From beach resorts on Sentosa to luxurious glamping experiences in the heart of the city, there’s a whole range of accommodations for families to choose from when they visit our sunny island. Here’s a guide that’ll help explorers and their families get the most enjoyment out of discovering the Lion City.
D’Resort @ Downtown East
D’Resort in Downtown East is Singapore’s first integrated water resort, and the perfect oasis for families looking to get away from the bustle of the city. Nestled away in Pasir Ris Park, this cosy resort has a ton of activities that will keep both kids and adults entertained, from its six-hall cineplex to its dedicated bowling alleys. Families should consider booking the spacious beach cove duplex or the rainforest-themed family room.
During your stay, be sure to pay a visit to Pasir Ris Park. With its multiple trails, three-storey bird-watching tower and carefully-preserved mangrove forest, the park is ripe for exploration with the entire family.
D’Resort Downtown East. 1 Pasir Ris Close, Singapore 519599. +65 6582 3322.
Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa
With activities for everyone from toddlers to teens and adults, everyone’s bound to have a ball of a time at Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa. Located on the idyllic island resort of Sentosa, the hotel is a short, 15-minute drive from the city centre, and their deluxe suites and rooms accommodate families of up to three members.
Kids will be able to enjoy waterslides, playgrounds and the signature giant tree-house slide, while teens can indulge in Xbox One console games, race car simulators and air hockey tables at the Fun Zone. Guests should also take the time to explore Sentosa, which is home to over 30 heritage trees and buildings, and Singapore’s only fully-restored military fort.
Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa. 101 Siloso Road, Singapore 098970. +65 6275 0100.
Just a stone’s throw away from beloved kid-friendly attractions like the S.E.A. Aquarium™ and Adventure Cove Waterpark™, Festive Hotel™ is a great place to engage in aquatic activities. The hotel boasts a spacious deluxe room that accommodates families of four, with a loft bed for more sleeping space. The outdoor swimming pool—with a separate kid’s pool—is the perfect spot for families to spend a relaxing afternoon together. Given the hotel’s location on the sunny island of Sentosa, families should take the opportunity to Inculcate the love for outdoor activities in their kids. The island is scattered with a handful of cycling trails, and bicycle rental is available at Siloso Beach.
Resorts World™ Sentosa. 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269. +65 6577 8888.
Hotel Fort Canning
With its rich colonial settings and close proximity to one of Singapore’s most storied historical locales, Hotel Fort Canning will bring out the history buffs in families. Besides top-notch amenities, the hotel is a two-minute walk from Fort Canning Park.
Once known as Bukit Larangan (‘forbidden hill’ in Malay), the park is a gateway to exploration, insight and discovery: The Maritime Corner tells the story of Singapore’s legacy as an international trading port, while the Battlebox is a former underground military bunker that was used by British troops in World War II.
Hotel Fort Canning. 11 Canning Walk, Singapore 178881. +65 6559 6770.
The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore
Indulge in a luxurious retreat at The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore, and get a panoramic view of the city from its finest range of suites. Large families can save on the hassle of booking multiple rooms by staying at the two-bedroom millennia suite.
To top it off, the hotel offers a taste of Glamping (glamour camping) for the little ones, with the Ritz Kids Night Safari. This in-room camping experience promises to take your little ones on an adventure, with tents pitched inside a premier suite, a passport and discovery map, and an activity book.
Other activities for kids include a themed play land filled with games, storybooks, toys and a special movie theatre.
The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore. 7 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039799. +65 6337 8888.
Marina Bay Sands®
One of the most iconic buildings in Singapore, Marina Bay Sands® is a great choice for families looking to explore new heights, and see the city from a different perspective. The family room houses up to two adults and two children, and has an extended balcony with a garden view.
Take a dip in the world’s largest rooftop infinity pool, snap a family selfie at the Helix Bridge, and don’t forget to check out Spectra—a free-to-public outdoor light and water show displayed over water at the Event Plaza along the promenade.
Located right next to Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay Sands® also presents your family with the opportunity to revel in the beauty of nature: The 101-hectare park boasts futuristic architecture and a wealth of flora. The Children’s Garden caters to kids aged 1 to 12, and houses a sizable Water Play area and a toddler’s playground for the little ones to romp in.
Marina Bay Sands®. 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956. +65 6688 8868.
Village Hotel Changi
Get closer to nature at Village Hotel Changi, a hotel surrounded by greenery, and a short boat ride away from the island sanctuary of Pulau Ubin. With its idyllic view of lush greenery outside the city centre, Village Hotel Changi is a great spot for those looking to unwind, away from the buzz of the city. Take a swim with the kids at the hotel’s rooftop pool, or go on a mini adventure along the coast at the idyllic Changi Beach Park.
If the idea of adventure in the great outdoors appeals to you, you can hitch a bumboat ride from Changi Point Terminal, and spend the day with your family on Pulau Ubin. Home to bulbul birds, granite quarries and the mangroves of Chek Jawa, the island is bound to expand your understanding of tropical ecosystems.
Village Hotel Changi. 1 Netheravon Road, Singapore 508502. +65 6379 7111.
Pulau Ubin. Changi Point Ferry Terminal. 51 Lor Bekukong, Singapore 499172.