Caz and Craig Makepeace and their daughters Kalyra and Savannah live by a simple philosophy: “We believe life is about accumulating moments and memories, not just possessions, and we do that through family travel.” Here they share their insider tips for creating long lasting memories in magical Singapore.
Pixie and Roxy's Top Tips
Australia’s number 1 Instagrammer for children, Pixie Curtis and her entrepreneurial mum, Roxy Jacenko aren’t afraid of the limelight. Here, the global jetsetters share their top tips for capturing everlasting family holiday memories in Singapore.
What do you love about Singapore?
Singapore is a great place for families as there is so much to see and do, ensuring the children are entertained as well as the parents. Our itinerary was jam-packed with incredible experiences. We especially loved Singapore’s colourful, cultural neighbourhoods with the busy markets and streets, which Pixie really enjoyed exploring as they’re so different to home. Singapore offers that unique balance of old and new and east meets west and with something new and different around every corner. We had a great time together discovering Singapore.
Pixie's Top Tips
1 Merlion Park
One Fullerton, Singapore 049213
Tip 1: The Merlion statue was one of my favourite attractions in Singapore! Half lion, half fish, this amazing water fountain is a must-visit, especially for the great photo opportunities. Not only is the Merlion fun and exciting to look at, its location provides amazing views over Marina Bay.
2 Little India
60 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 229900
Tip 2: A trip to Little India in Singapore should be on every traveller’s list. Full of bright colours, decorations, exotic stores, temples and spice markets, it was an experience in itself. My favourite thing to do in Little India was to get a henna tattoo – the perfect temporary option for a glamorous hand decoration. I loved it!
3 Kampong Glam
3 Muscat St, Singapore 198833
Tip 3: It was inevitable that this neighbourhood ended up on my list, after all it has ‘glam’ in the title! The Malay-Arab neighbourhood is glamorous and is home to the golden Sultan Mosque. We visited a perfume store to create our own one-off fragrance to remember Singapore by. I loved looking at all the unique boutiques and trinkets, and I’m pretty sure Mum did too!
4 Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden
481 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259769
Tip 4: It’s no secret I’ve inherited a green thumb from my Mum who loves a spot of gardening. So imagine my delight when I discovered Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden! This incredible garden has been designed especially for us little ones to explore, learn and even get our hands dirty with interactive displays. There is also a great range of jungle gyms and play equipment.
5 Selfie Coffee at Haji Lane
11 Haji Ln, Singapore 189204
Tip 5: I’m never one to shy away from the camera, so I thought what could be more perfect than a drink with your selfie on it? Selfie Coffee is an amazing café that prints your selfie on the spot and puts it on your coffee. I found this so much fun and got a real kick out of seeing my picture on my Chocolate Frappe. Best of all, who doesn’t want an ice cold drink after a long day of sightseeing?
Roxy's Top Tips
6 Singapore River Cruise
59 Boat Quay, Singapore
Tip 1: We found the Singapore River Cruise to be the perfect way to take in all the sights of Singapore’s quays and marina. It’s a great way to sit back, relax and enjoy the city’s iconic skyline, Clarke Quay and the many bridges and landmarks that have been a part of Singapore’s long history. Best of all, being in a boat meant Pixie was very excited to be out on the water cruising around. A must for the whole family.
7 TWG Tea At Marina Bay Sands
2 Bayfront Ave, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, B2-65/68A, Singapore 018972
Tip 2: No trip to Singapore would be complete without a visit to the impressive Marina Bay Sands complex. After a long day of shopping and sightseeing we were all looking for a relaxing spot to take a break and refuel with some sweet treats (Pixie in particular!). TWG Tea Salon and Boutique at Marina Bay Sands was the perfect spot, complete with over 1000 tea blends to select from and a tempting array of pastries and cakes.
18 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
Tip 3: A treatment at a day spa is a rare treat and something Pixie and I both enjoy together. The ESPA at Sentosa was a relaxing oasis away from the buzz of the city, perfect for us to relax after a long, hot day of sightseeing. After all, there’s no better time to enjoy a lovely spa treatment than on holidays. I would certainly recommend ESPA as a great spa in Singapore with a wide range of treatments to indulge in.
9 ION Orchard
2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801
Tip 4: Singapore’s reputation as a shopping destination didn’t disappoint! While there are literally shops everywhere in Singapore, from market stalls to high-end luxury to quirky neighbourhood boutiques, you can’t go past a trip to ION Orchard. After some retail therapy we enjoyed a delicious meal in Australian chef Luke Mangan’s Salt Grill & Sky Bar, which had spectacular views of the city.
10 Resorts World™ Sentosa
39 Artillery Avenue, Singapore 099958
Tip 5: Sentosa Island is a holiday destination in itself, with beaches, hotels, great shopping, dining and attractions for the whole family. We loved exploring the island and without a doubt, the Port of Lost Wonder was a highlight. It is a fantastic water-themed playground for the little ones who will love splashing around and cooling off in the water play areas.