The kids and I are poolside at the Four Seasons Singapore rooftop family pool. The friendly pool aunty plies us with agar-agar and ice-cold drinks to help us beat the humidity. She checks on us from time to time, topping our drinks and reminding us to put on the (complimentary and kid-safe) sunscreen.
Her friendly professionalism, always unobtrusive, never overbearing, is what we encounter repeatedly at the Four Seasons Singapore. From reception to restaurants, from room to pool service, we are pampered like VVIPs. It is certainly easy to get used to this!
As the day passes, the kids go through a massive box of toys and floats that the hotel has provided. Subsequently, they relax into the serenity of our surroundings. One child cannot stop gazing out at the vista. The other floats peacefully in the kidney-shaped pool. After that, they sit side by side on the wooden swing, and enjoy its rhythmic, rocking motion. We spend our afternoon enveloped in this aura of tranquility. In short, bliss.
In hindsight (because we stay at the end of March before circuit breaker restrictions kick in) this is probably the closest to heaven we have got to this year since #WFH and home-based learning turned our dining table into a warzone.
A Room with a View at the Four Seasons Singapore
It is love at first sight as the kids and I step into our Premier Room. At 58 square metres, these extra-spacious corner rooms are perfect for families. Even with another bed (or a cot), there is ample room to move around. For example, we can stick our arms out and spin like loons without bumping our hands. Furthermore, the oversized windows and high ceilings offer an added sense of space.
I love how the classically-furnished room has subtly demarcated areas that each of us can hang out in independently without getting into another person’s personal space. We play musical chairs, switching from the window seat to the chaise lounge, to the arm chairs, and back again. Similarly, there are dedicated spaces for things like the Lavazza coffee machine and other drinksware, and the OCD aunty in me adores how they are presented like display pieces.
Like the room, the full marble bathroom is of generous proportions, with a huge bath-tub, a separate shower, and a room-within-a-room for the toilet. The L’Occitane toiletries smell divine, and there are too many towels for the three of us, but that’s a good thing, right?
Peering out of the room’s windows we see the iconic buildings of Orchard Road, reminding us how close we are to the centre of the city, even though it feels as if we are miles and miles away. Come sunset the skyline glows an epic and surreal orange as the light reflects off the glass on the buildings. No guessing why HBO’s Westworld creators were inspired to film its third season in Singapore.
All the Amenities you Need
Inside the room it is all modern tradition and understated luxury. Clad in cool blues and lime greens inspired by the water and lotus of the Singapore Botanic Garden’s Swan Lake — this UNESCO Heritage Site is walking distance of the hotel — the rooms evoke quiet calm. There is a nod to Singapore’s multicultural heritage in the mural wall composition of traditional Peranakan tiles.
Every guest, no matter how small, receives royal treatment. For the kids there are refillable water bottles, juice, and popcorn, packaged together with a personalised welcome note for each child. In addition, we uncover a Peranakan basket on the table to find slices of kueh lapis — one of our favourite Asian snacks!
Little ones also get amenities such as kid-friendly toiletries, child-sized bathrobes, plush toys, and age-appropriate activity kits. Moreover, there are movie DVDs you can borrow, as well as video games for older ones. Finally, below-fives dine free at One-Ninety, where the specially-created kids’ menu focuses on nutritious seasonal produce.
And if you have a fur-kid, there’s no need to leave them at home. Four-paw friends are welcome to have their pet-cation at the Four Seasons Singapore, where they get their very own embroidered pet towel, a special pet bed, pet bowl and bottled water.
Staying Safe in the Heart of Luxury at the Four Seasons Singapore
One of the best things about staycations is being able to play local tourist and explore the area around the hotel. The Four Seasons Singapore has an air-conditioned walkway to Orchard Road so shopping, eating, and entertainment are easily accessible.
It is also within walking distance (or a very short taxi ride) to the lush greenery of the Singapore Botanical Gardens, where kids can feed the swans at Swan Lake, romp around the grounds, and discover nature at the The Learning Forest.
However, we are only staying here for one night, and the room (read: bed) is too comfortable to leave. Hence the kids and I decide to cosy up and stay in, and enjoy it for the rest of our stay.
We call for in-room dining, and use the award-winning Four Seasons App and Chat to request for more water. Part of the Four Seasons Lead With Care program, the app is like an e-concierge in your hand. Response time is swift; we tap, and hear the “ding” of the doorbell in a matter of minutes. Apart from housekeeping requests, the app also lets you make reservations for dining, change your reservation time and more — without having to make a single phone call.
Four Season Singapore is Open for Stays Now
With restrictions on staycations lifted, hotels in Singapore are welcoming an influx of guests. At the Four Seasons Singapore those who just need to get away from it all for a while can opt for a daycation where they check in at 9am, and check out at 6pm.
But families are likely to prefer staying at least a night or two. We would recommend the Take Your Time and Experience More Staycation Package which offers accumulative credit of 30% of the daily room rate.
You can use this credit at the spa, or for meals in the hotel. Best for families are the Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurant Jiang Nan Chun, and the Asian Brasserie One-Ninety (which has the most amazing Lobster Toast, see above). Alternatively, opt for in-room dining if the kids are getting cranky. Want an even better deal? Book your stay on a weekday. You will enjoy an upgrade to the next available room category (excluding specialty suites), and a complimentary bottle of red wine.
:: Giveaway ::
We are giving way two sets of Weekend Sparkling Afternoon Tea at One-Ninety, worth over $132
Bring some sparkle to your weekend with organic sparkling teas over Afternoon Tea at the Four Seasons Hotel Singapore. You’ll get to indulge in a tasting of three signature sparkling teas developed by Danish award-winning sommelier Jacob Kocemba, and his business partner Bo Sten Hensen, while enjoying sweet and savoury delights crafted by Pastry Chef Audrey Yee, a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in London. Finally, finish off with a choice of freshly-brewed coffee or tea to end your perfect weekend treat!
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Terms and conditions:
- The prize voucher is valid for three months from 1 September 2020 to 30 November 2020.
- The voucher is valid at Four Seasons Hotel 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 while ordering. It is valid for one-time use only.
Closing date: Monday 30 August 2020
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