First things first, Singapore is a family-friendly full-stop. Nearly everything in Singapore caters for kids. Australians tend to think of it as a great stopover en route to Europe. It absolutely is a great stop over but it also a great place for a holiday. Let’s tick off what they have. Great theme parks. Great animal parks. Great gardens. Great beaches and beach clubs. Excellent family friendly accommodation. Excellent food choices and if you are into shopping, great shopping.
We chose to stay at the Oasia hotel. It is the only hotel in Singapore with direct access to the MRT. If you don’t use public transport at home then you need to be made aware that Singapore’s public transport is clean, efficient and cheap. There is a station nearby to nearly everything. There are exceptions and where there are exceptions you will find there is usually an adjoining bus. The other point to make is that taxi’s in Singapore are cheap as chips (I live in Sydney so I may be used to paying a left arm and have an unrealistic idea of what is acceptable rate of taxi charges) and generally clean and know their way around the city.
The Oasia Hotel Novena is based with easy access to downtown and uptown. You can catch a train to one of three or four nearby hawker markets which is a must do in Singapore. Singaporeans love their food so hawker food is a must. The local dish is chicken rice, a Hainanese poached chicken dish. You will find exciting dishes for both adults and children. The humidity might be confronting but there are plenty of cool
drinks to help with the heat. The concierge at the Oasia was most helpful in making bookings for us, but also orientating us and giving us inside information as to what to do in the city as must see’s.
We, well I, chose a club floor room. If you are not aware of what a club floor is you need to read on. If you are travelling as a family or even an extended group it is a great option. A club floor gives you access to a lounge like floor. It often includes breakfast and canapes. The Oasia’s club floor has its own pool. I knew several people in Singapore and was looking forward to catching up with them but sitting in a hotel lobby or even in your room can be uncomfortable and not very private. I would relate it to having access to a lounge at an airport. Some hotels have a concierge dedicated to club floor guests. It is seriously a great investment when travelling with kids as it allows you to have some extra space for at least some of the time.
Other hotels in Singapore that you will be recommended when travelling with kids will include just about anything on Sentosa Island. I would absolutely recommend these if you are staying for more than a couple of days. I will add that they are large hotels and there are therefore large amounts of people. The pools are jammed packed full of families and kids. The restaurants are full of families. This is all fine and good but after 3-4 days of lots of noise you may need to be somewhere quiet.
The Far East Hospitality company owns the Oasia Hotel group and their new hotel under construction looks like it will be worth a visit to have a look. Oasia Hotel Downtown Singapore will be the new hotels name. Read here should you want further information.
You can expect for nearly all the hotels in Singapore to be able to provide baby cots/ cribs and highchairs. Ask at the time of making your reservation to confirm just to be sure.
Resorts World Sentosa is convenient to all on Sentosa. It is comprised of nine different resorts. The resorts have a large range of room types and cater for groups large than 2. There are an abundance of restaurants and attractions within walking distance.
Shangri-La Rasa Resort is the only beachfront resort on Sentosa. The pool is large and has lots of ins and outs so it is possible to find some privacy. The resort has a kids club should you be in need of some entertainment for the kids.
Shangri-La Singapore has 15 acres of gardens and ponds. It is a true reflection of the garden city and their love of green around them. It is centrally located within a short stroll of Orchard St, famous for great shopping. The only shopping I get to do with my kids is window and that was even enjoyable on this street. It is not just hotel style rooms here but also serviced apartments and villas which I always find better suited to families. The hotel was very helpful in pointing out some great antique shops in search of something special to take home.