Iconic attractions, eclectic neighbourhoods, tantalising cuisines or tranquil spots to unwind – Singapore is one city that has it all!
Why walk when you can float above the treetops at Skyline Sentosa Luge. Wow what a view! The luge part was fast and furious, the whole family had a bit of a race. I lost! Rocco, my son, is a little scared of heights but he still felt safe on the chairlift, which took us back up the hill afterwards. I love holiday activities that don't leave the kids exhausted and this one was a winner.
Hidden away on Sentosa Island is this special resort, Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa. The newly refurbished family-friendly Sofitel certainly doesn't skimp on the luxury. Don't miss the complimentary fish spa and keep your eyes open for the peacocks, which add a touch of magic to this beautiful resort. We treated ourselves to the hotel’s own spa and we loved its waterfall, mud pool and range of incredible massages. Plus, the children were entertained with cooking classes and a great playroom.
The kids loved the ‘Garden Rhapsody’ at Gardens by the Bay. Lay down and let the lights and music carry you away. My son loved this the most out of the whole trip. Go and see why.
I loved the gardens themselves. The waterfall in Cloud Forest was a spectacular sight but the sound of falling water was what I remember most.
It’s super relaxing, so time it at the end of a few days of activities.
The rides, the characters, the attractions – it was a great action packed day out at Universal Studios Singapore! The kids charged around excitedly deciding where to go next. All the kids loved the Madagascar attraction the most. But whatever the age group you can find a good time. Get ready for a long day and wear some comfy shoes. In fact, the hardest part was home time.
Singapore Zoo was my favourite place to visit. The orangutans at Jungle Breakfast were hilarious and the kids were thrilled to be sitting so close to them. It was a great opportunity for ‘compulsory’ selfies too. Tip – try and get a seat for breakfast right next to the barrier so YOU can watch them eat while THEY watch you eat! Hilarious. Jungle Breakfast will be a memory for all of us forever.
After seeing all the animals at the zoo, the giraffe’s long tongue almost reaching my shoulder was the biggest laugh of the whole day!
At first the kids were reluctant to go to the ArtScience Museum - “museums are boring!” Well I can tell you that it was an unexpected hit and they all loved it!
The ‘Future World’ exhibition was incredible and it was wonderful to see the kids getting fully involved. At one point they all made drawings, which were scanned and then came to life as animations on the floor and walls of the museum. But without a doubt, everyone’s favourite part was the room of diamonds titled ‘Crystal Universe’. It was hypnotic and oh-so-moving.
Explore the epitome of ‘old-meets-new Singapore’ and discover the small picturesque streets, artisan bakeries and coffee shops of Tiong Bahru. Some of my favourite homeware shops can be found here. The area is truly a treasure and grown-ups will enjoy the history and charm of old time Singapore. There are some great photo opportunities around every corner too.
Singapore Mermaid School
Bring out your inner mermaid at Singapore Mermaid School! Stella and Frankie loved doing this with mum. A chance for silliness. The lesson itself was like a swimming lesson. We were diving in our mermaid tails for “precious gems”. The girls have these tails at home but it was a great experience to learn how to use them properly from a real-life Singaporean mermaid!
Singapore’s many cultural neighbourhoods
Having been dazzled by the new, it is always interesting to experience the contrast of the old. This is especially true in a place like Singapore where you can see the history from all the different people who have moved there from foreign ports. You can see the influence of Chinese, Malay, English and European everywhere you go. From the pockets of Chinatown and Little India through to the homewares and antique shops, the diversity is so rich.
Bumboat ride around Marina Bay
To see the city via a bumboat ride around Marina Bay is stunning and so peaceful. I loved seeing the kids dreamily watching the city lights as we cruised slowly down Singapore River. If you time it right, you can see the Marina Bay Sands light show from your bumboat. It’s a low-key activity that is also low-cost and low maintenance and all the kids found it highly entertaining whilst keeping their energy levels intact for the next activity!