Ritz Kids Night Safari Adventures: In-Room Glamping With A Special Touch

Ritz Kids Night Safari Adventures: In-Room Glamping With A Special Touch

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“I don’t want to go home!” said my six-year-old, as we were preparing to leave our premier suite at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore after a one-night stay. We had enjoyed the Ritz Kids Night Safari Adventures package, where kids get to “camp out” in their own comfy tent, right next to mummy and daddy’s king-sized bed!

The little one fell in love with her tent, which was luxuriously padded with a mattress and came with a fluffy pillow and even a limited-edition lion beanie to cuddle!
The little one fell in love with her tent, which was luxuriously padded with a mattress and came with a fluffy pillow and even a limited-edition lion beanie to cuddle!

A Warm Welcome For Little Ones

Not only do kids have their own “beds”, they get their own little Ritz Kids bags too! Each bag contains a dedicated children’s toiletry set, a limited-edition ranger lion beanie and a pair of kid-sized slippers. It is accompanied by an activity booklet that keeps little hands and minds occupied during the Ritz Kids Night Safari Adventures stay.

Inside the tent at Ritz Kids Night Safari Adventures

What’s in a Ritz Kids bag? Everything that makes a kid feel extra special and welcome as a guest of the hotel!
What’s in a Ritz Kids bag? Everything that makes a kid feel extra special and welcome as a guest of the hotel!

A little distance from the bedroom, an edible turndown amenity – cute animal cookies and colourful sweets – beckoned in the living area. The little one could barely wait for me to finish taking pictures, before sinking her teeth into the buck-toothed hippo!

Cookies and fruitsAmazing Marina Bay Views

It was only when she was quietly enjoying her sweet treat that we had time to properly appreciate the views from our suite. And what views they were!

The view from the living area
The view from the living area
The legendary octagonal window view from the bath
The legendary octagonal window view from the bath

A Rewarding Adventure For Kids

All too soon, it was time to go treasure hunting, as my daughter called it. This is actually an activity where children collect stamps from various checkpoints in the hotel on their Adventurer Passport.

Animal stamps on a tent, in line with the Ritz Kids Night Safari Adventures theme.
Animal stamps on a tent, in line with the Ritz Kids Night Safari Adventures theme.

When they have got all six stamps, they can redeem a complimentary scoop of ice cream daily! This must be the “treasure” that my little one was referring to!

The hardest part of the hunt: choosing the ice cream flavour!
The hardest part of the hunt: choosing the ice cream flavour!

On our hunt, staff at the checkpoints, such as the lounge and the concierge desk, were friendly and on the look-out for stamp-seeking kids, making the experience enjoyable even for shy children.

Hunting for stamps - Ritz Kids Night SafariOne of the checkpoints is the Ritz Kids Play Land located on the fourth level of the hotel. Children can enjoy various activities here ranging from reading a book, to watching a movie, playing toys and games, and learning a fun craft (on weekends only).

Ritz Kids Play Land, Ritz Carlton, SingaporeDo take note though, that the Play Land is not where you can just leave the kids and go for a spa. Adult supervision is required at all times there. It closes at 5.30pm daily so that guests can go back to their rooms to get ready for dinner.

Dinner At Colony

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Though dinner is not included in the Ritz Kids Night Safari Adventures package, we had the pleasure of dining at Colony, The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore’s buffet restaurant that totally charmed us with its gorgeous British colonial setting.

Colony, The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore’s buffet restaurantBeautifully designed with vintage pictures adorning the delicate partitions and seven ‘live’ culinary stations – known as conservatory kitchens – spread across the large area, Colony offered us a visual feast even before we started eating!

Our beautiful cosy corner
Our beautiful cosy corner

The buffet variety was impressive, showcasing the best of Chinese, Indian, Indonesian, Malaysian, Western and local flavours that have helped to make Singapore’s dining culture what it is today.

Oysters and poached live prawns galore at The Ice Bar
Oysters and poached live prawns galore at The Ice Bar

From the fresh oysters and sashimi at The Ice Bar, to the indulgent grilled lobster at The Grill & Rotisserie, famous Colony laksa with homemade lobster ball at The Steam Basket, and finger-licking good chilli crab at The Wok, we enjoyed our culinary journey through Singapore’s heritage cuisines tremendously.

The grilled lobster attracted a short queue. Fresh and succulent, it was the highlight of our meal.
The grilled lobster attracted a short queue. Fresh and succulent, it was the highlight of our meal.
The mix of local kuehs and Western desserts at The Patisserie made for the perfect ending to our dinner.
The mix of local kuehs and Western desserts at The Patisserie made for the perfect ending to our dinner.

Bath Time With The Duckies, Bedtime Under The Stars

Back at our suite, it was finally time for the little one to have her bath. She was extremely excited to bathe with the cute rubber duckies provided by the hotel, and had a lot of fun looking for them under the bubbles.

A thoughtful gesture that made bath time a fun time for the little one
A thoughtful gesture that made bath time a fun time for the little one.

The kid-sized robe and slippers were a hit with her too!

Kid-sized robe at Ritz-CarltonWhen it was time to sleep, she eagerly headed for her tent. We had a little problem with the star-projection device, but housekeeping staff came promptly and replaced it for us.

Tada! A sleeping-under-the-stars experience for the little one.
Tada! A sleeping-under-the-stars experience for the little one.

Breakfast At Colony

After a good night’s rest, we woke up with the promise of a sumptuous buffet breakfast at Colony – this is part of the Ritz Kids Night Safari Adventures package – but not without first admiring the captivating view from our window.

The little one woke up early and was drawn to the morning view.
The little one woke up early and was drawn to the morning view.

The restaurant exuded a different vibe in the morning, with natural light streaming in from its floor-to-ceiling windows.

A different ambience at Colony in the morning.
A different ambience at Colony in the morning.

There was a wide selection available, ranging from cheese and cold cuts to Japanese breakfast items, local wok favourites such as fried carrot cake (which had a nice ‘wok hei’) and otak-otak, Indian curries with roti prata and Chinese noodles made to order.

Cold cuts and cheese
Cold cuts and cheese
The attractive egg benedict station
The attractive egg benedict station

Child-friendly items included waffles and pancakes, omelettes and sausages, and dim sum items such as char siew bao and siew mai.

Ritz Kids Night Safari Adventures – A Great Experience For Families With Kids

After breakfast, father and daughter had a good splash at the pool, made more enjoyable by the float, ball and kickboard that the hotel loaned out to guests.

Ritz Carlton's PoolIt was then time for the inevitable goodbye. When the little one knew that we had to check out soon even if she did not want to leave, she had a last roll in her tent.

Ritz Kids Night Safari AdventuresOn our way out, she asked, “Can we stay here again for one whole month in June?”

The Ritz Kids Night Safari Adventures room package is available through 31 December 2018 and includes:

  • Overnight accommodation in an Elevated Kallang room, Deluxe Marina room, Premier Suite, Club Premier Suite or One Bedroom Millenia Suite
  • Daily buffet breakfast for two adults and up to two children
  • A Ritz Kids Night Safari sleeping tent throughout your stay
  • Ritz Kids amenities including a specially prepared edible amenity, passport and discovery map, and Ritz Kids birthday surprise (for birthdays within the stay duration)

It is priced from SGD 650 per night. Click here for more information.

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