A few years ago we took our 3 year old and 6 year old to Singapore for a few days and we fell in love. Singapore is a beautiful city that is very kid-friendly and easy to navigate. What struck me about the city was not only how clean it was, but how green it was. Lots of trees and plants lining the streets… in a city! They even have greenery growing on their parking garages to hide them! But even more impressive was how kid-friendly and accommodating the hotels and the city were. Hands down, one of the easiest places we have ever traveled internationally with the kids.
When: Four nights in May
Where: Two nights at the Shangri-La Hotel Singapore and two nights at Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa (about 45 minutes apart)
Weather: Highs in the 90’s and lows in the 70’s – it was hot!
Wear: Resort wear, shorts, summer clothes
Ages: Our son was 3 and our daughter was 6
- Arrive in Singapore
- Dinner at Shangri-La Singapore
- Relax by the pool at Shangri-La Singapore
- Cooking class at Shangri-La Singapore
- Kids club at Shangri-La Singapore
- Gardens by the Bay
- Transfer to Shangri-La Sentosa Resort on Sentosa Island
- Play by the pool at Shangri-La Sentosa Resort
- KidZania on Sentosa Island
- Flight back home
OUR HOTEL – Shangri-La Singapore
We wanted to divide up our time in Singapore between experiencing the city and having fun on their resort island, so we did two nights at the Shangri-La Hotel Singapore and two nights at Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa. It was a perfect way to experience the best of both worlds that Singapore has to offer.
The Shangri-La Hotel Singapore is a gorgeous hotel right in Singapore that caters to families. Saying they cater to families is actually an understatement. If you are lucky to be in Singapore with your kids, you have to splurge and go for one of their unique Themed Family Suites on the family floor. Your kids will thank you for their imaginative room and you will travel more stress free with a floor full of amenities for families. Their family suites feature a normal king bed room, but attached through a kid sized door (don’t worry, there is an adult sized door too) is another room just for the kids! It is decorated to the nines with a specific theme – ours was space – and includes bunk beds, a TV lounge area, mini table with coloring, their own bathroom with step stools, kids robes, toothbrushes and baby friendly soap. The kids bunkbed was a legit spaceship with a cockpit for pretend space flight.They have literally thought of everything in your suite to make your stay with young kids easier. They even give you extra diapers and wipes in case you need them! This was by far, THE COOLEST room we have ever stayed in.
Not only is the room impressive, but these suites are on the family floor, which give you access to the family pantry in the middle of the floor, which is like heaven for traveling mamas. This pantry includes access to a washer and dryer!!, iron, induction heater, microwave and hot/cold filtered water dispenser. It also includes diapers, wipes, bottle warmers, toys, high chairs, baby detergent, baby bath tubs and even strollers for you to borrow during your stay! It could not make traveling with kids an easier. This pantry blew my mind and I wish it was available at every hotel we travel to!
As if our room was impressive enough for kids, they have a kids club in the hotel that will put every other kids club you have been too to shame. You can spend time here with your kids or drop them off for a fee. In the kids club is an art room, a music room, an entire indoor climbing area and a baking area where they can take classes with chefs. My kids learned how to make chocolate croissants, and I thoroughly enjoyed eating them 🙂 The best part about this kids club is they take your child’s temperature BEFORE they can even enter – meaning your kids aren’t playing with other sick kids, or at least they are doing their best to eliminate it! I loved this idea and wish we did this in the US as it makes so much sense. The kids club was huge, clean and fun and we had to pyre our kids away!
Outside, they have a very family friendly pool we enjoyed, with a small shallow area for little kids and a water feature/splash pad close by. A little walk away was the playground for kids and true splash pad area. You have to walk over here with your kids as it is not connected to the pool, but it was kind of nice to have another area to explore with the kids and have fun.
From the family suites to the enormous kids club, down to the detail of having kids utensils and plates at every restaurant, this hotel was by far the MOST KID FRIENDLY HOTEL we have ever stayed at. We created memories here that I will never forget, like my kids loosing their minds over the spaceship bunk beds, and I can’t wait to come back some day!
Our second hotel was the Shangri-La on Sentosa Island in Singapore. Sentosa Island has the feel of its name – an island. It has a tropical vibe to it with the decor to match. Being a Shangri-La, it carried on the same family friendly qualities from our previous hotel, just not as extreme. It is a great location right on the water with its own beach for the kids to play on, but what was most impressive was the pool. The kids loved the water slides, splash pad and large pool to swim around in. They also have an indoor kids club. While not as impressive as their sister property in Singapore, it is still very clean and fun and gives kids another activity to do at the resort.
This hotel still knows how to treat families right, and had so many cute details for young kids. They get a plush animal in their rooms, fun kid friendly meals at the restaurants and even a kid sized buffet at breakfast (one that is their height!) I loved this as my independent kids could go around and make their own selections without me having to lift them up to see everything!
A real gem to this hotel is the restaurant right on the beach, Trapizza. You can’t beat the atmosphere or views, and the food is just as impressive to look at as it is to eat. Be warned, if you order the Bloody Mary like my husband did, you are getting more meat than you would ever think could fit in a bloody mary! I highly recommend staying at this hotel when you visit Sentosa Island with your family.
ACTIVITIES IN SINAGPORE
We only have 3 full days in Singapore so we were very limited on what we could do. There is still so much we didn’t experience (like the night Safari), but ere are my favorite things we did do in Singapore:
An absolute must when you are in Singapore. It is an iconic spot and it deserves that title. The views from the top of the towers are incredible and the gardens throughout the property are stunning. I highly recommend going around early evening, as we got to see both the gardens during the day and at night. At night, they light up in beautiful neon colors, which our kids preferred. We ate dinner there at their cafe and it was a great spot to eat at with the kids. I wish we had more time to explore here but it was getting late and we had to get the kids in bed.
Sentosa Island is a tourist spot, but rightly so as it is filled with tons of family friendly fun. We only had a day here, so we split it between the indoors and outdoors. In the morning, we did a family zip line across part of the ocean which was incredible. Even Easton, at 3, was so excited to do it! We were strapped together and I will never forgot the smile on his face going down! This was one of those memories I will always cherish.
In the afternoon, we took the kids to the kids museum, KidZania. I wasn’t stoked about going her at first because I thought it would just be like every other kids museum we have been too, but boy was I wrong. This place was awesome!!! They have it set up like a working town, where kids can do “jobs” to earn money, and then at the end they can buy things with their money. Each session of “work” (their activity) lasts for about 20 – 30 minutes, and they can choose to work in a dentists office, put out fires with the fire department, deliver mail throughout the town, fly an airplane or work in a science lab. My kids had a blast here and I could just see their imaginations running. I wish we had one of these in the US because it was the coolest kids museum we have ever been too!
Our time in Singapore was too short but I will carry the memories with me always. Singapore has so much to offer for families, and seeing how incredibly friendly they are towards kids I highly recommend this destination with your family!