Best Staycation Ideas

Year-end Holidays 2016

Furama Riverfront’s themed family rooms are a blast for the kids
Furama Riverfront’s themed family rooms are a blast for the kids

If an overseas holiday feels tiring just from the thought of it, then stay. We’ve rounded up some of the best staycation ideas for the year-end holidays 2016 in Singapore. Many of these also offer fun staycation deals, and not merely hotel stays, too – they come with family packages and activities.

From complimentary tickets to places like Universal Studios theme park, Kidzania, and Sentosa attractions, to hands-on family fun like urban farming, art jamming, cycling, horse-riding and more.

Stay, and have fun!

Amara Sanctuary Resort

Amara Sanctuary

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Over at Amara Sanctuary in Sentosa, there are some family activity packages you can book with your stay – so you’ve got your accommodation AND action sorted out.

The Stay & Play package includes one night’s stay, a pair of complimentary tickets to Universal Studios Singapore, and buffet breakfast for two from S$388++ a night. Offer ends 22 Dec, 2016.

Sentosa Day Fun Pass Staycation allows two adults and a child to play at three Sentosa attractions of their choice, from S$435++ a night. Offer ends 30 Nov, 2016.

Staycation with Kidzania is inclusive of breakfast for two adults and one child, and tickets to Kidzania for two adults and one child. Kidzania is a kid-sized city which combines role-play with real life, offering interactive activities for kids aged four years old and above. Offer ends 31 Jan, 2017.

D’Resort @Downtown East

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Think BBQ gatherings, beach views and a carefree weekend. D’Resort has 12 family rooms available. Six of these are jungle-themed, five underwater-themed and one M&M-themed. Park View rooms, exclusive to NTUC members, start from $118. Rainforest Family rooms start from $150.

There are plenty of activities available during your stay at D’Resort.

Experience growing your own vegetables with their Urban Farming programme; kayak your way to Singapore’s first floating kelong restaurant; unleash your painterly creativity with Art Jamming; go cycling with bike rentals for the family; or let the kids roam free at indoor playground eXplorerkid (unlimited playtime for up to 2 Rainforest Family room little guests for free).

More details of fun activities for guests here.

Furama RiverFront

Furama Family Room

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Newly-launched Family Rooms at Furama RiverFront make for a worry-free staycay, as part of their #FuramaKids offerings. These rooms come with two queen beds, and equipped with child-friendly amenities for kids aged 12 years and below.

Furama Paws

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Kids can go wild (which they will) at playroom PAWS at level 1, for juniors aged five to 11. Jump on a trampoline, build their dream castle with blocks, go artsy on the black or whiteboards, and watch cartoons. Babysitting services are available at a fee and can be arranged by booking a day in advance.

Furama RiverFront

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Dine on international cuisine at The Square@Furama, where kids below four years old eat from their kids’ menu. Tykes@The Square, a dedicated play area for kids, will keep the little ones occupied with cartoon screenings, activity sheets and free-play toys.

The hotel’s main swimming pool offers a separate section for families, including a shallow inflatable waterslide and pool toys for kids. Room rates start from $268, which includes complimentary breakfast, 50% discount off dining at The Square and more. More here.

CSC@Changi

Civil Service Club - Changi Village

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This coastal playground by the sea is a pretty self-contained staycation destination. There are 25 resort-style suites and villas and plenty of recreational activities on the premises. CSC@Changi is good for large families, with its Premier Villa accommodating up to 12 guests.

Take your pick of family-friendly facilities and activities, which include tennis, karaoke, bowling, a water playground, swimming pool, rooftop BBQ and more.

Civil Service Club - Changi Village

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Families with babies can request for baby cot. Families with elderly can also request for a villa on the ground floor.

Booking is open to the public but members get priority. This means that members get to make reservations four months in advance, while non-members can book one month ahead of time. Prices start from $148 (members) and $225 (public). Click here for room rates.

Oasia Hotel Novena

Oasia

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Oasia Hotel Novena has a boutique hotel sensibility with the offerings of a big-hotel chain. Amenities include 24-hour room service, gym, swimming pools with resort-like wood decks, infinity pool (for club room guests), and more. Relax and unwind in the designer interior lined with woody and earthy tones. Access to transport is easy (it’s near Novena MRT) and malls are plentiful in the area.

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Currently, they’re offering some family package timed deals. Do check for availability (prices may differ depending on the number of children/guests in a room).

Universal Studios Deal: Book a room from $310++ a night and get Universal Studio One Day Passes.

Gardens by the Bay Deal: Book a room from $230++ a night and get admission tickets to two Conservatories at Gardens by the Bay.

Far More Singapore Deal: For bus-crazy kids, room bookings include perks like a Hop-On-Hop-Off City Tour bus, $20 local food vouchers, $10 shopping vouchers, two complimentary EZ-link cards for local adventures, and late check-out till 6 pm.

See this link for more deals at other Far East hotels.

Village Hotel Changi

Village Hotel Changi

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Ubin Adventure Deal: Enjoy a three-hour cycling trip around Pulau Ubin with Village Hotel Changi’s staycation package. Highlights include a three-hour bike rental in Pulau Ubin, Hop-on-Hop-off City Tour bus for two, buffet breakfast for two, an infinity pool, late check-out at 3 pm (subject to availability). Rates start from $180 per night till 31 Dec 2016.

Play and Stay Deal: Free two-hour bike rental OR two games of bowling, buffet breakfast for two, complimentary koi feeding, Changi Village cycling reference guide, free Hop-on Hop-off City Tour bus for two. Rates start from $170 per night till 31 Dec 2016.

Riders’ Lodge

Rider's Lodge

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Go howdy at Riders’ Lodge, a colonial hotel that offers 40 rodeo-themed rooms. Simple, cosy accommodation away from the concrete jungle starting from $225++ per night, with views of greenery all around. Just next door is Horsecity. Kids can have fun withpony rides, horse carriage rides, donkey-feeding and more.

On top of that, the hotel is near to The Grandstand, home to many restaurants, cafes, eateries, European-styled farmers’ market Pasarbella, and Fidgets indoor playground.

D’Kranji Resort

D'Kranji Resort

Escape to the countryside this holidays with your family. D’Kranji Farm Resort offers modern villas, fruit and vegetable farm tours, as well as prawning activities on their premises.

Get back to nature with the kids with farm visits, and look forward to farm-fresh produce and interaction with farm animals.  From the popular hands-on farms at Kranji Countryside, to the stroller-friendly adventure trails of Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, as well as cool self-guided heritage trails including World War II sites… the country beckons!

Stay up to date on the latest deals and activities at the resort on their Facebook page.

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