For a child-friendly stay, it’s hard to go past Rasa Sentosa Resort by Shangri-La. Sitting on Siloso Beach, the property faces the South China Sea, with its own milky white shores, palm trees and an expansive lawn of green.
With plenty of room to run and play, and a lagoon-shaped pool complete with slides, fountains and various forms of play equipment, parents can park themselves at the pool bar while the kids are kept cool and engaged.
Youngsters are happily occupied in the children’s club, Cool Zone. The slide down the three-storey treehouse is bound to elicit squeals of delight, and the ridiculously well stocked video game arcade keeps most ages satisfied. Activities programmes run from early morning to late night, and consideration of the needs of the younger population is seen in the adjusted size of the bathrooms and a kid-sized buffet too.
Staying on Sentosa there are the obvious attractions for kids (big and small) such as Universal Studios. You’re likely to encounter bigger crowds on the weekends, but you’ll also get to see the Hollywood Dreams Parade where beloved movie characters are brought to life, and the Lake Hollywood Spectacular, a fireworks show timed to music.
Hubby’s favourite rides are Transformers and Revenge of the Mummy. Visitors to Singapore have most likely heard of the Night Safari, but how about pitching a tent and staying over? Singapore Zoo gives families a chance to do just that with their Sleep with the Beasts programme. The two-day, one-night itinerary gets participants up close with animals large and small, and offers an exclusive look into the behind-the-scenes happenings at the zoo.
Another overnight adventure awaits families at the S.E.A. Aquarium. Ocean Dreams similarly involves a line-up of tours and educational activities followed by a sleepover in one of the world’s largest aquariums.
Quayside Isle at Sentosa Cove is a pretty waterfront precinct offering a number of restaurants from which to grab a family meal. Kith is quite popular among expatriates with children for its play area for the tots, good coffee, and simple, no-fuss menu of breakfasts and light Western fare.
Kid-friendly menus and casual family atmospheres can also be found at Picotin Express and Paradiso Restaurant and Bar. Children eat for free from the kids’ menu on weekends at Brussels Sprouts, and a toy-filled play area on the grass keeps the kiddos entertained while adults relish in a large selection of Belgian beers and mussels.