Infinite Family Experiences package for four)
The following family-friendly hotels have yet to officially reopen to staying guests post-circuit breaker. However, it’s worth considering booking in advance to take advantage of current promotional rates.
8. Grand Park City Hall
The recently refurbished hotel set in the heart of Singapore’s historic civic district boasts six family suites. These feature interconnecting rooms offering parents much-needed privacy. While adults can relax in a premier room in muted colours, the star of the show is the kids’ room. This is decked out with an activity wall, swing chair, and bean bag, plus a four-poster bed with a pull-out bed. Kids can peer through an arched window, or lounge on a bench that’s a throwback to Singapore’s iconic dragon playgrounds.
Also included is one hour of complimentary playtime at nearby playschool Trehaus, along with baby amenities (available on request) such as playpens, bottle sterilisers and bathtubs. Babysitting services are also available at extra cost. Book now for stays from January 2021.
Rates from $500 per night
9. JW Marriott Singapore South Beach
With its sexy Philippe Starck-designed interior, the luxury dig may not be the first property that comes to mind when you think of family-friendly hotels. Yet it certainly makes the kids feel welcome with its Fun for the Whole Family package. Book now for stays from September 2020.
This is jazzed up with kids’ amenities such as a Guggenheim Museum-designed activity guide and map to explore the hotel, complimentary snacks, and a delightful camper van tent that doubles up as a bed for a child under the age of seven. Its Premier Family Room — which accommodates up to four adults — brings the wow factor with its views of the CBD. The same goes for its 18th-storey pool deck.
Rates from $420 per night (valid till 29 December 2020)
10. Park Hotel Clarke Quay
With carousing now on hold in Singapore’s entertainment district, quiet walks by the river are possible. Set in the heart of this nightlife enclave, Park Hotel Clarke Quay’s interconnecting rooms are perfect for families with older kids who relish the freedom to flick through TV channels independently. The hotel also provides amenities such as baby toiletries, cots, bathtubs, and bottle sterilisers.
And while it is currently closed, you can book the hotel’s new Crystal Club Lounge experience (till 30 June 2021) in advance. This includes a stay in a room that accommodates three, all-day refreshments plus afternoon tea, and dining discounts at the onsite Porta and Cocobola Poolside Bar + Grill. Book now for stays from January 2021.
Rates vary according to date of stay
11. Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa Resort and Spa
If Sentosa is the furthest you can go for a vacation, make it count for your kids. The Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa Resort and Spa recently opened its new Nestopia playground along Siloso Beach. Think 15m-long pool slides, 7.5m-tall climbing obstacles and suspended bridges.
Within each Family Garden room is a selection of thoughtful touches. These range from kids’ toiletries and cutlery to colouring materials and mini bathrobes. Young guests will also be happily occupied at the Toots and Mini Toots Club for children and toddlers respectively. Book the Family Fun Package now for stays from January 2021.
Rates from $480 per night
12. Village Hotel Sentosa
Bliss out at the newest of Sentosa’s family-friendly hotels, where four curvilinear pools resembling rice terraces take centrestage. Three out of four of these are from 0.5m to 0.95m deep, which suit younger kids and non-swimmers. We love the hotel’s cute VIK (Village Important Kid) initiative, where kids can check in on behalf of the family at a priority counter. Other fun touches are family scavenger hunts, pool games, aqua fitness classes, and movie nights by the pool.
Book the hotel’s Family Room package, where you get to stay in its namesake room. It comprises two bright and cheerful interconnecting rooms. Kids’ amenities include an adventure book, tableware, snacks, and a Rubik’s cube. And who can say no to a complimentary buggy ride? Book now for stays from November 2020.
Rates from $336 per night (valid till 23 December 2020)
We hope that more family-friendly hotels will soon be reopening so that we all have more options. Prices stated are accurate at publishing time but subject to change. Do double-check with the hotels before booking, and visit the list of approved hotels for the latest updates.
Header image: Four Seasons Hotel Singapore
Featured image: Shangri-La Hotel Singapore