6 Year-end Family Staycations With Fun Experiences For The Kids

Staycation spots that are perfect for the school holidays and to celebrate the festive season!

By Mandy Lim Beitler        10 November 2023

Family staycations are the perfect antidote to the year’s hustle and bustle, offering a chance to unwind, make lasting memories and enjoy quality time with loved ones without the stress of travel. Read on for some exciting stay-in-town ideas to complete the upcoming year-end school holidays and festive season.

1. Orchard Hotel Singapore

If your aim is to get your Christmas shopping done while giving the family a change of scenery, then the Flexible Rate Plus Breakfast offer at Orchard Hotel Singapore is a no-brainer. Located where Tanglin Road meets Orchard Road, it’s not only a convenient gateway to the shopping belt, but you’re also linked to a plethora of dining choices at Claymore Connect.

Best of all, you get to stretch your staycation budget (and leave more for shopping), because up to two kids stay and eat for free. The package also includes a sumptuous international buffet breakfast at The Orchard Cafe and up to 20% off dining across the hotel’s dining outlets. And because life with kids is always full of surprises, it even allows for flexible cancellations until 2pm the day before your check-in.

SAFRA members enjoy up to 15% off the Flexible Rate Plus Breakfast till 31 December; more info at safra.sg/promotions/orchard-hotel-sg

442 Orchard Road; Tel: 6734 7766

2. A Festive Rendezvous at Orchard Rendezvous Hotel Singapore

Love staycations, shopping and the great outdoors? Then book a best-of-three-worlds getaway at Orchard Rendezvous Hotel Singapore. Choose from Family rooms – like this Cath Kidston-themed one – with bunk beds and amenities the kids will adore. Pack drinks and snacks for a picnic at nearby Singapore Botanic Gardens, while the kids discover nature through play at its new COMO Adventure Grove.

When it gets too warm, find respite back at the hotel’s swimming pool, or pop into Orchard Road’s many malls for a shopping spree. The Festive Rendezvous package also includes daily breakfast and in-room refreshment refills. And on selected dates in December, top it all off with a one-hour open-top coach tour to take in the sparkling Christmas light-up from a vantage point like no other.

SAFRA members enjoy 15% off Best Available Rates till 21 December for stays by 28 December; more info at safra.sg/promotions/orchard-rendezvous-hotel-singapore

1 Tanglin Road; Tel: 6737 1133

3. Celebrate Good Vibes at Vibe Hotel Singapore Orchard

A year ago, the former Elizabeth Hotel was transformed into the contemporary urban retreat that is Vibe Hotel Singapore Orchard. Since then, it’s found favour with both couples and families looking to renew bonds together in a tranquil setting, while still having easy access to the buzzy Orchard shopping belt. Spacious Family rooms sleep up to four, so you can literally shop till you drop, then recharge and repeat!

To celebrate its first anniversary, the hotel is offering exclusive perks for a night’s stay in a Premier room. Expect welcome treats, 24-hour access to Vibe Pantry and buffet breakfast for two, plus festive set meals at ROOS, its Aussie-inspired all-day dining restaurant. Reserve some time to spend by the pool, where the kids can splash out with fun inflatables.

SAFRA members enjoy 15% off Best Available Rates till 21 December for stays by 24 December; more info at safra.sg/promotions/vibe-hotel-singapore-orchard

24 Mount Elizabeth; Tel: 6738 1188

4. Village Important Kids at Village Hotel Katong

For a fun-filled family staycation away from the city centre, Village Hotel Katong is one to consider. We love its Village Important Kids package, in particular, which pairs a two-night stay in a Peranakan-inspired Family room with child-friendly amenities, activities, movie screenings and an interactive LocoMole precinct trail. The adventure begins upon arrival, where your travel-savvy mini-me gets to take charge from the get-go.

Besides daily breakfast for two adults and two kids, package perks also include $40 worth of Village currency. You can spend it on retail and dining at precinct partners, such as 328 Katong Laksa, Ree and Mummy’s bakes, and ice cream and waffles at The Humble Scoop. Need to work off the extra calories and sugar highs? You’ll be glad to know that East Coast Park is just a stone’s throw away.

SAFRA members enjoy 15% off Best Available Rates till 21 December for stays by 28 December; more info at safra.sg/promotions/village-hotel-katong-sg

25 Marine Parade Road; Tel: 6344 220

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5. Wellness Family Package at Oasia Resort Sentosa

If you and the offspring need to recharge your batteries while recovering from exam and work stress, check into the Wellness Family Package at Oasia Resort Sentosa. Armed with an Oasia Wellness Journal to track your stay and beyond, you’ll spend two nights in the resort’s Junior Suite, which boasts earthy tones for a calming atmosphere, complete with in-room yoga mat and wellness videos on-demand.

Each morning, rise and shine with fitness activities such as sunrise Qigong or aqua Zumba, before refuelling on a carefully prepared a la carte breakfast for up to two adults and two children. Afterwards, join a parent-child bath bomb-making workshop conducted by Oasia Spa therapists, then head out to explore the nearby Imbiah nature trails and Palawan beach. Other personalised perks include Oasia herbal tea, healthful snacks, and a wellness turndown gift.

SAFRA members enjoy 15% off Best Available Rates till 21 December for stays by 28 December; more info at safra.sg/promotions/oasia-resort-sentosa

23 Beach View Road, Palawan Ridge, Sentosa Island; Tel: 6818 338

6. Seriously Fun Experiences at Village Hotel Sentosa

To fulfil every child’s dream staycation, head to Village Hotel Sentosa, which takes play extremely seriously. Upon arrival, let your little ones check you in at the special kids’ priority counter, then lead the way to a vibrant Deluxe Family Room. There, you’ll find welcome snacks, a Sentosa Adventure book, and a supersized pack customised to each child’s age and gender – think bath toys for the littles and a Rubik’s cube for the big kids.

Ready to play? Four thematic pools including a lazy river await at the massive pool deck, as does a range of complimentary Village Playtivities, from family scavenger hunts to moonlit movie nights. Your kiddos can also try out various hotel professions, from Mini Concierge to Mini Chef. They ‘earn’ Mini Dollars for their efforts, which they can use to ‘buy’ snacks. And with new attractions such as The Palawan @ Sentosa just steps away, the fun never ends!

SAFRA members enjoy 15% off Best Available Rates till 21 December for stays by 28 December; more info at safra.sg/promotions/village-hotel-sentosa-

10 Artillery Avenue, #02-01 Palawan Ridge, Sentosa Island; Tel: 6722 0800

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